EP2831: Rocky Jordan: An Air of Death

Jack Moyles

Rocky narrowly avoids deaths when he finds a man in a local bathhouse murdered by cyanide gas.

Original Air Date: January 29, 1950

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EP2830: Let George Do It: Audition #2

George is hired to find an apartment for an elderly man’s niece and her husband.

Audition Date: April 1946

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EP2829: Easy Money: The Gem Switch (Host’s Choice/Wild Card)

Larry Haines


A small jewelry store has a $5,000 ruby disappear and be replaced with a duplicate. Mike Trent thinks he knows how to get it back–with the aid of a third hand.

Original Air Date: December 19, 1954

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Video Theater 156: Philip Marlowe: The Ugly Duckling

Philip Marlowe is hired to pay off a woman’s husband’s mistress and finds himself the prime suspect when the mistress is murdered.

Episode 1

Original Air Date: October 6, 1959

Abbott and Costello Meet the Internet

One popular genre of YouTube videos is the reaction video which involves watching someone react to a TV episode or other YouTube video that they’ve not previously seen. If they’re reacting to a TV episode, the video will usually only show the highlights of them reacting, but a longer video will have the entire video played in a box window next to the reactor.

I was surprised to stumble across half a dozen videos reacting to Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” routine that have been posted in just the last few months, with most having positive impressions of the routine, and a few of them have gone on to react to other classic Abbott and Costello bits.

I’ve watched several of these videos and what makes them fun is it gives me an opportunity to remember what it was like to see this classic routine for the first time. It’s also great to see people from a younger generation who are outside the typical demographic for classic comedy enjoying Abbott and Costello at their best.

It speaks to how well their material holds up. Their routines relied less on topical humor or ethnic jokes of many comedians of the day and more on physical humor, clever wordplay, and of course Costello’s characterization and Abbott’s timing. They offer a style of comedy that still appeals to many modern day viewers, but for which there’s really no modern day source.

In short, if the reaction videos prove anything, it’s that nearly sixty years after Lou Costello died, the team is still able to win over new fans.

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