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Saturday, May 6th, 2023 3:02 PM

Live Poll: Face-Off: Legendary Comedy Acts

Many of cinema's earliest breakout comedy acts are still fondly remembered to this day well over a hundred years later. Some younger movie fans may not even know who they are but can recognize their unique looks and elements of their comedy acts which are still spoofed and honored to this day. Considered amongst the all-time comedy greats, the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges, still have huge groups of fans well into the 21st century. 

Which of these two well-known, popular, and beloved acts of early movies brings you the most enjoyment and laughs?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls568390704/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/duXX3munpig

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Curly Howard the funniest of them all.

Couldn't you include Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy?

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@mariojacobs​ I was contemplating Laurel and Hardy before you said anything so I'll go ahead and them.

Thanks.

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Also, there existed Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, but they maybe came along later.

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@themoviesmith​ perhaps you could rewrite the face-off subject into:

Golden Age (or classic) Slapstick Comedians or something like that, including the word slapstick...

Being so, I am not sure Abbott and Costello would fit, I think their humor is a little bit more intellectual. I intend to rewatch their movies again.

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@mariojacobs @jeorj_euler​ I don't think Abbot and Costello are as well known now a days. I think Laurel and Hardy is even a bit of a stretch at this point. 

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@themoviesmith​ I would disagree, I think Abbot and Costello are in the same class as the others, both in the past and currently. I think they belong in the answer pool, especially since they were comedic titans in their day. Further, you can follow the cinematic comic team mantle, as the premiere comedy team of the era, being passed from Laurel and Hardy to the Marx Brothers to Abbot and Costello to the Three Stooges to Martin & Lewis, as the each dominated their era in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. While, I think it is debatable who is top-ranked and who is last-ranked, I don't it is debatable that they all belong in the same grouping.

FYC, a tweaked wording, you can remove Abbot and Costello from the text and change  the quantity from four to three, if necessary.

Many of cinema's earliest breakout comedy teams are still fondly remembered close to a hundred years later. While some younger movie fans may not be intimately familiar with Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers, Abbot & Costello and the Three Stooges, they are quick to recognize their signature looks or elements of their comedy acts that are often copied and spoofed today. In testament to the timelessness of their comedy stylings and their stature among the all-time comedy legends, all four early 20th century comedic teams still have legions of followers in the 21st century. 

Which of these beloved early cinema comedic acts brings you the most enjoyment and laughs today?

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Hm...

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My impression is that the Marx Brothers and Laurel & Hardy are the best known internationally, though it may depend where you're from.

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@Peter_pbn​ yep, and Laurel and Hardy even more familiar, I knew them at the age of 6, heard of the MB at 7 and the 3 Stooges when I was a teen...

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@urbanemovies​ Changes made. Sorry it took so long but I was on vacation.

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@themoviesmith

I am not sure on this part, maybe it should be two linked sentences with a semi-colon instead of a comma. If it is wrong, sorry it was mistake. The grammar check bot says it is right both ways.

While some younger movie fans may not be intimately familiar with Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers, Abbot & Costello and the Three Stooges; they are quick to recognize their signature looks or elements of their comedy acts that are often copied and spoofed today.

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@urbanemovies​ No problem, changes made. Thank you

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23 days ago

@themoviesmith ,

Please change:

Which of these two well-known, popular, and beloved acts of early movies brings you the most enjoyment and laughs?

... to ...

Which of these three well-known, popular, and beloved acts of early movies brings you the most enjoyment and laughs?

... unless you decide to add Abbot and Costello ...

Which of these four well-known, popular, and beloved acts of early movies brings you the most enjoyment and laughs?

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@dan_dassow​  & @themoviesmith,

I would suggest leaving well-known out of the question, since it is not necessary and contradicts the statement made in the introduction: 

"Some younger movie fans may not even know who they are ..."

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Missing a period after vs:

Face-Off: Marx Brothers vs. Three Stooges vs. Laurel and Hardy

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@dan_dassow@Jessica Changes have been made to the description. Thank you! Since the answer pool increased, I changed the title of the poll. Sorry it took so long but I was on vacation.

Thank you

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22 days ago

@themoviesmith,

Many of cinema's earliest breakout comedy acts are still fondly remembered to this day well over a hundred years later.

A small detail but I think "well over a hundred years" is a bit an exageration. I would call it 50 (or 75) to 95 or "nearly a hundred" or "almost a hundred" to be fair.

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16 days ago

Face-Off Friday Bump

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Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/duXX3munpig/

Congratulations TheMovieSmith

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@Pencho15​ Thank you