Tag Archives: The Coolest People in Comedy

David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Letters, Media, Mishaps

Letters • Hunter “Patch” Adams, M.D., once wrote a fund-raising letter for a charity. The 2-page letter, which was actually mailed and which was successful in raising funds, was entirely written in Greek. Why did he do this? He explains that … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Laughs, Letters and E-Mails

From Bruce Anecdotes Laughs • The Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin were, as you would expect, practical jokers. When they were in vaudeville, the Marx Brothers gave Mr. Chaplin a free ticket to their show. He showed up, but all during … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy: Language, Laughs

Language • Between 1935 and 1940, Buster Keaton was making films in foreign countries. Movies had sound then, so he recorded the movies in various languages, learning a sentence in one language and recording it, and then learning that sentence in … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Hair, Illnesses and Injuries, Language

Hair • While working at Darmstadt, Rudolf Bing knew a comedian who was completely bald, but had three wigs with different lengths of hair. The comedian would wear the short-haired wig for a while, then the medium-haired wig. When he finally … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Gays and Lesbians, Good Deeds

Gays and Lesbians • Lesbian comedian Kate Clinton usually does not believe in outing homosexuals who don’t want to be outed, but sometimes more important things — such as politics — make her want to out some of her fellow homosexuals. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Gays and Lesbians

Gays and Lesbians • Jennie McNulty is both an out comedian and a defensive back for the California Quake women’s football team. She performs at military bases in Iraq and on Olivia cruises for lesbians and at other gay-friendly venues. While … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Food, Football, Friends, Gambling

Food • Who was the first comedian to throw a pie in a silent-movie comedy? Probably it was Mabel Normand. In 1913, some of Mack Sennett’s comedians, including Mabel and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, were making a movie, but none of their … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Fans, Fathers, Food

Fans • Comedian Fred Allen once met a fan who told him that she had traveled to New York all the way from San Francisco to see him broadcast his radio program. Mr. Allen replied, “Madame, if I had only known … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Fame, Fans

Fame • Charlie Chaplin was widely imitated. One day, he was watching one of his imitators on a street in New York when a small boy pushed him. Mr. Chaplin asked him, “What’s the matter?” The small boy said, “Oh, git … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Education, Fame

Education • One way that comedian Bill Cosby helped schools was through non-intrusive kinds of advertising. On The Cosby Show, his character, Cliff Huxtable, frequently wore a sweatshirt that bore the name of a predominantly black college. By the way, when … Continue reading

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