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A double act, also known as a comedy duo, is a comic device in which humor is derived from the uneven relationship between two partners, usually of the same gender, age, ethnic origin, and profession, but drastically different personalities. Often one of them, the straight man, feed or stooge is portrayed as reasonable and serious, and the other one, the funny man or comic is portrayed as funny, unintelligent or unorthodox. When a woman is in the "straight man" role, she is more often referred to as a comic foil. The term feed comes from the way a straight man will set up jokes for - or "feed" them to - their partner. Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... Double Act is a 1995 childrens book by Jacqueline Wilson, written in the style of a diary it follows the story of identical twins Ruby and Garnet. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ...


Despite the names given to the roles, the "straight man" need not necessarily be humorless, and it is not always the comic who provides the act's humor. Sometimes, it is the straight man who gets the laughs through his or her sarcastic reactions to the comic's antics, as was often the case with Stewart Lee's deadpan, reasoned reactions to Richard Herring's more ridiculous antics in their pairing. Stewart Lee (born April 5, 1968 in Solihull) is an English stand-up comedian, writer and director probably best known for being one half of the 1990s comedy duo Lee and Herring, and for co-writing and directing the critically-acclaimed and controversial stage show Jerry Springer - The Opera. ... Deadpan is a form of comedic delivery in which humour is presented without exhibiting a change in emotion or facial expression. ... Richard Herring performing his show Someone Likes Yoghurt at the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, during the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Richard Keith Herring (born July 12, 1967) is a British comedian and writer formerly best known as part of Lee and Herring, a double act with Stewart Lee. ... Lee and Herring are a British standup comedy double act consisting of the comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. ...


Most often, however, the humor in a double act comes from the way the two personalities play off each other rather than the individuals themselves; in many successful acts the roles are interchangeable. It is no coincidence therefore that double acts are usually portrayed as close friends and that the comedians are often close in real life. However, tensions could often lead to the pairings falling out - Dudley Moore ended his partnership with Peter Cook by walking out on the final Derek and Clive recording, and Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball, at the height of their success, did not speak to each other off stage - though the respective pairings later repaired their relationships. Similarly, American duo Abbott and Costello ended their career despising each other, as did British acts Rob Newman and David Baddiel and brothers Mike and Bernie Winters. Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dudley Moore (left) and Peter Cook as Derek and Clive Derek and Clive are controversial cult characters created by double act Dudley Moore and Peter Cook respectively on the records Derek and Clive (Live), 1976; Derek and Clive Come Again, 1977 and Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam, 1978 and a... Cannon and Ball are an English comedy double act consisting of Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Newman and Baddiel was a comedy partnership of the 1990s consisting of British stand-up comics Rob Newman and David Baddiel. ... Mike & Bernie Winters were a double act of English comedians who were very popular in the United Kingdom from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. ...

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History

Early development

Gallagher and Shean, a popular vaudeville act of the 1920s

The template for the modern double act began in the British music halls and the American vaudevillian scene of the late nineteenth century. Here, the "straight man" was a necessity as he would repeat the lines of the "comic". This was done simply because the audience would be noisy, and repeating the joke gave the audience a fighting chance of hearing the joke and the comedians a fighting chance of getting a good reaction. Soon the dynamic developed so that the "straight man" became a more integral part of the act, setting up jokes that the comic could then deliver the "punchline" to. At various stages, acts such as George Burns and Gracie Allen (who, unlike their more recognizable incarnation on television and in films, operated with Burns as the comic), Abbot and Costello, Flanagan and Allen, Gallagher and Shean and Smith and Dale were all popular draws. The dynamic continued to develop, with Abbott and Costello using a modern and recognizable formula in routines such as Who's On First? in the 1930s and Flanagan and Allen using "cross talking". Image File history File linksMetadata 00896b. ... Image File history File linksMetadata 00896b. ... Sheet Music to Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean Gallagher & Shean was a highly successful double act on vaudeville and Broadway in the 1910s and 1920s, consisting of Edward Gallagher (1873 - March 28, 1929) and Al Shean (real name Albert Schoenberg) (May 12, 1868 - August 12, 1949). ... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ... Vaudeville is a style of theater, also known as variety, which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ... George Burns[1], born Nathan Birnbaum (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), was an American comedian and actor. ... Gracie Allen (July 26, 1895[1] – August 27, 1964) was an American comedian who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. ... Abbott and Costello is the name of a legendary American comedy duo made up of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. ... Flanagan and Allen were a British singing and comedy double act popular during World War II. Its members were Bud Flanagan (1896 - 1968) and Chesney Allen (1893 - 1982). ... Sheet Music to Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean Gallagher & Shean was a highly successful double act on vaudeville and Broadway in the 1910s and 1920s, consisting of Edward Gallagher (1873 - March 28, 1929) and Al Shean (real name Albert Schoenberg) (May 12, 1868 - August 12, 1949). ... Smith & Dale was a famous U.S. vaudeville comedy act that consisted of the duo of Charles Marks and Joseph Sultzer. ... Whos on First? is a comedy routine made famous by Abbott and Costello. ... Flanagan and Allen were a British singing and comedy double act popular during World War II. Its members were Bud Flanagan (1896 - 1968) and Chesney Allen (1893 - 1982). ...


Though Vaudeville would last well into the 1930s, its popularity began to wane due to the gradual rise of motion pictures and some acts disappeared, having failed to survive the transition to movies. By the 1920s, double acts were beginning to attract worldwide fame more readily through the silent era. However, due to the obvious restrictions, the comedy was not derived from "cross talk" or clever verbal exchanges, but through slapstick routines and the actions of the characters. The first double act to gain worldwide fame through film was probably Laurel and Hardy. The pair had never worked together on stage, though both had worked in vaudeville - Stan Laurel with Charlie Chaplin as part of Fred Karno's Army and Oliver Hardy, in various incarnations, as a singer. Laurel could loosely be described as the comic, though the pair were one of the first not to fit the mold in the way that many double acts do, with both taking a fairly equal share of the laughs. The pair first worked together as a double act in the 1927 film Duck Soup. Laurel and Hardy adapted well to silent films, both being skilled at slapstick, and their non-verbal interplay with each other and the audience became famous - Laurel's cry and Hardy's downtrodden glances to the camera whenever something went wrong - and were carried over to their later talkies. Indeed, they were one of the few silent acts who made a successful transition to spoken word pictures in the 1930s, showing themselves to be equally adept at verbal wordplay. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... Slapstick is a type of comedy involving exaggerated physical violence. ... Laurel and Hardy, in a promotional still from their 1937 feature film Way Out West. ... Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer and director, famous as part of the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, whose career stretched from the silent films of the early 20th Century until post-World War II. // Stan Laurel... “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... Fred Karno - the stage name of Frederick John Westcott (March 26, 1866 - September 18, 1941) - was a theatre impressario. ... Oliver Hardy (born Norvell Hardy; January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957) was an American actor, most remembered for his role in one of the worlds most famous double acts, Laurel and Hardy, with his friend Stan Laurel. ... Duck Soup was a short film made by Hal Roach Studios in 1927. ... A sound film (or talkie) is a motion picture with synchronized sound, as opposed to a silent movie. ...


1940s - 1960s

1940 saw Laurel and Hardy released Saps at Sea, their final film for long term producer and collaborator Hal Roach. From here, their popularity began to decrease. However, in 1940s America, the double act remained a cinema draw, developing into the "buddy movie" genre with 1940 seeing Abbot and Costello making the transition from stage to screen and the first of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's Road to... series. Further acts would soon follow; for example, the first pairing of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis occurred in 1946. The genre has continued to exist in cinema, while also making a successful transition to radio and later television via the likes of The Smothers Brothers and Rowan and Martin's Laugh In. Saps at Sea is a Laurel and Hardy film made in 1940. ... Harold Eugene Roach, Sr. ... A buddy film is a film in which the central characters are two friends, often of the same sex, who appear together throughout the film. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Road to. ... Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti, June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian American singer, film actor, and comedian. ... For other persons named Jerry Lewis, see Jerry Lewis (disambiguation). ... The Smothers Brothers are an American music-and-comedy team, formed by real-life brothers Tom Smothers (born 1937) and Dick Smothers (born 1939). ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


In Britain, double acts would remain confined to theatres and radio until the late 1950s when double acts such as Morecambe and Wise and Mike and Bernie Winters slowly began the transition to television on variety programmes such as Sunday Night at the London Palladium. It was not until the mid-to-late 60s that these acts truly came into their own. When Morecambe and Wise teamed up with writer Eddie Braben they began to re-define what was meant by a double act, with Wise, the straight man, being developed into a comedic character in his own right. They provided the link between music hall and modern comedy for double acts.[1] As the two leading double acts of the day, Morecambe and Wise and the Winters brothers enjoyed a playful rivalry – the Winters themselves mocked the slight edge Morecambe and Wise had over them in popularity, while Morecambe, when asked what he and Wise would have been if not comedians, replied "Mike and Bernie Winters". Morecambe and Wise Morecambe and Wise were a famous British comic double act comprising Eric Morecambe OBE and Ernie Wise OBE. The act lasted four decades until Morecambes retirement, shortly before his death in 1984. ... Mike & Bernie Winters were a double act of English comedians who were very popular in the United Kingdom from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. ... Sunday Night at the London Palladium was a television variety show made by ATV for the ITV network in the United Kingdom. ... Eddie Braben (born Oct 31 1930 in Liverpool, England) is a comedy writer and performer who has provided material for such figures as David Frost and Ronnie Corbett, but who is most famous for having written for Ken Dodd and Morecambe and Wise. ...


Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the traditional formula was shunned by the likes of The Two Ronnies, who completely dispensed with the need for a "straight man", and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, two Oxbridge-educated comedians who used the double act to deliver satire and edgy comedy. The Two Ronnies was a British sketch show that aired on BBC One from 1971 to 1987. ... Oxbridge is a name used to refer to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the two oldest in the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world. ...


1970s

Light entertainment in the 1970s was dominated by Morecambe and Wise, who enjoyed very impressive ratings, especially on their Christmas Specials. Although the Winters' popularity declined and the two fell out, The Two Ronnies' success grew greatly, while Peter Cook and Dudley Moore sporadically produced acclaimed work, in particular their recordings as Derek and Clive from 1976-1978. Dudley Moore (left) and Peter Cook as Derek and Clive Derek and Clive are controversial cult characters created by double act Dudley Moore and Peter Cook respectively on the records Derek and Clive (Live), 1976; Derek and Clive Come Again, 1977 and Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam, 1978 and a...


The late 1970s saw a resurgence in American double acts. Saturday Night Live, first broadcast in 1975, provided a group of comedians who were prepared to appear with each other in sketches as double acts, and has continued to do so. In particular, it was here that Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi honed their characters The Blues Brothers, who would soon be propelled to fame in the 1980 buddy movie of the same name. Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor also embarked on a string of successful buddy films in the 1970s. This article is about the American television series. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an Emmy Award-winning American actor, comedian and musician, notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoons Animal House and The Blues Brothers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is an Academy Award-nominated American comedic actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Willy Wonka and his collaborations with Mel Brooks, most notably Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, and his many movies with Richard Pryor... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. ...


Occasionally the straight-man/funny-man dynamic would appear in contexts unexpected and between characters not normally thought of as comics. This often appeared in the William Shatner - James T. Kirk / Leonard Nimoy - Mr. Spock relationship in several episodes of the classic Star Trek original series. In several episodes - The Trouble with Tribbles, A Piece of the Action, and City on the Edge of Forever, inter alia, Spock's logical/humorless persona ironically made him the funny man as his hyperliteralness would make him (a far 'straighter' straight man than Shatner/Kirk) the actual comic between the pair. ("We appear to be what was once referred to as pursuing a wild goose." - "I am endeavoring, Madam, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins." - "Right?" "Check." "Check?" "Right." etc.) A similar dynamic would occasionally appear between Spock and DeForest Kelly / Dr. McCoy. William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... James Tiberius Kirk, played by William Shatner, is the main character in the original Star Trek television series and the films based on it. ... Leonard Simon Nimoy (born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. ... Spock, commonly called Mr. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... The Trouble with Tribbles is an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast on December 29, 1967 and repeated June 21, 1968. ... A Piece of the Action is a second season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series first broadcast on January 12, 1968. ... City on the Edge of Forever (known as Flashbacks on the DVD) is the 20th episode of Comedy Centrals animated series South Park. ... Categories: People stubs | 1920 births | 1999 deaths | Cinema actors | Star Trek actors | Television actors | American actors | World War II veterans ... Dr. Leonard H. McCoy Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D., nicknamed Bones, is a fictional character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by the late DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 - June 11, 1999). ...


1980s

Eric Morecambe died in 1984 moments after walking off stage at Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, his final words being "I'm glad that's over". Morecambe and Wise had dominated British light entertainment throughout the 1970s, but when their output began to wane in the 1980s, and especially after Morecambe's death, several new double acts emerged. However, the two distinct groups could not have been more different. With alternative comedy came the likes of French and Saunders; Fry and Laurie; Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson; Hale and Pace; and Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith. These edgier comics were more brash and crude - comedy's answer to punk rock.[1] They developed the satire and vulgarity of Cook and Moore rather than the more gentle humour of Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies. In fact, Smith and Jones showed blatant disregard for their predecessors, openly mocking the Two Ronnies (this may have been a factor in Ronnie Barker's decision to retire from comedy in the late 1980s.[1]) The Roses Theatre is a art-house cinema and live performance venue located in the centre of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... French & Saunders is a British sketch comedy television show starring and written by comedy team Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, and is also the name by which they are known on the rare occasions when they appear elsewhere as a double act. ... Hugh Laurie (left) & Stephen Fry on the set of A Bit of Fry and Laurie Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are a successful British comedy double act of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... Adrian Edmondson Adrian Edmondson (sometimes credited as Ade Edmondson, born 24 January 1957 in Bradford, Yorkshire, Britain) is a British actor, comedian, director, and writer who gained fame as Vyvyan in The Young Ones in the early 1980s. ... Gareth Hale (left) and Norman Pace Hale and Pace are a British Comedy duo who have starred in several TV sketch series. ... Griff Rhys Jones (born 16 November 1953) is a British comedian, writer and actor. ... Mel Smith Mel Smith is an English actor, film director, writer, producer born in London on December 3, 1952) He attended New College, Oxford. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Ronnie Barker Ronald William George Barker OBE (September 25, 1929 – October 3, 2005), popularly known as Ronnie Barker and (as a writer) Gerald Wiley , was an English comic actor and writer. ...


However, in stark contrast to this came the likes of Little and Large and Cannon and Ball, acts who returned to the pre-Morecambe and Wise "straight man/comic" dynamic and used less controversial comedy born out of Northern workingmen's clubs. Little and Large were a British comedy double act comprised of straight man Syd Little (Born Cyril Mead in 1942) and comic Eddie Large (Born Edward McGuiness in 1941). ... Cannon and Ball are an English comedy double act consisting of Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball. ...


1990s - present day

While the spirit of alternative comedy carried on into the 1990s, the likes of Cannon and Ball and Little and Large disappeared from television screens. The early 1990s saw comedy become "the new rock and roll"[1] in Britain and this was inherent in the work of Newman and Baddiel and Punt and Dennis on The Mary Whitehouse Experience. Newman and Baddiel in particular symbolised this rock and roll attitude by playing the biggest ever British comedy gig at Wembley Stadium. However, with this came tension. Newman and Baddiel fell out with Punt and Dennis not wishing to share screen time with them, and then with each other. David Baddiel went on to form another successful double act with Frank Skinner. Newman and Baddiel was a comedy partnership of the 1990s consisting of British stand-up comics Rob Newman and David Baddiel. ... Punt and Dennis are a comedy double act consisting of Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. ... The Mary Whitehouse Experience was a UK topical comedy show, both on radio and TV, in the late 80s/early 90s. ... Wembley Stadium was a football stadium located in Wembley, London. ... Baddiel (left) with Frank Skinner on the sofa in an episode of Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned David Paul Baddiel (born May 28, 1964, Troy, New York, USA) is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. ... Christopher Graham Collins, aka Frank Skinner (born 28 January 1957 is an English writer and comedian. ...


The 1990s also saw the introduction of one of comedy's strangest yet most successful double acts in Reeves and Mortimer. They at the same time deconstructed light entertainment[1] and paid homage to many of the classic double acts (Vic Reeves would even do an Eric Morecambe impression on Vic Reeves Big Night Out). They simultaneously used very bizarre, idiosyncratic humour and traditional double act staples (in later years they became increasingly reliant on violent slapstick). Vic Reeves (born 24 January 1959, real name Jim Moir) and Bob Mortimer (born 23 May 1959), more commonly known simply as Vic and Bob or Reeves and Mortimer, are a British comedy double act. ... Vic Reeves Big Night Out was a cult British comedy stage show and later TV series which ran on Channel 4 for two series in 1990 and 1991, as well as a New Year special. ...


Appearing in 1992, the pairing of sports duo Frank Burns, presenter of BBC's Sportsnight and former Great Britain Olympic Athete John Mayock, combined incisive analysis of sporting action with dry, witty humour. The pair presented "Burns and Mayock" in 1992 and went on to make "What do you do?" for British Satellite Broadcasting's The Sports Channel. The latter was axed when Sky and BSB merged. The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... This article is about the BBC television programme. ... Olympic can mean: Olympic Games, an international multi-sport event: Olympic Games, the modern games held since 1896 Ancient Olympic Games, the ancient games held in Olympia, Greece between 776 BC and 393 AD Olympic (band), a Czech rock band Olympic (MTR) A MTR station in Hong Kong Olympic Airlines... John Mayock (born 26 October 1970), is a British middle distance runner. ... BSB logo British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) was a company set up in 1986 to provide direct broadcast satellite television services to the United Kingdom. ... The Sports Channel was a British television channel, operated by British Satellite Broadcasting, that broadcast live and recorded sporting action, plus sports news and interviews. ...


Another double act who emerged in the mid to late '90s was Lee & Herring, who combined a classic clash of personalities (downbeat and rational Lee contrasting with energetic, childish Herring) with very ironic, often satirical humour. Lee and Herring are a British standup comedy double act consisting of the comedians, Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. ...


Also appearing in the latter half of the decade were Adam and Joe, whose low budget, self-produced Channel 4 series The Adam and Joe Show was a very sharp combination of TV and movie parodies and satirical looks at various elements of youth culture. The Adam and Joe Show is a British comedy show, written and presented by Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish, which ran for four series on Channel 4 television. ... This article is about the British television station. ... The Adam and Joe Show is a British comedy television show, written and presented by Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish (Adam and Joe), which ran for four series on Channel 4. ...


However, most of the 2000s' most successful double acts take their inspiration from the odder strain of double-act comedy spearheaded by Reeves and Mortimer. Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who had previously worked with Reeves and Mortimer but who also took inspiration from the Two Ronnies. The Mighty Boosh also played with the formula but essentially remained traditional at their roots. Another popular current act is Ant and Dec, who are a very basic yet effective example of a double act. Matthew Richard Lucas (born March 5, 1974) is an English comedy actor. ... David Walliams (born David Williams, August 20, 1971) is an English comedy actor, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas in the sketch show Little Britain. ... The Mighty Boosh is a British cult comedy about two friends who go on magical adventures. ... Ant (left) and Dec appearing in an ITV 1 ident. ...


United Kingdom

In its British form, the two actors would usually be composed of a "straight man" or "feed" and a "comic", the purpose of the feed being to set up jokes for the comic. This would rely heavily on comic timing.


Morecambe and Wise are widely regarded as the greatest British double act. They followed the traditional formula with Eric Morecambe as the comic and Ernie Wise as the feed. However, other British acts such as The Two Ronnies, Hale and Pace, Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, Reeves and Mortimer, French and Saunders, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, Fry and Laurie and The Mighty Boosh the role of "comic" and "straight man" are less obvious, largely interchangeable or dispensed with altogether. More obvious British examples of the comic-feed dynamic are Cannon and Ball, Little and Large or the children's entertainers The Chuckle Brothers, where the straight man acted largely as a humourless set up for the comic. Morecambe and Wise Morecambe and Wise were a famous British comic double act comprising Eric Morecambe OBE and Ernie Wise OBE. The act lasted four decades until Morecambes retirement, shortly before his death in 1984. ... John Eric Bartholomew OBE (May 14, 1926 – May 28, 1984), better known by his stage name, Eric Morecambe was an English comedian who together with Ernie Wise, formed the double act Morecambe and Wise. ... Ernie Wise OBE (November 27, 1925 – March 21, 1999) was an English comedian, best known as one half of the comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, who became an institution on British television, especially for their Christmas specials. ... The Two Ronnies was a British sketch show that aired on BBC One from 1971 to 1987. ... Gareth Hale (left) and Norman Pace Hale and Pace are a British Comedy duo who have starred in several TV sketch series. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English actor, comedian, director, and writer. ... Vic Reeves (born 24 January 1959, real name Jim Moir) and Bob Mortimer (born 23 May 1959), more commonly known simply as Vic and Bob or Reeves and Mortimer, are a British comedy double act. ... French & Saunders is a British sketch comedy television show starring and written by comedy team Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, and is also the name by which they are known on the rare occasions when they appear elsewhere as a double act. ... Mel Smith Mel Smith is an English actor, film director, writer, producer born in London on December 3, 1952) He attended New College, Oxford. ... Griff Rhys Jones (born 16 November 1953) is a British comedian, writer and actor. ... Hugh Laurie (left) & Stephen Fry on the set of A Bit of Fry and Laurie Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are a successful British comedy double act of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. ... The Mighty Boosh is a British cult comedy about two friends who go on magical adventures. ... Cannon and Ball are an English comedy double act consisting of Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball. ... Little and Large were a British comedy double act comprised of straight man Syd Little (Born Cyril Mead in 1942) and comic Eddie Large (Born Edward McGuiness in 1941). ... Chuckle Brothers Paul and Barry The Chuckle Brothers, Paul and Barry, (Barry born 24 December 1944) from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, are prominent figures in British childrens television and comedy at large. ...


Peter Cook and Dudley Moore perhaps also deserve a mention as being the first double act to go against the grain, and turn their double act into a complex analysis of the two's relationship. In many of the sketches (especially the Pete and Dud exchanges) Cook played the domineering know-it-all (who knows nothing) and Moore the put-upon dimwit (who also knows nothing). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. ... Peter Cook and Dudley Moore as Pete and Dud Pete and Dud were characters played by the comedians and entertainers Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. ...


This dominance was accentuated by the difference in height between the two, and the speed of Cook's mind, which meant that he could ad-lib, and force Moore to corpse in a Pete and Dud dialogue, leaving him helpless to respond. As the partnership progressed into the often improvised Derek and Clive dialogues, these light-hearted attempts to make Moore laugh became, as a result of Cook's growing insecurity and alcoholism, vindictive attacks on the defenseless Moore. However, carrying on the tradition of going against the grain of traditional double acts, when the partnership dissolved in the late '70s, it was Cook whose career stalled due to boredom, alcoholism and lack of ambition, whilst Moore went on to become one of Hollywood's most unlikely leading men. Corpsing is a theatrical slang term used to describe when an actor breaks character during a scene - usually by laughing or forgetting his or her lines, or by causing another cast member to do so. ... Dudley Moore (left) and Peter Cook as Derek and Clive Derek and Clive are controversial cult characters created by double act Dudley Moore and Peter Cook respectively on the records Derek and Clive (Live), 1976; Derek and Clive Come Again, 1977 and Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam, 1978 and a...


Sitcoms

The double act has also become a popular theme in British sitcoms. One of the earliest examples of this was the relationship between Tony Hancock and Sid James in the Galton and Simpson series Hancock's Half Hour. James played a down-to-earth character while Hancock was pompous and had delusions of grandeur, and the comedy was derived from the two playing off of each other's characteristics. A British sitcom is a situation comedy (sitcom) produced in the United Kingdom. ... Biography published in 1978 (1983 paperback reprint shown) Anthony John Hancock (12 May 1924 – 24 June 1968) was a major figure in British television and radio comedy in the 1950s and 1960s, known as Tony Hancock. ... Sid James Sid James (8 May 1913–26 April 1976) was a film and television actor. ... Ray Galton OBE (born 17 July 1930), and Alan Simpson OBE (born 27 November 1929), are British scriptwriters who met in 1948 at a tuberculosis sanatorium in London. ... Hancocks Half Hour was a famous BBC radio comedy series of the 1950s starring Tony Hancock. ...


A common trend in sitcoms is to place the double act in a situation where they are forced together through uncontrollable circumstance. In another Galton and Simpson production, Steptoe and Son, a son, with great ambition, was forced to live with his elderly, manipulative father as a rag and bone man. The comedy derives from the way the characters interact in their tempestuous relationship. The series also has more heart-rending moments as the son despairs at his inability to escape his needy, selfish, grasping father. Steptoe and Son is a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about two rag and bone men living in Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherds Bush, London. ... Rag and bone man is a British phrase for a junk dealer. ...


Porridge, saw "an habitual criminal", Fletcher (played by Ronnie Barker, already famous for his comedy partnership with Ronnie Corbett) and a young, naive first-time prisoner, Lennie Godber. The two would bicker but endured a relationship of mutual respect. Porridge was a British BBC television sitcom (1974–1977), written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale. ... Norman Stanley Fletcher, played by Ronnie Barker Norman Stanley Fletch Fletcher (born February 2, 1932) is the main character in the popular BBC sitcom Porridge. ... Ronnie Barker Ronald William George Barker OBE (September 25, 1929 – October 3, 2005), popularly known as Ronnie Barker and (as a writer) Gerald Wiley , was an English comic actor and writer. ... Ronnie Corbett in Extras Ronald Balfour Corbett, OBE (born 4 December 1930 in Edinburgh, commonly credited as Ronnie Corbett) is a British comedian and actor, best known as one of The Two Ronnies. ... Lennie Godber was a character in the popular BBC sitcom Porridge. ...


Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson combined their success in sitcoms (The Young Ones) and as a double act (The Dangerous Brothers) in 1991 when they created Bottom. Their characters are a pair of sad, pathetic losers forced together by their mutual hopelessness. However, unlike earlier examples of such, the characters in Bottom absolutely hate each other, exacerbating their despair. This often leads to slapstick violence. Mayall and Edmonson have said Bottom aimed to be more than just a series of toilet gags – a cruder cousin to plays like Waiting for Godot about the pointlessness of life. Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... Adrian Edmondson Adrian Edmondson (sometimes credited as Ade Edmondson, born 24 January 1957 in Bradford, Yorkshire, Britain) is a British actor, comedian, director, and writer who gained fame as Vyvyan in The Young Ones in the early 1980s. ... The Young Ones was a popular British sitcom, first seen in 1982, which aired on BBC2. ... The Dangerous Brothers was an early stage and TV act by anarchic comedy duo Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, performing respectively as Richard Dangerous and Sir (or occasionally Lady) Adrian Dangerous. They appeared in a number of brief sketches in the 1980s TV programme Saturday Live. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Adrian Edmondson (left) and Rik Mayall (right) as Eddie and Richie in Bottom Bottom was a British sitcom of the early 1990s (and later a series of stage shows and a film) written by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, who were the shows main stars, playing Richard Richard (Richie... Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett. ...


In recent years, double acts as sitcoms appear to have gone full circle, as illustrated by the cult success of The Mighty Boosh. For the relationship between the two main characters this series uses a formula very similar to that between Sid and Tony in Hancock's Half Hour – that of a pompous character whose best friend can see right through him and brings him back down to earth. A similar dynamic is used in Peep Show in which the characters of Mitchell and Webb were adapted for the sitcom formula. However, in this case both characters suffer from pomposity. The Mighty Boosh is a British cult comedy about two friends who go on magical adventures. ... Peep Show is an award-winning British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. ... Mitchell and Webb during a performance of their The Two Faces of Mitchell and Webb stage tour. ...


USA

In the United States and Canada, the tradition was more popular in the earlier part of the 20th century with vaudeville-derived acts such as Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, and Wheeler & Woolsey, and continuing into the television age with Martin and Lewis, Bob and Ray, the Smothers Brothers, Wayne and Shuster, Allen and Rossi, Jack Burns and Avery Schreiber, Rowan and Martin, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, the Wayans Brothers, and Cheech and Chong. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... George Burns & Gracie Allen Burns and Allen were an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen. ... Wheeler & Woolsey famous American film comedy team of the thirties who are almost totally unknown today though their movies have survived. ... Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. ... Bob and Ray Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding were an American comedy duo that began in radio in 1946 with a daily 15-minute show titled Matinee With Bob and Ray. ... The Smothers Brothers are an American musical-comedy team, formed by real-life brothers Tom and Dick Smothers. ... Wayne and Shuster were a Canadian comedy duo formed by Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster. ... Allen & Rossi was a comedy team composed of Marty Allen and Steve Rossi, active from 1957 until the early 1970s. ... Jack Burns (born November 15, 1933) is an American comedian. ... Avery Schreiber (April 9, 1935 - January 7, 2002) was an American comedian. ... Rowan & Martins Laugh-In was a United States comedy television show broadcast from January 22, 1968 through 1973 over the NBC Network. ... Mike Nichols (born Michael Igor Peschkowsky) is an Academy Award winning movie director of films such as The Graduate and Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He was born on November 6, 1931 in Berlin, to a Jewish Russian family. ... Elaine May (b. ... The Wayans Brothers are a group of American comedians who are brothers. ... Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong were a comedy duo who found a wide audience in the 1970s and 1980s for their stand-up routines, which were based upon the eras hippie, free love and especially drug culture movements. ...


More recently, the idea has been largely supplanted by that of the "buddy movie" genre, which has introduced several notable comedy partnerships not formally billed as a single "act" in the traditional manner. The earliest example of such a team may have been Bob Hope and Bing Crosby; later examples include Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, David Spade and Chris Farley and child stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. A buddy film is a film in which the central characters are two friends, often of the same sex, who appear together throughout the film. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is an Academy Award-nominated American comedic actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Willy Wonka and his collaborations with Mel Brooks, most notably Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, and his many movies with Richard Pryor... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an Emmy Award-winning American actor, comedian and musician, notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoons Animal House and The Blues Brothers. ... This article is about the actor. ... Dana Thomas Carvey (born April 2, 1955, in Missoula, Montana) is an American actor and comedian best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and the spin-off movie Waynes World. ... David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy-Award and Golden Globe-nominated American actor, comedian, television personality who gained fame in the 1990s as a castmember on Saturday Night Live. ... Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. ... Kenan Thompson (born May 10, 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia), is an American actor and comedian. ... Kel Johari Rice Mitchell (born August 25, 1978 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor and comedian. ...


The double act is also successfully used in presenting unrelated information in an entertaining manner, such as the Savage / Hyneman pair of the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters. Recently, Apple has used the double act formula successfully in their series of I'm a Mac / And I'm a PC ads with John Hodgman and Justin Long. MythBusters is an American popular science television program on the Discovery Channel starring special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who use basic elements of the scientific method to test the validity of various rumors and urban legends in popular culture. ... Apple Inc. ... The two characters from the U.S. ads who personify a non-Mac PC (left, John Hodgman) and a Mac (Justin Long). ... John Hodgman John Kellogg Hodgman[1] (born June 1971) is an American author and humorist who is best known for his personification of a PC in Apples Get a Mac advertising campaign and his correspondent work on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. ... Justin Jake Long (born June 2, 1978) is an American actor, best known for his performances in the films Jeepers Creepers, Waiting. ...


Japan

In Japan the manzai tradition parallels that of the double although it is more formulaic. Here there is a distinguished straight man (tsukkomi) and funny man (boke) and the humor consists of quick jokes full of slapstick humor and social misunderstandings. Manzai (漫才) is a style of stand-up comedy in Japan, which usually involves two performers—a straight man (tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. ...


Comedic pairs compared

Straight man
(or comic foil)
Comic
Bud Abbott Lou Costello
Desi Arnaz (as Ricky Ricardo) Lucille Ball (as Lucy Ricardo)
Sonny Bono Cher
George Burns Gracie Allen
Tommy Cannon Bobby Ball
Tommy Chong Cheech Marin
Paul Chuckle Barry Chuckle
Bing Crosby Bob Hope
Kyle Gass Jack Black
Andy Griffith (as Sheriff Andy Taylor) Don Knotts (as Barney Fife)
Oliver Hardy Stan Laurel
Dante Hicks Randal Graves
Alice Kramden Ralph Kramden
Colin Lane Frank Woodley
Stewart Lee Richard Herring
Syd Little Eddie Large
Dean Martin Jerry Lewis
Dudley Moore Peter Cook
Bob Newhart Suzanne Pleshette
Spencer Rice Kenny Hotz
Dan Rowan Dick Martin
Dick Smothers Tom Smothers
Teller Penn Jillette
Ronnie Williams Ryan Davies
Kenan Thompson Kel Mitchell
Mike Winters Bernie Winters
Ernie Wise Eric Morecambe
Double acts who do not use the "Funny Man/Straight Man" dynamic or whose roles are interchangeable
Armstrong and Miller
Dan Aykroyd & John Belushi
Bullett and Gunn
Ade Edmondson & Rik Mayall
Baddiel and Skinner
French and Saunders
Fry and Laurie
Gallagher and Shean
Hale and Pace
The Mighty Boosh
Mitchell and Webb
Colin Mochrie & Ryan Stiles
Newman and Baddiel
Smith and Dale
Mel Smith & Griff Rhys Jones
The Two Ronnies
Vic and Bob
Puppets
Straight man
(or comic foil)
Funny man or woman
Bert Ernie (interchangeable in rare cases)
Animated characters
Porky Pig Daffy Duck
Gromit Wallace
Bob the Tomato Larry the Cucumber
Animated television series
The Brain Pinky
Chip Dale
Fred Flintstone Barney Rubble (occasionally interchangeable)
Frylock Master Shake and Meatwad
Brian Stewie
Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel Bullwinkle J. Moose
Squidward Tentacles Spongebob Squarepants
Comics
Tintin Captain Haddock
Jon Arbuckle Garfield (occasionally reversed)
Asterix Obelix
Anime
Senbei Norimaki Arale Norimaki
Bulma, Kuririn Son Goku
Koyomi Mizuhara Tomo Takino
Minamo Kurosawa Yukari Tanizaki
Jin Mugen
Train Heartnet Sven Vollfied
Luke Valentine Jan Valentine
Ban Mido Ginji Amano
Oshitari Yuushi of Hyotei Amane "Davide" Hikaru of Rokakku (in Prince of Tennis)
Webcomics
Danny Joe (Roomies!)
Preston Abe (Alien Loves Predator)
Bloodrose Flintlocke (Flintlocke's Guide to Azeroth)
Ardam Karn (Adventurers!)
Cherry Blossomfeather "Hero" (RPG World)
Osborne Wally (in Wally & Osborne, occasionally reversed)

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