Essay heading: abbott and costello

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Costello is the short, fat he-who-gets-slapped. He is a moon-faced zany with wide, credulous eyes, a high voice, and puffy hands that struggle in futile gestures. Both men work themselves into a state of excitement that is wonderful to behold. (qtd. by Thomas 73) What produced this duo's classic humor was the uncanny ability to play off each other's roles and differences, as Abbott would use his classy, intelligent role to belittle the fat, dim-witted Costello...
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Lou Costello was a short and chubby guy, while Abbott was a tall, skinny man who always dressed as if from a higher class. Thomas illustrates Abbott's style: The hair slicked back over his high forehead. The smiling eyes and winning grin. Straw hat and striped pants, dark jacket, and vest, silk hankie folded casually in the breast pocket, silk carnation in the lapel...
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