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THE THREE STOOGES - PUTTING THE SLAP INTO SLAPSTICK

The Three StoogesEvery Wednesday (for as long as possible), I will be posting a series of short, funny films on my YouTube channel, starring one of my most favorite comedy acts of all time. They're called the 'Three Stooges', and from 1922 to 1970, they entertained audiences everywhere by slapping each other senseless for the sake of all things jovial. Want to know more? Then please have a look at this...


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Moe Howard
Moe Howard

The Self-Appointed Leader of the Group


Notable Features: A surly attitude, an angry face, and a bowl cut hairstyle
Date of Birth: June 19, 1897
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years Active in the Industry: 1909 to 1975
Date Passed Away: May 4, 1975 (aged 77)

Trivia: Moe Howard wasn't always the leader of the Three Stooges, because originally, they were led by another comedian. His name was Ted Healy, and according to legend, he first formed this team of 'affable jokesters' in 1922 so they could perform their 'wild and wacky' act in vaudeville. But then in 1934, Ted decided to leave them due to financial and creative differences.


Larry Fine
Larry Fine
The Musical Funnyman

Notable Features: A big nose, a cartoonish disposition, and a hairstyle that's bushy on the sides and nonexistent on the top
Date of Birth: October 5, 1902
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years Active in the Industry: 1923 to 1970
Date Passed Away: January 24, 1975 (aged 72)

Trivia: Larry first met Ted and Moe's older brother, Shemp Howard (another Stooge), a few years after they first formed (roughly 1928), while Larry was starring as the master of ceremonies at Chicago's Rainbo Gardens. Immediately, Ted and Shemp loved Larry's attitude on stage, and so they asked him to join their act and become a regular member.


Curly Howard
Curly Howard
The Bumbling Bruiser

Notable Features: A shaved head, a stout frame, and a series of animated gestures, both physical and lyrical in nature
Date of Birth: October 22, 1903
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years Active in the Industry: 1928 to 1947
Date Passed Away: January 18, 1952 (aged 48)

Trivia: When Shemp left the group to start his own solo career (see below to find out what happens next), he was then replaced by Shemp and Moe's mutual brother, Jerome (or as we like to call him, Curly), who at the time (1932), was a comedy musical conductor for the Orville Knapp Band. But all of that changed in the mid to late 1940s, because Curly suddenly suffered a series of debilitating strokes and eventually passed away.


Shemp Howard
Other Members of the Group

Yes. There Were More Than Three Members of the Three Stooges

Following the tragic decline of Curly, Shemp (otherwise known as Shmuel or Samuel) returned to the Stooges and performed with them for several years until he also passed away in 1955. He was then replaced by two other comedians who -- to a certain extent -- resembled Curly, and tried to imitate some of his mannerisms. They were Joe Besser (who was with the group from 1956 to 1958) and Joe DeRita (who was with them from 1958 to 1970). But, as with most performers, there came a time when the Three Stooges decided to call it quits (either due to ill health or their own personal reasons), and the rest, as they say, is history. Comedic history. Say no more.



So, now you know a bit more about the Three Stooges, you might like to consider checking out my YouTube channel every Wednesday to see them in action. Trust me, you're going to love seeing Moe, Larry, Curly, and the rest of the gang, especially if you're a fan of slapstick comedy, witty wordplay, or vintage vaudeville.

THE THREE STOOGES - PUTTING THE SLAP INTO SLAPSTICK THE THREE STOOGES  - PUTTING THE SLAP INTO SLAPSTICK Reviewed by David Andrews on December 28, 2021 Rating: 5

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