“If comedy duos don’t like each other, it just won’t work.” ~ Scott Thompson
Sonny & Cher
Abbott & Costello
Laurel & Hardy
Martin & Lewis
No matter which of these famous comedy couples you may adore from back in the day, I bet you have just a pinch more affection for one personality over the other in each duo, right?
I have so much AMORE for all of the above mentioned. Lucy stands alone (if you’re wondering why she is not listed). I’ll be honest and share with you that Laurel, Lewis, & Costello were these duo’s darlings closet to my heart.
Oh, did you notice I didn’t choose between Sonny or Cher? Well, I think I love them both the same, most likely because of hearing dear Dad’s voice in my head. You see, Mom, Dad, Tracy & I would always look forward to a huge bowl of Jiffy Pop, a tray of peanut butter and jelly Ritz (more about those yummy morsels at this post), and we’d park ourselves in front of the tube to enjoy The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. As if it were a part of the show’s opening bit, Dad would ALWAYS say, “Sonny made Cher. If it weren’t for Sonny discovering Cher, she’d be nobody”.
Dad DID like the beautiful and talented Cher, but my guess has always been that he was just giving props to his fellow pisan Sonny.
ITALIAN LESSON: “Pisan” is the English equivalent of the Italian word pisano. It literally means “from Pisa, Pisan.” The pronunciation is “pee-ZAH-noh.”
Enjoy this clip from yesteryear, and be sure to share your favorites from any or all of these famous funny couples — I’d really love to know!