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“I’ll Say She Is” in WSJ & Jewish Week: Opens Tomorrow!

Posted in Comedy Teams, Indie Theatre, Marx Brothers, ME, My Shows, PLUGS with tags , , on May 27, 2016 by travsd


Preview performances for I’ll Say She Is, our revival of the lost 1924 Marx Brothers Broadway musical begin tomorrow! If you didn’t get your ticket yet, the more fool you! But there’s still a chance, just go here. 

The hoopla has already begun with two major preview features, one in the Wall Street Journal and one in Jewish Week.  I’m very excited that the production got this coverage; much less thrilled with my own representation in the pieces. Despite my daily protestations to the contrary, people will persist in identifying me as a “vaudeville historian.” Look at the masthead of this blog, created three years AFTER No Applause was written. Is “historian” among that long list of job titles? It lists everything BUT that. For me, personally, it’s getting dire, and know that I will be taking major steps over the next several months to disabuse people once and for all that I want anything to do with such a role. I have a handful of “Stars of Vaudeville” posts to get out (I do them to publicize my book; for no other reason), and then, my dears, I am stepping the fuck away from that role I never wanted, never asked for, and detest.

Above this, the Jewish Week guy used only my most irrelevant remarks, misrepresented what I said, and then shoe-horned them into some pre-existing point he wanted to make. But I guess the press have always been monsters, and I’m sure there are plenty of you that would include me under that umbrella. At any rate, feel free skip over the parts that have to with me in both pieces. They are rubbish. But I’ll Say She Is is great! Tickets and way more info are here. 

30 % Off Our Books!

Posted in BOOKS & AUTHORS, Broadway, Comedians, Comedy, Comedy Teams, Hollywood (History), Indie Theatre, Marx Brothers, ME, PLUGS, Silent Film with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2016 by travsd


This just in — and don’t be caught snoozin’! Bear Manor Media has announced a Memorial Day Sale, staring tomorrow May 28, 2016 and running through the end of the month. 30% of all paperback titles! This can’t be beat! Just go to their website ( starting tomorrow and use the discount code MDthirty. It’s just that simple!

Now, whenever I go through their catalog, I find I want to own every single book they carry. (e.g.., a new one about Ed Wynn by Garry Berman caught my eye this morning. ). But here’s three in particular I’d like to flog for obvious reasons:

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Yes, I know I hustle my book about silent comedy Chain of Fools every day, but here’s your chance to get it at a whopping discount! Order it here. 


Gimme a Thrill, Noah Diamond’s excellent new book about the Odyssey of realizing his dream of getting I’ll Say She Is on the boards. I’m in it, too! Buy it here. 

This is the book that convinced me Bear Manor was A-OK. Steve Stoliar’s amazing testimony about Groucho Marx‘s final days, written by a guy who had front row seats at the car wreck. It’s currently being made into a movie directed by Rob Zombie! To get your copy of Raised Eyebrows, go here.

For these three and much more go to Bear Manor Media, but wait until tomorrow (if you can, that is) because that is when the sale starts, you see.

Magic Brian’s Deserted Island Adventure!

Posted in Comedy, Contemporary Variety, Indie Theatre, Magicians/ Mind Readers/ Quick Change, PLUGS with tags , , , on May 20, 2016 by travsd


Tanya Solomon, The Truth Assassin: 3 Shows Only!

Posted in BROOKLYN, Contemporary Variety, Indie Theatre, Magicians/ Mind Readers/ Quick Change, PLUGS with tags , , , , on May 12, 2016 by travsd


Jim Moore’s Pix of the Recent Slipper Room Show!

Posted in Contemporary Variety, Indie Theatre, ME, My Shows, SOCIAL EVENTS, Vaudeville etc. with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2016 by travsd

The great and ubiquitous Jim R. Moore of came to our recent Slipper Room Show celebrating 20 years of the American Vaudeville Theatre, 1000 vaudevillians on Travalanche, and raising money for, and awareness of, the new version of I’ll Say She Is, opening at the Connelly Theatre on May 28!


Your host Trav S.D., who appears to sending a secret signal to a confederate in the balcony



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Also in the show were: WILL HALL , JO “BOOBS” WELDONZERO BOYJONNY PORKPIE and NELSON LUGO.  We raised around a grand for the show and every little bit helps. Thanks to all involved. Another way to support I’ll Say She Is is to buy your tickets NOW! Do that here. 

“Kentucky” Opens Tonight

Posted in AMERICANA, Crackers, Indie Theatre, PLUGS with tags , on April 20, 2016 by travsd


Gimme a Thrill: The Story of “I’ll Say She Is”

Posted in BOOKS & AUTHORS, Broadway, Comedy Teams, Indie Theatre, Marx Brothers, ME, My Shows, PLUGS with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2016 by travsd


I’ve been impatient for this day to come! Noah Diamond’s excellent new book about the Odyssey of realizing his dream of getting I’ll Say She Is on the boards is now available. I’ve read it (you might say I’m one of the characters in the book) and it wont surprise you if I report that Noah writes prose as well as he does everything else. Triple threats are passe — a thing of the past. Noah is at the very least a quintuple threat — just like those five kids up in Canada! Buy the book here. 


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