".. a mere chant of the mediocre"
"... your report on the reaction to my life interview doesn't surprise me. i am afraid that it doesn't take much to arouse a torrent of opinions at the hillcrest round table. berle's opinion doesn't bother me. it must be someone else's that he is using secondhand. berle is the moron's messiah - a mere chant of the mediocre - a sorry mime who mistakes gusto and thyroid condition for talent and ability. he has been around for twenty years and has never been first in anything. if he is first in television, either our standards have disappeared or there is something wrong with television."
- Fred Allen to Groucho Marx, July 14, 1949