I first became aware of Phil Harris watching ABC's American Sportsman with Curt Gowdy. He would get Phil and Bing Crosby together on a trip and the party would ensue. It was greatness that unfortunately has been lost to posterity.
Phil was the hipster in the 30's & 40's with his witty and fast paced swing band. He was also a regular on the Jack Benny Show and had his own show with his wife Alice Faye. But his star quickly faded despite his razor sharp wit and quick delivery with the death of radio in the 50's.
You will be challenged to find a comedian with his timing and delivery. Combine that with his musical talent and ability to improv and you had something really special.
Here's a few clips from Phil's career: