Thursday, May 15, 2014

International Day of Laughter, 2014 -- May 15, 2014

100 years ago, on 15-May-1914, vaudeville monologist Art Fisher allegedly gave the Marx Brothers, Leonard, Arthur, Julius and Milton and became Chico, Harpo, Groucho and Gummo.  The baby of the family, Herbert, later got the nickname Zeppo.  Fisher may have been inspired by Gus Mager's comic strips like Knocko the Monk, Sherlocko the Monk and Groucho the Monk

This John Decker cartoon, from the October, 1924 Motion Picture Classic, shows the brothers in their first Broadway show, I'll Say She Is.  Zeppo is identified as Beppo.  Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version. 

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