The Gag Man: Clyde Bruckman and the Birth of Film Comedy

I’m back writing for The New Republic, with a book review of The Gag Man, Matthew Dessem’s excellent new biography of Clyde Bruckman, a tragic pioneer of early film comedy.

Buster Keaton! Stolen jokes! The Fat Jew! Read on for my full thoughts on Dessem’s sharp, amazingly well-researched work (which you can also pre-order here).

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122765/once-joke-goes-viral-who-cares-where-it-came

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