Victor Borge: Other Endeavors

Borge was understandably very singular of focus as a touring performer in a one-man show. However, he functioned as a polymath to one degree or another, using his comic skills in various venues.

He authored three books, My Favorite Intermissions, My Favorite Comedies in Music, and his autobiography Smilet er den korteste afstand ("The Smile is the Shortest Distance")

My Favorite Intermissions is an offbeat biography of varied musicians and composers, including information on Berlioz’s romantic life and Beethoven’s brief stint in jail. 

In the 1980’s My Favorite Comedies in Music examines, with irreverant comedy, of course, the careers of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms.

Besides his humorous recordings, he acted in the role of philanthropist by co-founding the Thanks To Scandinavia Fund in 1963. This fund brought many scientists from Scandinavian countries to the U.S. to study. It was established to show gratitude to Scandinavians who helped save lives of many Jews during the Holocaust.