Some of the greatest, funniest comedians have come and gone. Let’s keep their memory alive, and keep on laughing.
With all due respect to all comedians everywhere, the greatest comedians of all time are no longer with us, except for Jerry Lewis as of this writing. Comedy today is different than it was yesteryear. Many comedians today have to stretch so far they use language that should not be used in public. Yesterday’s comedians did not have to resort to that, they were just naturally funny. Before the advent of film and radio, there were probably comedians that were laugh your head off funny, but we will never know about. Even though they were in silent films, we know that Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Roscoe “Fatty “Arbuckle, and Buster Keaton were the top comedians of their day. We can watch many of the old films and laugh because it was really funny.
We owe it to ourselves and future generations to keep the laughter alive, as well as the memories of the funniest of the funniest. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin were the top entertainers of the day when they had people falling out of their chairs. And speaking of Martin and Lewis, what happened to all of the great comedy teams? Unfortunately, there are no more comedy teams around. It is my hope and wish that parents all over this country are telling their kids about Abbott and Costello. All of the young baseball players should at least know about “Who’s on First?” The Three Stooges will never go out of style. Does anyone remember the Curly shuffle? (Please google this right now, and I dare you not to have a wide smile.) When I was growing up, everyone knew who Laurel and Hardy were, even though they were before my time. How many people today know about this classic comedy team, and another fine mess they got into. Watch them on YouTube, they are hysterical.
Wheeler and Woolsey were another comedy team, not as well known, but worth many laughs. The Marx Brothers were a comedy team that was unique, as much as they were funny. Harpo was one of the funniest people ever, and never spoke a word. He was a simpleton who seemed brilliant. Groucho is a character who I think will never go out of style. As a team, they were amazing. Burns and Allen were not only a great comedy team; they were also a loving married couple. George Burns and Gracie Allen may not share the same last name, but they shared a love for each other that is legendary. Lucy and Ricky were the married couple we loved to watch on I Love Lucy, but Lucy and Ethel were the comedy duo that had the laugh meter going off the charts. With that said, Lucille Ball is, and always will be the funniest female comedian of all time.
There have been many who make us laugh, and here are some more: Milton Berle, Red Skelton, Woody Allen, and Bob Hope. For many of us, the Little Rascals was a part of our childhood. Most people don’t know that it was filmed on the same studio lot as Laurel and Hardy. I still love watching the old “Blondie” movies. Joe E. Brown had a great title for his autobiography, Laughter is a Wonderful Thing.”
By: Patrick Esposito
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Submitted On Dec 10, 2015. Viewed 98 times.
Pat Esposito is an entrepreneur, an author, and a runner. He wrote The Amazing Adventures of Doobersteen. He is also the founder of Selfpublishauthors.com.