Perhaps one of the greatest funny men to every be graced on planet Earth, Lou Costello was one of the most successful comedy personalities of all time. Along with Bud Abbott, these two conquered Vaudeville, Radio, Film and Television in a career that spanned decades. Between 1940 and 1956, they became some of the most popular entertainers of all time, making 36 films. 36 films in 16 years.
Who do they think they are? Kevin Bacon?
Abbot & Costello had their career take off from just the stage when they appeared in the classic 1941 film Buck Privates. This film also featured the Andrews Sisters and the song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and was one of the most successful films during WWII. GI hoped their basic training experience had mirth filled drills.
Much of their career was doing classic comedy bids from the stage that could be incorporated into their films. Since most audiences had never seen the original bits, the films were fresh material. Lou’s big catch phrase was “I’m a bad boy.” Those words could be uttered by just about every actor in Hollywood and wouldn’t get a laugh but a knowing nod of recognition.
Their career took another big turn when they made the film Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The combination of horror and comedy was unique at the time. We here at ComedyGuys would love to see this come back. We’d love to see Robin Williams Meet Leather-face.
Lou once was quoted as saying, “A husband is what’s left of a sweetheart after the nerve has been killed.” Abbott and Costello are two of the non-sports figures that are honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame. We think that Pete Rose should be the third.