Joe Penner

Joe Penner

About Joe Penner

Joe Penner (November 11, 1904-January 10, 1941) was an American 1930s-era vaudeville, radio and film comedian. He was an ethnic Hungarian born as Josef Pinter in Nagybecskerek, Austria-Hungary (in what is present-day Zrenjanin, Serbia). He passed through Ellis Island as a child when his family emigrated to New York City. He was launched on his successful radio career by Rudy Valle, appearances which led to his own Sunday evening half-hour, The Baker's Broadcast, which began on the Blue Network October 8, 1933. Penner was a zany comic, noted for his famed catchphrase, 'Wanna buy a duck?', and his low hyuck-hyuck laugh.

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