Happy Birthday, Charlie Chaplin

Some years ago, I wrote an essay about Charlie Chaplin and what it means to “be funny,” and what it means when it operates on such a genius level as Chaplin. It’s in the details. Details can’t be taught. For instance, in the famous dinner-roll dance scene above: the way he looks all the way to the right. He commits to that move. And then, what makes it funnier, is the small eyebrow-raise as he looks down, like, “Yup. Check me out. I know I’m an awesome dancer. Yup.” Put it all together: Genius.

It’s like perfect pitch. Either you have it or you don’t.

Here’s my essay:

Why actors still talk about Charlie Chaplin, and what he teaches them about not acting funny

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