Stars of the AVT #73: Moses Josiah
This post is one of a series profiling the hundreds of performers I’ve presented through my American Vaudeville Theatre in celebration of its 15th anniversary. Don’t miss the American Vaudeville Theatre’s 15th Anniversary ExTRAVaganza in the New York International Fringe Festival this August!
Moses Josiah is the one actual musical saw player I have presented in the AVT to date. He was in my show No Applause, Just Throw Money: the Show That Made Vaudeville Famous at Theater for the New City in Fall 2008. A native of Guyana, nearly 80 years old, he would come in with his saw and play along to cassette tapes of easy listening hits. Unfortunately I didn’t get a recording of his set in my show, but here’s some video of him in the subway!
To learn more about vaudeville past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.