Vaudeville Humor: The Collected Jokes, Routines, and Skits of Ed Lowry

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GLOSSARY OF NAMES

Alton, Frank "Frank De Azazio" (1890–1970): dancer; appeared for many years with the Dorsey brothers orchestra; performed for the USO (United Services Organization) during World War II.

Antony, Mark (c. 82–30 B.C.?.): Roman triumvir; general for Julius Caesar; took Cleopatra for his mistress and then his wife while still married to Octavia; died fighting with the Egyptians against the Romans in a battle near Actium.

Arliss, George Augustus Andrews (1868–1946): English actor and author; appeared in many Broadway productions and films; established a reputation for his stage portrayals of historical figures; won an Academy Award (1929–30) for the sound version of Disraeli.

Astor, Vincent (1891–1959): businessman, reformer, and pubUsher; son of John Jacob Astor (1864–1912), who died on the Titanic; managed his vast inherited real estate holdings in New York City; broke with the family's conservative politics and promoted social reforms; headed from 1937 the corporation that published Newsweek magazine.

Bacon, Sir Francis (1561–1626): English statesman, scientist, author; served in Parliament and the courts; wrote about philosophy, religion, literature, and science; propounded the inductive method.

Bailey, Ilomay: no information.

Baker, Belle (?): singer; noted for the crying quality of her voice; loved to toy with audiences.

Barnum, P"hineas" T"aylor" (1810–91): showman and lecturer; revolutionized the amusement business through skillful advertising; exhibited freaks and oddities; in 1841, opened Barnum's American Museum, a major entertainment center, in New York City; in 1881, teamed with circus owner James Anthony Bailey (1847–1906) to create "The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth"; in 1882, their purchase of Jumbo the elephant from the London zoo (Bailey's idea) made the circus famous and rich.

Barrymore, John (1882–1942): famous stage and screen actor, as were his sister, Ethel, and his brother, Lionel; a matinee idol, called the "great profile"; enjoyed his greatest success as a romantic idol during the 1920s.

Beck, Martin (1867–1940): impresario and entrepreneur; known for his ruthless business dealings; developed and directed the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - Jokes 11
  • Part Two - Mc Material: Biz, Jokes, Routines, and Skits 293
  • Appendix Glossary of Names Index 413
  • Appendix: Ed Lowry Laffter 415
  • Glossary of Names 441
  • Index 457
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