A portrait of the great radio comic follows his rise to popularity from vaudeville--where he appeared as "World's Worst Juggler"--to the Broadway stage, and on to "Town Hall Tonight"--his wildly popular radio show.
For two decades Fred Allen, "the man with the flat voice," was America's most brilliant radio humorist, and for a time his program was the most popular in the country. This appreciative biography, enlivened by hundreds of quotations from Allen's books, journals, letters, scrapbooks, Continue reading...
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The Marx Brothers and World War I
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The Trivia Section of the day at 2:00 pm with Brett Leveridge
Noah Diamond displays one of the Prizes for Trivia winner. Marx Brothers Comic Book.
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Marx Brothers Sing-Along
Marx Brothers Singalong: "Alone"
There are two kinds of people: those who would enjoy a group singalong of Marx Brothers songs, and those who simply don't know how to have fun. I assert that you have not truly lived until you've heard a room Continue reading...
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...
Warm up to a cup of Vaudevisuals every morning!
In case you missed some of the postings this year I will be doing a monthly review starting today for the next 11 days.
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January 2016 - Vaudevisuals Postings
FLASHBACK – ‘BOUFFON GLASS MENAJOREE” AT THE BRICK
THE REGARD OF FLIGHT – BILL IRWIN
VENTRILOQUIST/JUGGLER/ENTERTAINER SENOR WENCES
THE VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – “NIGHTMARE ALLEY”
MAD JENNY AND THE SOCIETY BAND’S ‘LOVE UND GREED’
THE VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF Continue reading...
I usually post 'The Vaudevisuals Bookshelf' once a week but this week is 'Special'.
The publication of Noah Diamond's new book "Gimme A Thrill".
I will let you read the text on Amazon since I am a photographer mostly!
A BROADWAY LEGEND OF 1924 Includes more than eighty rare photographs, some published here for the first time. Before they made the films which are their principal legacy, the Marx Brothers were the stars of three Broadway musicals in the 1920s. Two of these, The Cocoanuts and Animal Continue reading...
Born Julius Marx in 1890, the brilliant comic actor who would later be known as Groucho was the most verbal of the famed comedy team, the Marx Brothers, his broad slapstick portrayals elevated by ingenious wordplay and double entendre. In his spirited biography of this beloved American iconoclast, Lee Siegel views the life of Groucho through the lens of his work on stage, screen, and television. The author uncovers the roots of the performer’s outrageous intellectual acuity and hilarious Continue reading...
Lord Buckley appeared on the TV show "You Bet Your Life" hosted by Groucho Marx. This episode was telecast near Spring 1955.
At the 6:28 mark of this show Lord Buckley utters the word 'Groovy' years before it became part of the popular lexicon.
A wonderful example of TV and the shows that use to light up the tube. Continue reading...
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!
THE MARX BROTHERS LEGENDARY 1924 Production returned to the stage for the first time in 90 years!
Video taped on the last night of the Fringe Festival's production of "I'll Say She Is" by Jim R Moore
Stills excerpted from the video by Noah Diamond.
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"Welcome to the lowest dive in the city, where creatures of the underworld drug their brains with poisonous poppy."
Pictured are: Melissa Roth, Kita St. Cyr, Emily Turner Marsland, Francine Daveta, Amber Bloom, Alexis Thomason and Lefty Continue reading...