Frank Bush: Dialect Specialist

Frank Bush (1860-1930) was a character monologist from the very earliest days of vaudeville/ last days of variety. He got his start in the saloons of New York’s Five Points section, doing Hebrew, Irish, Yankee and “Dutch” (or German) characters. The University of Georgia has a tremendous web site called Virtual Vaudeville that will tell you way more about Frank Bush than I can. Go here for a squib on Bush and links to contemporary descriptive clippings (choose “About the Acts”). Go here for a virtual reality re-creation of his actual act!

To find out more about  the history of vaudevilleconsult 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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