Jersey Guys Bud Abbot and Lou Costello’s “Who’s on First?” Skit Marks 75th Anniversary Today
How appropriate that today being Opening Day of the 2013 baseball season, also marks the 75th anniversary of the performance rendered by 2 Jersey guys that goes down in the pantheon of great comedy sketches.
The immortal “Who’s on First” sketch.
I remember seeing this on Channel 11 (long before it became the CW), which at the time was the home of the Abbot and Costello show.
As a team, they really had no peer. And as such, comedy teams like that one don’t exist today (unless you want to consider Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in “The Wedding Crashers”).
Pairings such as Abbot and Costello, Martin and Lewis, Rowan and Martin, Allen and Rossi as a unit really don’t exist today.
In its place are the aforemention Vaughn and Wilson, and great ensemble casts like the cast of “Seinfeld”, pluw some of the more memorable casts of “Saturday Night Live”.
Skits like “Who’s on First” remind us of how important the element of chemistry is to a successful team.
For instance, in the opinion of a good many, no one was a better straight man than Bud Abbot; or for that matter, no one a better foil than Lou Costello, who, unbeknownst to many, was actually the brains behind the act.
But if you had to rate the best comedy team, ensemble cast, skit, or comedian; who would take top honors by your reckoning?
My vote goes to Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in the “Chef of the Future” skit. And while they weren’t a team per se; the way they interacted with each other made for classic comedy.
Check it out for yourself:
So who are your favorite teams, ensemble casts and sketches?