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Posted in April Fool's Day, Comedy, Comedy Teams, Hollywood (History), Marx Brothers, Movies, Silent Film with tags , , on April 1, 2014 by travsd


Just got the exciting news from the folks at Marxfest that a 23 second fragment of the lost silent Marx Brothers film HUMOR RISK, self-financed by the team in 1921, was discovered earlier this month and is now in the hands of a private archive. Previously thought destroyed in its entirety, this small portion of the film was found in the garage of the former Great Neck, NY estate of Groucho Marx. The clip is short on plot, but you can already see the beginnings of the magic that would make their later sound pictures so popular: 

Charley Chase in “April Fool”

Posted in April Fool's Day, Charley Chase, Comedy, HOLIDAYS/ FESTIVALS/ MEMORIALS/ PARADES, Hollywood (History), Movies, Silent Film with tags , , , on April 1, 2014 by travsd


Happy April Fool’s Day! In honor of the day we share Charley Chase’s hilarious 1924 comedy for Hal RoachApril Fool. Joke shop pranks aplenty at the expense of cub reporter Jimmy Jump in this excerpt from the short. Perhaps it will provide some inspiration for hijinx!. The score is by the ubiquitous Ben Model. 

For more on comedy film history see my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from etc etc etc


For more on show biz historyconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.


Celebrate April Fool’s Day with Tall Tales & the Big Con

Posted in April Fool's Day, HOLIDAYS/ FESTIVALS/ MEMORIALS/ PARADES, Indie Theatre, ME, My Shows, PLUGS with tags , on April 1, 2011 by travsd


Fortune Telling, Con Men, Hucksters, Imposters, Myths, Legends …

They’re all the stuff of Trav S.D.’s Tent Show Tetrgrammaton. Three more chances to see it, including the perfect day of all days: April Fool’s Day.

In the inconceivable event you haven’t yet seen it yet, perhaps some of the attached clips, articles and reviews will convince you!:

* Background essays by me on Universal Rundle, Grippo, and the inspiration for the evening.
* Terrific reviews of the show by Scott Stiffler (the Villager); Adam McGovern (Comic Critique) and Mateo Moreno (Big Vision, Empty Waller).
* A podcast interview on featuring myself, Carolyn Raship, Timothy McCown Reynolds, and Sarah Engelke. Find out what’s in this mysteriously-named show, and why it has that mysterious name, by going here.
* A photoessay by the amazing Jim Moore on his web site Vaudevisuals. See gorgeous pix of the show by going here..
* An interview with Carolyn Raship on the New York Theatre Review blog. To read about her and her working directing Strega Nona, go here.
* And these two swell video previews on Vimeo, plugging The Strange Case of Grippo the Apeman and Strega Nona (click on title for link to the clip.)
To find out more about the show itself, and how to see it, go here. We hope to see you there. Only three chances left!


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