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Kyser, Kay

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

(1897/1906-1985)

    Popular bandleader on radio who also appeared in a handful of films. Known for his semi-game show on radio, the Kollege of Musical Knowledge. If a contestant did not know an answer to a question, his call of “Students!” would bring the answer from the studio audience. Another catch-phrase associated with Kyser was “That’s right, youre wrong!” when a contestant gave a wrong answer, as used in Slap Happy Pappy (Clampett, 1940).

    Caricatures of Kyser appear in Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941) with his cry of “Students!” after seeing the Sally Rand bubble dance, Africa Squeaks (Clampett, 1940) as “Cake Icer”, and Malibu Beach Party (Freleng, 1940) confirming the Spencer Tracy question: “Miss Livingston, I presume?”. The caricature of him as Kanine Kyser in Hollywood Canine Canteen (McKimson, 1946) parodies his trademark cheery “Evenin’ folks, how y’all?” greeting.

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