Monday, May 8, 2017

The audience

I was just reading an article Groucho wrote for The Saturday Evening Post back in 1931. He was reminiscing about miserable early career failures and other youthful performing disasters that he treasured. In one he discusses a Marx Brothers production called Mr. Green's Reception. He says:

"I think of that mournful afternoon in Battle Creek, Michigan, when we gave our entire show with only four patrons in the audience, in a theater that seated close to three thousand."

I'm glad he was able to look back and enjoy the bitter memory. Why not? After all, I say this writing to you now on the Internet, where nearly two hundred million people are currently roaming, but you alone, in all the world, are reading it. 

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