Prior to beginning this blog, I would occasionally provide guest posts on a blog published by John Towsen. I credit Mr. Towsen with inspiring my studies on physical comedy. It was shortly after earning my BFA that I read his book, Clowns, which is unfortunately only available used. The book made me realize that cartoon characters are just an extension of the world of physical comedians. John is a professor of visual effects at Bloomfield College in New Jersey, and travels the world like some sort of slapstick Indiana Jones.
I wrote several pieces for that blog and I encourage you to explore it like I have. I tend to write a little more fully in those guest posts than I do here, as I want to appear to be in his league, which I’m not.
My latest post there is about Cantinflas, the great Mexican actor and dancer.