Abbott and Costello, Part 1

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's classic 'Who's on First' routine was a radio hit before being reprised in 'The Naughty Nineties.' Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

The comedy team of Abbott and Costello created some of the most memorable sketches in history. Their perfectly balanced energy catapulted them from burlesque and vaudeville stages to radio, and eventually Hollywood.

If you've never seen Abbott and Costello's famous "Who's on First?" routine, you can watch the whole thing at this link.

Holly's Research:

  • Editors. “Bud Abbott Biography.” April 2, 2014.
  • Editors. “Lou Costello.” June 11, 2014.
  • Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Abbott and Costello.” Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. July 9, 2012.
  • Kantor, Michael and Laurence Maslon. “Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America.” Grand Central Publishing. 2008.
  • Francis, Bill. “Who’s On First Joined the Hall 60 years Ago.” National Baseball Hall of Fame. June 2, 2016.
  • “Two Famous Myths of Funny Men Exploded.” Chicago Tribune. Aug. 15, 1943.
  • Ames, Walter. “From the Archives: Lou Costello, Famed Comedian, Dies at 52.” Los Angeles Times. March 4, 1959.
  • Costello, Chris and Raymond Strait. “Lou's on First: The Tragic Life of Hollywood's Greatest Clown Warmly Recounted by His Youngest Child.” Macmillan. 1982. (Digital edition for Kindle.)
  • Dunning, John. “On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio.” Oxford University Press. 1998.

Topics in this Podcast: entertainment history, Bud Abbott, biographies, comedy, radio, film, Lou Costello, Abbott and Costello, show notes, television, 20th century