So there I was, sitting around a table with a group of friends. We are getting ready to play a game that shall remain nameless primarily due to it's name being meaningless to most of those reading this.
The kids have been kicked out of the room. We are all finished with our pre-gaming snack (mmmm pasghetti) and we are ready to go. Suddenly, the new guy (on whom I am reserving judgment until more time has passed) asks the question, "Do you prefer Laurel and Hardy or the Three Stooges?"
Everyone took a deep breath as they prepared to blurt out their answers. For my part, I was still considering because I really think that Abbott and Costello ought to be among the choices.
I never did find out what anyone would have chosen.
"Why not?" you ask, sure now that the purpose for this entry is right around the corner.
Because the little one in the corner suddenly piped up with the question, "Who are Laurel and Hardy?"
Then my brain stopped working. It just shut down! I couldn't even believe the question had been asked, let alone by someone I consider a friend.
An hour or two later, when my brain drive finally kicked in, the first thing I did was immediately turn to her husband and berate him for allowing such a state to persist through their dating. (Never mind however long into their marriage we are now!)
I could go on about this for hours but, instead, I am going to bottom line this for you.
Folks, if you know someone whose knowledge of classics is lacking, fix it. I don't care if it is classic comedy, movies, television, books, comics or anything else that has been around and endured long enough to earn the title of classic. Sit them down and educate them about things. Do it for them. Do it for yourself.
But most of all, do it because, if you don't... I will hurt you. Seriously!
Costello: Look, look, look, you got a pitcher?
Costello: The pitcher's name?
Costello: You don't want to tell me today?
Abbott: I'm telling you then.
Costello: Well go ahead.
Costello: What time?
Abbott: What time what?
Costello: At what time tomorrow are you going to tell me who's pitching?
Abbott: Now listen, Who is not pitching. Who is on...
Costello: I'll break your arm you say who's on first! I want to know, what's the pitcher's name?
Abbott: What's on second!
Costello: I don't know!
Both: Third base!
-Who's on First by Abbott and Costello-