Dave Marion (ca. 1864-1934) was an example of the range of creativity within burlesque. As a performer he was best known for playing a stuttering character called Snuffy the Cabman, well-loved in every city where the Empire circuit had a presence. But he was also a producer, and by all reports his Dreamland Burlesquer revues, which toured circa 1908 through the 1920s compared favorably with those of Ziegfeld, with top talent like Leon Errol and Joseph Urban among his artistic staff. As the above demonstrates, the multi-talented Marion even wrote songs for his shows.
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.