Street Games

Street busking is an ancient trade, going back at least to medieval and Renaissance times, with actors and entertainers displaced by enclosure and plague making their living on the streets, dependent on their spectators for their livelihood. Their descendants are still among us today, and modern-day busker Todd Various is one of the best I have ever seen. The cups and balls is the bread and butter of the traveling magician, illustrated in Renaissance woodcuts, but Todd’s execution of it is so sublime, and his manner with an audience is so thoroughly engaging and cunningly crafted, that one wants to reach into the video and put a couple of dollars into his hat.

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He Couldn’t Resist…

Ed O’Neill tells a very short story about how comedian Jon Lovitz reacted to the death of Lovitz’s best friend Phil Hartman. (Hartman was shot by his wife who later committed suicide.) Am I a bad person for laughing out loud?

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How To Get A Seat

There’s no one quite like Todd Robbins, a trained Shakespearean actor who went wrong somewhere and made a career as a magician and carny sideshow performer. Here Todd helpfully illustrates how to guarantee a seat on the subway.

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The Company Way

One more lesson in obsequiousness from How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The late Robert Morse rings every bit of humor from the song. The clever lyrics and music are by Frank Loesser.

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Laurel And Hardy: Tit For Tat

As a youngster I didn’t much like Laurel and Hardy, but viewing this short recently, I couldn’t help laugh at their absolutely perfect timing. I’m assuming that part of the way it comes across on this film is due to the director, Charles Rogers.

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Lee Camp, Redacted: Censorship Tonight

Wherein we talk of media censorship, and broadcast part of political comedian and activist Lee Camp’s explanation of how the platform he was broadcasting on got shut down.

Click on the triangle or mp3 link above to hear my commentary and Lee’s talk as broadcast yesterday on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica stations across the nation.