Vaudeville was once America's most popular form of entertainment. Audiences flocked to the theaters to watch an array of performances ranging from standard singers and comedians, to shadow puppets and a man who eats weird stuff. A few savvy businessmen recognized vaudeville's popularity early on, and ruthlessly built vast networks of theaters. They transformed popular entertainment, for the first time, into big business. Listen as Trav S.D., the author of, No Applause—Just Throw Money, guides us through Vaudeville's humble beginnings, to its eventual abandonment for new forms of entertainment. This episode is sponsored by Bedphones.