The Gag Man: Clyde Bruckman and the Birth of Film Comedy

I’m back writing for The New Republic, with a book review of The Gag Man, Matthew Dessem’s excellent new biography of Clyde Bruckman, a tragic pioneer of early film comedy.

Buster Keaton! Stolen jokes! The Fat Jew! Read on for my full thoughts on Dessem’s sharp, amazingly well-researched work (which you can also pre-order here).

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