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Joe Franklin – A Pioneer in Entertainment – Dies at 88

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 3.12.03 AMFB(Joe Franklin at The Bowery Poetry Club hosting the Loose Caboose Variety Show 6/2012)

Longtime radio and TV show host Joe Franklin died Saturday at the age of 88.

Franklin died of cancer, according to his former producer, Steve Garrin, the Associated Press reported.

Long before Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien, Franklin sat behind a desk and interviewed movie stars and up-and-coming musicians.

According to Franklin’s website he was, “in many ways, the pioneer of the modern TV talk show format.”

Franklin began hosting The Joe Franklin show in 1950. During his career he talked to more than 300,000 guests including Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli, according to his website.

Franklin was often parodied on Saturday Night Live by Billy Crystal, and played himself in the movies Manhattan, Ghostbusters, 29th Street, and Broadway Danny Rose.

Billy Crystal tweeted about Franklin’s death on Sunday, writing that, “Joe Franklin was a New York original, I grew up watching Memory Lane and loved imitating him on SNL. A sad day for all who knew him.”

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100th Anniversary of The Palace Theatre -The Theatre Museum Excellence Awards @ The Players Club

100th Anniversary of The Palace Theatre in New York City. June 3rd, 2013

Palace Theatre 100th Anniversary

An evening of Awards of Excellence from The Theatre Museum and A Variety show like those presented at The Palace Theatre.

2013.06.03_PlayersClb_013An Award was given to Helen Marie Guditis for Distiguished Service to the Theatre. It was accepted by her brother Albert.

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Emerson College was given the Award for 'Theatre Arts Eduction".

Melia Bensusssen accepted the Theatre Arts Education Award for Emerson College.

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A Vaudeville Tribute to The Palace Theatre’s 100th Anniversary

Producer/Aufhor and Performer Trav SDTrav S.D. introduces the evening of festivities for the 100th Anniversary.

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Master of Ceremonies Todd Robbins tries to hypnotize the audience.Master of Ceremonies Todd Robbins tries to hypnotize the audience.

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Rope handler and whip cracker Chris McDaniel opened the show.Rope handler and whip cracker Chris McDaniel opened the show.

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Ariela Pizza performed a delightful song with some dancing.Ariela Pizza performed a delightful song with some dancing.

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Poor Baby Bree took us back in time with her  songs.Poor Baby Bree took us back in time with her  songs.

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Rod Kimball and Andy Sapora performed a wacky act together.Rod Kimball and Andy Sapora performed  together.

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Rebecca Joy Fletcher dancing with Theatre Museum Chairman Stuart F. Lane during her act.Rebecca Joy Fletcher dancing with Theatre Museum Chairman Stewart F. Lane during her act.

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2013.06.03_PlayersClb_259Ron Hutchinson introduced some video clips of the Vitaphone Project of vaudeville stars projected at the end of the evening.

The Theatre Museum Awards were produced by Alyssa Renzi

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Also at the evening’s festivities was Joe Franklin and Will Jordan. Both spoke about their days in show business.

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For more information on The Theatre Museum go here.

For more information on Trav S.D go here. (Producer of the Vaudeville show this night)

For more information on The Vitaphone Project go here.

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The Loose Caboose – ‘un vaudeville spectale’ at Bowery Poetry Club – June 22, 2012

Hosted by the One and Only

The Legendary JOE FRANKLIN

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Great Evening for Vaudeville and Burlesque!

To open the show was the comedian and social commentator Nick Vatterott

Nick Vatterott performs comedy using character and social commentary.

A funny commentary on the cell phones and communication hit the audience’s funny bone!

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Michael Richter performs many acts but tonight he spun some plates over the audience.

Michael Richter performs some amazing plate juggling.

Michael Richter balances a plate way above the stage.

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Couples therapy with Shane Webb and Adam Wilson.

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Titillating Tansy removes her gloves with her teeth in a most ‘titillating’ way.

That look of love from Titillating Tansy!

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INTERMISSION

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Mr Gorgeous performs in his new Superhero outfit.

Mr Gorgeous performs in his new Superhero outfit.

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Elizabeth Munn performs at the Aerial silk at LOOSE CABOOSE.

Elizabeth Munn performs above the audience.

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Shelly Watson belts out a classic Dinah Shore song.

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Kyle Peterson manipulates some cigar boxes with some ‘doubt’.

Kyle Peterson secures all the cigar boxes after this juggling act.

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The Chi-Ciones heat up the room at LOOSE CABOOSE

3 Women who got the room really ‘cooking’.

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Shane Webb and Joe Franklin pick the winner Raffle ticket.

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Shelly Watson clenches her fist after a great night of entertainment!

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The Loose Caboose Vaudeville Revue is every 4th Friday of the Month.

Click here for more information.

The evening’s entertainment is preceded by a selection from Tom Stathes’ Vintage Cartoon Collection.