This is Abbott and Costello’s classic “Who’s on First” routine as performed in their 1945 film “The Naughty Nineties.” Besides the fact that it is hilarious, there are three things that I find interesting about this recording.
- It’s set in vaudeville, which is where the sketch was originally developed. You can see moments when they hesitate, where they would have held for laughter on stage.
- Once they get into the meat of the act, it’s done in one shot.
- There are moments when you can just barely hear crew members in the background stifling laughter.