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In 1931 at Empire theater in New York City Lou Costello and his crew grew worried that they would not be able to find a replacement for his straight man who became ill and was unable to perform Fortunately a fellow by the name of Bud Abbott was working the box office at the theater and offered to substitute These two men performed so well together that Abbott played straight man to Costellos buffoon from then onWilliam Bud Alexander Abbott the clown in the straight man clown relationship was born on October 6 1897 in Asbury park New Jersey Being born to a theatrical family Abbott worked in carnivals while still a child and dropped out of school in 1909 He worked as assistant treasurer for the Casino Theater in Brooklyn then as treasurer or manager of various theaters around the country He worked as straight man to vaudeville performers such as Harry Steepe and Harry Evanson while managing the National Theater in DetroitLouis Francis Cristillo was born on March 6 1906 in Paterson New Jersey Lou Cristillo became Lou Costello after the actress Dolores Costello It was Ms Costellowho advised Lou to hone his craft and then helped him make connections in Hollywood to further his career After finishing high school Lou worked as a carpenter at MGM and Warners He went from there to be a stuntman and then to vaudeville as a comicThese two were very successful during the 1950s To further display their burlesque wares on the live stage which was always home to the boysNBC welcomed Abbott Costello to its new hour long live variety show THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR as guest hosts Debuting on January 7 1951 Bud and Lou boosted the shows ratings as they brought the Abbott Costello staple routines including Whos On First In 1956 one year before the release of their last film together Dance With Me Henry1956 and their official and amicable
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