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Abbott & Costello: Costello is Invited to Join the Yankees


“HEY ABBOTT!” Bud Abbott and Lou Costello make up one of the greatest comedy teams of all-time. My aunt had a record set of various routines that I used to listen to when I was a kid, long before I had seen their movies or TV show, and even longer before I was aware of their radio show. I realize now that most of those routines came from the radio show (possibly earlier). This episode features the grand-daddy of Abbott & Costello routines, “Who’s on First?”

This routine had, of course, been used several times on radio and on film prior to this specific episode. There were effectively no reruns in those days, though, so if you had a popular bit that people enjoyed you simply worked it into another show. An injury to Joe DiMaggio gave Abbott & Costello a platform to reuse the skit under the pretense that Lou would take Joe’s place on the Yankees.

The duo worked on radio in some for or another from 1938 until they moved to TV in 1951. Many of their routines still hold up today. I hope you enjoy.

“Costello is Invited to Join the Yankees”
April 17, 1947
Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marilyn Maxwell, Skinnay Ennis, Michael Roy

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