Antedating of "Emcee"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 8 03:50:14 UTC 2012

emcee (OED 1933)

1930 _Billboard_ 4 Jan. 16/2 (Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive)  Jack Benny, again giving the impression of being the best vaudeville emsee on the map, made his first appearance preceding the Trahan act.

Fred Shapiro

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