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Bill Johnson studied Bob Hope’s style of comedy and about the man, “Many people haven’t realized that Bob Hope entertained the troops for 50 years from 1941-1991. Someone told me that I sound and look like Bob Hope then 20 years later I was asked to show up at a WWII reunion impersonating Bob Hope and the rest is history.”
SZ: “Bill has the “look” and he knows the jokes. Bob Hope was so popular on TV and in the movies, I’m sure everybody wants to impressions of him. You must be very busy.”
Bill: “I always say not busy enough and my wife says too much. We are celebrating the five year anniversary of the Sapphire Comedy Hour.”
SZ: “Remember the “Road to Rio”, “Road to Bali” and all of the other road films of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby?”
The Wikipedia looks back at Bob Hope’s history: (born Leslie Townes Hope, May 29, 1903–July 27, 2003) was an American comedian, vaudevillian actor, singer, dancer, centenarian and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in over 70 feature films and short films including a series of “Road” movies.
In addition to hosting the Academy Awards 19 times (more than any other host), he appeared in many stage productions and television roles and was the author of 14 books. The song “Thanks for the Memory” is widely regarded as Hope’s signature tune.
Born in Eltham, Kent, Hope arrived in America with his family at the age of four and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He began his career in show business in the early 1920s, initially on stage, and began appearing on the radio and in films in 1934.
He was praised for his comedy timing, specializing in one-liners and rapid-fire delivery of jokes. Celebrated for his long career performing United Service Organizations (USO) shows to entertain active duty American military personnel (he made 57 tours for the USO between 1941 and 1991), Hope was declared an honorary veteran of the United States Armed Forces in 1997 by act of the US Congress. He also appeared in numerous specials for NBC television, starting in 1950. Hope participated in the sports of golf and boxing and owned a small stake in his hometown baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. He died at age 100 at his home in Toluca Lake, California.
Comedy is better for your health. So laugh and enjoy the Sapphire Comedy Hour, inside the Sapphire Club, 7 pm, every Saturday, 3025 Sammy Davis Jr., Industrial Road becomes SD, Jr. Drive.
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