July 9, 2006
GOOD reading, but I believe one little point was left out of the Lou Costello story ["A Birthday Bash for Lou Costello," June 18.] We were reminded that Lou was born in Patterson, N.J. -- he was a "New Jersey-Born Film Comic." That he was, and he would have been 100 this year. And he was half of the comedy team of Abbott & Costello. And so on. But without straight man Bud Abbott, they wouldn't have been a pair. I think just a little more about Bud would have been a perfect accent.
December 23, 2004 |
A belly laugh is a wonderful thing. But there is something even more magical when an entire movie theater shares one. For the holidays, the American Cinematheque is serving up nine nights of belly laughs with its "Too Much Monkey Business: The Marx Bros., Abbott & Costello and the Three Stooges!" festival. The family-friendly retrospective, which begins tonight, includes 17 feature comedies and 14 short subjects starring three of the greatest movie comedy teams of all time.
November 6, 1999
A memorial for Jules Glazer, an accountant who handled finances for celebrities such as Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and later managed campaign finances for Democratic candidates, will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum, 2701 W. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Glazer, 77, died Oct. 7 in Palm Desert.
March 26, 1998 |
" 'Who's on First?' is the funniest sketch in the history of comedy teams in show business. I laugh every time I hear it. Abbott and Costello were comedic geniuses." --Larry King If ever a formula for laughs transcended the decades, it was the wheeling banter about the whos, whats and wheretos of a baseball team. Beautifully slapped into America's consciousness by a pair of seasoned burlesque comedians named Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, the routine known as "Who's on First?"
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May 20, 1997 |
Bud Abbott's and Lou Costello's paths to the San Fernando Valley began on the East Coast with Abbott growing up in Coney Island, N.Y., and Costello in Paterson, N.J. After teaming up in 1936, with Abbott playing straight man to the portly Costello, they quickly became headliners on the vaudeville and burlesque circuit. Their success led them to radio, Broadway, film and TV, with their "Who's on First?" skit becoming a classic.
March 12, 1995
I was looking forward to last week's letters regarding "The Devil Made Him Do It" (by Robert Strauss, Feb. 26), knowing that The Times' astute readers would be raking World Class Egomaniac Jerry Lewis over the coals. Who could ever tire of that? (Mind you, there was a time in my life when I loved Jerry Lewis so much you would have thought I was French, but then I turned 6.) Jean McGraw let Jerry have it for discovering the joys of parenting only after raising five sons, and ignoring his sons' mother.