March 6, 2006

Lou Costello’s 100th Birthday

whosonfirst.jpgToday is the 100th birthday of Lou Costello, the shorter, funnier half of the comedy duo Abbott & Costello. As far as I can tell, there isn’t much attention being paid in the media, but I think Lou Costello’s centennial is worth celebrating. As a kid, I used to wake up on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons, and then I’d change the channel to our local non-network-affiliated station for “Abbott & Costello Theater.” They would show a classic movie or TV special, usually featuring an Abbott & Costello routine like their famous “Who’s on First?” or “Susquehanna Hat Company” bits.

I assume most people have at least heard of them. But if you’ve never actually heard an Abbott & Costello routine, do yourself a favor and give it a listen.

If you have more time, I also recommend these full episodes of their classic radio show, and a visit to the Official Abbott & Costello Website hosted by their families and featuring extensive audio clips in the “media” section. You can also watch a couple of their full-length films on-line for free: Africa Screams and Jack and the Beanstalk. Finally, visit the official fan club for the latest news and info.