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W.C. Fields

Born William Claude Dukenfield on January 29, 1880, W.C. Fields was juggler, well known actor and an American comedian performing on Broadway, in silent films, and variety shows. He became a juggler by thirteen. Over the years, he wrote and improvised a number of his performances and is considered one of the best comedians of his time. Despite his success he was a very sad man and lived a hard life. Fields passed away on Christmas Day in 1946 at the age of 67 at a Sanatorium from complications of alcoholism.

Fields grew up with an alcoholic and short-tempered father leading him to run away from home several times. At age twelve, after a fight with his father, Fields ran away a final time.  Much later, he spent a portion of his own life estranged from his wife and son, reconciling after a series of alcohol-related illnesses.

Fields once said, “Comedy is a serious business. A serious business with only one purpose – to make people laugh.” Many of his famous quotes are laced with references to alcohol and a dark sense of humor. But there are other times when the human-centric side of Fields comes through: “If I can make them laugh and through that laughter make this old world seem just a little brighter, then I am satisfied.”

Mercury One has a W.C. joke box. It has a collection of various jokes used at different events.




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