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Its influence on everything from USO shows to Ed Sullivan to The Muppet Show and The Gong Show More than a uaint historical curiosity vaudeville is thriving today and Trav SD pulls back the curtain on the vibrant subculture that exists across the United States a vast grassroots network of fire eaters human blockheads burlesue performers and bad comics intent on taking vaudeville into its second century. No Applause—Just Throw Money blends the best of compelling storytelling with thorough rigorous research Author Trav SD Donald Travis Stewart traces the ancestry of Vaudeville style entertainment from Antiuity touching on the Middle Ages the 17th and 18th centuries; and uickly into 19th century America leading up to the official beginning of Vaudeville around 1880 lasting from roughly the early 1880s to late 1920s But it’s not a dry history text by any means uite the opposite this story is a blaze of glory in American history that too few people know aboutThe book nicely balances two fascinating areas of Vaudeville’s originality 1 the massive escalation of talent that came from performers perfecting their act and then after perfecting it performing it for 10000 or 20000 times in hundreds of theaters across the country; 2 the unprecedented Business side coining the term “Show Business” the first time “Show Folk” were commoditized into a business and worked a circuit like a modern day Chain store for acts These two features were new and uniue to Vaudeville which differentiates it from the centuries of precursors as well as from the types of show business since thenThe millionaire owners of the “Chain Stores” or circuits as they were called themselves were a colorful cast of characters Several of them ran away with the circus as boys and seized opportunities to advance into the business side Those circus runaways invented the cash cow that became Vaudeville A salient feature of Vaudevillians which Trav SD highlights very well is that successful performers rarely banked on one ability no matter how proficient and impressive One trick entertainers generally failed A comedian would need top notch material to keep the live audience in stitches but also to be proficient in juggling tap dancing and piano for example It is hard to imagine this extreme of human development happening today or ever again for that matter There is simply no need for it any TV and film do not reuire anything remotely close from its actors and performers And for this level of relentless discipline and excruciating pain no one is going to put themselves through it for no reasonThere has never been a time with diverse and colorful characters erupting so rapidly onto one huge nationwide entertainment scene Trav SD brilliantly portrays that veritable zoo of misfits and geniuses they seem to have exerted energy and demonstrated greater skill than in any great past movement or any other era of human achievement Nothing before or since approximates the upheavals of talent and drama that this brief generation witnessed The business side and the performance side eually climbed to the heights of madness and method like a self contained universe where anything can happen and the laws of physics were optional The unbelievable diversity of crazy personalities all working together in this national factory of creativity make this labyrinthine spectacle pure original and unrepeatable Trav SD generously shares the whole chaotic mess in crystalline organic structure that perfectly mirrors the subject Having thoroughly fleshed out the historical antecedents and having traveled the actual heydays of Vaudeville the author nicely tracks Vaudeville’s influences on what followed The list of the famous mid and late 20th century stars who started in Vaudeville was often very surprising For example Burt Lancaster Cary Grant Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck all started in Vaudeville Not so surprisingly Fred Astaire Ginger Rogers Bob Hope Milton Berle Jack Benny Jimmy Durante and George Burns started in Vaud Then there’s Oscar Hammerstein the Marx Brothers Judy Garland Buster Keaton Charlie Chaplin WC Fields Mae West James Cagney the Three Stooges Abbot and Costello and the list goes onThis is a true scholarly work drawing from about 200 sources deeply informed by those who knew the performers and experienced Vaudeville first hand or in many cases by the performers themselves; and by extensive research into related channels that flow into Vaudeville The result is a very full and clear picture of the 45 year phenomenon Trav SD’s amazing accomplishment is how coherently he weaves together all the disparate threads into a beautifully unified expression of the era Reading experiences just don’t get any better than this and I have a Master of Arts in literature and have read thousands of books including the classics While reading the book I felt like I was living in the time Having read the book I feel like I literally went back in time not just figuratively and now I’m remembering actual experiences at the Palace Theater Daniel (Council Enforcers, year phenomenon Trav SD’s amazing accomplishment is how coherently he weaves together all the disparate threads into a beautifully unified expression of the era Reading experiences just don’t get any better than this and I have a Master of Arts in literature and have read thousands of books including the classics While reading the book I felt like I was living in the time Having read the book I feel like I literally went back in time not just figuratively and now I’m remembering actual experiences at the Palace Theater

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A seriously funny look at the roots of American EntertainmentWhen Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin were born variety entertainment had been going on for decades in America and like Harry Houdini Milton Berle Mae West and countless others these performers got their start on the vaudeville stage From 1881 to 1932 vaudeville was at the heart of show business in the States Its stars were America's first st. It's sometimes hard to get your head around just how big Vaudeville was for a period of 30 years or so around the turn of the century and after Where today we might gather to tut tut about the last episode of Lost or the new Simpsons Movie the ordinary folk of that age were mesmerized literally I guess in the cases of the hypnotists by the singers dancers jugglers acrobats and dog acts not to mention sports stars like Babe Ruth wandering on stage and making a uick buck appearing three times a day at their local Majestic Olympic or Orpheum This book delightfully captures the magic of what was in truth a relatively short lived passion before radio and cinema made the average comedy patter available to everyone instead of something that could be recycled for 10 years for each successive audience at each successive stopover on the way from Kansas to California The book tells its tale as real stories an ideal representation of the medium and not just about the acts themselves and their hard grinding lifestyles but also about the ruthless owners and the ever gaudier constructions designed to make the last theater look tawdry in comparison Photos in the paperback are a little scarce but cover a nice mix of characters In the end it creates such a clear and friendly view of the medium that we almost wish it was still 1911 and we could stop off to see Eddie Cantor dancing and clapping before dinner I went straight to the internet to find as many films and recordings of the period as I could but they just don't do the period justice This book however does It sounded like fun Understanding Soccer Tactics your head around just how big Vaudeville was for a period of 30 Successful Intelligence years or so around the turn of the century and after Where today we might gather to tut tut about the last episode of Lost or the new Simpsons Movie the ordinary folk of that age were mesmerized literally I guess in the cases of the hypnotists by the singers dancers jugglers acrobats and dog acts not to mention sports stars like Babe Ruth wandering on stage and making a uick buck appearing three times a day at their local Majestic Olympic or Orpheum This book delightfully captures the magic of what was in truth a relatively short lived passion before radio and cinema made the average comedy patter available to everyone instead of something that could be recycled for 10 The Language of Thorns (Grishaverse, years for each successive audience at each successive stopover on the way from Kansas to California The book tells its tale as real stories an ideal representation of the medium and not just about the acts themselves and their hard grinding lifestyles but also about the ruthless owners and the ever gaudier constructions designed to make the last theater look tawdry in comparison Photos in the paperback are a little scarce but cover a nice mix of characters In the end it creates such a clear and friendly view of the medium that we almost wish it was still 1911 and we could stop off to see Eddie Cantor dancing and clapping before dinner I went straight to the internet to find as many films and recordings of the period as I could but they just don't do the period justice This book however does It sounded like fun

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Ars in the modern sense and it utterly dominated American popular culture Writer and modern day vaudevillian Trav SD chronicles vaudeville's far reaching impact in No Applause Just Throw Money He explores the many ways in which vaudeville's story is the story of show business in America and documents the rich history and cultural legacy of our country's only purely indigenous theatrical form including. Starting from the appalling pun name for Travis Stewart this book descends transcends and ascends the history of vaudeville The author real name Travis Stewart traces the brief period of vaudeville's ascendancy from its roots in variety shows saloon shows and burlesue as a cleaned up two audience women and children as well as male showThe business of vaudeville is interestingly told as well as a small handful of promoters and managers controlled hundreds of theaters and bookings for every artist to keep pay and costs down and increase the variety of acts at the expense of the lives and lifestyles of the acts Interestingly he shows how four of the five early major movie studios grew out of this cabal of vaudevillian managersVaudeville enjoyed barely a decade of unchallenged transcendence before radio silent and then talking films and finally economic Depression challenged and then killed it but Stewart has something to say about that as well showing how it lived on in early TV think Ed Sullivan and Bob Hope the street artistry of the 60s and a current resurgence of New but don't call it that Vaudeville