Baseball Comedy - Who's on First ? (1)

2014/06/06

Now that we're fully into baseball season, it might be interesting to take a look at a classic comedy performance that uses baseball as its topic, namely, "Who's on First ?"

The performers were a duo, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, known as Abbott and Costello, who performed on stage, movies and TV in the 1940s and 1950s.  

Unlike today, comedy duos (similar to Japanese Manzai comedy teams) were popular in the US at that time.

Like Manzai teams, there was usually a "straight Man" (The smart one) and a foolish, laugh-getter (the dumb one).  

Abbott served as the straight man and Costello as his dim witted but funny partner.                             (G.K)


英会話表現&英単語 その105
now that 〜              〜なので
we're fully into baseball season     野球真っ盛りの時
namely                               すなわち、ハッキリ言えば
duo                                  二人組、コンビ
unlike 〜              〜と違って
"Straight Man"                       真面目な方(ツッコミ)
"Laugh-getter"                       笑いを取る方(ボケ)
dim-witted                           ウスノロ

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