Performing Arts

The Can-Can was a particularly scandalous dance in the 19th century because women wore pantalettes, which had an open crotch, and the high kicks were intentionally revealing.

Can-can For other uses, see Can-can (disambiguation). Depiction of the can-can by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1895 The can-can (also spelled cancan as in the original French /kɑ̃kɑ̃/) is a high-energy, physically demanding dance that became a popular music-hall dance in the 1840s, continuing in popularity in French cabaret to this day. Originally danced by both …

The Can-Can was a particularly scandalous dance in the 19th century because women wore pantalettes, which had an open crotch, and the high kicks were intentionally revealing. Read More »

In 1888, Richard Mansfield played Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a stage production at a time when Jack the Ripper was murdering women. A theatre-goer wrote to the police accusing him of the murders because his stage transformation from a gentleman to mad killer was so convincing.

Richard Mansfield For the cricketer, see Richard Mansfield (cricketer). Richard Mansfield Richard Mansfield (24 May 1857 – 30 August 1907) was an English actor-manager best known for his performances in Shakespeare plays, Gilbert and Sullivan operas, and the play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Life and career Mansfield was born in Berlin and spent his …

In 1888, Richard Mansfield played Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a stage production at a time when Jack the Ripper was murdering women. A theatre-goer wrote to the police accusing him of the murders because his stage transformation from a gentleman to mad killer was so convincing. Read More »

The magician Houdini took off a year during WWI to promote the war effort and taught soldiers how to get out of handcuffs giving away some of his magic secrets.

Interesting Harry Houdini Facts, FAQ & Trivia from the Houdini Museum. Press to return to Scranton’s Houdini Museum. Houdini Museum This web site includes Harry Houdini’s biography, Harry Houdini’s tricks, Harry Houdini’s death, Harry Houdini quotes, the Harry Houdini movies, our Houdini Inc., Harry Houdini’s real last name, Harry Houdini Trivia facts, FAQ and Harry …

The magician Houdini took off a year during WWI to promote the war effort and taught soldiers how to get out of handcuffs giving away some of his magic secrets. Read More »

Actor David Herman (Michael Bolton from the movie “Office Space”) got himself fired from MADtv by screaming all his lines during read-through. Apparently, he wanted to leave the show to do other projects, but Fox would not let him out of his contract.

David Herman For other people with similar names, see David Herman (disambiguation). David Herman (born February 20, 1967) is an American actor, comedian and voice actor. He was an original cast member on MADtv and played Michael Bolton in Office Space. He also does voice-work on shows such as Bob’s Burgers, Futurama and King of …

Actor David Herman (Michael Bolton from the movie “Office Space”) got himself fired from MADtv by screaming all his lines during read-through. Apparently, he wanted to leave the show to do other projects, but Fox would not let him out of his contract. Read More »

There was a girl nicknamed Sober Sue, who was offered worked at a theatre that would offer $1,000 to anyone that could make her laugh. All summer people tried to make her laugh, even professional comedians came onto the show, none of which prevailed. Sober Sue had facial paralysis.

Why Nobody Could Get Sober Sue To Laugh Basically that was the premise of a stunt at the Hammerstein Victorian Theatre in New York in 1907. The theatre offered $1,000.00 to anyone who could get Sober Sue to crack a smile. During the intermission of whatever show happened to be playing at the time, Sober …

There was a girl nicknamed Sober Sue, who was offered worked at a theatre that would offer $1,000 to anyone that could make her laugh. All summer people tried to make her laugh, even professional comedians came onto the show, none of which prevailed. Sober Sue had facial paralysis. Read More »

Adam West and Frank Gorshin were once kicked out of orgy because they insisted in staying in character of Batman and The Riddler

One time, West and his co-star Frank Gorshin were kicked out of an orgy for staying in their Batman characters. However, the story gained traction again when Gilbert Gottfried mentioned it while promoting the live show of “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!” During the interview, Gottfried mentioned what it was like getting West to talk …

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In the middle ages Christian priests would recite “hoc est corpus”, meaning “this is the body”, during mass when turning bread into the body of Christ. Since nobody spoke or understood Latin, this chant was garbled into “hocus pocus”, which we still use when performing magic tricks today.

Hocus-pocus What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Hocus-pocus’? From the early 17th century onwards ‘hocus pocus’ (now more often spelled as a single hyphenated word) has been used as an incantation by conjurers when performing tricks. Conjurers didn’t limit themselves to the phrase hocus pocus in their stage patter. The first [feature that juggling consists …

In the middle ages Christian priests would recite “hoc est corpus”, meaning “this is the body”, during mass when turning bread into the body of Christ. Since nobody spoke or understood Latin, this chant was garbled into “hocus pocus”, which we still use when performing magic tricks today. Read More »

At the time of his graduation in 1969, Robin Williams was voted “Most Likely Not to Succeed” and “Funniest” by his classmates.

For other uses, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Born in Chicago, Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, and is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance.[1] After rising to fame playing the …

At the time of his graduation in 1969, Robin Williams was voted “Most Likely Not to Succeed” and “Funniest” by his classmates. Read More »

A section of the budget of the movie “Blues Brothers” was set aside for purchases of cocaine during night shooting.

The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis.[4] It stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from “The Blues Brothers” recurring musical sketch on the NBC variety series Saturday Night Live. It features musical numbers by rhythm and blues (R&B), soul, and …

A section of the budget of the movie “Blues Brothers” was set aside for purchases of cocaine during night shooting. Read More »