The Making of Mime

It's the essence of acting and dance - creating a space to move in.

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The Making of Mime

In the 1982 movie "Tootsie," we see Dustin Hoffman, doleful and dejected, walking through Central Park. He passes a mime balancing on one foot. Hoffman glances miserably at the mime. And then shoves him to the ground.

And in that moment, you might be seeing the beginning of the mime backlash.

There was mime related humor in the '70s, but most of it was friendly. Albert Brooks famously showed up on comedy shows in black tights and white face and narrated, in a French accent, everything that he was doing. "I'm opening ze door. I'm taking off ze shoes."

But that was not hostile. Somewhere around 1982, the world turned against the gentle mimes.

Today on the show, we'll reconnect, in a friendly way, with the art of mime, and also try to figure out how paradise was lost.