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Celebrate Pie in the Face Day

Pie in the Face Day

Did you know Nov. 27 is Pie in the Face Day? Neither did we.

More importantly, did you know the pie-in-the-face gag originated with a New Orleans native? Actor Ben Turpin, a master of slapstick humor during the silent movie era, was the first person to suffer the embarrassment in the 1909 film “Mr. Flip.”

Turpin was born in New Orleans to a family that owned a wholesale candy business in the French Quarter. He left NOLA for Chicago, where he starred in several films with an up-and-coming Charlie Chaplin before moving to Los Angeles.

– Eli A. Haddow, The Historic New Orleans Collection

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