The one compelling irony and ultimate source of humor on which Baraka's version of The Jack Benny Show is based is that the white cast members are so accustomed to their roles as witty superiors that they seem oblivious to Rochester's complete metamorphosis from docile servant to "a renegade behind the mask"--a description the origins of which may be traced to the subject of Baraka's "Poem for Willie Best" (The Dead Lecturer ).
In this sense, The Jack Benny Show features such stock characters as a humble member of the black working class, a miserly white capitalist, a deceptive white seductress, and patronizing white liberals.
In 1954 he signed with CBS as a actor and singer, appearing on "The Jack Benny Show
," "The Red Skelton Show," and "You Bet Your Life." He also toured as lead vocalist with Tommy Dorsey and Frankie Carle.
And if more seasons are in the cards, a possibility no one closes the door to, "Frasier" could pull the ultimate feat and match, or even outlast, the longest-running half-hour comedy in the history of television: "The Jack Benny Show
," which aired on CBS from 1950 to 1965.
That may have been his producing and directing of "The Jack Benny Show," regarded as one of the best comedy series in early television.
Adams and Eve," starring Ida Lupino and Howard Duff, and "The George Gobel Show." In the late '50s he took over the reins on "The Jack Benny Show" and later served in a similar capacity on "My Three Sons." He directed episodes of "The Farmer's Daughter," "Be-witched," "The Donna Reed Show" and "The Smothers Brothers" as well.