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Who's On First?

by Nicholas Sammond

This classic routine by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello reprises the dynamic between minstrelsy's interlocutor and his end men. In blackface minstrelsy, the well-educated interlocutor questioned the clever but illiterate and backward end men, Tambo and Bones, who made fun of him through misdirection. This dynamic became the burlesque and vaudeville comedy duo's in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when one half of the duo would take on the role of the interlocutor and the other the wily but foolish end man.

Who's On First?

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Famous bit by the comedy duo Abbott and Costello.

from The Abbott and Costello Show (1953)
Creator: MCA TV
Distributor: YouTube
Posted by Nicholas Sammond