Today in Comedy History: October 8, 1942
Laugh a little, laugh a lot, this duo hit the spot!
Abbott and Costello American comedic duo who performed onstage, in films, and on radio and television
Bud Abbott (original name William Alexander Abbott; b. October 2, 1895, Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.—d. April 24, 1974, Woodland Hills, California) and Lou Costello (original name Louis Francis Cristillo; b. March 6, 1906, Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.—d. March 3, 1959, East Los Angeles, California) specialized in rapid-fire patter and knockabout slapstick, and they are regarded as the archetypal team of burlesque comedy. Read MORE...
1942 Comedy duo William (Bud) Abbott and Lou Costello, known as Abbott and Costello, launch their own weekly radio show on October 8, 1942 sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The show mixed comedy with musical interludes including both regulars and semi-regulars. In 1947 Abbott and Costello moved the show to ABC (the former NBC Blue Network). During their time on ABC, the duo also hosted a 30-minute children’s radio program (The Abbott and Costello Children’s Show), which aired Saturday mornings.
Thanks to the endurance of their most popular and influential routine, "Who's on First?"—whose rapid-fire word play and comprehension confusion set the preponderant framework for most of their best-known routines—the team is, as a result, featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Source: Abbott & Costello