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Easy Aces

Despite never garnering huge ratings, this popular comedy show had a steady audience for a good long run. Fifteen minute episodes aired as often as 5 days a week on various networks, such as KNBC (Kansas City), .CBS (Chicago), NBC Blue Network, and NBC Red Network from 1930 to 1945.

Easy Aces was born by a stroke of good luck. When the show that was to air just after Goodman Ace's 15-minute radio program failed to show up, he enlisted his wife, Jane to go on air with him . They chatted with each other about a bridge game in a relaxed, conversational style. Listeners responded positively, enjoying the experience of feeling like they were being allowed to eavesdrop on a neighbor couple.

The Aces set up their studio set seated across from each other at a bridge table where they could most easily replicate the same effortless conversation week after week. As the show developed, Ace modified the format to create a broader themed domestic comedy with Jane's outlandish situations, meddling, and malapropisms (known as "Jane-isms") prominent features. Jane's fractured phrases were in the same style as Gracie Allen's beloved (of Burns and Allen fame) which set the pace for future acts, such as Lou Costello (Abbott and Costello) and Archie Bunker (All in the Family). Perhaps, Jane's most famous wacky yet smart turn of phrase was, "Time wounds all heels" which is still very much in use to this day.

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