“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
Victor Borge was a piano virtuoso, who had in fact been a child prodigy, but he used his incredible talent for comedy.
His piano routines were priceless. Priceless and so benign compared with the comedy of today.
Victor Borge was before my time, but what I know of him, I adore.
He built a career creating comedy, poking fun at the seriousness and pomposity of classical music.
One of his pieces of creative genius was to play a strange sounding piece of music, look totally confused, nonverbally express “aha”, turn it right side up and play it correctly. But in fact he had initially been playing it upside down.
He would routinely mock-scold the audience for all kinds of reasons.
And he had a female operatic sidekick that he ridiculed to no end, eventually ending their routine with a beautiful duet.
Danish born, he was known as the Clown Prince of Denmark.
Photo: Wikimedia/Victor Borge