I came across the names of African American comedy team Moss and Fry (i.e., Arthur G. Moss and Edward Frye), a.k.a. “A Couple of Blackbirds” in the terrific book The Palace by Marion Spitzer. And ya know what? I’m gonna do a bait and switch. Comedy historian Anthony Balducci has already written the definitive blogpost about this team. Why be redundant? Go to his blog and read about the influential team here.
For more on vaudeville history, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.
Also 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 amaz