Abbott-Costello Replaces Allen – originally published in Radio Life Magazine, June 2, 1940
Abbott-Costello Replaces Allen – originally published in Radio Life Magazine, June 2, 1940 – article about Bud and Lou’s 1st venture into their own radio show.
Rapid Fire Comedians of Kate Smith Show Switch to NBC Network For Summer Months
BUD ABBOTT and Lou Costelko, of the Kate Smith Hour, whose rapid-fire comedy has been an air feature for more than two years, wil replace Fred Alen for the Summer with a half-hour comedy program of their own beginning Wednesday.July 3, from 8:00 to 8:30 p. m., over KFI-NBC.
Unknown to radio listeners three years ago, Abbott and Costello began in vaudeville like the majority of comedians of the present day. Their first radio appearance, in the Spring of 1938, was so successful that they have beco me a reg- ular and increasingly popular feature.
Abbott, born in Coney Island, was literally brought up in show business, while Costello hails from Paterson, New Jersey. After varied careers they met backstage at a Brooklyn burlesque house in 1930 and the team of Abbott and Costelo was formed. Folowing their climb to radio fame, they scored asuccess in the Broadway musical, “The Streets of Paris.”