Go to a vaudeville show–free!

Vaudeville shows in the Twenties could cost a quarter or more. Good seats were seventy-five cents. See some of these vaudeville acts for free.

In this short clip, a bashful young man tries to woo his girl. Corny, sure, but typical of the boy/girl singing acts that proliferated on vaudeville stages for decades. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ6Zh6UbQ-I

This comedy dance routine is rather un-PC today, making fun of a little person and a tall, skinny man. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA6wYvVnq4g

The University of Arizona is known for its collection of vaudeville related items, and this 5-minute video shows you some playbills, posters, and a few clips of unusual acts. The regurgitator is an odd one–a man whose talent is throwing up things like fire and water. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pElRiVQ7FXQ&NR=1

Here’s a quickie–only 30 seconds of a very early dance act from 1902. Remarkable little movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49B3ZnxibTQ&feature=related

Watching these clips makes me think of today’s high school talent shows, probably the closest thing to vaudeville still in existence.

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