Category Archives: Slapstick Comedy

Happy Birthday, Joe E. Brown!

Joseph Evans Brown was born on July 28, 1891 in Holgate, Ohio, near Toledo. In 1902, when only 10 years old, Brown joined a troupe of circus performers known as the Five Marvelous Ashtons. With them, her toured the US, … Continue reading

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British Music Hall

British Music Hall was born, to some degree, from protest and certainly from business owners seeing and seizing an opportunity. Well before it became a popular form of entertainment, puritan influences in England cast aspersions on the nature of actors … Continue reading

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The Drawing Room Comedy aka “But how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”

With Victorian times, the comedy of manners transformed into a drawing room comedy, a play in which the upper classes could be scoffed at as they tried to remain oh, so proper as crazy events took place around them. The … Continue reading

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Nasreddin: Trickster or Holy Man?

Yes, there are many ways to spell the name of Mullah Nasreddin. His longevity, legend and stories are known across a great swath of the planet, from Greece to Kurdistan, China to Romania, India to Russia. In Swahili and Indonesian … Continue reading

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Tricksters – Clowning For Conscience

Tricksters are among the most ancient mythological figures. They are archetypal characters from folklore and religion that use intelligence and supernatural knowledge to make up for physical weakness while employing cunning and subversive humor to play tricks on mortals. In … Continue reading

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Stan Laurel

A biography of the great Stan Laurel Continue reading

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Joseph Grimaldi – The Big Clown Daddy

Maybe you love clowns and maybe they give you the creeps. Either way, you can thank this guy: Joseph Grimaldi was an English actor, dancer, comedian and was the most popular performer of the Regency era. He is most famous … Continue reading

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