rochester: supreme second banana

The Second Banana.

The comic who supports the lead comic. Often a straight man. Not always.

He’s the buddy. The little brother. Maybe the dog.

He’s your main character’s back-up.

His guardian.

His foil.

But it always works best when he’s a fully drawn character.

A strong Second Banana demands an even stronger main character.

In this clip, you might notice:

Jack Benny is calm…………………………………..Rochester is on his toes

Jack Benny is naive………………………………….Rochester is street-smart

Jack Benny puts a good face on things…………Rochester tells it like it is

The dichotomy makes humor, but in another situation it might foment tension.

The Second Banana is the hardest workin’ man in Showbiz.

Uh…yeah.

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Lisha Cauthen writes YA novels for guys that girls like to read too.

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