Here's an underappreciated Billy and the Stooges recording. Can't say I've ever heard someone do a Joe DeRita impression before. (Daws Butler's turn as "Curly-Joe" in those NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES episodes doesn't count as he was clearly channeling Curly Howard).
LOLOL... West's Larry is dead-on, but the guy doing Moe sounds like Phil Rizzuto.
West also does the best Shatner, and an out-of-this-world Dr. Zachary Smith (oldsters like me will get that reference).
Too bad no one does Rascals impressions, save for the overdone Eddie Murphy Buckwheat stuff. I bet Carvey or Craig Gass could do them, but the audience for such things is... aging, and that's a kind way of putting it. Robert Klein of course did this 44 years ago, but very broadly.
LOL... poor Shemp. Sam Kinison once called Teddy "the Shemp of the Kennedys."
As a kid I used to with friends to midnight showings of Stooges films, and if the opening credits revealed a Shemp rather than a Curly film, massive booing ensued. I do, however have a friend in Ontario who was a Shemp fan. I cannot however vouch for his sanity. Joe Besser, meanwhile, was just the Franklin Pangborn of the Stooges.
As a longtime Yankee fan, I was convinced back in the day a bit that Hideki Matsui was the Japanese Shemp:
Reminds me of a skit the RiffTrax/MST3K guys did parodying the pretty unjustified Shemp-hatedom. You may not want to read this while eating.
Kevin Murphy: Ah, that Curly!
Bill Corbett: Yeah, Curly! The robust mirth of Falstaff, the voice of Cyndi Lauper! The iron crotch of Johnny Knoxville!
Mike Nelson: So what's next?
Kevin: Guys, I'm afraid it's a Shemp episode.
Bill: Ah, hell!
Mike: What? Son of a--
Kevin: You know, we've all felt that initial surge of disappointment that comes with discovering you're watching a Shemp episode - the episode starts, the music swells, your heart races, but instead of being greeted by the comfortable nubby skull of Curly, we are assaulted by the strange escaped carnival freak that is Shemp.
Bill: Stupid Shemp!
Kevin: What's this?
Bill: I'm gonna do my taxes; I need something to look forward to.
Mike: Yeah, I'm gonna finally catch up with my underwear folding. The thing about a Shemp episode, it's kind of like the end of a long summer day and you think you're gonna get ice cream but instead someone hits you in the groin with a shovel.
Bill: Yeah! Yeah! Or it's like you're out on a date, and she's so gorgeous, and you're really hitting it off, and you're thinking, "Boy, this could really be the one..." And she takes you home, and she slips into a dashiki, and puts on some Beyonce, and takes you in your arms... and then you realize, "Ugh, it's Shemp!"
Kevin: Well, that's true, but even--
Bill: No, guys, this actually happened to me. I almost made love to Shemp!
Mike: Aw, man. Think of the sounds that guy would make.
Kevin: Oh, come on, you guys. There are lots of ways to enjoy a Shemp episode.
Mike: Really? Name twelve.
Kevin: No, I'll name one: ugliness. Shemp took the conventional ugliness of the Howard brothers to spectacular - well, even daring heights.
Bill: Well, it's true, Kevin. He was the ugliest Stooge.
Kevin: Ah, but it goes far beyond that. I have here the government chart, the Relative Ugliness Index, the Standard Distribution.
Bill: What do you know?
Kevin: We'll start here with the Ugly Humans. You've got, of course, J. P. Morgan, Daniel Webster, and at the top, Carrot Top... then there's Ugly Animals, you got your wildebeest, you got your sea cucumber, proboscis monkey... over to the Ugly Plant Kingdom, there's the Australian Boab, the Chinese Stink Wart... and the we move on to your Ugly Excrement - monkey vomit, cow turds, zit juice... but, look. What's this way at the top?
Bill: Hey, it's Shemp!
Mike: It's Shemp! So he's not just the ugliest human...
Kevin: That's right, Shemp is the ugliest thing ever in the history of the universe.
Bill: So, to enjoy Shemp is to revel in his retched lumpy hideousness!
Kevin: That's right, Bill!
Mike: And when we watch a Shemp episode, it's kind of like a little piece of living history in the naughty warted slagheap that is his repulsive face!
Kevin: Exactly, Mike!
Bill: Well, knowing this actually makes me excited to see the vominous oil-soaked little troll!
Kevin: So let's enjoy Shemp and all his horrid Shempness in SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS.
Bill: Hey, thanks, Kevin!
Kevin: You're welcome, Bill!
Last Edit: Apr 25, 2019 1:14:32 GMT -5 by mtw12055
"...Kevin: We'll start here with the Ugly Humans. You've got, of course, J. P. Morgan, Daniel Webster, and at the top, Carrot Top..."
LOL. It was nonetheless said in Webster's day that "no man could be as great as Webster looked;" I actually used his phiz as an avatar at another board for a while. But Shemp clearly out-uglied him, and didn't make any great speeches on March 7, 1850, either. Nor was a classic short story entitled "The Devil and Shemp" ever written (more's the pity).
I was very late in getting to this, but finally watched it last week. I have to say, this is extremely well-done! Obviously put together by people with a lot of knowledge of The Boys' films and their approach to them. The supporting cast is great, too.
I got a lot of laughs out of this. Thanks very much for sharing it; I never would have known otherwise.
P.S. About five minutes before the end of the YouTube video, there's a glitch and the audio goes seriously out of synch with the video. I took the liberty of downloading the clip and fixing it. So if you'd like to have your very own version of this on your hard drive, with the sound in synch all the way through, you can download it from this link: