Silent Comedy Watch Party

(Above: Alice Howell and Al St. John in ‘Shot in the Excitement.’ Source:

For the past two Sundays, we’ve found some much-needed diversion through the Silent Comedy Watch Party, consisting of live-streamed rare shorts with live piano accompaniment.

The pianist is Ben Model, who co-hosts the streams with socially distanced film historian Steve Massa.

Each show, which gets underway at 3 pm ET, lasts under 90 minutes, allowing you to return quickly to more serious matters if necessary.

The shows are then archived on YouTube.

Episode one, which follows, consisted of three silents, starting off with a nice new discovery for us: Alice Howell, in the 12-minute Shot in the Excitement (1914).

Our favorite-from the four-film second episode also leads off the show: Fadeaway (1926), an eight-minute animated/live-action surreal romp starring Koko the Clown and animator Max Fleischer.

For more info, and a link to this coming Sunday’s live show, visit or Ben Model’s YouTube page.

For now, let’s fade away…

Silent Comedy Watch Party

(Above: Koko the Clown and the hand of Max Fleischer. Source: YouTube video)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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