Stars of Vaudeville #257: Trav S.D.

This post is in the style of Trav. S. D’s wonderful blog Travalanche in honor of Trav’s 45th Birthday.

You should definitely be reading Trav’s blog, as he opines about lots of stuff, and gives information found nowhere else about his passion: vaudeville and variety.

In a grand burlesque tradition, everyone should find Trav over the next year (preferably at one of his public speaking events), whisper to him in a sultry tone “Happy Birthday, Big Boy” and then pants him. No, really, this was the tradition, and you must do it!

Happy Birthday, Big Boy! (We’ll save the pantsing for an in-person performance!)


Trav. S. D.The alter ego of Donald Travis Stewart (born Westerly, Rhode Island, Nov. 8, 1965)

Performer, writer and producer Trav S.D. is the author of over 100 plays (for stage, screen and radio), 300 published articles, and the book “No Applause, Just Throw Money, The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous” (Faber & Faber, 2005). A frequent radio guest and public speaker, his voice has been heard on the Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC), The Sound of Young America (NPR), The Joey Reynolds Show (WOR), Cat Radio Café (WBAI), and a dozen others throughout the country. He is currently the host of Indie Theatre Now, a regular podcast and tv show on He has contributed to American Theater, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, the New York Sun, Reason, and many others. His plays include “Willy Nilly” a musical about the Manson Family that was a hit of the 2009 NY Intl Fringe festival and “House of Trash”, published in Plays and Playwrights 2001. His works have been presented at Joe’s Pub (the Public Theatre), Theater for the New City, LaMama, the Ohio Theatre (Soho Think Tank), HERE, Dixon Place, the Brick, and, regionally and internationally, in London, Portland, Minneapolis, Austin, Seattle, and Providence. He also presented hundreds of New York’s top variety acts through his American Vaudeville Theatre.

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