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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf ~ “How Many Surrealists Does it Take to Screw In a Light Bulb?”

How Many Surrealists Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb? or, Why did the Intellectual Cross the Road and Walk into a Bar?: A collection of over 1,000 cartoons, jokes, and epigrams for the over-educated and cognitively curious (yes, that means you!) as compiled and for the most part understood by John Howard Towsen, Ph.D

John’s most recent book, Clowns, came out 39 years ago, so he figured it was high time for another. Yes, he really does have a Ph.D. (drama, NYU) —which will no doubt come as a surprise to some of his friends— as well as an NEH fellowship and a Fulbright. He grew up in New York City’s Greenwich Village, where he still lives and had his first exposure to laugh-so-hard-it-hurts comedy when he saw Danny Kaye on the big screen, probably in The Court Jester (1955). A few days after his 7th birthday he made his live television debut in a comedy sketch with Red Skelton and Jackie Gleason on The Red Skelton Show. He subsequently acted in dozens of television shows and commercials, working alongside such names as Gary Moore, Julie Andrews, Kaye Ballard, Alice Ghostley, Edie Adams, Myrna Loy, Claudette Colbert, Robert Preston, Tab Hunter, Sid Caesar, Ed Wynn, Claude Rains, Charlie Ruggles, Walter Slezak, Kate Smith, Shirley Booth, Sam Levenson, Margaret Hamilton, Patty Duke, and Joseph Papp. In his twenties he returned to show biz, this time somehow eking out a living in the world of clown and physical comedy, from the schools of Long Island to the circus sands of Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, and points in between, most of it with partner Fred Yockers. He was artistic director for the first two New York international clown-theatre festivals (1983, 1985) and has taught full-length physical comedy courses at Princeton University, Ohio University, and the Juilliard School, plus innumerable shorter workshops in numerous countries. Former students include Laura Linney, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Andre Braugher, Michael Hayden, and Michael Stuhlbarg. His latest research on physical comedy is to be found on his blog: physicalcomedy.blogspot.com. In other parallel lives he taught theatre, multimedia, and digital video in the Creative Arts & Technology program at Bloomfield College for 26 years, and spent many a summer working for the Open Society Institute doing media training for activists in hot spots across the globe.

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Zany. Whacky. Hilarious (Apollinaire-ious?) More than twenty years in the making, author Towsen generously shares his collection of jokes, funny stories, cartoons, limericks, wise sayings, poems, and more. He gives us favorite knock-knock jokes and screw in the lightbulb jokes but, drawing from such creative minds as Mark Twain, Noel Coward, Albert Einstein, Bill Watterson, Leo Cullum, and Groucho Marx, also covers a whole range of subject matter—the meaning of art, mental balance (or was that imbalance?), language and literature, writing, math and science, history, technology, etc. This is definitely a prerequisite for the next history of the world book, so get your copy now (or, better yet, get several; they’re small and make great graduation gifts, just because gifts, or un-birthday presents). In just a few hours you can become smarter and funnier than the guy next door, so how can you resist?

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A fantastically funny collection of jokes and cartoons, some you will know, many will surprise you, it is a hilariously funny collection, well worth reading and then keeping on your shelf to read it again!

Available wherever good books are sold! (And on Amazon.)

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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – Caffe Cino

The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway

CAFFE CINO

“It’s Magic Time!” That colorful promise began each performance at the Caffe Cino, the storied Greenwich Village coffeehouse that fostered the gay and alternative theatre movements of the 1960s and launched the careers of such stage mainstays as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Robert Heide, Harry Koutoukas, Robert Patrick, Robert Dahdah, Helen Hanft, Al Pacino, and Bernadette Peters. As Off-Off-Broadway productions enjoy a deserved resurgence, theatre historian and actor Wendell C. Stone reopens the Cino’s doors in this vibrant look at the earliest days of OOB.

Rife with insider interviews and rich with evocative photographs, Caffe Cino: The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway provides the first detailed account of Joe Cino’s iconic café theatre and its influence on American theatre. A hub of artistic innovation and haven for bohemians, beats, hippies, and gays, the café gave a much-sought outlet to voices otherwise shunned by mainstream entertainment. The Cino’s square stage measured only eight feet, but the dynamic ideas that emerged there spawned the numerous alternative theatre spaces that owe their origins to the risky enterprise on Cornelia Street.

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Excerpt from the Introduction

Caffe Cino, 31 Cornelia Street, NYC

Joe Cino (L.) and Edward Albee at a benefit for the Caffe Cino after a fire, 1965, Photo: James D. Gossage.

For more information about Caffe Cino go here!

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Dec. 26th, 1958 – Edward R Murrow interview with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

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Sitting in their new Greenwich Village apartment Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward talk to newscaster Edward R.Murrow.

He talks about being a ‘rebel’,the individual and society. From his comments it seems that nothing much has changed.


Newman and Woodward interview 1958 by Edan96

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Fay Glassman Duo – An Interview with Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman

FAY GLASSMAN DUO

I saw Jeff Glassman and Lisa Fay perform at the IRT Theater located in the Archive building in NYC’s Greenwich Village in early December 2011.

Startlingly simple and gestural in nature they created a ‘movement composition’ like that of music.

They use a form of notation once they have fixed the pieces. Below are a few of the different ‘notation scores’ for their pieces.

Here is a link to their site where you can read more about their work and past shows.

Notation from ‘Time and Time Again’ 1996

Still of Jeff Glassman in ‘napse’  from the show.

Movement notation for Bunraku piece.

Notation for “Quartet” piece.

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Video Interview

I did an in depth interview with Jeff and Lisa after the show where they discuss they training, technique and work.

 

 

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Philippe Petit and Marcel Marceau improvise in Washington Sq. Park – 03/1983

Appeared in Village Voice/Howard Smith Scenes Column in the March 29th issue of 1983.

Marcel Marceau was in town performing his one-man show at City Center and coordinated to meet Philippe Petit in Washington Square Park.

They did a short improvisation before Marcel Marceau had to go uptown to prepare for his show. I happened to be there to take these photographs!