The most famous of all of Abbott and Costelloâs 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 →
(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.
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 Costelloâs 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 →
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 →