Finally, the last but far from least Stooge: Moe Howard. Moe was basically the driving force behind the Stooges, usually acting as business manager and idea man. His death from lung cancer in 1975 ended his attempted Stooges comeback, and the group itself.
Hope you enjoyed Stooges week! Female readers of Tom’s MAD Blog can now return to reading posts they “get” with this week’s Sunday Mailbag… at least until I decide to do a “Monty Python Week”.
Today’s Stooge is Larry Fine, One of the original members from the Ted Healy vaudeville days. Larry was part of all the Stooges incarnations, and his major stroke in 1970 essentially ended the group—although Moe attempted a comeback in 1975 with character actor Emil Sitka taking over for Larry. That project never got past a few publicity still photos, as Moe became ill before anything was filmed.
Last week I posted this sketch of Shemp Howard, one of the “Three Stooges” (well, “Six Stooges” really, but only three performed at a time). It went over pretty well, so I have decided to make this week “Stooges Week” here on Tom’s MAD Blog! I’ll be posting a new sketch of a Stooge each day. Since Shemp has already appeared, we’ll do the other five as the week goes on. Today’s Stooge is Joe Besser, who took over for Shemp after Shemp took over for Curly who took over for Shemp.
Before you write me to ask “what about Fred Sanborn, Joe Palma and Emil Sitka?”, read these two comments:
First, I am only doing those who appeared in shorts, films and TV under the title “The Three Stooges”, and were credited as a Stooge… that eliminates Sanborn (who appeared in Moe, Larry and Shemp’s first film “Soup 2 Nuts”, but they were not yet “The Three Stooges”), Palma (who did “back facing” stand in shots for Shemp to complete partially shot films after Shemp’s death but was not credited as a “Stooge”, and Sitka (who never appeared in any film or TV show as a Stooge)
Second, you know way too much about the Three Stooges… go out and meet some girls. Got it, Knucklehead?
Incidentally, all these Stooge sketches were done digitally.