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12. The Yellow Brick Road is Paved with Vaudevillian Tallent

On this Vaudecast we are celebrating the talents of the vaudevillians that made their way onto our screens big and small after the bright lights of vaudeville era had long since dimmed. But the vaudevillian spirt and talents that were … Continue reading

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Christmas with Vaudevillians

In this Episode of The Vaudecast: Christmas for vaudevillians! Tales of Christmas in Korea with the Caroline Drury Trio, Gypsy Rose Lee tells about Christmas in Vaudeville at the age of 10, Eddie Cantor sings a vaudeville Christmas Carol, Jimmy … Continue reading

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10. Irene Franklin and Fifi d’Orsay – The Red Head Rag and the Parisian who never say Paree’

This week: Irene Franklin was a one-woman vaudeville institution by the time she was a teenager. Like many vaudevillians she had a rough start – but her career included acting, comedy, songwriting, script writing – and from tragedy to stardom … Continue reading

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The Ed Wynn Legacy that began in Winnipeg in 1912

In this episode Grant recounts the history of Ed Wynn and how it all began with a backstage tragic death, a back stage love affair and the legacy that carries on still today. Also on this show, you’ll also get … Continue reading

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Coffee with Vaudevillians: Dale Cooper and Grant Hartwick

Two of the most talented entertainer/vaudevillians I know. Over the years I’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with these two hundreds of times. Join Grant Simpson in conversations with Dale Cooper and Grant Hartwick. Coffee with Vaudevillians.

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Vaudeville Courage with Bert Lahr

Join Grant as we spend some time with the great Bert Lahr and his friends. Also on this pod are Ethel Merman and Jimmy Durante.

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Dancing through Vaudeville with Margarita Casino – or as you might know her – Rita Hayworth

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Uke-on! String-a-long with Grant, Kate Ferris and Cliff Edwards.

Join Grant as he shares the Cliff Edwards story, then gets deep into the history of the Ukulele with Winnipeg’s own Uke-guru Kate Ferris. We’ll look at how this little inexpensive instrument became all the rage in vaudeville.

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A spell with Brian Glow on the History of Magic in Vaudeville

Join Grant in conversation with Brian Glow as we learn about the history of magic from the cavemen to the vaudeville stages which is where Kellar the Great walked onto the stage of the Winnipeg Theatre in May 1900. Brian … Continue reading

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Tossing around the history of Juggling with David Cain

When Selma Bratz walked onto the stage of the Pantages Theatre in downtown Winnipeg 100 years ago today, she was renowned as the worlds best lady juggler. The story of Selma Bratz and the entire history of juggling is discussed … Continue reading

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