What Is the Iron Mule?

"The Iron Mule" is a 1925 slapstick comedy by the great silent comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, featuring Buster Keaton. The name also encapsulates the kind of movies we love to show; tough, burly, uncompromising shorts which can't be stopped. The Iron Mule was also an early name for the movie camera (perhaps an allusion to "The Iron Horse," a term for the locomotive).
The Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series was founded in April, 2002, as First Sundays, at the Chicago City Limits Theater in NYC and has been screening monthly ever since.
We are a collective of filmmakers and film lovers who meet monthly to celebrate funny and inventive short cinema among friends. Join us if you dare!
The Iron Mule is a partner with Animation Nights New York, a monthly animation screening event.

The Iron Mule Team

(Producer, Co-host)
Jay has directed and produced over 30 short films and directed over 20 theater productions, as well as seven 1-hour dramas for for the award-winning internationally-syndicated Quicksilver Radio Theater Company. Jay’s first feature film The Changeling opened in NYC in May, 2007. His second feature, Spirit Cabinet, was completed in October 2012, and his third feature The Adventures of Paul and Marian, was completed in 2015. His most recent feature, Say My Name, is currently in post production. Jay also produced Victor Varnado’s films Roboto Supremo and The Awkward Comedy Show, which premiered on Comedy Central in 2011. Jay is a founding member of the WorldWideLab, a collective of international theater directors dedicated to creating director-collaborative work. www.jaystern.com
Victor Varnado
(Producer, Co-host)
Victor is a comedian, actor, writer, and director. As a comedian he has appeared on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central, and as an actor he has appeared alongside Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Julia Stiles, and Werner Herzog. As a director, Victor has worked with Charlie Murphy and Dave Attell (in Warner Brother’s Twisted Fortune) and most recently with Michel Gondry for Victor’s latest short film Roboto Supremo. His latest feature, The Awkward Comedy Show, a documentary about alternative African-American comedians, premiered on Comedy Central in April, 2010, and is available on DVD by New Video. Learn more about Victor at bestalbino.com.
Daniel Mahon
is/has been an actor, singer, writer, teacher, editor, puppeteer and filmmaker. As a writer, his work has been selected as a Quarterfinalist in the Nichol Fellowship and The Austin Film Festival. As a performer he’s appeared on Broadway with Angela Lansbury and in dozens of television/radio commercials and recordings. His first short film, MobSpeak Institute, screened at film festivals nationwide. He has made films for the 9/11 Tribute Museum, the National WWII Museum, the Space Shuttle Endeavour, and the California Science Center, among others. He is one of the creators of the website RatsIsland.com. He was once a Toys R Us Kid and even sang back-up for Yoko Ono (no, that’s not a joke).
Paul Zuckerman
(Founding Producer)
is artistic director and producer at Chicago City Limits, and a founding member of Chicago City Limits. He studied improvisation in Chicago with Del Close and Jo Forsberg at The Second City, and helped bring CCL to New York in 1979. He performed with the company for over 10 years, and has appeared in a number of TV and film productions, including Lovesick, Cagney & Lacey, PBS’s Reading Rainbow, Tales of the Unexpected, The Today Show and Reel News on the USA Network. Directing Credits include 25 Chicago City Limits comedy Revues, Comedy Et Al, television’s first interactive comedy series, and the Off-Broadway comedy Rosa Krantz and Gilda Stern Aren’t Dead, which featured CCL alumnae Linda Gelman and Carol Schindler. Paul holds a doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. He is married to Linda Gelman, with whom he co-produced Zara, Philip and Eli.


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