This routine was broadcast the same year i was born. 66 years later it's still totally insanely funny, and you'll notice nowhere in this routine do they ever really tell a joke. The humor comes from their interaction with each other.
If you haven't read an biography on Lou Costello, don't! Sadly, in real life, Lou Costello was an asshole, and treated people very poorly, including his Partner, Abbott. However! I love Abbott & Costello movies & Skits.
True story. But it was not that night. The little boy drowned nearly ten years earlier when Bud and Lou were doing a radio show in 1943. After they were off the air, Bud explained to the studio audience what had happened -- not originating the phrase "the show must go on" but saying Lou's decision to perform that night "epitomized" the show-must-go-on philosophy
I once had a drama "professor" who acted very much like Abbott during one of our class rehearsals. I was trying to rehearse a scene with my partner and I would get three words out of my mouth before she'd interrupt saying "Now why do you think she said that?" That class quickly turned into this sketch and after awhile I wanted to be Costello and upon getting three words out of my mouth say "Now why do you think she said that? That was for in case you asked!" This is one of the best routines ever.
FYI - Bud Abbott thought television was a fad and therefore didn't sign a contract that included receiving residuals from repeated airings of the series. He died broke in 1974 living off his social security check of less than $200 a month. At one time he was worth an estimated $125 million dollars.
Lou Costello however saw the potential and insisted on residuals (points) in his contract. He did NOT die broke. Lou donated A LOT of money to children's charities. orphanages, etc.
The long standing story that they didn't get along is a myth - perpetuated by the true story of Martin & Lewis who never socialized outside of work. During their heyday, Abbott Costello lived not far from each other and spent many holidays together with each other's families. Lou was a HUGE fan of Christmas and the two would often have decorating wars to see who could outdo the other in decorating their homes for Christmas.
Lou Costello died far too young and the world has been a sadder place ever since----Modern day comics cannot do a routine without using Fuck and Shit and Pussy in their act. That's not comedy just profanity What has happened to all the good comedy writers
What about the story where they needed money to pay a certain tax and then Jesus tells people to go get this fish out of the water and there was money in the fish's mouth. In the culture everybody would have laughed because it's a fantastic story and none of them liked paying their own money to all these taxes so they would have laughed big time.
The first recorded philosopher to insist that a "whale" was not a fish was Aristotle. Presumably, the Hebrew word (Hebrews were not a seafaring people) meant "animal that lives and swims in the water". The distinction could not have been relevant to the text. Certainly the application of the English word "fish" to modern taxonomy is not relevant.
i'm good to go, just got ten people giving me a penny for my thoughts. traded up for a dime. if i get ninety nine more dimes, i'll have to store my dimes in a bag. then i can go trade the bank teller my dime bag for a ten dollar bill.
OK, you guys have that story all wrong. First of all, Jonah wasn't the captain of that boat, he was a passenger trying to run away from God in witch he was told to tell about the Lord in Ninava. The place where his enemies lived. Jonah didn't sacrifice himself, God made a whale swallow Jonah for 3 DAYS not years. Get your fact6s straight before you twist bible stories.
these guys were great..I loved them..i remember seeing a routine they did many years ago, it was about aplay on the word "frigate" and "frig it"...anybody know it? where can I see it? its not on Utube...thx
I have also seen Abbott and Costello do this routine in two of their 1940s movies.The particular story wasn't as brand-new as Costello would have us believe...but I sometimes wonder how old the joke really was-or even the routine.