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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Marx Brother's, Live! At Coney Island

Once again, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle has given us a peek into Coney Island history. Last Friday's 'Brooklyn Today' column revealed how the Coney Island amusement area helped launch one of America's all time greatest comedy teams:
Today is the 327th day of the year. It is the birth anniversary (1893) of comedian Arthur "Harpo" Marx. Harpo first performed at Coney Island in 1908 as part of a vaudeville act known that eventually evolved into the Marx Brothers. At first, Harpo talked onstage. But after several reviewers praised his pantomime act while panning his jokes, he decided to focus on the mime act exclusively. His name, of course, comes from his harp playing. One tape of his voice has surfaced on the Internet – him
telling the story of how he once played the piano at a brothel.

Brooklyn Today: Friday, November 23, 2007 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

- post by Ben Nadler

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posted by Omar Robau @ 11/27/2007 07:13:00 AM 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harpo and the Marx Brothers performed numerous times at Hendersons which Joe no sense or respect of history Sitt wants to knock down.

November 28, 2007 at 10:02 AM  

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