Wow! just got a stellar plug for my book No Applause by Adam Buckman on MediaPost’s TV Blog. The context is blackface and comedians Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. It’s pretty intimidating to be a commentator on such a fraught subject at the moment, on the other hand, I do like to communicate to fellow white people who didn’t get the memo 150 years ago that blackface is abhorrent and needs to be condemned in all times and all places. Because believe it or not, I encounter apologists for it ALL THE TIME. At any rate, the article is here.
To learn more about vaudeville, please see No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, and for more on classic comedy please read Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube.