An Old Time Classic, Abbott and Costello Who’s On First

Probably one of the most famous comedy sketches of all times. It’s comedy like this that will stay the test of time. Here is a bit of history regarding this sketch. Bud Abbott stated that it was taken from an older routine called “Who’s The Boss?” a performance of which can be heard in an episode of the radio comedy program “It Pays to Be Ignorant” from the 1940s. After they formally teamed 1936, Abbott and Costello continued to hone the sketch. It was a big hit in 1937, when they performed the routine in a touring vaudeville revue called “Hollywood Bandwagon”. In February 1938, Abbott and Costello joined the cast of The Kate Smith Hour radio program, and the sketch was first performed for a national radio audience on March 24 of that year. By 1944, Abbott and Costello had the routine copyrighted. Abbott and Costello performed “Who’s on First?” numerous times in their careers, rarely performing it exactly the same way twice. They did the routine for President Franklin Roosevelt several times. In 1956, a gold record of “Who’s on First?” was placed in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. In 1999, Time named the routine Best Comedy Sketch of the 20th Century.