Victor Borge was a Danish musician who was also known for his comedy routines. Here he combines music and comedy in a routine based on a volunteer from the audience being unable to turn pages for him.

What song is he playing at 3:50 of the video in the link?



It's probably not a song. It's likely that it's just a filigree or other nonsensical ad lib that Borge used as the framework for the joke. Don't page any attention to the score on the piano, that's just another prop.

He was playing allegro because he was laying an egg.

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    Can you provide a source?
    – Aaron
    Oct 8 '20 at 7:07
  • A source for what, specifically? Borge has died and his rehearsal notes have gone with him. Take a look at the video. The joke is structured around the hapless page turner; what Borge is playing is the decoration around the joke - just like the Hotel in Fawlty Towers or the police car with Cheech & Chong. Oct 8 '20 at 7:12
  • The fact that he's not playing the sheet music placed in front of him doesn't mean he's improvising. Is there an interview or other resource that confirms he was ad-libbing rather than playing a piece he knew well?
    – Aaron
    Oct 8 '20 at 7:14
  • Probably not. There won't be an interview that says that the page turner (his son in law) will wear a blue shirt. If you need a name, the piece was probably composed by either "Fliszt" or "M.Ozart". Oct 8 '20 at 7:19
  • I'm saying you shouldn't state as fact something you can't back up with evidence. And the piece was almost definitely by "Johann Sebastian Shakespeare."
    – Aaron
    Oct 8 '20 at 7:21

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