Video clip of Victor Borge - The funniest man in the world
Video Clip of Victor Borge
Victor Borge was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on January 3, 1909. He was the son of Bernhard and Frederikke Rosenbaum. He was actually named Børge Rosenbaum, and his musical talent was no surprise as his father was a musician in the Royal Danish Chapel. Victor was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music by Olivo Krause, and later by Victor Schiøler, Frederic Lamond and Egon Petri. He had his piano debut in 1926 at 'Odd Fellow Palæet' in Copenhagen and was recognized as a very talented musician.
During the 1930's he became one of Denmark's most popular artists. He started his career as a classical pianist, but his talent for making the audience laugh was soon obvious, and he started developing his unique blend of humour and music. In 1940, as Europe went to war, he was forced to leave Denmark.
In 1942 he was pronounced: 'The best new radio performer of the year' by the American press, and his radio and TV shows became extremely popular. Victor Borge became an American citizen in 1948.
He had performed as soloist and conductor with leading orchestras from 1956, and has performed as Opera Conductor, eg. Magic Flute, Cleveland Orchestra, 1979 and The Royal Danish Theatre, 1992.
In 1967 Victor Borge was conferred the title: 'The funniest man in the world' by the New York Times and millions of people all over the world agreed.
Typical of his pronouncements on musical matters was: 'The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.'
His own catch phrase was: 'Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.'
Sadly, Victor died at home in his sleep, December 23rd, 2000.
See the Victor Borge video clip, here is an extract from a duet, observe their intertwined hands.
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A Joke Victor Borge May Have Liked
A C, an E-flat, and a G go into a bar. The bartender says: "Sorry, but we
don't serve minors." So, the E-flat leaves, and the C and the G have an open
fifth between them.
A D comes into the bar and heads straight for the bathroom saying, "Excuse me. I'll just be a second."
An A comes into the bar, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices a B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and exclaims: "Get out now! You're the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight."
The E-flat, not easily deflated, comes back to the bar the next night in a 3-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender (who used to have a nice corporate job until his company downsized) says: "You're looking sharp tonight, come on in! This could be a major development."
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