Trav S.D.’s seminal book on the history of America’s premiere entertainment form was recently cited by Bette Midler as one of her favorite books in the pages of People Magazine. Covering the entire history of variety entertainment from the time of the ancient Greeks through the present day No Applause garnered raves in the pages of the New York Times (3 separate reviews), the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out Chicago, on National Public Radio, and scores of other venues throughout the country. Purchase it here.
Trav’s second book covers the history of physical comedy from the middle ages to the present, with a special emphasis on the silent film era (1895-1929). Purchase it here.
Trav S.D.has written for The New York Times, the Village Voice, American Theater, Reason, Time Out New York, the New York Sun, and many others. Artists he has interviewed have included: Amy Poehler, Margaret Cho, Penn & Teller, Jules Feiffer, Bill Irwin, Harry Anderson, Loudon Wainwright III, Mink Stole, Andy Borowitz, Rose Marie, Oskar Eustace, David Ives, Jay Johnson, Penny Arcade, Ralph Bronner (of Dr. Bronner’s soaps) Uncle Floyd Vivino, and dozens of others. In 2000, he became the first contributing reviewer, after editor Martin Denton, to nytheatre.com, where he also hosted dozens of podcasts (and two television specials), interviewing 250 indie theatre artists between 2006 and 2009. 2009-2012 he wrote the “Downtown Theatre” column for the NYC Community Media family of papers (The Villager, Downtown Express, Chelsea Now, and Gay City News) to which he still contributes.
Since 2008, Trav S.D. has written the blog Travalanche, which has received over one million page views.
Frequently described by its fans as a “rabbit hole”, Travalanche contains profiles of nearly 2,000 vaudeville, burlesque, music hall, variety, circus, classic comedy and minstrel show performers, as well as capsule reviews of every film by Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields, Mae West, Wheeler and Woolsey, Eddie Cantor and Harry Langdon, and nearly every film by Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Fatty Abuckle, Mabel Normand, Joe E. Brown, Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Larry Semon, and many others. Plus contemporary book, film, theatre and museum reviews, and much, much more. Read it here. (But don’t forget to tell your loved ones where you’re going. You might not come back!)
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