Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 02:37:36 -0500
From: Bob Haas rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: Straight Wo/Man First?
I've always heard them referred to as Tom and Dick Smothers.
From a fan,
On Tue, 6 Feb 1996, Tom Uharriet wrote:
Maybe the rule is that the straight-man is listed first?
Which Smothers Brother is said first?
Martin and Lewis
Abbott & Costello
or is it the other way around?
Laurel & Hardy
and how about those classics:
Gallagher & Shean (Sheen?)
Gilbert & Sullivan
and the classic Groucho Marx law firm of
Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger & McCormick
and the slogans:
Tippecanoe & Tyler Too!
wing and a prayer
praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
the lame & the halt
hops, rice and best barley malt
And, what is the politically correct name for the "straight man" in a
lesbian comedy team?
Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word
Coconut Grove, FLorida
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I suppose the traditional male dominance or "power" factor is responsible
for the fixed order of
Fibber McGee and Molly
George Burns and Gracie Allen
though when duos like this are announced on stage, typically the master of
ceremonies gives greater prosodic prominence to the second of the two.
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)