"Hard work never killed anyone."
- Edgar Bergen
"Still, there's no use taking chances."
- Charlie McCarthy
Edgar Bergen was one of the greatest ventriloquists who ever lived. He created a dummy partner for his act named Charlie McCarthy. Charlie was a girl-crazy, top hat wearing little kid with an Irish lilt. As a puppet, He could get away with spicy jokes that were off limits for other entertainers in the 1920s-30s.
Charlie was so edgy for his time that he even got Mae West in a little hot water.
Charlie was POPULAR with audiences. He and Bergen were so huge that they became two of the biggest stars on the radio. Let that sink in for a minute. A puppet. On the radio.
At their peak Bergen and McCarthy were everywhere: movies, TV, even his own nationally syndicated comic strip.
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