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The article says that they are a vaudeville, but doesn't explain what about them is vaudeville. -- Scott (talk) 19:40, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

Sesame Street Upaved refers to them as vaudevillians, as does Feltenstein's book. I don't remember the sketches well, but it seemed to be the same kind of slapstick comic-duo humor "misunderstanding concepts" humor of Buddy and Jim or the later Noodle Family, which is very much in the vaudeville tradition, from Burns and Allen to Abbott and Costello. If you disagree, feel free to take it out, since that's about all we can say about them at the time. Andrew Leal (talk) 20:08, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
Sorry, I changed the article while you were posting this. Having seen three of their sketches, I don't think there's anything particularly vaudevillian about them. The sketches are funny, but they're a little slow -- I couldn't see a vaudeville audience sitting through them. Part of the problem, really, is that people who use the word "vaudevillian" usually don't have a clear definition of what it means. I changed it to "comedy duo". -- Danny (talk) 20:11, 17 July 2006 (UTC)


I went ahead and removed the "then unknown" line about Alan Arkin. I know it's mentioned, and he was *less* famous at the time, but he'd already received two Oscar nominations for Best Leading Actor at the time! Didn't win, so his casting wasn't necessarily because of star power, but he wasn't an unknown. --Andrew, Aleal 01:29, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

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