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Introduction to Abbott and Costello

Introduction to Abbott and Costello, one of the greatest comedy teams of all time

Abbott & Costello Abbott and Costello was a legendary comedy team, consisting of Bud Abbott, the tall, thin straight man, and Lou Costello, the short, pudgy comic. They were famous for their rapid-fire verbal exchanges, and Costello’s clownish view of the world. Like Laurel and Hardy, they were a visual contrast – the tall, debonair Bud Abbott, and the short, goofy, unkempt Lou Costello. In fact, when they were hired by Universal Studios, the studio was thinking of them as a more up-to-date version of Laurel and Hardy.

Abbott and Costello initially teamed up in 1931 when Bud Abbott was working at a Brooklyn theater, and Lou Costello asked him to fill in for his act’s straight man, who had taken ill. Throughout the 1930’s Abbott and Costello built and polished their act in vaudeville and burlesque theaters, using well-known vaudeville routines. Read More…

Abbott and Costello ask, Do big noses run in your family?

Abbott and Costello ask, Do big noses run in your family? An old joke, told by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on their radio show on April 28, 1948

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Abbott and Costello meet a runaway bride

Abbott and Costello meet a runaway bride – From Abbott and Costello’s radio show … Bud and Lou meet a runaway bride?

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Abbott and Costello – no smoking policy?

Abbott and Costello – no smoking policy? A funny movie quote from Abbott and Costello’s first movie, “One Night in the Tropics

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Abbott and Costello meet a ferocious skunk

Abbott and Costello meet a ferocious skunk – From Abbott and Costello‘s radio show, April 28, 1948)

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Lou Costello goes lion hunting in Africa

Lou Costello goes lion hunting in Africa – From the old Abbott & Costello radio show – what *did* happen when Lou Costello went lion hunting in Africa?

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Do you have any children?

Do you have any children? A funny joke from Abbott and Costello, taken from their comedy song, “Laugh, Laugh, Laugh”

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Abbott and Costello talk about unemployment

Abbott and Costello talk about unemployment – How Bud Abbott might have explained the “unemployment rate” to Lou Costello – and how it’s different from the number of people unemployed.

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A house in the suburbs

From the Abbott and Costello radio show, “Lou Builds a House” – Bud Abbott tries to convince Lou Costello to build a house in the suburbs

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A face that could stop a clock

A face that could stop a clock – A classic joke about a face that could stop a clock, from the Abbott and Costello radio program, “Costello Gets a Tattoo”

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Do you yearn for her?

Do you yearn for her? – From the Abbott and Costello radio show, “Spanish Acting School” Bud tries to teach Lou the meaning of the word ‘yearn’ (to long for, to desire …)

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