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Clown Comedy History Performing Arts Story Teller Television

Rodney D & Bill M. together! On television.

Surprisingly, Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray were never in a scene together in Caddyshack. Luckily that wasn’t the case in Rodney’s first prime – TV special in 1987.

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Video Women

Tallulah Bankhead–Trip to the Automat, 1957 TV

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen. Bankhead was known for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating wit. Originating some of the 20th-century theater’s preeminent roles in comedy and melodrama, she gained acclaim as an actress on both sides of the Atlantic. Bankhead became an icon of the tempestuous, flamboyant actress, and her unique voice and mannerisms are often subject to imitation and parody.

Tallulah hailed from the Brockman Bankheads, a prominent Alabama political family — her grandfather and uncle were U.S. Senators and her father served as an eleven-term member of Congress, the final two as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Tallulah’s support of liberal causes such as civil rights broke with the tendency of the Southern Democrats to support a more typically aligned agenda and she often opposed her own family publicly.

Primarily an actress of the stage, Bankhead did have one hit on film (Alfred Hitchcock‘s Lifeboat), as well as a brief but successful career on radio. She later made appearances on television, some of which have become classics.

In her personal life, Bankhead struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction and was infamous for her uninhibited sex life. Bankhead was capable of great kindness and generosity to those in need, supporting disadvantaged foster children and helping several families escape the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Bankhead was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1972, and the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1981. Upon her death, Bankhead was credited with nearly 300 films, stage, television, and radio roles. She is regarded as one of the 20th-century theatre’s great Leading Ladies.

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Book Shelf Cinema Comedy Story Teller Television Writer

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Zoomar” by Ernie Kovacs

One of television’s early pioneers. Ernie Kovacs wrote a novel. ZOOMAR in 1957

Published as a hardcover book and then released as a paperback. Here are the covers of both editions.

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Cover of ZOOMAR book with the spine.

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Inside back flap with Author’s bio.

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Paperback edition of the book published in 1959 by Bantam.

Ernie KovacsEdie Adams and Ernie Kovacs. A still from the ABC game show “Take a Good Luck” sponsored by Dutch Masters.

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Mask Mime Performing Arts Physical Theater Video

Mummenschanz on Muppets Show – 1976

Mummenschanz at NYU
In December, 2012 I saw Mummenschanz at The NYU Skirball Center. I originally saw them at the Bijou Theater (Demolished in 1982) in Times Square in 1977.
I decided to revisit them here and present excerpts from their Prime Time appearance on The Muppets Show from 1976.


Bernie Schurch, Floriana Frazzetto, Andres Bossard.

Here is their website.

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Performing Arts Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals interview with Ben Model – Ernie Kovacs – Pioneer of early TV

Ben Model is the archivist for the Ernie Kovacs library. And he has much to say about Ernie Kovacs. Having viewed the entire library of TV shows, personal films etc.

Shout Factory presents Ernie Kovacs DVD set

Here are some additional links that contain reviews (from the NY Times) of a bio and the collection of videos by Ernie Kovacs.

http://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/08/movies/tv-view-ernie-kovacs-a-comic-to-the-medium-born.html

http://www.nytimes.com/1984/05/14/arts/tv-review-life-of-ernie-kovacs-is-portrayed.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/08/arts/television/the-ernie-kovacs-collection-new-on-dvd.html?_r=0

To purchase the Ernie Kovacs DVD set go here!