“The Silent Comedy Watch Party” – *premiere*

The premiere episode of “The Silent Comedy Watch Party” streamed live on Sunday March 22 at 3:30pm EDT (New York, east coast USA) (after a ½ hour of sweating bullets and trouble-shooting wifi, YouTube and Switcher). Hosted by silent film accompanist Ben Model and film historian Steve Massa, the one-hour program will present three rare slapstick comedy shorts. The films will be streamed live — Ben Model will accompany them live on piano, and Steve Massa will introduce the films. The show will live-stream on YouTube (scroll down for link and embed).

Yes, for those of you who tuned in last Sunday and caught the “pilot”, I’m doing this again! I’ve gotten some of the audio and video bugs worked out, basically, and this show will be a full hour.

Playing things even safer this time, I will be remoting Steve Massa in from his apartment, instead of having him trade places with me on my piano bench. We will show three silent comedy shorts this time. We’re still finalizing the line-up, but I can tell you Steve and I are definitely re-running the Hank Mann comedy An Eye For Figures (1920) which was such a hit last week and which is 100% unavailable anywhere.

Alice Howell
“Shot in the Excitement” (1914) is one of the films shown in episode #01; it’s a Keystone starring Alice Howell and Al St. John

Screened during episode #01:

  • SHOT IN THE EXCITEMENT (1914) – Keystone comedy starring Al St. John, Alice Howell and Rube Miller – available on DVD here
  • MEET FATHER (1924) – Mirthquake comedy with Bobby Ray, Glen Cavender, Josephine, Pete – available on DVD here
  • AN EYE FOR FIGURES (1920) – Arrow comedy starring Hank Mann – unavailable on DVD

Time zone info:

  • Pacific Time – 12 noon
  • Mountain Time – 1pm
  • Central Time – 2pm
  • Eastern Time – 3pm
  • Argentina Time – 4pm
  • UK/England – 7pm
  • Europe/Scandinavia et al – 8pm (20:00)
  • Eastern Australia – 3am Monday; Western Australia – 6am Monday
  • Japan (Tokyo) – 4am Monday

Two Ways You Can Help:

Who’s on First:

If you are able to support me and Steve and the work and craft we put in to be able to visit with you and bring these films to you wherever you’re watching them:

I’ve gotten messages from people who viewed the pilot last Sunday and wanted to know about how they could support the The Silent Comedy Watch Party. Which is wonderful. We’ve all been using YouTube for years like it was broadcast TV. But now, it’s really more like Public Television…except that anything you send in goes directly to the artist(s) instead of to the platform you’re watching them on.

What’s on Second:

I’ve created a survey you can take. It’s 7 multiple-choice questions, and your answers will help us improve the show so it’s even more appealing to you and other fans. It’ll only take you a minute or two to fill out, and it’s set up so it won’t capture your email.

I will revise this web page to include the survey right after Sunday’s episode ends.

I Don’t Know’s on Third:

This is a #3 but it’s actually something to help you out. I will always announce these shows to my email list and here on this site. If you subscribe to the blog or to my emails, you will always get a reminder or news about a show.

Steve and I will absolutely post on FB and Twitter, but those platforms’ algorithms are what they are, and even if you see a post on socials you’re going to have to find it again (if you can) at show-time for the link to watch.

Yes, do follow me on Twitter, but I highly recommend you subscribe to this blog or sign up for my emails .

Survey (1-2 mins to fill out):

Watch the premiere episode of “The Silent Comedy Watch Party”:

Click the image below to watch the show on YouTube. Our logo design is by the amazing Marlene Weisman

The Silent Comedy Watch Party

Episode #02

The show page for Episode #02 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party which streams Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 EDT is here.

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Loved the Hank Mann but Pete the Pup stole the Show! Thanks again!

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This was my first time watching silent films, it was really great! Thanks for setting this up 🙂 Looking forward to next week