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Beauty Contest

Beauty ContestThe Abbott and Costello Show, Season 2, episode 24

Synopsis of Beauty Contest

In lieu of rent, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello agree to judge a beauty contest.  A contest that quickly becomes rigged …Read More »Beauty Contest

Hillary Brooke wants a milk shake at the Drug Store

The Drug Store

The Drug StoreAbbott and Costello TV Show – season 1, 1954

Lou Costello and Bud Abbott do the You're 40, she's 10 routine
Lou Costello and Bud Abbott do the You’re 40, she’s 10 routine

The very first episode of The Abbott and Costello Show is The Drug Store. It begins with the classic Jonah and the Whale routine in front of the audience, very well done. Next comes a flurry of Abbott and Costello routines. Walking into their boarding house, Lou is assaulted by a woman. “How dare you remind me of someone I despise?”  And they try to sneak into their room, only to fail. And Lou gets assaulted by the landlord, leading to the “I’d like to see you do that again!” routine.

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That dog ain't no dentist!

The Dentist’s Office

The Dentist’s Office – The Abbott and Costello Show season one – originally aired December 12, 1952

The Dentist's Office - in the waiting room

The Abbott and Costello Show episode The Dentist’s Office begins with Abbott and Costello doing the You’re 40, She’s 10 routine for the audience. Then it’s off to the dentist, where the lovely Hillary Brooke is the assistant, and Mr. Bacciagalupe (Joe Kirk) is waiting ahead of them. The screams and noises nearly scare off Lou, until Hillary reassures him. The Dentist (Sid Fields in disguise) drags Lou into the office, and begins unwrapping him.

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Loafing - Bud Abbott confuses Lou Costello about loafing around vs. making loaves of bread -- loafing -- at a bakery

Getting a job

Getting a Job (1953) The Abbott and Costello Show, starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Joe Besser, Sid Fields

Loafing - Bud Abbott confuses Lou Costello about loafing around vs. making loaves of bread -- loafing -- at a bakery

In the Getting a Job episode of the Abbott and Costello Show, the comedy starts quickly. Bud Abbott has gotten a job at a bakery, making loaves of bread, leading to their classic “Loafing” routine. Afterwards, Bud decides to get Lou Costello a job … After looking in on their pet chimp Bingo, who throws wet rags at Lou.

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Lou Costello, the duck, and Sid Fields in Pots and Pans

Pots and Pans

Pots and PansThe Abbott and Costello Show, season 1, episode 9

Lou Costello has a new job, selling aluminum pots and pans — and he plans to cook dinner at Mr. Fields’ apartment with them to demonstrate them.

Bud and Lou con the poor food vendor, Mr. Bacciagalupe
Bud and Lou con the poor food vendor, Mr. Bacciagalupe

Soon afterward, Bud and Lou con the poor food vendor, Mr. Bacciagalupe (Joe Kirk), out of some tomatoes, and start a running gag with throwing tomatoes at Officer Mike  (Gordon Jones)– first by Lou, then Bud, then Officer Mike does it to Mr. Bacciagalupe. At the apartment, Bud has gotten a live duck for the roast dinner, for Lou to “dress” it … only for Bud informing him that the duck has to be killed, and to keep the feathers, since they’re “down” leading into their “down off a duck” routine.

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Lou Costello and Bud Abbott getting soaked in The Buzzing Bee, aka. Busy Bee

The Charity Bazaar

The Charity Bazaar – The Abbott and Costello Show, season 1, episode 10

Lou Costello and Bud Abbott getting soaked in The Buzzing Bee, aka. Busy Bee

Lou Costello and Bud Abbott getting soaked in The Buzzing Bee, aka. Busy Bee

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello help Hillary Brooke sell tickets to a charity bazaar. While Lou tells Hillary the “sad” story of his life, Sid Fields “initiates” Bud Abbott into the “buzzing bee” club — and Bud decides to play the trick on Lou. spitting the water on Lou. To make Lou’s hurt feelings better, Bud offers to be the “queen bee” — only to secretly have a mouthful of water, and turn the table on him each time Lou circles around him. This turns into an extended, very funny bit, as they start to crack up at the thought, and are having trouble keeping their mouths shut.Read More »The Charity Bazaar