- Abbott and Costello
the US comic actors Bud Abbott (1895–1974), who was thin and angry, and Lou Costello (1906–59), who was fat and funny. They were most popular as a team in films during the 1940s, making such successes as Buck Privates (1941) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
* * *▪ American comedic duoAmerican comedic duo who performed on stage and in films, radio, and television. Bud Abbott (original name William Alexander Abbott; b. Oct. 2, 1895, Asbury Park, N.J., U.S.—d. April 24, 1974, Woodland Hills, Calif.) and Lou Costello (original name Louis Francis Cristillo; b. March 6, 1906, Paterson, N.J., U.S.—d. March 3, 1959, East Los Angeles, Calif.) specialized in rapid-fire patter and knockabout slapstick, and they are regarded as the archetypal team of burlesque comedy.Abbott was born into a circus family, and he managed burlesque houses before he met Costello. He spent much time backstage studying the top American comics of the day, including W.C. Fields (Fields, W.C.), Bert Lahr, and the comedy team of Bobby Clark and Paul McCullough. In 1923 Abbott produced his own show, Broadway Flashes, in which he played a leading role in order to save the cost of an actor's salary. He spent the next decade perfecting his talents as a straight man and working with a number of partners that included his wife, Betty.As a young man, Costello greatly admired Charlie Chaplin (Chaplin, Charlie). In 1927 he moved to Hollywood where he worked as a stuntman; after an injury, he quit stunt work to perform in New York burlesque. Although he had never worked on stage before, he quickly became one of the top burlesque comics and learned the hundreds of standard comedy routines of the circuit. These stock routines allowed for comics to work interchangeably with a variety of partners (often on a moment's notice); in such informal pairings, Abbott and Costello performed together sporadically throughout the early 1930s, before their official teaming in early 1936.During the next few years the team worked the burlesque circuit and perfected routines each had done countless times with other partners, including the baseball sketch “Who's on First?” for which they became famous. Although they would occasionally vary their standard formula in a few of their films, Abbott and Costello's act remained mostly consistent throughout their two decades as a team. Abbott was something of a bully and a schemer, and Costello played the hapless, childlike patsy who was known for catchphrases such as “I'm a ba-a-a-a-d boy!” Their characters were stock types of the burlesque tradition; as such, their comedy relied more on the rapid-fire delivery of gags than on character or situational humour. They have been credited as one of the few comedy teams to have preserved on film many of the classic routines of the American vaudeville and burlesque traditions.The team acquired a national following when singer Kate Smith (Smith, Kate) booked them on her radio show in 1938; the next year they appeared in the Broadway revue Streets of Paris with one of their idols, comic Bobby Clark. In 1940 Abbott and Costello appeared in supporting roles in their first movie for Universal Studios, One Night in the Tropics, and the following year they starred in the first film tailored for their talents, the army comedy Buck Privates. The film was a huge success and led to a series of starring vehicles for the team that lasted until 1956. Their more notable comedies include Hold That Ghost (1941), In the Navy (1941), Pardon My Sarong (1942), Lost in a Harem (1944), and The Naughty Nineties (1945). Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)—in which they battled the famous Universal characters of Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and the Wolfman—is generally regarded as their best film.When Abbott and Costello's box-office status began to slip during the early 1950s, they found renewed popularity on television, both as recurring hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–55) and as stars of The Abbott and Costello Show (1952–54). After their final film, Dance with Me, Henry (1956), Abbott and Costello went their separate ways. Costello reprised some of the old routines for The Steve Allen Show, and he appeared in the comedy film The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959). Abbott appeared in a dramatic role for television's GE Theater in 1961, teamed with comic Candy Candido for some personal appearances in the early 1960s, and provided his own voice for an Abbott and Costello cartoon series in 1967.Additional ReadingBob Furmanek and Ron Palumbo, Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1991); Stephen Cox and John Lofflin, The Abbott and Costello Story: Sixty Years of Who's on First? (1997).
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