Wayne and Shuster's first evening show was on the CBC, sponsored by Buckingham cigarettes. It featured Eric Wilde and a 40-piece orchestra, Bob Farnon on trumpet, Bert Pearl on piano, and Samuel Hersenhoren as one of the violinists. The producers wanted them to do sketches interspersed with musical selections. When the boys said they needed an audience to provide laughs, such as was the case in American shows like Jack Benny, the producers said the orchestra would supply them. After a couple of shows, however, the boys still felt that it was lacking atmosphere, and were prepared to step out of the show, but the producers relented, and put them in front of an audience.