Adaptor 1 Wayne, Johnny
Adaptor 2 Shuster, Frank
Title Rinse the Blood Off My Toga
Performance History
Wayne & Shuster appeared on the Ed Sullivan show a record 67 times and their first appearance included a take-off on Julius Caesar ("Rinse the Blood Off My Toga").
Secondary Materials
*"Wayne and Shuster at the National Archives of Canada: The Frank Shuster Fonds." National Archives of Canada. 7 Nov. 2003.
[Link1].
*"Wayne & Shuster 50 Years of Comedy Video." La Gift Shop.com. 7 Nov. 2003.
[Link2].
  http://www.archives.ca/04/04241501_e.html
http://www.lagiftshop.com/wayneshuster.html
Adaptor 1 Biography
"One-half of Canada's most successful comedy team, he was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1918 and died there in 1990.
He met his cohort, Frank Shuster, when he was 13 years old at Toronto's Harbord Collegiate. There, they began to perform in reviews. From there they went to the University of Toronto and performed in the College Follies. They enlisted for service in WWII and began to perform again together soon after in The Army Show. After the war they were active in radio and television and became the favourite performers of TV icon Ed Sullivan, appearing on his show 58 times.
Though not beloved of the critics, the team was adored by audiences and performed together until Wayne's death in 1990" (qtd. from 6 Nov. 2003. http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Wayne%2C%20Johnny).
  http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Wayne%2C%20Johnny
Adaptor 1 Bibliography
*Eaman, Ross A. "Wayne and Shuster." The Museum of Broadcast Communications. 6 Nov. 2003.
http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/W/htmlW/wayneandshu/wayneandshu.htm.
*"Wayne, Johnny. Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. 6 Nov. 2003.
http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Wayne%2C%20Johnny.
  http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/W/htmlW/wayneandshu/wayneandshu.htm
http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Wayne%2C%20Johnny
Adaptor 2 Biography
One-half of Canada's most successful comedy team, he was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1916, died there January 13, 2002.
He met his cohort, Johnny Wayne, when he was 12 years old at Toronto's Harbord Collegiate. There, they began to perform in reviews. From there they went to the University of Toronto and performed in the College Follies. They enlisted for service in WWII and began to perform again together soon after in The Army Show. After the war they were active in radio and television and became the favourite performers of TV icon Ed Sullivan, appearing on his show 58 times.
Though not beloved of the critics, the team was adored by audiences and performed together until Wayne's death in 1990.
Mr. Shuster lived in Toronto. He was an Officer of the Order of Canada (1997)" (qtd. from 6 Nov. 2003. http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Shuster%2C%20Frank).
  http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Shuster%2C%20Frank
Adaptor 2 Bibliography
*Eaman, Ross A. "Wayne and Shuster." The Museum of Broadcast Communications. 6 Nov. 2003.
http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/W/htmlW/wayneandshu/wayneandshu.htm.
*"Shuster, Frank. Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. 6 Nov. 2003.
http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Shuster%2C%20Frank.
  http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/W/htmlW/wayneandshu/wayneandshu.htm
http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Shuster%2C%20Frank
Synopsis
"Wayne and Shuster's comedy appealed to an educated audience because it took intelligence and a certain knowledge of history and the classics for granted. Their Rinse the Blood Off My Toga sketch, first broadcast in 1955 and re-worked in 1958, spun the assassination of Julius Caesar into a hard-boiled detective story ('I couldn't believe my ears - Big Julie was dead'). Its wordplay presumed a knowledge of Latin: Wayne (the private eye, Flavius Maximus) asks Shuster (Brutus) to show him the corpus delicti. 'The what?' asks Brutus. 'Whatsamatter don't you understand plain Latin?', responds Flavius, 'Where's the body?' Searching for clues, Flavius goes to a bar and says 'Gimme a martinus.' To the bartender's 'You mean martini?', he snaps 'If I want two, I'll ask for them.'" (qtd. from http://www.archives.ca/04/04241501_e.html).
Keywords
Canadian History
Collective Creation
Comedy
Detective
Pop Culture
Professional
Adaptation of
Julius Caesar
Entry Last Updated 10Jan07 5:36PM

 

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