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Chic Sale

1885 — 1936


Usually, rube comics were favored by rural audiences who liked their entertainers down to earth. In Chic’s case, you couldn’t get more down to earth than the outdoor privies that figured in his storytelling and became the theme of his best selling book, The Specialist—still in print after 75 years.

Despite a preference for sophisticated monologists, Broadway audiences took to two of the best cracker barrel types, Will Rogers and Chic Sale. Chic portrayed a village full of hayseed characters in his storytelling; ‘Granpa’ was his most successful, the one that Hollywood confined him to after Chic Sale left the stage for movies.