& JANE ACE
Goodman and Jane Ace became a radio team quite by accident. Goodman
Ace was a film critic for Kansas Citys KMBC in 1930 when circumstances
forced him to continue broadcasting after his show had finished.
He brought his wife Jane in for an impromptu discussion; the favorable
response led Goodman to create and write a 15-minute domestic comedy,
Billed as radios laugh novelty, the low-key Easy
Aces featured Goodman as a harried businessman and Jane as his
scatterbrained wife, prone to malaprops like She has a voice
like a nightingown and Congress is still in season.
In 1931, Easy Aces joined the CBS radio lineup, moving to
WBBM in Chicago.
Ace kept the material fresh by only permitting a quick reading
rehearsal just before air time. A special table with a hidden microphone
was constructed to cure cast members of mike fright.
Easy Aces left the air in 1945, but Goodman Ace remained
one of radios most respected writers, crafting material for
Danny Kaye, Perry Como and The Big Show.
Jane Ace died on November 11, 1974. Goodman Ace died March 25,
Easy Aces was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
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