The Return of Cruel and Unusual Comedy

Ron Magliozzi, Steve Massa and Ben Model are reviving their excellent vintage comedy series at the Museum of Modern Art. Five new programs of (mostly) rare slapstick comedies, many of them the only surviving prints, from MoMA’s archives. Each program will be presented twice, accompanied on piano by Ben Model and introduced by Steve Massa. The series has gotten so popular they’ve moved it to Titus 1! The series launches tonight with films by John Bunny, Lupino Lane, Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard and others. For full info, go here.

To find out more about old school show bizconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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