Benchley, Robert

Benchley, Robert (Charles)

(1889–1945) writer, humorist, actor; born in Worcester, Mass. Onetime editor of the Harvard Lampoon, he worked as a journalist and magazine editor. He became the leading humorist of his day as the New Yorker 's columnist, "Guy Fawkes," and drama critic (1927–40). A member of the Algonquin Round Table, he became a popular radio personality, film actor, and screenwriter; he performed several of his humorous monologues in short films, including the first such made in the U.S.A., The Treasurer's Report (1928). His benign comic sketches were collected in 15 volumes, including Benchley Beside Himself (1943).
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Nat Benchley, Robert Benchley's grandson read from "Sex Life of the Polyp," and some other unpublished or rarely done Robert Benchley pieces.
Among them were Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Heywood Broun, Robert Benchley, Robert Sherwood, George S.
Nat Benchley, Robert Benchley's grandson, will read from "Sex life of the Polyp," and some other unpublished or rarely done Robert Benchley pieces.