Tuesday, November 19, 2013


            My fellow connoisseurs of all things Benchley will undoubtedly treasure these classic comedy films on DVD.  And, after all, what’s more satisfying than reading Benchley? Viewing Benchley!

            By watching Benchley in these clever and hilarious shorts, you can savor his impeccable comic timing, the subtlety of his understated humor, and the endearing sweetness of his nature.

            The Warner Brothers Archive Collection - Robert Benchley Shorts (30 Shorts 1935 - 1944) includes my favorites How To Sleep, An Evening Alone, and The Courtship of the Newt.

            The Paramount Comedy Shorts 1928-1942: Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin (1928) includes The Treasurer’s Report and The Sex Life of the Polyp.

            “But… where can I find these precious DVDs? Are they available for me to purchase?” you ask. Why, yes they are to be had! Here’s the link:


            Also, courtesy of (none other than) The Robert Benchley Society, here’s a comprehensive listing of Benchley books and DVDs:


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Register Now for the Robert Benchley Society Annual Gathering

The Robert Benchley Society Humor Award Dinner will be held at the 11th Annual Gathering of the Robert Benchley Society, in Boston, November 22-24. CLICK HERE for details or to register.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Join Us in Boston for the Robert Benchley Society 2013 Annual Gathering

This year all events will be priced "ala carte" so you can pick and choose which to attend. Final prices and exact times are still being worked out, but here is an overview of the events.

Friday, November 22nd. Late afternoon/early evening (more-or-less end of the work day) cocktails and informal dinner at the Downtown Club House of the Harvard Club of Boston. Price = moderate.

Saturday, November 23rd. Daytime lost-cost fun activity. Evening, black-tie Awards Dinner at the Back Bay Club House of the Harvard Club of Boston. Price = expensive!

Sunday, November 24th. Late morning a moderately priced brunch. For those staying until Sunday evening the local "We've Come for the Davenport" Chapter of the Society will host a low-cost fun event -- a life drawing session -- beginners welcomed as it is directed toward non-artists.

WHERE TO STAY IN BOSTON. Contact David Trumbull at david@robertbenchley.org and he can book rooms at the Back Bay Harvard Club at less than the price of local hotels.

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