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- Fred Allen was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
- Fred Allen was a boxer with a winning record and within sight of a title shot when he suddenly quit to become a comedian.
- While Jack Benny's trademark instrument was the violin, Fred Allen was known to play the clarinet.
- Fred Allen's wife was, of course, Portland Hoffa!
- Fred Allen had two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his Radio and Television work; they're located at 6709 1/2 Hollywood Boulevard & 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- Fred Allen appeared in vaudeville under a several names: John Sullivan (his birthname), Paul Huckle, Fred St. James and Benjamin Franklin.
- Joe Lipari, comedian, was a distant cousin of Fred Allen.
- Fred missed two telecasts of What's My Line in July 1955 due to an emergency appendectomy. "It was an emergency" he quipped "Because my doctor needed money."
- The alley which runs alongside the Majestic Theatre on Scollay Square in Boston, was named after popular radio comedian Fred Allen.
- In one of his fights with the network censors, Allen was ordered to never mention the fictional town of North Wrinkle, for fear of offending the residents of North Wrinkle, until or unless it could be proven the town didn't exist. (It didn't.)
- The Take It Or Leave It quiz show followed Fred Allen's show, which was notorious for Allen's ad-libs and last minute script changes, which caused it to run over time. On night Take It Or Leave It host Phil Baker barges into the studio where Allen's show is being broadcast, claiming Fred owes his show 15 minutes, and he is taking it now! (Of course the whole thing is a set up between the writers of both shows)