During which Charlie Chaplin has a birthday.
via Society 6

During which Charlie Chaplin has a birthday.

via Society 6

TOO MUCH NUTCRACKER!

A silent comedy short by Mr. Trav S.D.

Sorry for the radio silence! I’ve been hard at work on the pieces for the upcoming Dixon Place show (and I was on vacation in Ireland for a week).

I’ve attached some photos of my progress on the Louise Brooks piece. It’s the most elaborate thing I’ve done.

The pencil sketch for the first part of my Louise Brooks triptych.

The pencil sketch for the first part of my Louise Brooks triptych.

I spent a lot of yesterday working on this. It’s going to be a large-ish piece - still not in stone and there will be definite changes and additions.

I spent a lot of yesterday working on this. It’s going to be a large-ish piece - still not in stone and there will be definite changes and additions.

More from the sketchbook. I’m just spewing out ideas for the Olive Thomas piece.

More from the sketchbook. I’m just spewing out ideas for the Olive Thomas piece.

My delightful inamorato, Trav S.D.'s second book, Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies, From Nickelodeons to YouTube is available to purchase!  I read it a while ago, before he sent it off the the printers, and it’s just great. It accomplishes something I’ve never seen done before, putting silent comedy in a far larger cultural context, all whole being super, super entertaining. 
Buy a hard copy here.
And the Kindle version via Amazon.
Here’s the blurb:
Chain of Fools traces the art of slapstick comedy from its pre-cinema origins in the ancient pantomime through its silent movie heyday in the teens and twenties, then on to talkies, television, and the internet. Author Trav S.D. mixes a wicked wit, a scholar’s curiosity, and a keen critical appreciation for laugh-makers through the ages, from classical clowns like Joseph Grimaldi to comedy kings like Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton…to more recent figures, from Red Skelton, Sid Caesar and Ernie Kovacs to Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell…all the way down to the teenagers on YouTube whose backyard antics bring us full circle to slapstick’s beginnings. This valentine to the great clowns contains enough insights and surprises to open the eyes of even life-long comedy fans.
And in case you haven’t read it (you should, people!), Trav S.D,’s first book, No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous can be found here.

My delightful inamorato, Trav S.D.'s second book, Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies, From Nickelodeons to YouTube is available to purchase!  I read it a while ago, before he sent it off the the printers, and it’s just great. It accomplishes something I’ve never seen done before, putting silent comedy in a far larger cultural context, all whole being super, super entertaining. 

Buy a hard copy here.

And the Kindle version via Amazon.

Here’s the blurb:

Chain of Fools traces the art of slapstick comedy from its pre-cinema origins in the ancient pantomime through its silent movie heyday in the teens and twenties, then on to talkies, television, and the internet. Author Trav S.D. mixes a wicked wit, a scholar’s curiosity, and a keen critical appreciation for laugh-makers through the ages, from classical clowns like Joseph Grimaldi to comedy kings like Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton…to more recent figures, from Red Skelton, Sid Caesar and Ernie Kovacs to Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell…all the way down to the teenagers on YouTube whose backyard antics bring us full circle to slapstick’s beginnings. This valentine to the great clowns contains enough insights and surprises to open the eyes of even life-long comedy fans.

And in case you haven’t read it (you should, people!), Trav S.D,’s first book, No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous can be found here.

My friend Iracel received her Chaplin pillow! (She has far better interior decorating skills than I do)

My friend Iracel received her Chaplin pillow! (She has far better interior decorating skills than I do)

I just uploaded this illustration of Charlie Chaplin meeting a (no doubt underage) extra, To Society6.

I am, once again, completely entranced by the pillow.

Monster Loves Ramon Navarro.
via Society6

Monster Loves Ramon Navarro.

via Society6

vintagemarlene:

alias the lone wolf, lobby card, 1927 (www.walterfilm.com)

vintagemarlene:

alias the lone wolf, lobby card, 1927 (www.walterfilm.com)

I just posted this on Etsy!

I just posted this on Etsy!

Some lovely mermaid footage from the 1924 Peter Pan. Just magical!

As part of the lead-in to Trav S.D.’s book “Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube” (September 2012), in 2006 he founded the Mack Sennett Centennial Project, an endeavor to recpature and explore the lost art of silent screen comedy. Here is the first of his experiments, shot by Jim R. Moore, and starring Trav S.D., Robert Pinnock and moi.

The illustrious Mr. Charlie Chaplin was born on this day in 1889. Please read Mr. Trav S.D.’s excellent blog post here.
Unfortunately, the starlet pictured above is likely fourteen years old or thereabouts.

The illustrious Mr. Charlie Chaplin was born on this day in 1889. Please read Mr. Trav S.D.’s excellent blog post here.

Unfortunately, the starlet pictured above is likely fourteen years old or thereabouts.