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REZA ABDOH  from interview with Reza Abdoh by Tom Leabhart/Mime Journal "Before that I did a piece in New York entitled "Father was a Peculiar Man". The title was taken from vaudeville, which interests me a great deal. I took certain 19th century psychological realism and mixed it with vaudeville and American music hall. I'm influenced by reading about vaudeville, and also by television performers of the 1950's, who were vaudevillians: Jack Benny, Art Carney, Jackie Gleason. My hero is Buster Continue reading...

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An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the opportunity of gazing once more upon the features of his wife. The dervish accepts the offer. He brings in from a neighboring tomb the receptacle containing the remains of the princess. He opens it and removes the skeleton, which he places upon the ground close beside him. Then, turning to the moon and raising Continue reading...

Lost Tribe of Coney Island

THE LOST TRIBE OF CONEY ISLAND Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Entrance to Luna Park in 1905. (Copyright Library of Congress.) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Here is the wonderful introduction to the book. INTRODUCTION Sitting on my desk is a tattered black-and-white photograph of a group of tribesmen, women, and children, naked but for their G-strings. They are squatting on their haunches around a campfire. Several of them look directly into the camera. Continue reading...

Fatty Arbuckle in OUT WEST

A satire on contemporary westerns, starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, and Al St. John. It was the first of Arbuckle's "Comique" films to be filmed on the west coast, the previous five having been filmed in and around New York City. Continue reading...

Grocuho Marx on Dick Cavett show

During this Dick Cavett show only 30 minutes of the interview with Groucho Marx was aired due to time constraints of the network.
Groucho stayed in the studio for another 30 minutes and talked to Dick Cavett and the live audience got to hear and see it.
Here is the full version of that show. Love Groucho!

Coney Island USA has been defending the honor of American Popular Culture for years. Using innovative exhibitions, and performances. Their 'Funhouse Philosophers' is the resident theater company of Coney Island USA and it is under the direction of Artistic Director Dick Zigun. It is Dick Zigun who has authored this play "Dead End Dummy". Directed by Trav S.D. with a stellar cast. I got to photograph the OPENING NIGHT performance and also got a few video clips which are presented below.  GO SEE Continue reading...

Barry Lubin poses for the Clown Un_Mask series. Grandma dancing ringside with a young fan from the Big Apple Circus audience. Barry Lubin getting on his 'Grandma' makeup backstage at Big Apple Circus season #23. Grandma gets a ride in NYC taxi. Photograph part of the series "Grandma in NY". Grandma douces Mark Gindick in the 'Singing in The Rain' routine that they performed at The 2014 NY Clown Theatre Festival. Barry and I have had a long friendship and I have been so fortunate to have been Continue reading...

Andy Sapora and John Leo hosted an evening of 'clown short' films. However they didn't waste any time getting into their 'tiny dangerous' fun! John Leo and Andy Sapora start the show off with some eccentric dancing and stuff. Andy Sapora juggles some razor pen knives for some 'ooohs and aaahs'. John Leo pierces this arm with a long needle and bleeds a little. (the 'dangerous' part of tiny dangerous'.) Just before intermission Andy and John make an 'offering' to the audience of some really delicious Continue reading...

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2nd Installment of the Clown Cabaret had "Deenie Nast" hosting the evenings festivities. Deenie Nast (Audrey Crabtree) was the hostess with the mostess at the Clown Cabaret. Tiny and Tall from San Francisco showed an excerpt from their show "LOCKED UP" Jeroen Bouwhuis from Amsterdam, Holland performed an excerpt from his show "A Few of My Favorite Things". Also on stage were the wild and wonderful, sexy eccentric dancers 'Animal Crackers'. An innocent audience member got recruited to help Deenie Continue reading...