Arnie Levin in The New Yorker
Last week I saw the wonderful New Vaudevillean Bill Irwin perform as an opening act for the showing of a charming Buster Keaton film, The Cameraman, at Town Hall. It was really heartwarming to see the children in the audience respond with such delight to both Irwin and Keaton.
By happy coincidence, while watching an old Johnny Carson episode last night, I came across George Carl, a truly funny clown who was a great influence on Irwin. Carl, who was born in Ohio, and seventy years old in this 1986 performance, is a joy to watch.
Thanks to YouTuber Funnystuffcollector
Here’s some unusual footage of magician Ricky Jay when he was young, which I hadn’t seen before. He’s on the British variety television show, The Michael Parkinson Show, and Parkinson’s other guests included the well-known Dutch magician Fred Kaps.
The video is of poor broadcast quality but I thought aficionados might enjoy watching Jay perform some of his evergreen effects as Kaps and Parkinson react.
I extracted this video from an hour long video posted by YouTuber World Greatest Magicians
While Buster Keaton was called The Great Stoneface, he actually was able to portray a wide range of nuanced emotion in his movies. Here is a love scene from The Cameraman (1928). Buster has just messed up his job interview for a movie newsreel company, but Marceline Day, one of the company’s employees, sees something special in him.
Thanks to YouTuber Andrea Lombardo