Slowly I Turned, classic vaudeville skit, also known as Poko Moko and Niagara Falls

Slowly I Turned, a classic vaudeville routine as performed by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.   Also known as “Poko Moko” and “Niagra Falls”

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Bud, Lou and derelict in cell:

Derelict: I haven’t always been a derelect … (looks at Lou) … like you.

Lou Costello: Don’t call me those kind of bad names!

Derelict: Would you like to hear my story?

Lou Costello: No

Derelict: Very well, then I’ll tell it to you Continue reading

Who’s on First? script

Who’s on First? Abbott and Costello’s signature routine

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The most famous of all of Abbott and Costello’s routines, Who’s on First? had been performed countless times in vaudeville and on radio, as well as a shortened version of it in their first movie, “One Night in the Tropics“, with the longer, definitive version (shown here) filmed in “The Naughty Nineties.” Continue reading

The Feud of Abbott and Costello

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(originally published in TV Forecast and Guide, March 7, 1953)

One of the worst kept secrets in show business a few years back was the backstage feuding of the top comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It seemed hard to believe that the finely balanced pair could be anything but the best of friends. Yet the evidence was there.

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Introduction to Abbott and Costello

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

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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. Continue reading

Bud Abbott: the man everyone forgot!

Bud Abbott: the man everyone forgot
(originally published in Screen Stories, June 1960)Bud Abbott and Lou Costello - Who's on First

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Gray-haired Bud Abbott stared bleakly out of his breakfast-room window, at the brown, untended lawn and grounds of his Encino, California home. Although it was past noon, he still wore his bedroom slippers, pajamas and white flannel robe. Why get dressed? He had no place to go, no job to do. Continue reading