The boys are now 8 weeks behind in their rent and their boarding house superintendent catches them trying to sneak in. He's prepared to throw them out but when they indicate that they just can't find work, he sends them to the drug store around the corner. Costello is hired as a sales clerk and soda jerk while Abbott gets to be assistant manager. Mayhem ensues.Written by
When Bud and Lou are coming out of their apartment on the way to a new job. They run into the woman that had previously slapped Lou. This time she has an umbrella and Lou ducks the first blow. But on her second swing, she connects and he stumbles against the post at the top of the banister. Bud seems to have anticipated that the top was not attached. He reaches out, but fails to completely stop the top from tumbling. See more »
[Bud and Lou walk out onstage and a woman holds up a sign listing guest stars in front of Lou's face]
What's a matter?
She put the whole sign right in front of my puss.
Well, there's other people in the cast besides ourselves.
She didn't put it in front of your face.
Well, what is the difference.
What, are you a high-class guy or something? I mean, don't put in front of my face. I want to look at all the people out here.
They see enough of your face.
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"The Abbott and Costello Show" was the legendary comedy duo's foray into television in a format they could better control. Shows featured their signature brand of burlesque and slapstick humor. The pair played out-of-work actors sharing a room in a boarding house and getting into a variety of comedic situations. The loose plots prioritized any bit of comedy without regard to a story, and was the inspiration for Jerry Seinfeld's iconic "Seinfeld". A number of respected sources have placed it among the 100 greatest TV shows of all time.
The show was owned by Lou Costello with Bud Abbott working on salary. Joining the cast is their landlord Sid Fields (himself), Mike "The Cop" Kelly (Gordon Jones), neighbor/Lou's love interest Hillary Brooke (herself), overgrown child Stinky Davis (played by the 45-year-old Joe Besser, "The Three Stooges", "The Joey Bishop Show"), and Italian immigrant Mr. Bacciagalupe (Joe Kirk). Bobby Barber and Milt Bronson also often appeared in a variety of roles. Each episode was directed and produced by Jean Yarbrough. The series ran for 52 episodes from 1952-54, and the complete series is available today on DVD.
The first episode opens with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello coming on stage to greet their audience. They work into one of their signature comedy routines, the lesser-known "Captain Jonah and the Whale", in which Lou continually interrupts Bud trying to tell his joke. The story opens with Bud and Lou sneaking into their boarding house, owing eight weeks back rent. Lou innocently runs afoul of two ladies on the steps. The landlord, Sidney Fields, catches them and has Policeman Mike Kelly jail them. When he realizes he wouldn't get his rent, Mr. Fields instead has them agree to take a job at his brother's drug store around the corner. In front of the store, Lou bumps into the overgrown "little boy" Stinky Davis. Mr. Fields (also played by Fields himself) makes Bud the head salesman and Lou the soda jerk. Lou gets into trouble while running the soda fountain, threatening their employment.
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