Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

(1897–1974 & 1906–1959)

Abbott and Costello


“Bud Abbott and Lou Costello once took out a $100,000 insurance policy with Lloyds of London that stipulated payment if any of their audience should die of laughter.”

Biographical Note: 

William “Bud” Abbott (1897–1974) and Lou Costello (1906–1959) were an American comedy duo (Abott and Costello) whose work in vaudeville and on stage, radio, film and television made them the most popular comedy team during the 1940s and early 1950s. Their patter routine “Who’s on First?” is one of the best-known comedy routines of all time and set the framework for many of their best-known comedy bits.