The Complete Minstrel Guide

 

 

***This is a transcription of “The Complete Minstrel Guide” by William Courtright.  The transcription is a volunteer project for Theatre History purposes only.  It, in no way, expresses the opinions of the transcriber.***

 

THE COMPLETE

MINSTREL GUIDE

Containing Gags, Jokes, Parodies, Speeches,  

Farces, and Full directions for a

complete Minstrel Show.

  

By WILLIAM COURTRIGHT

With chapters by Frank Dumont and others

 

Copyright, 1901,

By The Dramatic

Publishing Company

 
CHICAGO

THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY

 

PREFACE.

 

In compiling this book, I offer a few suggestions which I think, if followed, will better enable anyone to give a commendable entertainment.  Much of the matter is original, and has been found laughable when delivered by fairly competent artists. Everything has been tried by me and accepted by the best audiences, and I therefore know the weight of every line and its effect.

 

Respectfully,

WM. COURTRIGHT

  

CONTENTS.

(Click on links.) 

General Instructions

First Part Setting 

Entertainment 

Extra Jokes 

Monologues and Stump Speeches

Conundrums

How To Walk the Cake-Walk

Too Much Discipline

Terrible Towser

Chinese Servants

Simon Says "Wig Wag"

The Nigger Store-Keeper

After Pages