Chain of Fools Book Signing and Film Screening

Please Join Us For the FREE Chain of Fools Launch Event
Wednesday, May 22, 7-9 pm
at the Brick Theater, 579 Metropolitan Ave, Willismaburg Brooklyn
Trav S.D. launches his new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube
with a FREE screening of new, original silent comedies made by himself (with Hilary Chaplain),
Piper McKenzie Productions (Hope Cartelli & Jeff Lewonczyk),
Jeff Seal, Jim MooreBen Model, and
(all the way from England) Christopher Michael, et al!
Film screening to be followed by a book signing and celebration!
The Brick Theater is at 579 Metropiltan Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Please go here for info and directions.
Early Reactions Are In — Please check ’em out! 
* New review by Janelle Vreeland at the blog Curtains here.
Martin Denton’s small press blog review is here.
* Please go here for an excellent interview about the origins of the book on Cultureradar with Michael Criscuolo
* Please go here for our first rave, by Scott Stiffler in the Community Media family of papers
* And here is our entry as Bear Manor Media’s Author of the Week. 
Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, by Trav S.D. is now available to order through Bear Manor Media (
About the book: Chain of Fools traces the art of slapstick comedy from its pre-cinema origins in the ancient pantomime through its silent movie heyday in the teens and twenties, then on to talkies, television, and the internet. Author Trav S.D. mixes a wicked wit, a scholar’s curiosity, and a keen critical appreciation for laugh-makers through the ages, from classical clowns like Joseph Grimaldi to comedy kings like Mack SennettCharlie ChaplinHarold Lloyd and Buster Keaton…to more recent figures, from Red SkeltonSid Caesar and Ernie Kovacs to Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell…all the way down to the teenagers on YouTube whose backyard antics bring us full circle to slapstick’s beginnings. This valentine to the great clowns contains enough insights and surprises to open the eyes of even life-long comedy fans.
About the Author:  Writer and performer Trav S.D. is best known for his 2005 book No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous. He has contributed to the New York Times, American Theater, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, The New York Sun, Reason, and many other publications. A frequent radio guest and public speaker, his voice has been heard on the Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC), The Sound of Young America (NPR), The Joey Reynolds Show (WOR), Cat Radio Café (WBAI), the Halli Casser-Jayne Show and a dozen others throughout the country . Since 2008, he has also written the popular arts and culture blog Travalanche(
To learn about this or other BearManor Media titles, please visit their website at Soon to be available also through Ingram and as well.

2 Responses to “Chain of Fools Book Signing and Film Screening”

  1. Well I can’t make it, ‘coz I’m in Canada. Next time (if I ever make it there) it will be a book ‘autographing’! How’s that for cool, uh?….eh? ….oh yeah….


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