Ed Wynn and Buster Keaton

Today is the birthday of Star of Vaudeville # 76: Ed Wynn (for my full article on him go here).

Here he is introducing Buster Keaton on his television show in 1949, a spot that played a crucial role in reviving Buster’s career in his last decade and a half.

To find out more about the variety arts 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. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.

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