Writer and performer Trav S.D. is the author of No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous (Faber & Faber, 2005), and Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube (Bear Manor Media, 2013). Since 2008 he has created the popular show biz blog Travalanche (, which has profiled thousands of historic vaudeville, burlesque and sideshow performers, actors, comedians, etc. He launched his American Vaudeville Theatre in 1995, and is proud to have produced and directed the NYC Fringe premiere of Noah Diamond’s adaptation of the Marx Brothers’first Broadway show I’ll Say She Is in 2014.


In 1995, the first year of its publication, James Taylor’s Shocked and Amazed! On & Off the Midway became the first journal to chronicle the history of novelty and variety exhibition, “the show business.” Focusing on the sideshows and 19th Century dime museum entertainment, the journal also covers vaudeville and burlesque, wax museums and world’s fairs, carnivals, circus spectacles,roadside attractions and everything in between.The journal features interviews with the business’ “golden age” and modern performers and includes original works by the likes of Teller and Frank DeFord and unique reprinted material available previously to only a select few. Shocked and Amazed! has been recognized as the leading journal on the business in such venues as The Learning Channel, the History Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Channel 4 in London, the National Geographic Channel and The Jerry Springer Show. Taylor is a regular speaker at conferences and conventions focusing on the business as well as lecturing for a wide variety of groups at universities, private clubs and others interested in “weirdness as entertainment.”