The influence of the Brothers is apparent in nearly everything I've done, and I've often paid overt tribute to them.
I spent over five years researching, reconstructing, and adapting I'll Say She Is, the lost musical of 1924 which was the Broadway debut of the Marx Brothers. My adaptation of I'll Say She Is was last seen in an acclaimed Off Broadway production at the Connelly Theater in 2016. Previously, it was presented as a staged reading at Marxfest, and then in an historic, sold-out run at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. I've played the role of Groucho Marx in every incarnation of I'll Say She Is since 1925.
I have a long history of playing Groucho, on and off the stage. In addition to I'll Say She Is, my Groucho performance credits include Wish You Were Here at the Jewish Museum; Groucho on the Air; Music of the Marx Brothers at 54 Below; George Bettinger's Mom and Pop Shop radio show; and numerous other theatrical and cabaret appearances in New York.
"Tillo Marx," my Marxist interpretation of The New Yorker mascot Eustace Tilly, was printed in the magazine's 85th anniversary issue. A print of "Tillo" resides in the personal collection of Miriam Marx!
I've written and lectured extensively on the Marxes and their work. My multimedia lecture "The Marx Brothers on Broadway: 1924-1929," is real nice -- book me!
Matt Walters, Seth Shelden, Matt Roper, and Noah Diamond as the Four Marx Brothers, 2016. Photo by Mark X. Hopkins.