Baggy Pants Comedy

Baggy Pants Comedy is the popular term for a style of comedy identified with the golden age of vaudeville and burlesque. It was a two-man style of comedy featuring a Comic and a Straightman, often aided by a Talking Lady and a second Comic.

The most familiar practitioners of this style of comedy were Abbott and Costello. Their films are laced with routines they learned in burlesque. Their signature piece – “Who’s On First ” – evolved out of earlier routines like “Watt Street.”

Theirs was a style of comedy that relied not on scriptwriters but on a remembered tradition of bits and shticks that circulated orally. is dedicated to reviving and celebrating this style of comedy by making these scenes available once again to performers and students of the popular theatre.

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