The Silent Comedy Watch Party – ep #23 – August 23, 2020

Episode #23 of The Silent Comedy Watch Party will stream live on Sunday August 23, 2020 at 3 pm EDT. Co-hosts Steve Massa will introduce and Ben Model will live-accompany shorts starring Lloyd Hamilton and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.

The Silent Comedy Watch Party is presented for free, on YouTube.

Films scheduled for this episode:

THE SIMP (1920) starring Lloyd Hamilton, with Marvel Rea, Otto Fries; dir. Owen Davis & Arthur Roche; rel. October 24, 1920 by Hamilton White Comedies; dist. Educational Pictures; 2 reels; restored by and presented courtesy of Dave Glass and David Wyatt; released on their DVD set Lloyd Hamilton: Silent Comedian, available on Amazon

THE WAITER’S BALL (1916) starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, with Al St John, Corinne Parquet, Kate Price, Robert Maximillan, Joe Bordeaux, Alice Lake, Horace Haine, Edward Earle, James Bryant; dir. Roscoe Arbuckle & Ferris Hartman; assist. dir. Dave Anderson; rel. June 25, 1916 by Mack Sennett for the Keystone Film Company; dist. Triangle Film Corporation; 2 reels; restoration by and presented courtesy of Dave Glass.

Time Zone info:

  • Pacific Time – 12 noon
  • Mountain Time – 1 pm
  • Central Time – 2 pm
  • Eastern Time – 3 pm
  • Argentina/Nova Scotia – 4 pm 
  • UK/England – 8 pm
  • Europe/Scandinavia/Netherlands et al. – 9 pm (21:00)
  • Eastern Australia – 3 am Monday
  • Western Australia – 6 am Monday
  • Japan (Tokyo) – 4am Monday

Where to watch the show:

The stream will go live on YouTube about 5-10 minutes before the show’s start time at 3:00 pm EDT on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Click the image below to go to Ben Model’s YouTube channel where you can subscribe and get an email notification about the stream link.

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Mentioned on episode 23:

Ben Model & Steve Massa’s “cabin fever” recommendations:

  • It (1927) (The Milestone Collection, 2019); available on Amazon
  • American Silent Film by William K. Everson (Oxford University Press, 1978 – updated 1998); available on Amazon.

Links to shows and resources:

  • The Rockefeller Center Flag Project – Aug 1 to 23 (extended for an additional week!) – NYC, at Rockefeller Center – look for Marlene Weisman’s flag “New York Tough” at the corner of W. 49th St and 6th Ave (at Radio City Music Hal).

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Alex H. Telfer

“Waiters Ball” with its fantastic Lautrec style customers faced dining on pork n beans and Limburger cheese sandwiches and consuming coffee and soul that came out of the same urn. Along with the
double fabulous double dance of Al ST.John and Roscoe Arbuckle. One giant ballet of the absurd, Marvellous !

Alex H. Telfer

I meant Soup not soul!

Alex H. Telfer

Also Lautrec faces not faced!