Freeman Gosden and Charles Corell performed on the radio from 1928 all the way to 1960. This comedy was talking about the turn of the century black minstrel acts. These two voice actors interpreted black people as simple-minded but very polite and good-natured, smarter than the average white men. Also, its humor is revolved around an incorrect use of English language, too.
Frick and Frack are comedic figures skaters played by Werner Groebli and Hans Mauch and performed all over the world. Their fame grew so severely that ‘Frick and Frack’ became a household phrase in English. They were most popular between 1930s and 1950s. Some of their representations could defy belief, especially when looking at Frank’s rubber legs, twisting and collapsing legs while skating in a spread-eagle. Frick, on the other hand invented the spread-eagle move and he was an expert at performing it for the crowd to be amazed.
The Smothers Brothers are actually Tommy Smothers and Dick Smothers. These two brothers are accomplished guitar players, Tommy also mastering the yo-yo. They are recognized as the longest-lived comedy team in American history, performing for about 52 years. The Smothers Brothers had their own show during the late 1960s called ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’, a comedy show which was highly controversial and funny because it attacked subjects such as Vietnam War, President Nixon and racism. This show lasted for two great years from 1967 to 1969 before it was canceled for what CBS was forced to call ‘Anti-American Peace Propaganda.’
All the free-spirited and counter-culturalists found their idols in the pot-smoking surrealist couple of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chung. These comedians broke up in 1985 but they reunited in 2008 to everyone’s delight. They made a number of films from 1978s through the 1980s all related to drug use, free love and hippy lifestyle. Their best work is the film Still Smokin’ from 1983, a film in which they traveled to Amsterdam, Netherlands, for a film festival about Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.
Their first televised performance was at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Here, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello had a few sheets of material written by someone else but they didn’t think much of it. Abbot asked Costello “You wanna do Baseball?” “Yeah, let’s do it.”. And they walked out and made history.
This is a duo of true friends, vaudevillians in numerous silent films together and separate, they decided to team up in 1927 and they remained together until Hardy’s death in 1957. They appeared in many films and made their fame by being masters of slapstick and a very interesting idea which Laurel called it “white magic”. One of their most famous film, Way Out West, from 1937 impressed the public with a shocking scene where Laurel (the thin guy) makes a fist, pours tobacco into it, flicks up his thumb and lights it, inhales and then blows real smoke out of his fist. In the same film they also have a well-known soft-shoe dance number.
It’s a British production, famous worldwide especially for the film called Monty Python and the Holy Grail where King Arthur and his knights of Camelot eat jam and ham and spam a lot. In search for the Holy Grail, they go scouting the countryside hills with just some coconuts to sound like they’re on horses. Everything is ridiculed and cleverly criticized. You can find plenty films from Monty Python on Youtube and there are some of their finest films.
Moe, Curly Howard and Larry Fine are the most well-known artists of slapstick in history. Sadly, Curly died of a stroke in 1952 and after his death there were several people to take his place in the show but it was never really the same without him. The Three Stooges were great together at making those wonderful slap gags. One of their most famous moments comes in the short Micro-phonies, from 1945, where they lip-synch to the Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor.
Martin and Lewis were a perfect team from 1946 to 1956 who completely charmed Hollywood and performed all over around the country and in several films. They are well known for Martin’s crooner and Lewis songs which he could make up whenever he wanted. These guys could do everything for the crowd to be entertained. They could do it all, dance, sing, slapstick, stand-up, vaudeville jokes and even the amazing ad-lib segments.
These brothers are like the gems of comedy. Although they couldn’t tap dance, they could definitely do everything else and this really means everything. Harpo played the harp wonderfully thing which he taught himself by ear. Even harp professionals came to him for instructions and tips. Chico, the other brother was a great piano player, much appreciated for his ‘shooting the keys’ manner of playing. Groucho Marx was called by the late and great George Carlin as a great comedian because of his funniest “Aristocrats” joke in history.