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…

Comedy – Buster Keaton – Coney Island & The Restaurant

DOG ASIDE: Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American actor, director, producer, writer, and stunt performer….as Buster had exceptional athletic skills.  He was best known for his silent films……as his trademark was physical comedy…..with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression….which earned him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”  Keaton was recognized as…

Comedy – Comic Relief – The Shmenges Brothers Polka Band – John Candy & Gene Levy

DOG ASIDE: George and Stan Shmenges and their Polka Band is a wonderful music comedy skit….as John Candy and Gene Levy come up with a new twist on comedy that I will bet you have never seen before…..a comedy piece with a polka band as the backdrop….and guess what!?!….they can actually play polka music. Great…

Comedy – Smothers Brothers Host Young Comedian Show – Jerry Seinfeld

DOG ASIDE: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld was a stand-up comedian long before he became hugely successful with his TV show Seinfeld….which ran continuously on television from 1988 to 1998…..which is still being shown as syndicated re-runs all over the world in 2016….some 20 years later…..but, in today’s video….he is just getting his career started in stand-up…

Comedy – Chevy Chase Host Young Comedians – Irv Burton

DOG ASIDE:

Irv Burton was wonderful at physical comedy….as his impersonations of King Kong and Aretha Franklin are outstanding….and funny as heck…..but his bit on Sydney Portier and Bill Cosby is funny…..then his rendition of the 20 minute warning before Mama comes to kick some ass is so true….as this comedian is worth the watch. 

Comedy – Chevy Chase Hosts Young Comedian – Bill Kirkenbauer

DOG ASIDE: William Alfred “Bill” Kirchenbauer (born February 19, 1953) is an American actor and stand-up comic….who has appeared in television shows and films since the 1970’s.  He is best known for his recurring role as Coach Graham Lubbock on the series Growing Pains….and in the spin-off series Just the Ten of Us (ABC 1988-1990).  Kirchenbauer…