Wednesday, January 26, 2011


...since I work in Nacogdoches.

The Marx Brothers came to Nacogdoches, Texas in 1912, performing (mostly singing) at the Opera House. Their performance was interrupted by someone shouting about a runaway mule. Many in the audience went outside to see what was going on. Julius Marx (aka Groucho) was angered by the interruption. When the rest of the audience came back, he began to insult them with "Nacogdoches is full of roaches" and other comments. The audience laughed, thinking he was joking. It is claimed that this incident made the Marx Brothers aware of their comic potential.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A very interesting story. I never realized the Marx Brothers entertained in the East Texas region.

I see something else in this story which can be applied to everyday life, amidst the circumstances in which we are at today. Today, so many feel that they should begin at the top, and have all handed to them on a silver platter. Whether it be entertainment, as in the Marx Brothers, business, or other matters. I would surmise the Marx Brothers probably struggled for quite a few years before they found fame. Now it seems, that sacrifice has been replaced with entitlement.