Part A of the 2015 A-Z Blogging Challenge
MOST of you should know who Abbott and Costello are. There are some people around my age who read this blog and don't know them, which probably shows a bit of lack of awareness on their part for pop culture. My Dad made sure that my sister and I got into them at a young age and it's probably to blame for my very broad appreciation of all things comedy.
For those who don't know, Abbott and Costello were a comedy duo who mainly did films. Abbott was the tall thin straight man, while Costello was the crazy short fat man. The humour was often based on miscommunications between the two.
A lot of their humour was just plain clever. Despite the craziness and slapstick, there was some real genius going on.
And of course, they're responsible for what's probably the most famous and enduring piece of comedy of all-time... The Who's On First sketch. It's very repetitive, but worth every second.
To my sister and I, who learned about Abbott and Costello at a young age, it came as a shock to realize that nobody in our generation knew or cared who they were. In seventh grade, we spent a term studying humour and I thought it would be a great idea to bring in some of our A&C tapes to show the class. We put on a live sketch show they did where they performed all of the best bits they'd done in their movies. I was in my seat grinning and the teacher was at the back of the class chuckling. The rest of the class were sitting there in stunned silence. I found myself piping up from time to time, saying "Watch this, this is a good one!" or "Do you guys get it?"
My uncle and my cousin constantly make fun of each other about A&C, especially the Who's On First sketch. My uncle tried to show it to my cousin, who had the same reaction as my class mates. Now whenever my uncle makes a joke that bombs, my cousin will say "That's almost as funny as Who's On First," and whenever my cousin tries to be funny, my uncle will say "You don't have to listen to him, he doesn't think A&C is funny."
Because of my introduction to A&C at a young age, I've grown up appreciating humour of any genre. I can't understand when people say "South Park just isn't funny" or "I only like intelligent humour." I'm equally nonplussed by people who say they like comedy, but really only watch Chuck Lorre sitcoms. There's nothing wrong with The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, but there's SO MUCH more out there that constitutes funny. Get out there and explore it.
We haven't even touched on my love for The Marx Brothers.