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Vaudevisuals interview with Trav SD

The American Vaudeville Theatre

It was a pleasure to sit down with Trav SD and hear what he had to say about the upcoming American Vaudeville Theatre show at Under St. Marks.

Trav S.D.’s American Vaudeville Theatre (est. 1995) returns to its Lower East Side origins with a regular series of intimate, informal, seat-of-the-pants semi-improvised revues mixing elements ranging from the old Bowery saloons to Dada Cabaret, to radio comedy, featuring sketches, monologues and songs, plus wonderful line-ups of Trav’s favorite variety, music and comedy acts — usually wonderfully unique people of all sorts. This month we’ll have KOO KOO THE BIRD GIRL (all the way from Australia)

, whip-cracking tap dancer MAVEN PECK PECK, funny lady JENNIFER GLICK,

clown duo JEFF AND BUTTONS and more TBA!

Stay tune for new shows each month!

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Trav SD’s American Vaudeville Theatre @The Slipper Room – April 16th, 2019

Trav SD’s American Vaudeville Theater – 10th Year Celebration

Trav SD heads up the evenings festivities! 

Jonathan M.Smith performs a wonderful version of Georgie Jessel

Betsy Propane performing a lovely Sophie Tuckeresque song.

Bob Greenberg performs his wonderful version of Jackie Gleason and Oliver Hardy.

Lady Von Tramp (Daniela Paiewonsky) turned up the heat at The Slipper Room with her lovely act.

Dana Friedman crossed a few lines with her very moving stand up routine.

Closing the show was the deliriously handsome Wilfredo with his delightfully funny songs.

The curtain call once again called out the entire cast for a bow!

Jonathan Smith and Charley Layton before the show backstage.

For more Vaudeville news and related information check out the source TRAVALANCHE

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‘The Resistible Rise of JR Brinkley’ – United Theater Company No. 61

Written and directed by Edward Einhorn

The true story of a 1920’s con man (JR Brinkley) who made a fortune selling his impotence cure: surgically implanted goat testicles. He then became a radio star and a successful politician. A Brechtian parable about American Greatness, told with country music.John Blaylock was narrator, Blind Cowboy and Clyde Reed. Great performance!Minnie Brinkley (Jenny Lee Mitchell) and  JR Brinkley (Trav SD) broadcasting from his radio station

Julia Hoffman (Fishbein, Laura & others) back to back with Jenny Lee Mitchell.

 JR Brinkley (Trav SD) giving one of his heated political speeches.

Julia Hoffmann performing one of the other characters so played so well.

Jimmy (Craig Anderson) telling his story about the successful operation by JR.Brinkley.

JR Brinkley (Trav SD) and Fishbein (Julia Hoffman) go head to head about medical malpractice.

Jimmy (Craig Anderson) preaching on the radio show of Minnie(Jenny Lee Mitchell) and JR Brinkley.(Trav SD.)

Arrangements: Tom Berger
Music Direction: Richard Philbin
Costume Designer: Ramona Ponce
Lighting Designer : Jeff Nash
Scenic Artist: Eric Shanower
Stage Manager: Berit Johnson
Assistant Director: Becca Silbert
Graphic Design (image above): Clinton Corbett

“A fresh, energetic, biting satire that deconstructs the power of the con man and the charming story teller” Show Biz

For additional information on United Theater Company No. 61.

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Vaudevisuals interview with Edward Einhorn – ‘The Resistible Rise of J.R. Brinkley’.


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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Chain of Fools”

CHAIN OF FOOLS by Trav S.D.

Chain of Fools traces the art of slapstick comedy from its pre-cinema origins in the ancient pantomime through its silent movie heyday in the teens and twenties, then on to talkies, television, and the Internet. As in his first book, the critically acclaimed No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, author Trav S.D. mixes a wicked wit, a scholar’s curiosity, and a keen critical appreciation for laugh-makers through the ages, from classical clowns like Joseph Grimaldi to comedy kings like Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton . . . to more recent figures, from Red Skelton, Sid Caesar and Ernie Kovacs to Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell . . . all the way down to the teenagers on YouTube whose backyard antics bring us full circle to slapstick’s beginnings. This valentine to the great clowns contains enough insights and surprises to open the eyes of even life-long comedy fans.

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Silent Film Music Composer Ben Model has this to say about the book!

“I have read a lot of books on silent comedy in film. A lot of them. “Chain of Fools” is not like any of these books, and in a refreshing way. Trav S.D. manages to combine a personal journey through the work of the various luminaries of wordless comedy with the act of also laying them chronologically end-to-end, and manages to do so in an entertaining and humorous way. As he did in his book on Vaudeville, “No Applause, Just Throw Money: the Book that Made Vaudeville Famous”, Trav traces the arc of silent comedy back further than most film historians do in their books, and follows it further into the present as well. “Chain of Fools” is not just about silent comedy itself but its place in our culture and how it’s been a consistent part of it. It’s a fun read, and accessible to both novice and seasoned historian. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (And if you’re not aware of it already, do pick up Trav S.D.’s No Applause–Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous)”

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“When I first saw the cover of the book I smiled. This was not Chaplin and Eric Campbell from “Easy Street” or something, it was Author Trav S.D.’s little joke. The principles of the cover were Billy West and Oliver Hardy, THAT introduced me properly to this wonderful book of other film comedians, some famous, some obscure. This is not a reference book, it can be read for pure joy and the author adds his opinions to these characters making them come to life again. You may consider me a fan of Trav from his first book “No Applause Just Throw Money,” for this author brings the same amount of joy and authority to enrich reader’s knowledge of the legacies of the unknown or forgotten. This is pure prose from cover to cover and it could pass for a course study…only this tome is too entertaining for dry lecture. The author has contributed something special in “Chain of Fools,” (Bearmanor Media). This is a five-star rating.” – William Cassara

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Vaudevisuals interview with Robert Prichard – “Surf Reality”

 The interview with SURF REALITY  co-founder Robert Prichard

Performers who played Surf Reality include: (A Who’s Who of the downtown performing arts scene)

Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Louis Black, Rick Shapiro, Jeff Ross, Judah Friedlander, Sarah Gold, Sonya Sohn, Michael Portnoy, John S Hall and King Missile, Kimya Dawson and Moldy Peaches, Seth Faergolzia (Dufus), St. Rev Jen Miller , Faceboy, Maggie Estep, Angelo Moore (Dr. Mad Vibe from Fishbone), World Famous Bob, Michael Moschen, Matt Mitler, Glen Heroy, Ben Stiller, Trav SD, Irwin Smalls Trio, a comedy duo featuring Adam Felber (head writer for Bill Maher), Eric Drysdale (head writer for Colbert Report), Tammy Faye Starlite, Premium Bob (avant-garde comedy duo), Jay Martel, Steve Ratazzi, Todd Alcott, The Poster Boys, Mo B Dick, Linda HillMike Epps, Deb Margolin, James Godwin, Coo-Coo Handler. Tom Burnett, Akim Funk Buddha, Brad Prowley, Bob Greenberg, Dave Konig, Burn Manhattan, Colleen Werthman, Sloven & Allen, Randy and Jason Sklar, Amy Sohn, David Jenness, Victor Verhaeghe, Robert Sikoryak, Alien Comic (Tom Murrin), Doug Skinner, Aaron Beale, Peter Pitofsky, Zeroboy
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“The atmosphere is more party than performance. The audience — many of whom will perform — bring beer from the local delis. Typical hallway conversation runs like this: “I’ll go on for three minutes, then you break in with this poem . . .” All performers get a care package, which this night included a condom, a lollipop, and a mint.”
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 Quotes from the press about Surf Reality!
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“At Surf Reality a form of comedy is being worked on even more alternative than alternative comedy”  – The New Yorker
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“Surf Reality is …the brackish undertow of the cultural comedic wave, a radical rejection of standard stand-up” – The Wall Street Journal
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 “Surf Reality continues its quest to present the best in alternative comedy” – Daily News
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“Best Performance Art, Very Funny.”  – NY Press, Best of Manhattan ’97
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“Surf Reality, the Lower East Side’s infamous bastion of cutting edge, theatrical zaniness…” – Shout Magazine 1999
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 Check out the Surf Reality website from back-in-the-day! 
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Written History of Surf Reality by Robert Prichard
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 One of the many productions that Surf Reality’s Tom and Rob produced after leaving Allen Street was a show titled
Radical Vaudeville“.
Here is a review of Radical Vaudeville presented at The Krane Theatre in 2014.
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Article in The Villager about Robert’s project in 2012 titled “64 Paintings”
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One of the posters for FACEBOY’s OPEN MIKE show. 
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Interior shot of Surf Reality
Surf Reality Theater interior
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Flyer created to announce Reverend Jen’s ‘Warrior Elf” show.
Rev Jen's Warrior Elf show poster
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“Grindhouse A-Go-Go” poster  circa 1999
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Poster from Jan 1998 
Robert is currently the ‘Talent Director” of  RadioFreeBrooklyn – a non-commercial  freeform Internet radio station.
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Flashback! Introducing Vaudephone – Episode 1 – Poor Baby Bree

Originally posted on April 12, 2012.
Created using freePostcard

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

Recorded at Dixon Place on October 25th, 2011.

Travis and I both really enjoyed making these Vaudephone videos but couldn’t find a ‘sponsor’ to finance the continuation of the productions. Based on the Vitaphone series that is currently being packaged on DVD. So here is the first one and I will be posting more of them in the coming weeks! Enjoy!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Edward Einhorn – “Money Lab”

Vaudevisuals interviewed Edward Einhorn who conceived and curated the MONEY LAB. Opening at HERE Arts Center at 145 6th Avenue, NYC
It is described as 'an economic vaudeville, a multi-disciplinary experiment to discover whether economic ideas can be represented through performance.'
In this interview Edward talks about the Money Lab and the many aspects of the project/performances.

For more information on the MONEY LAB go here:

MONEY LAB – March 20 – April 11
Tickets $20, plus a required $5 – 10 buy in
PLUS: EVERY NIGHT HAS TWO PREMIUM SET AVAILABLE: $50 EACH
EXTRA BENEFITS! PRIORITY SEATING WITH MORE LEGROOM! FREE SNACKS!
Conceived and curated by Edward Einhorn
Game design: Edward Einhorn and Gyda Arber
Assistant producer: Patrice Miller
Stage manager: Berit Johnson
Set design: Christopher Heilman
Lighting design: Jeff Nash
Video design: Gil Sperling
Costume consultant and design: Natalie Loveland
Sound engineering and design: Travis Wright
Concessions manager: Corinne Woods
Interns: Joshua Espinoza, Allison Hohman, Angelica Sumner

Hosted by Mick O’Brien

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2014 New York Clown Theatre Festival – ‘tinydangerous-popcorn’

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!

2014.09.21_NYCTF_019John Leo and Andy Sapora start the show off with some eccentric dancing and stuff.

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2014.09.21_NYCTF_045Andy Sapora juggles some razor pen knives for some ‘ooohs and aaahs’.

2014.09.21_NYCTF_058John Leo pierces this arm with a long needle and bleeds a little. (the ‘dangerous’ part of tiny dangerous’.)

2014.09.21_NYCTF_069Just before intermission Andy and John make an ‘offering’ to the audience of some really delicious cookies.

2014.09.21_NYCTF_071Three audience members accept the offering and are ‘drafted’ to make a short film during intermission.

2014.09.21_NYCTF_078After intermission and before screening the films Andy sets his arm on fire for a more ‘ooohs and aaahs’.

2014.09.21_NYCTF_079More ‘insane’ antics followed this but due to ‘R’ rated website I am not able to post the photos.

Here are links to the films that were screened.

Hilary Chaplain – “Happy Hour

Noah Diamond – A Vaudephone Presentation – “United Nations Song”

Trav S.D. – “Too Much Nutcracker

The Maestrosities – ‘Topeka Tomorrow

Wayne Wilson/Franco Dragone – “Willie Jones: Trouble with Love

Yang Miller – “Humor Seminar with Phillip Dunman”

Jeff Seal – “Lazer Katzenberg

Emily James -“Flag Crew

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Noah Diamond – “I’ll Say She Is”

Noah Diamond plays GROUCHO and also had his hand in recreating the lost Marx Brother’s show “I’ll Say She Is” which is opening at the Fringe Festival in NYC on August 10th, 2014.t 10 – 22

Here is an interview with Noah talking about all things Marx Brothers and the upcoming delightful “I’ll Say She Is” Marx Brothers lost play.

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For more information about the play and to get tickets go here.
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Directed and Produced by Trav SD.