Famous Comedy Duos

Burns & Allen

George Burns and Gracie Allen were a stage comedy duo, as well as a team in real life. The husband and wife stared in the stage in vaudeville, on the radio, in film, and then on the new medium of television. The act dissolved with Allen's death in 1964, but Burns continued in comedy until his death in 1996 at age 100.

Martin & Lewis

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis traveled as a nightclub act and starred in a series of films before a personal disagreement broke them up in the late 1950s. The team's films include the first effort in 1949 titled "My Friend Irma" and ended in 1956 with "Hollywood or Bust." The team never reassembled to do comedy, although they did meet on stage again in Las Vegas in 1960.

Laurel & Hardy

Oliver Hardy and Stanley Laurel first partnered in a film for the Hal Roach studio in the early 1920s, and by 1926, the team was a fixture of films. The most famous film starring the pair include "The Sons of the Desert" released in 1933, "Block Heads" from 1938 and "The Music Box," a short released in 1932. The duo moved to 10th Century Fox and MGM in the 1940s, returned to the stage in the 1950s until Hardy's death in 1957. Laurel died in 1965.

Abbott & Costello

Abbott and Costello met the invisible man and Frankenstein on the big screen as themselves and also appeared as cartoon characters in film and on television. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello also had a regular television show in the 1950s. The team started in vaudeville, radio, film and television. The team was formally dissolved in 1957 after a legal dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. Costello died in 1959 at the age of 52 and Abbott died of cancer in 1974. The team's most famous sketches include "Who's On First" and Costello's call, "Hey, Abbott!"

Cheech & Chong

Tommy Chong and Richard "Cheech" Marin were captains of irreverent comedy in the 1970s and '80s starring in such films as "Up in Smoke." The duo's comedy themes mainly dealt with drugs with a few sex references thrown in for fun. The team continues to perform and host such regal events as the "High Times" magazine Stony Awards.





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