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Performer Analysis: Chaplin (or A Kick Up My Backside!)

I had been feeling rather pleased with myself. I had worked out that I’d performed thousands of live shows to over half a million people; I felt that I had a developed a high level of understanding of the process of clowning and visual comedy; and I had just finished making four short slapstick films, which […]

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 […]