B. J. Ward

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Le Pétomane









Le Pétomane is the stage name of the French flatulist, (no, not flautist, although he could play the flute from his derriere) and performer who shook and shattered the Moulin Rouge with laughter, shocking all of Paris in the late 1800s. Don’t believe me? Go online.

Joseph Pujol (1857-1945) could fart like nobody’s business. In fact, he made it his business to fart but only in the best of places. While Sarah Bernhardt was emoting the classics on the French stage, Le Pétomane was blowing them away at the Moulin Rouge. People may not remember his face but they’d never forget his rear. His audiences were not composed of barbarians and rabble, but people like The King of the Belgians Leopold II; Sigmund Freud was a regular admirer of his as well. “Call me crazy, but I love this show,” Freud might have said.

This was the inspiration for Marty: A cat endowed with the same physical capabilities. Cheers to Joseph Pujol, a pioneer.