Monday, February 16, 2009

2009 Benchley Humor Competition Entries Due April 1st

Entries for the 2009 Robert Benchley Society Humor Award Competition are due by April 1, 2009. Enter on the Robert Benchley Society website competition page at The winners will be announced the summer.

And be sure to save the dates of October 9-12, 2009 for the Seventh Annual Gathering and Awards Dinner of the Robert Benchley Society. This year the event will be in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

FREE Martinis ... at the Algonquin at GLIMPSES OF THE MOON

GLIMPSES OF THE MOON is fun and romantic--perfect for a date or a celebration with friends!

FREE Martinis before the show

For tickets call 866.468.7619 or

FREE Ticket-- if you bring 3 friends. (this Monday only) Mention codeFREEmoon.
"It plays only on Monday nights but elicits a Sunday kind of love." -- John Simon,

"You'll leave with dreams in your heart and stars in your eyes." --Stage & Cinema

John Updike and Robert Benchley

In 1997, John Updike wrote a book review for The New Yorker of Laughter’s Gentle Soul: The Life of Robert Benchley by Billy Altman. I had the distinct honor of being contacted by The New Yorker to verify some facts in Updike’s review. It is obvious that Updike was a fan of Benchley’s work. He says: “I was a keen consumer of popular culture when Benchley was a part of it. I sat in the local theatre and laughed at “The Courtship of the Newt” and “How to Take a Vacation”; I read through his collections—“20,000 Leagues under the Sea or David Copperfield,” “From Bed to Worse or Comforting Thoughts About the Bison”—marvelling at their impudence; I would have even stayed up to listen to his ten-o’clock-Sunday-night radio program, “Melody and Madness,” if my parents had let me.”

Updike’s full review may be found in the April 7, 1997 issue of The New Yorker, v. 73, issue 7, pp 88-94.

--Submitted by RBS Director, Gordon Ernst

Robert Benchley Society

For more information about the Robert Benchley Society, local chapters near you, our annual Award for Humor, and our Annual Gathering, visit The RBS Website