Inspired from the DC or Marvel and the Gold Key or Charlton i hope to hear your thoughts on another classic versus. This comes up many a times with my friends wives when talking about us guys. Who you like/enjoy more: the Three Stooges or The Marx Brothers? Is it the slapstick physical comedy hilarity of Moe, Curly and Larry (along with Shemp and Curly Joe) or the cerebral pun intellectual antics of Groucho, Chico and Harpo and Zeppo? Let the stories begin!
For myself the Marx Brothers take the win as there is so much more to enjoy story wise within their comedies for me. While i love me some Nyuk Nyuk Nyuks' once you have seen a couple of Stooge shorts you have seen them all. Yet either of these teams i will stop and watch anytime i find them showing in rerun's when flipping though the channels. Classic comedy that always will deliver laughs and smiles every time!
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Post by MechaGodzilla1974 on Aug 12, 2016 8:48:07 GMT -5
Could you please add a Poll to this subject matter if you can.
Marx Brothers all the the way Home ... I like the Three Stooges but I did not see them that much and I loved Groucho and Harpo Marx so much and along with Chico and the rest of the Marx Brothers they had more variety than the Three Stooges.
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Post by thwhtguardian on Aug 12, 2016 14:21:57 GMT -5
Tough call, despite being family comedy acts the humor they used were different. Sometimes you want witty banter and sarcasm and other times three guys slapping each other hits the spot but neither is really better objectively it just depends on your mood.
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Post by Simon Garth on Aug 13, 2016 5:00:35 GMT -5
Definitely a Marxist. A lot of their material hasn't aged well, but a surprising amount of it still works well - there was a real intelligence and invention in the word play even if some of the physical stuff is now pretty hackneyed.
The Stooges just started out stupid and have not been improved with the passage of time.
To touch on a couple of the others mentioned - couldn't stand Abbott and Costello, and still can't. Conversely, Laurel and Hardy were geniuses and some of their stuff is still watchable and still funny.
Other... Laurel and hardy. I appreciate who and what the stooges and Marx Bros were but wouldn't say I'm a big fan of either. Don't dislike or love either. However I was always fond of laurel and hardy. Have childhood memories of watching and liking them but not in love with them necveither.
Post by beccabear67 on Nov 26, 2018 14:25:42 GMT -5
I'd have to vote for Laurel & Hardy. I used to be a bit scared of Harpo as a kid, he seemed genuinely crazy to me, so it was nice to find out later in books and documentaries about them he was the nicest person in real life. It's hard not to like Curly in the Three Stooges too, out of character I thought he was really a handsome guy, you know, as just Jerome Howard. It seems like he got a lot of grief from fans assailing him in public, though not as badly as Harry Houdini had it... still, attempts to poke him in the eyes... you can imagine.
But sorry, I know there are no brothers but it's Laurel & Hardy for me.
Post by codystarbuck on Nov 27, 2018 0:29:05 GMT -5
Marx Brothers. As said, the Stooges shorts were pretty much the same thing over and over. I can't watch more than 2 Stooges shorts in a row; but, I can watch a Marx Brothers film fest. The acting is generally stilted (they were more often adapting stage pieces and the antics and wordplay took precedence over cinematic qualities); but, man are they still funny!
I like Abbott & Costello; but, I grew up with Laurel & Hardy shorts at the local Shakey's Pizza, every week, and I love them dearly (more than their films).
I've only ever heard snippets of the Goons (more often in documentaries about the Pythons); so it is hard to judge. If you want to talk comedy groups or duos, I'd throw out Bob & Ray, May & Nicholls, The Second City casts (especially the SCTV core group), the Pythons, the Goodies, Fry & Laurie, French & Saunders, Burns & Allen, Dan Rowan & Dick Martin (from Laugh In), Rik Mayal & Adrian Edmondson, and Smith & Jones (more as sketch performers).
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