From My House to the White House
A versatile performer—actor, monologist, dancer, singer, sketch comedian, and master of ceremonies—Bob Hope honed his myriad talents in front of vaudeville audiences of all kinds before graduating to the Broadway stage. Hope then entertained an ever-expanding mainstream national audience through radio, motion pictures, and television. For his weekly NBC radio shows, Hope hired a host of comedy writers to supply him with an abundant flow of topical material to give his new audience a sense of connection to the pulse of the times. In a career that spanned eight decades, Hope walked a fine line between tolerant comedy that poked fun and biting satire that punctured, regaling audiences from all walks of life with jokes about the state of the nation’s affairs and its leaders.
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