Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Buster Keaton?
Born October 4, 1895 into a show business family, young Buster made his stage debut with in his parents' medicine-show act at the age of 3. His knack for physical comedy made him the headliner of The Three Keatons as the family moved up into vaudeville.

At the age of 21, Buster struck out on his own. A chance meeting with an old acquaintance led to a tour at Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's new Comique Studio. Keaton donned a costume and stepped in front of the camera that very day, launching a spectacular film career.

Buster inspired such diverse performers as Jackie Chan and Monty Python's John Cleese. It was Keaton who discovered Lucille Ball's natural flair for comedy, helped her to develop her timing, and convinced MGM to showcase her talent. Keaton was a mentor to Red Skelton and wrote gags for the Marx Brothers. When Disney Pixar was producing WALL-E, their team watched the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin every day at lunch time for a year and a half to improve their visual story telling. Buster's influence is seen in film and television to this day.

Is this event family-friendly?
Absolutely! Everybody from toddlers to great-grandparents can join together and enjoy An Evening With Buster Keaton

Aren't silent movies just for art snobs?
Take a look at this montage of classic Keaton moments and judge for yourself if you have to be an art snob to enjoy Buster's films:

Why is the price so inexpensive?
The idea of An Evening With Buster Keaton isn't to make money. It's to share something fun and exciting with others in the community. Since children especially love the live-action cartoon feel of so many of Buster Keaton's films, we wanted the event to be affordable for families.