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Fred Allen

31 May 1894 - 17 March 1956

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John Florence Sullivan (May 31, 1894 – March 17, 1956), known professionally as Fred Allen, was an American comedian whose absurdist, topically-pointed radio program The Fred Allen Show (1932–1949) made him one of the most popular and forward-looking humorists in the Golden Age of American radio.[1][2]

His best-remembered gag was his long-running mock feud with friend and fellow comedian Jack Benny, but it was only part of his appeal; radio historian John Dunning (in On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio) wrote that Allen was radio's most admired comedian and most frequently censored. A master ad libber, Allen often tangled with his network's executives (and often barbed them on the air over the battles) while developing routines whose style and substance influenced fellow comic talents, including Groucho Marx, Stan Freberg, Henry Morgan and Johnny Carson; his avowed fans also included President Franklin D. Roosevelt and novelists William Faulkner, John Steinbeck and Herman Wouk (who began his career writing for Allen).

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May 17, 2017 Edited by Ben McLaughlin I added a photo, I changed the name from Allen, Fred to Fred Allen (per instructions "Please use natural order. For example: Leo Tolstoy not Tolstoy, Leo" at the top of the page), I took a portion of the Wikipedia entry for Mr. Allen as a short bio, I added full information for birth and death dates and I added the name John Florence Sullivan to the last field.
May 17, 2017 Edited by Ben McLaughlin Added new photo
June 6, 2012 Edited by VacuumBot Removed period from death date
April 1, 2008 Created by an anonymous user initial import