Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Episode 11: Art is Art and Water is Water

Happy New Year, ladies, gentlemen, and others! It's 2019 and we're back, ever on the cutting edge of tomorrow, discussing a comedy team who made their last film seventy years ago this year.

This year, like the last several years, promises many thrills for those of us who love the Marx Brothers. To the pile of recent excellent Marx books, we can add Giraffes on Horseback Salad, a graphic novel from Josh Frank, Manuela Pertega, and Tim Heidecker, which explores the Salvador Dali Marx Brothers project that never was. For this episode of the podcast, Mr. Frank joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about the book, Dali's interest in the Marxes (especially Harpo), and the relationship between the Marxes and the surrealist art movement.

Official description: "Author Josh Frank joins us to discuss his upcoming graphic novel, Giraffes on Horseback Salad, an adaptation of Salvador Dali’s 1937 proposed screenplay for the Marxes. Later, we delve into surrealism and its relation to Marx Brothers humor, along with their appeal to the intellectuals of the day. Unfortunately, Roscoe W. Chandler was not able to join us, but is there in spirit."

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[Bob sez: "Note for those who listen on YouTube, they have blocked the episode's end song for copyright reasons, so if you want to enjoy this classic, you'll have to listen thru one of our other portals...."]


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