His wide world of entertainment

December 2, 2014 1:06 PM

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Bob Hope was a consummate entertainer - a pioneering comedian who navigated an ever-changing media landscape, endured for decades and still found time to entertain thousands of troops. Eleven years after his death, Hope still stands as a spiritual ancestor to generations of performers. Here are a few examples.

As early as the 1930s, Hope was deploying what would become the modern formula for stand-up comedy and late-night monologues. He (and his writers) took topical issues and observations and turned them into snappy witticisms. Among those to follow in his footsteps were Johnny Carson and David Letterma...

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