Comedy – Chevy Chase – Intro To Young Comedians Show imasportsphile

DOG ASIDE: Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase (born October 8, 1943) is an American comedian, actor, and writer….born into a prominent New York family….Chase worked a plethora of odd jobs before he moved into comedy and began acting with National Lampoon.  He quickly became a key cast member in the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live….where his recurring…

Comedy – Carl Reiner Hosts Young Comedians Show – Joe Nipote

DOG ASIDE: This HBO’s Young Comedians Show features the comedy of Joe Nipote…who grew up in Detroit, MI…..as a person determined from an early age to make a living as a performer.  He earned an acting scholarship to Central Michigan University….but quit one semester shy of graduation to try out his talents in Hollywood.  After…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – The Rowing Team & The River Rescue

DOG ASIDE: In the first Keaton pictures with sound….he and his fellow actors would shoot each scene three times….one in English….one in Spanish….and one in either French or German. The actors would phonetically memorize the foreign-language scripts a few lines at a time…..and shoot immediately after. This is discussed in the TCM documentary Buster Keaton:…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – The Street Cleaner & The Cop Chase & The Soda Jerk

DOG ASIDE: Keaton signed with MGM in 1928….a business decision that he would later call the worst of his life….as he realized too late that the studio system MGM represented….would severely limit his creative input…..for instance, the studio refused his request to make his early project, Spite Marriage, as a sound film….and after the studio…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – Four Wheel Brakes – Saving A Damsel In Distress

DOG ASIDE: Keaton started experimenting with parody during his vaudeville years….where most frequently his performances involved impressions and burlesques of other performers’ acts.  Most of these parodies targeted acts with which Keaton had shared the bill.…so when Keaton transposed his experience in vaudeville to film….in many works he parodied melodramas.  Other favorite targets were cinematic plots…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – The General

DOG ASIDE: Orson Welles stated that Keaton’s The General is “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made”.   A 2012 worldwide poll by Sight & Sound ranked Keaton’s The General as the 34th greatest film and the top comedy.  The magazine’s 2002 poll ranked it #15…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – River Junction Jail Break imasportsphile

DOG ASIDE: Film critic David Thomson later described Keaton’s style of comedy as follows: “Buster plainly is a man inclined towards a belief in nothing but mathematics and absurdity … like a number that has always been searching for the right equation. Look at his face—as beautiful but as inhuman as a butterfly—and you see…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – The Detective – Chasing A Thief

DOG ASIDE: In February 1917, Keaton met Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle at the Talmadge Studios in New York City….where Arbuckle was under contract to Joseph M. Schenck.  During his first meeting with Arbuckle….he asked to borrow one of the cameras to get a feel for how it worked.  He took the camera back to his hotel…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – The General Store & The Scarecrow & The Athlete

DOG ASIDE: Buster Keaton wrote, directed and starred in these three (3) wonderful comedy films….plus he performed every stunt in each different movie….as Buster was an outstanding athlete in addition to all his other talents.  Keaton has long been considered the most prolific and successful film director…..who was also the star of each film……for Buster…