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Victor Borge

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Victor Borge (January 3, 1909 – December 23, 2000) was a humorist, entertainer and world-class pianist affectionately known as the Clown Prince of Denmark and the Great Dane. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark as Børge Rosenbaum and died in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.

Among Victor’s other famous routines is the phonetic punctuation routine, in which he recites a story, with full punctuation (comma, period, exclamation mark, etc.) as onomatopoetic sounds. Another is his inflationary language, where he incremented numbers embedded in words, whether they are visible or not (“before” becomes “befive”, “once upon a time” becomes “twice upon a time”, “Don Juan” is “Don Two” etc).

Borge used physical and visual elements in his live and televised performances. He would play a strange-sounding piano tune from sheet music, looking increasingly confused; turning the sheet upside down, he would then play the actual tune, flashing a joyful smile of accomplishment to the audience. (He had, at first, been literally playing the actual tune upside down.) When his energetic playing of another song would cause him to fall off the piano bench, he would open the seat lid, take out the two ends of an automotive seat-belt, and buckle himself onto the bench, for ‘safety.’

He also enjoyed interacting with the audience.

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  • genghis_average

    To be such a musician requires genius enough. To be such a comedian requires even more. So disappointed that I never got to see him perform.

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    His punctuation routine was brilliant. He was a great humourist.

    9 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Kunitsune

    Hilarious man! One of my favourite comedians of all time.

    7 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ED-WARD

    i have seen victor borge live the year he passed away. he was a great one man show.

    16 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Bass00nGuy

    Love the Mozart Opera routine!

    10 Sep 2007 Reply
  • mbeedee

    One of the greatest comedians ever

    15 Mar 2007 Reply

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