The Last First Comic: How Burlesque Died and Irv Benson Lived to Tell It!

The Last First Comic: How Burlesque Died and Irv Benson Lived to Tell It!

Downloadable Video - 2016
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At age 101, comic Irving Benson stands alone as the oldest living link to an uniquely American art form - Burlesque. For more than half a century, Irv was a “first comic." He was the contemporary of great funny-men like Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Phil Silvers, and Jackie Gleason.. And now, Irv’s the last one left.. Irving headlines a cast of fellow veteran Burlesque and Vaudeville performers. Together with a team of theatre historians, they uncover the roots of American comedy and take us inside the colorful world of the Burlesque show.. The Last First Comic also spotlights the final film appearance of legendary straight man Ed McMahon from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on NBC Television.. Filmed on location in NYC's Palace Theatre, The Last First Comic showcases hilarious footage of Irv's classic Burlesque routines with stars like Milton Berle and Johnny Carson. Explore a dynamic chapter in the history of our country and its popular entertainment. Celebrate a life well lived - both onstage and off..
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] :, Kanopy Streaming,, 2016
This'n That Films,, 2010
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (92 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Additional Contributors: Kanopy (Firm)
This'n That Films (Firm)

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