by Norman Berdichevsky (May 2009)
The most well known, beloved and popular entertainer to combine humor and music was the Danish-American pianist Victor Borge who enchanted and delighted American and world audiences for three generations from the time of his arrival in the United States as a refugee fleeing German occupied Denmark in 1940 until his death in 2000. Known as The Clown Prince of Denmark, he drew upon the tradition of gentle and ironic satire used by another great Dane, Hans Christian Andersen. more>>>
He was very, very funny.
Victor Borge! We loved him. When I was a kid, I had endless delight from his TV appearances. One of the few comedians who never tried to use comedy as a means to an end; just pure fun and delight. Years later, I recall a young woman who had severe emotional and mental problems, who said that the one of the few times she felt peaceful was when she was enjoying Borge's act. I wonder if his performances could be used therapuetically? God bless him.