Who knew?

I never realized that The Three Stooges was brother humor from real brothers. Moe was the older brother to Curly. And actually Shemp who came in to temporarily fill in for Curly was an older brother to Moe.

Moe is the epitome of the older brother taking advantage on an angelic younger brother. (I was an angelic younger brother.)

“Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKtwlHV1-O8

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18 thoughts on “Who knew?”

  1. I don’t remember another popular comedy trio. Recently most comedians are solo acts. Also the singer paired with a comedian duo is not seen. That might have been a logical pairing for clubs.

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  2. 10 Cents:
    I don’t remember another popular comedy trio. Recently most comedians are solo acts. Also the singer paired with a comedian duo is not seen. That might have been a logical pairing for clubs.

    I knew. Their last name was Howard. But you’re forgiven….

    You can’t not know about the Marx Brothers?!

    All these acts came out of the Vaudeville theater circuit. There’s nothing like that now of any substance, mainly because movies and TV changed the entire entertainment industry.

    But acts honed themselves playing in front of live audiences night after night. They had real ‘chops’ as musicians call it.

    We did ( and do) have something like that here with touring bands of various genres.
    That’s why there’s so much quality in music.

    The reason there are no trios or even duo comedy acts is because there’s no circuit to hone their acts. Comedy clubs pay badly for developing acts and won’t pay ‘double’ for a duo.

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  3. Franco:
    The reason there are no trios or even duo comedy acts is because there’s no circuit to hone their acts. Comedy clubs pay badly for developing acts and won’t pay ‘double’ for a duo.

    Horowitz (Howard), Marx, and Ritz were or grew out of groups of 3-5 brothers born before the Depression. There were two older Horowitz brothers who were never in the act. The pool of such such large families collapsed. 

    Also, in the rock era, music is a popular path for brother groups. Had they been born 30 years earlier, perhaps the Wilsons and their cousin Mike would have been a comedy group.

    Only recent comedy group that comes to mind is the Wayans Brothers.

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  4. ctlaw:

    Franco:
    The reason there are no trios or even duo comedy acts is because there’s no circuit to hone their acts. Comedy clubs pay badly for developing acts and won’t pay ‘double’ for a duo.

    Horowitz (Howard), Marx, and Ritz were or grew out of groups of 3-5 brothers born before the Depression. There were two older Horowitz brothers who were never in the act. The pool of such such large families collapsed. 

    Also, in the rock era, music is a popular path for brother groups. Had they been born 30 years earlier, perhaps the Wilsons and their cousin Mike would have been a comedy group.

    Only recent comedy group that comes to mind is the Wayans Brothers.

    It’s “Horwitz”not “Horowitz”, CT.  When I was reading, I thought that was a strange spelling for the name.

    The most famous comedy duo that comes to mind was the Smothers Brothers. They also mixed music with older duos. They also used brother humor but this time the younger brother bested the older. “Mom, always loved you best!”  The other modern one was Rowan and Martin.

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  5. When I was in college I had some buddies who were great Stooges fans.   They were looking up Stooges trivia, and discovered that Larry was the only surviving Howard brother.   They decided to call him.

    Al and Buck arranged for a meeting room with a speaker phone.   Kes called and called and called, finally landing on an agent who said he thought Larry would love to receive a call from real fans.   Larry was living in a nursing home in a suburb of Los Angeles.   The agent called back the next day to give Kes the number.

    We had about fifteen guys crammed into the little meeting room that had a table for eight.  We called the nursing home; they had not been expecting the call and it took about ten minutes before they routed the call to Mr. Howard.  We spent a little over an hour on the phone with Larry.   He was great fun.   We cited some of our favorite episodes.   He led us in singing the “B A Bay” song.  He missed his brothers, and was glad that we enjoyed their shows.

    That was a real kick.

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