I was and am a huge fan of The Three Stooges, Moe, Larry and Curley.
I loved them as a kid, and I still laugh when I see them on TV or the Internet.
I also love the fourth Stooge, Shemp.
Joe Ramoni offers a mini documentary on Shemp Howard, called Shemp Howard: The Underrated Stooge.
As Ramoni points out in the film, Shemp, his brother Moe Howard and Larry Fine (who was from South Philly) were the original Stooges in an act called Ted Healy and His Stooges. Healy portrayed the slapping, eye-poking boss.
Shemp left the act to pursue a solo career and he appeared in films with W.C. Fields in The Bank Dick, Abbot and Costello in Buck Privates, and John Wayne in Pittsburgh.
Shemp’s younger brother, known as Curly, replaced Shemp. Moe, Larry and Curly later left Ted Healy’s act and went on their own to everlasting great fame.
When Curly became ill, Shemp rejoined the act.
You can watch the short film, and get a few laughs, via the below link:
You can also read an earlier post on Shemp Howard via the below link: