Comedy Shows - Abbott and Costello

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Lou Costello and Bud Abbott

Abbott and Costello launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott and Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello routinely insulted his on-air wife). Niles was succeeded by Michael Roy, with announcing chores also handled over the years by Frank Bingman and Jim Doyle. The show went through several orchestras during its radio life, including those of Ennis, Charles Hoff, Matty Matlock, Jack Meakin, Will Osborne, Freddie Rich, Leith Stevens, and Peter van Steeden. The show's writers included Howard Harris, Hal Fimberg, Parke Levy, Don Prindle, Eddie Cherkose (later known as Eddie Maxwell), Leonard Stern, Martin Ragaway, Paul Conlan, and Eddie Forman, as well as producer Martin Gosch. Sound effects were handled primarily by Floyd Caton. In 1947 Abbott and Costello moved the show to ABC (the former NBC Blue Network). During their time on ABC, the duo also hosted a 30-minute children's radio program (The Abbott and Costello Children's Show), which aired Saturday mornings, featuring child vocalist Anna Mae Slaughter and child announcer Johnny McGovern.

Episodes of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Show

March 20, 1940 - Abbott and Costello go Lion Hunting >

September 21, 1941 - Abbott and Costello, featuring W.C. Fields >

May 11, 1942 - Abbott and Costello >

October 15, 1942 - Abbott and Costello, featuring Marlene Dietrich >

November 19, 1942 - Abbott and Costello, featuring Merle Oberon >

January 14, 1943 - Abbott and Costello, featuring Claire Trevor >

March 16, 1943 - Abbott and Costello, featuring Alan Hale >

November 18, 1943 - Abbott and Costello, featuring Lucille Ball >

November 25, 1943 - Abbott and Costello, Thanksgiving Show with Jane Wyman >

December 2, 1943 - Abbott and Costello, with Veronica Lake >

December 9, 1943 - Abbott and Costello, with Arthur Treacher >

December 16, 1943 - Abbott and Costello, with Lynn Bari >

December 30, 1943 - Abbott and Costello, with Bert Gordon >

January 6, 1944 - Abbott and Costello, with Judy Canova >

January 13, 1944 - Abbott and Costello, with Peter Lorre >

January 20, 1944 - Abbott and Costello, with The Great Gildersleeve >

January 27, 1944 - Abbott and Costello, with Janet Blair >

February 10, 1944 - Abbott and Costello, with Charles Lawton >

February 17, 1944 - Abbott and Costello, with Dorothy Lamour >

March 2, 1944 - Abbott and Costello, with Hedda Hopper >

March 9, 1944 - Abbott and Costello, with Dagwood and Blondie >

March 30, 1944 - Abbott and Costello, with Alan Ladd >

May 4, 1944 - Abbott and Costello, with John Garfield >

May 9, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show >

May 11, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show with Claire Trevor >

June 6, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show >

June 18, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show >

October 26, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show >

November 2, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show >

November 9, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show >

November 16, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 7, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 14, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 21, 1944 - Abbott and Costello Show >

January 11, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

January 18, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

January 25, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

February 1, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

February 15, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show, with Rudy Vallee >

March 1, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show, with Frank Sinatra >

March 8, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

March 22, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

April 19, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

May 3, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

June 7, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

June 20, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show with Sidney Fields >

June 28, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

October 4, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

November 15, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

November 29, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 6, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 13, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 20, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 27, 1945 - Abbott and Costello Show >

February 7, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

February 14, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

February 21, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

March 7, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

April 25, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

May 9, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

May 16, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

May 30, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

June 26, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

October 3, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

October 10, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 12, 1946 - Abbott and Costello Show >

February 6, 1947 - Abbott and Costello Show with Marilyn Maxwell >

February 13, 1947 - Abbott and Costello Show >

February 27, 1947 - Abbott and Costello Show >

March 13, 1947 - Abbott and Costello Show >

March 27, 1947 - Abbott and Costello Show >

April 10, 1947 - Abbott and Costello Show >

April 17, 1947 - Abbott and Costello Show >

April 24, 1947 - Abbott and Costello Show >

June 19, 1947 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 24, 1947 - Abbott and Costello Show >

March 3, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

March 10, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

April 21, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

April 28, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

May 5, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

June 2, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

June 16, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

October 28, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

November 11, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

November 18, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 2, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 9, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 16, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 23, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

December 30, 1948 - Abbott and Costello Show >

January 27, 1949 - Abbott and Costello Show >

March 3, 1949 - Abbott and Costello Show >

April 28, 1949 - Abbott and Costello Show >

May 19, 1949 - Abbott and Costello Show >