The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy by Nesteroff Kliph

The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy by Nesteroff Kliph

Author:Nesteroff, Kliph [Nesteroff, Kliph]
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Published: 2015-11-03T05:00:00+00:00


Edward Albee. The vaudeville mogul aligned himself with church groups to crush competitors, smearing them as immoral.

B. F. Keith’s New Theatre, p. 48/Wikimedia Commons

The Ziegfeld Follies made big stars of comedians, including Eddie Cantor, here in blackface.

George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division [LC-DIG-ggbain-29109]

The “presentation house” appeared ornate but backstage was a different story. In most, a forty-five-minute stage show featuring an orchestra, a singer, a dance team and a comedian preceded the latest movie.

left: The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts/Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division [HABS OHIO,25-COLB,4—24]

right: The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts/Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division [HABS OHIO,25-COLB,4—61]



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