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(1902–1964) actress who played scatterbrained wife of George Burns. [TV: “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show” in Terrace, I, 303–304]
(1910–) American comedienne; “unchallenged queen of scatterbrains.” [TV: “I Love Lucy” in Terrace, I, 383]
(1922–) pillar of zany 1950s comedy. [TV: “Your Show of Shows” in Terrace, II, 290–291]
mocking, satirical periodical. [Am. Pop. Culture: Misc.]
Olsen and Johnson’s “screamlined revue” de-scribed by one drama critic as a “demented vaudeville brawl.” [Am.Theater: Misc.]
the slapstick film comedians specializing in wild chases (1912-1920). [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 399]
tremendously zany, popular comic character that delighted Jazz Age intellectuals. [Comics: Payton, 372; “Krazy Kat” in Horn, 436]
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
popular publication featuring zany approach to life. [Am. Pop. Culture: Misc.]
ingenious, satiric show that uses both live action and animation. [Br. and Am. TV: Terrace, II, 108]
(1926–) American entertainer; children’s “funny man.” [TV: “The Soupy Sales Show” in Terrace, II, 305]
Three Stooges, the
(1910–) comedian with zaniness personified in characters such as Freddie the Freeloader and Clem Kaddiddlehopper. [TV: “The Red Skelton Show” in Terrace, II, 238]
(Moe Howard, 1897–1975) (Shemp Howard, 1895–1955) (Larry Fine, 1902–1975) masters of slapstick in the extreme. [TV: Terrace, II, 366]
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