Tag Archives: Create Then Take a Break

David Bruce: Create, Then Take a Break — Children

Children • In a 1967 interview with Mary Harrington Hall, Charles Schulz said that his children had given him a total of three lines that he had used in Peanuts, his comic strip. At dinner, Amy, his daughter, was talking quite … Continue reading

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David Bruce: CREATE, THEN TAKE A BREAK — Art and Artists, Audiences, Authors

Art and Artists • Peter Bruegel had two sons who also painted, and who acquired the nicknames Hell and Velvet. Peter the Younger painted a lot of devils, so he became known as Hell Bruegel, while Jan painted a lot of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: CREATE, THEN TAKE A BREAK — Alcohol, Animals, Art and Artists

Alcohol • In Austria, operatic tenor Leo Slezak sometimes heard musical societies play at dances for summer visitors. Often, as the night wore on and the band members became drunker and drunker, the music declined in quality. Once, he saw a … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Create, Then Take a Break — Actors and Acting, Alcohol

Actors and Acting • As a young actor, John Gielgud discussed his plans with Lilian Baylis, founder of the Old Vic. Anxious to impress, Mr. Gielgud, who had had a successful season at the Old Vic, told Ms. Baylis that he … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Work; Create, Then Take a Break — Actors and Acting

Work • Stand-up comedians need to have a lot of confidence that they can “get” an audience — that is, make an audience laugh. When Judy Carter worked as the opening act for Loggins and Messina, sometimes the music-loving audience did … Continue reading

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