To be honest, I have a very overbearing relative that Abbott reminds me of. That relative always makes everyone feel bad. So it has always been hard for me to watch their routines. But I love Costello.
Thank you VERY much for finding this and posting it...... clean humor from back in the day when most cars did not have locks on there doors, when people usually did not have to lock there houses and when no one even knew what the word “graffiti” meant..... back when most people had good moral character.
Bless your grandmother if she is alive or the memory if she has passed on. I've heard things like this before. People confuse the reality and the fairy tale. I guess it meant that Bud was a good actor in doing what he did. He played mean and your grandmother believed it.
Never cared for "comedy" where a nice guy and mean guy square off with the mean guy getting in all the shots. Just never thought it was funny....and still don't. But their "Who's on First?" routine was great.
Steve Allen, in his chapter on Abbott and Costello in "More Funny People," pointed out that Abbott and Costello always did a clean act, even in burlesque. Like so many comedians of their era, they were funny and still family-friendly. I agree with William Uchtman, "Still 100X funnier than anything on TV today!"
R.i.p. to the prime time tele .. lt died back in the late 70's. Now we have to deal with mind dead zombies.. I hear they are making special lanes to walk though.. a.k.a. zombie lanes.. and they may be able to vote ... Hello new Zealand....😗😗🍋🍋🍋
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.
I might put George Burns ahead of Abbott, but I would rank the five best straight men as (1) George Burns, (2) Bud Abbott, (3) Dean Martin, (4) Dickie Smothers, and (5) Dan Rowan. You couldn't go wrong if you changed the order.
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.
As I understand, Abbott was very fond of Costello, but it wasn't really reciprocated. Costello felt like he was belittled throughout their career, and turned even more bitter after his little son drowned. Abbott lived 15 years longer than Costello, and had a long-running problem with the IRS, leading to his financial problems.
IF Bud was really worth $125 MILLION dollars way the hell back then, and STILL managed to piss it ALL away, then he more than deserved to be broke!!
Plus, if Lou was such a good friend of his, and he GAVE away so much of his own money, then WHY didn't he give some to his life long partner to live on???
Anyone here that would not help out a good friend that HELPED make You Rich??
I highly doubt it!
I doubt he ever had that much money, even converted into today's value. I also don't believe they were life long friends either. If the Christmas part was even true, they probably only did it to piss off the other one.
But that's just my opinion, and everyone has one. I however was born with common sense, and didn't believe everything I hear, less than ten percent of what I read, and none of what I actually see!
Why none of what I see? Ever see a guy turn a dollar bill you gave them, into a hundred dollar bill? If so, you would learn not to believe it either! And..I'm an American, we know better by now. ;)
Neither of them received residuals from Universal either as it was not in the c on tract. Abbott and Costello actually helped keep the studio out of bankruptcy around the war years but the studios were the same greedy ##$@#@#$$#^ they are today.
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
Lou was never the same after his son, Lou Jr., drowned in the family pool just before his first birthday. He became more irascible and his relationship with Bud became more strained. Yet even in his last years, after Abbott and Costello split, he made some appearances on Steve Allen's Sunday-night show, including one funny bit as a hospital patient and a then-unknown Bea Arthur as an overbearing nurse, and was as funny as ever.