Some Dope on “The Comic”
Today is also Carl Reiner’s birthday — he was born the exact same day as Ray Goulding! What a great day for comedy. (And interesting to note…in routines with Sid Caesar and Mel Brooks, Reiner was usually a straight man very much analogous to the role Bob played for Ray).
I talk a little about Reiner in my new book Chain of Fools, mostly in the context of his 1969 silent comedy homage The Comic. Here’s a cool panel discussion he, Dick Van Dyke and Michelle Lee did on the subject of that film a few years back:
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 my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc