“Variety Show” just doesn’t mean what it used to. SNL has been terrible for years. Stewart and Colbert and Conan are good, but their shows are much more focused than, say, Laugh-In—and even that show had a tonal unity that one would not find in real, old-fashioned vaudeville. Though long gone, its lack is still felt: the pleasure of the non sequitur, the fun to be had in a collection of totally unrelated performances.
If that sounds like a good time to you, get thy self to the Alex Theatre this Sunday for their yearly Vaudeville show. There’ll be dancing, juggling, hula hooping, a mind reader, a ukulele virtuoso (the headliner), as well as classic shorts from Laurel & Hardy and the Little Rascals, a Hearst Metrotone Newsreel, a sing-along, and a vintage cartoon. It sounds almost like too much fun, if such a thing were possible.
Sunday, September 19, 2 p.m.
The Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
$20; students/seniors $15