Tag Archive | groucho

How to be Wild

Having read Stefan Kanfer’s biography of Groucho Marx, it is clear that the Marx Brother’s greatness comes from performing thousands of shows, day after day, week after week. This is the case for most vaudeville performers – but I think repetition provides something unique for clowns  – something different to the obvious benefits of practice needed by skills-based […]

How to Be Good at Something

People often think that slapstick is a lazy form of comedy. The best reply to this accusation is to show them some Chaplin. Have a look at this rip-snorting bit of schtick from the master (at 3 minutes 08 secs): This wonderful routine is something that Chaplin had performed live for years. The result is […]