Thursday, March 08, 2007

Oh...Wise Guy!!!

The Marx Brothers or Three Stooges?

Marx Brothers, of course. As a lover of the lowest form of humor, and I'm speaking about the PUN here, the spoken word always gets me above slapstick. Which is funnier, Moe stabbing Curly in the eyes with his fingers or these quotes by the Groucho?

--Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

--From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.

--Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. [read this one again and think about it]

--Groucho: You know I think you're the most beautiful woman in the world?
Woman: Really?
Groucho: No, but I don't mind lying if it gets me somewhere.

On the other hand let's look at some of the witty repartee of the Three Stooges and then you tell me which. And I don't want to hear women say that men like The Three Stooges because they are juvenile and crude. Maybe it's true. I just don't want to hear it:

---Curly: I'll be back in a quack with a quack and I do mean quack.

---Moe: How'd ya want your eggs?
Curly: Sunny side down and don't turn them over.

---Curly: Roses are red, violets are blue, drink four of these, then woo-woo-woo-woo

---Curly: Are you casting asparagus on my cooking.


Charles Gramlich said...

I definetely was not a Stooges person. Just don't get 'em. Marx brothers were better but funnier to read than watch if you ask me.

miller580 said...

Without thinking about it I have to say the stooges. I grew up watching them. I think it was every Sunday. At that time we were "practicing" catholics. What "practicing" meant was that me and my brother would sit on the end of our bed with our prayer book and watch "Mass for Shut-Ins." Only after could we watch the stooges--and after them were the little rascals and then an Abbott and Costello movie...Then if it was winter or crappy outside, we'd get to watch Sir Graves Ghastly. (or was that Saturday?) That is where I saw the original version of The Fly and the Wax Museum. This was back when weekend TV was fun for a kid. Now it's all political shows--I think anyway, I quit watching tv on Sunday mornings.

However, my response is kinda biased because for the most part when I was a kid in the late 70's early 80;s, the Marx brothers weren't on tv anymore. At least not in syndication like the stooges.

jedimerc said...

I liked a little of both myself, and I did watch more Stooges, but that was more to do with syndication in the 70's and 80's as miller580 mentioned.

JR's Thumbprints said...

From the Law Offices of Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe: Who gave you the legal right to use that Three Stooges photo? You'll be hearing from us.

Sidney said...

I'm a Marx Brothers man.

I enjoyed the Stooges but they don't stand up to long-term enjoyment. They were on on Saturday mornings a few years ago, hosted by Leslie Nielson as I recall, and I never stayed with them more than a couple of minutes.

I agree with miller580 and jedimerc, the Stooges were more accessible when I was a kid. Marx Brothers movies showed up once in a while on local TV. I think there was a theatrical release or a compilation sometime int he '70s because I remember a radio ad with Groucho delivering a lot of their best lines: "If I were any closer I'd be in back of you."

Lucas Pederson said...

Marx brothers. Although I have a tender spot in my heart for that duo Laurel and Hardy. My grandfather was a great fan of theirs and he made me one too during my early childhood. I still love to watch Stan Laurel goof everything up and Hardy come along and goof it up even worse. Good stuff.

Travis said...

Have never been a Stooges fan.

Now the Marxx Bros - true comic genius. And the innuendo Groucho got away with...priceless.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I have never understood the appeal of the Three Stooges, but the Marx Brothers were hilarious. I love clever words and double entendres; banana peel/pie in the face humor does nothing for me.

Most of the great comic writers and performers we grew up with were descendants of the Marx Brothers and other Vaudeville performers: Woody Allen, Billy Crystal, Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, Steve Allan, even Johnny Carson and so many more.

Groucho was one of the funniest men of all time.

DonkeyBlog said...

Bang! There it is, Mr Sternberg, RENEWAL.

I don't wanna sound like a nut-case or nothin', but there was a bit of healing in that one.

As for the Skids versus the Schmoes, I'm afraid, like Miller580 and Jedimerc, I was a bit young to see any Marx, and barely any Stooges. I do like what I read of Groucho, and I have seen the Fruitfly quote recently, although it wasn't attributed to Groucho, so I had no idea. You certainly put forward a good case in favour of the Brothers.

etain_lavena said...

hihihihihi.....those quotes where funny, but I never seen them, I might be a bit young..all though I do know about them:)

Danny Tagalog said...

Well I might be seeing the Stooges at the Fuji Rock Festival in a few months!

Claudia said...

definitely the marx bros...even before you explained. I just could never quite understand the appeal of the the 3 stooges.

Tony Scornavacca said...

Now that's journalism!

Stewart Sternberg said...

Charles, I own everything the Marx Brothers ever did. I have always loved their particular sense of humor. Interesting to watch them and then watch something current, stopping to consider the evolution of comedy in the last fifty years.

Jim..Saturday afternoon with Sir Graves Ghastly. Nothing better.
However, may I suggest reviewing the Marx brothers. It may change your mind. Or else try Abbot and Costello or Laurel and Hardy. I confess a weakness to Abbot and Costello taking on Frankenstein.

Ah JR...Dewey Cheatem and Howe...I thrust a hand out to you and wave a hand...hrumph hrumph hrumph. too.

Sidney, you and I are kin in our love for the man with the moustache.

Lucas, when Stan starts crying I still crack up.

Trav, it was interesting how Groucho had different comics live with him during the early and mid sixties. I am not sure if he was gay, but there was an implication. All agreed on Groucho's generosity.

Hearts...I confess to a deep love for the work of Woody Allen. If you google his name and "Quotes", you'll turn up some brilliant lines.

Donkey, Etain, Claudia, Danny...thanks for visiting. Etain and Danny, I will be posting your links this coming Wednesday. Anybody else doing the RENEWAL assignment, just send me an email at

Tony, journalism? Hmmm..I wonder what papers you've been reading.

miller580 said...

Abbott and Costello is one of my favorites. I just got A&C meet Frankenstein from Netflix. I am hoping to watch that this week.

I remember when I was in (first grade I think) seeing a Laural and Hardy film and at the end they were skeletons. It was at this Little Ceaser's eat-in restaurant somewhere in Warren. They had a big screen tv/film projector where they played old movies. I once saw the original King Kong there too.

I always wanted to see that L&H again, but could never find the name. If anyone know it, I'd appreciate it.

Cappy said...

Stooges, soitanly. I like 'em both. But noting is more subtle than a pie in the face.

lisa said...

Gotta say Marx brothers, from what I've seen of them, and I was never a Stooges fan. (LOVE Woody Allen)

I remember, as a kid, going to The Ground Round restaurant with my dad and watching the silent movies they'd play on the wall. Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy - we'd laugh til we cried.