Thanks for kicking this off, Ryan---I'll try not to make you regret it!
Originally Posted by Ryan
I like Laurel and Hardy the best, followed by A&C and the Marx Brothers. The Three Stooges are by far my least favorite, and for me a little bit of them goes a long way.
I like all of those, and also agree that, for me, I like the Three Stooges in small doses. In fact, most of Columbia's comedy shorts come off as a bit loud and brassy to me, although I will sometimes sit still for one or two at a time.
I also like some more obscure comedy teams that most folks haven't seen, including Wheeler & Woolsey, who were known for being pretty risque in pre-Code comedies. Their films ran the gamut from adaptations of Broadway musicals (like "The Cuckoos") to mainstream comedies (like "Caught Plastered" or "Kentucky Kernels") to totally, outrageously nuts (like "Diplomaniacs" or "Cracked Nuts"). They've been hard to find for a while, but some of their films are now available on Warner Archive DVDs.
And don't forget some of the radio comedy teams that made movies: Burns & Allen, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy---even Fibber McGee and Molly made a few movies.