Talented Little People were quite a draw for audiences from the early 1920s through the 1950s. Billy Barty was no exception! His talent was musical and comedic. Here he is appearing on the Spike Jones show impersonating the extravagant musical media star Liberace. Along with Sir Frederic Gas (Earl Bennett) performing as Lee’s brother, George. Liberace and George, who played the violin, performed together when they started out. NBC ~ January 30th, 1954.
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I was happy to have the invitation to interview them in the studio where they rehearse.
The duo called Polygraph Lounge is Mark Stewart and Rob Schwimmer. Together they create new music and perform some of the classics of Spike Jones and other eccentric and delightfully odd music pioneers. I had the chance to meet with them in their rehearsal studio and got a bit of insight into their zany and musically talented work.
Mark told me that he had a song which explained in music what he and Rob do to create their original songs and mayhem.
Here is an clip from the concert they performed in France at the Marciac Jazz Festival.
See them perform live at Joe’s Pub this coming December 14th.
You will laugh out loud!!!
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“Bobby McFerrin needs no help in entertaining a crowd. Even so, this afternoons collaboration with the zany Polygraph Lounge (at Carnegie Hall) ought to be especially memorable for young and old alike.”