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Abbott and Costello
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Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s. Their patter routine "Who's on First?" is one of the best-known comedy routines of all time, and set the framework for many of their best-known comedy bits. The team's first known radio appearance was on The Kate Smith Hour on February 3, 1938. At first, the similarities between their voices made it difficult for radio listeners (as opposed to stage audiences) to tell them apart during their rapid-fire repartee. As a result, Costello affected a high-pitched, childish voice. "Who's on First?" was first performed for a national radio audience the following month. They performed on the program as regulars for two years, while also landing roles in a Broadway revue, The Streets of Paris, in 1939.
Abbott and Costello
Lion Hunting
Aired 3-20-1940

Abbott and Costello
The Wild West with Lynn Bari
Aired 12-16-1943

Abbott and Costello
Visit to a Sanitarium
Aired 1-13-1944

Abbott and Costello
Formal Thanksgiving Party
Aired 11-25-1943

Abbott and Costello
English Butler
Aired 12-9-1943


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