This is one 'helluva' funny book!  Inside book jacket flaps. Back Cover of the book. This book is great! If you like The Honeymooners and any of Jackie Gleason's TV Specials over the years you will enjoy reading these stories about his wonderful life. There is one that I remember very well. When he stayed at the St. Regis Hotel he frequented the in-house King Cole Bar   and sat next to  Salvador Dali. This drinking companion ended up drawing an album cover for his music album "The Romantic Continue reading...

Michael Moschen I photographed this brilliant innovative juggler back in the 1980's when he was exploring the 3 balls juggling routines and what he could do to make it 'his'. Many years later I saw his one-man show at BAM and was so delighted to see that he had moved forward in his 'physics' and juggling understanding that he was accomplishing feats that I considered impossible to do on this physical plane. Here is a lovely video where Michael explains his work and reasons for working the way Continue reading...

Chico and Maxine Marx

GROWING UP WITH CHICO - by Maxine Marx Maxine Marx's book about her experience as part of the family that gave us the Marx Brothers is deservedly well-known and much loved by classic movie fans.  Her anecdotes are funny, loving and revealing.  In some ways, the book doesn't feel as though it were written by someone in such close proximity to these famous characters, but this jives with her description of the brothers' closeness.  Even the immediate family came after the brothers, and nothing Continue reading...

Video interview with "Broken Bone Bathtub" creator/performer Siobhan O'Loughlin. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "A strange, comforting, and magical show that left me tremendously moved and deliriously hopeful." — DC Metro Theatre Arts ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I first met Siobhan at a performance in Kensington, Brooklyn. The monthly series was called "Tiny Dangerous Fun" and it was hosted by John Leo and Andy Sapora. Two very funny dudes! Siobhan made an impression on me from her wonderful personality and vulnerbility with Continue reading...

From Feb 1932 Vanity Fair Magazine  Richard Valentine Pitchford - presto change-o! Cardini - who does things to a cigarette that no Indian fakir ever did to a rope - was born in Wales in 1898 and could bewitch a pack of cards before he was old enough to talk. Four years overseas in the War left him shell-shocked, and, after eighteen months in a hospital, he was discharged as disabled. Working his way to Australia on a freighter, he made his debut as a sorcerer in Sydney. Since then, Cardini has Continue reading...

Jean Cocteau - A Life

This passionate and monumental biography reassesses the life and legacy of one of the most significant cultural figures of the twentieth century. Unevenly respected, easily hated, almost always suspected of being inferior to his reputation, Jean Cocteau has often been thought of as a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. In this landmark biography, Claude Arnaud thoroughly contests this characterization, as he celebrates Cocteau’s “fragile genius—a combination almost unlivable in art” but Continue reading...

Vaudevisuals interview in 2 parts with Harley Newman. I thought it out and decided that 2017 needs a great start. So, I am reposting this great interview with 'master stuntman' and wonderful person Harley Newman. I caught up with him at the Ripley's Believe It Not! Museum in Times Square, NYC during the World Sword Swallowers Day. Great fun! 'Extreme Stunt Master' - That is what Harley Newman has been called. After 40 years performing stunts and sideshow acts all over the world he talks about Continue reading...

I first met Jonathan Burns at the Festival of Fools in Vermont in 2012. I photographed him many times and laughed even more times. He is one funny man! Now he is coming to New York with a gang of  talent that Time Out calls "Some of the Most Skilled Performers in the Business".  I hope you can get a ticket~~ The show is described as "Acts of Magic, Mischief and Mystery" Ben Nemzer - Direct from The Magic Castle in California Marcus Eddie - Direct from Penn And Teller's 'Fool Us'. Jo Firestone Continue reading...

The Day the Laughter Stopped

The Day The Laughter Stopped by David Yallop Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and the story of his tragedy. Buster Keaton said that the day the laughter stopped was September 5, 1921 - the day that Virginia Rappe became ill during a party in Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's suite at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. She died four days later as a result of her illness, peritonitis caused by a ruptured bladder. Mr. Arbuckle had nothing to do with Ms. Rappe's illness and death, but he paid with his good Continue reading...

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