I wouldn't say largely forgotten, but yes, they've slipped into obscurity with all the morons like Jim Carrey and some of those other comedians, who are so unmemorable I don't even remember their names. But I remember the Marx Brothers, although despite what SOME cruel people might say, I wasn't born during their prime.
I love the British humour though (see, I even put in the U). I'm an enormous fan of Hinge and Brackett (are they still even around?) and the two Ronnies were superb, and going all the way back to David Frost and company in That Was The Week That Was.
I think Hinge and Brackett are still around, but I'm not sure they're still working as a double act. I'm pretty sure I heard one or other of them on the radio the other day.
I'm 31 and quite familiar with the Marx Brothers. But, to be fair, I'm not exactly a perfect example of the Typical American, either, so...
But you're keeping the flame alight. Bravo!
One reason Americans have forgotten the great movie comedians is that local independent television stations have all but disappeared. Every big town used to have its CBS, ABC, and NBC station; the rest were independents, and a programming staple of independents were cheap old movies. So, when I was growing up, whether it was Mississippi, Kansas, Virginia, or Washington, I could always tune in on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to see Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, Abbott and Costello, Dagwood and Blondie, and other comedies from the 30s and 40s. Or the other alternative, Westerns. And Saturday nights, it was science fiction movies and vampire movies.
Turn on an average American television set and try to find any of that today. Vanished.
Ah, this goes a long way towards explaining it.
Brit TV still shows a lot of old movies.
And long may it continue to do so!
Yes, the Marx Brothers aren't much mentioned anymore.
Did you happen to see the I Love Lucy episode in which Harpo, after playing his harp, did a mirror imitation gag with Lucy? It's probably the only time I ever noticed Harpo.
I wish I knew more about British comedy. We love Monte Python...and Mr. Bean (I love his rubber face.)
I saw Lucy when I was a kid, but she hasn't been aired much recently. That mirror gag features in one of the Marx Bros movies, I think, with either Chico or Harpo wearing Groucho's make-up and serving as his "reflection".
The best(or at least the most original)Brit comedy of recent years is The Office. And the current smash hit is a sketch show called Little Britain.
Might they be available to you on DVD?
Well I live in Austin and we're extremely serious about our comedy here, especially classic films. For example, tomorrow night I'm going to see Duck Soup, on the big screen. Still, I'll wager that most people my age (25)who aren't fortunate enough to live in Austin couldn't tell the difference between the three stooges and the marx brothers.
Duck Soup on the big screen? Now that's really talking!
The Stooges never made much of an impact over here (I guess we had our own slapstick comedians) but the Marx Brothers were huge.
Hey, people, tell me it ain't so!
In Britain you're never more than five minutes away from the nearest Marx Brothers movie. We run them all the time. In 1940 we were kept going by Churchill's speechifying and Churchill was kept going by watching Marx Brothers movies in his bunker. Why, the Marxes more or less won the war for us.
And the Marxes begat Spike Milligan and Spike Milligan begat John Cleese and John Cleese begat Eddie Izzard.
Well, we don't NEED to remember the Marx Brothers, we have the Bush brothers.
But seriously...we're lucky here - our PBS station shows Britcoms. (and East Enders but I don't watch that anymore). Blackadder, May/December, Good Neighbors (shown in your country as The Good Life), To the Manor Born, Keeping Up Appearances....The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin, Yes Minister, The Two Ronnies
For such an outwardly staid people, your humour is very broad.
That's great- you're getting a whole lot of classic shows. I particularly like Blackadder and Reggie Perrin (Leonard Rossiter- what a talent!) and Yes, Minister was one of the cleverest things ever.
Well, I've been aware (and a fan) of the Marx Brothers for years, so... ^_^
I love British comedy programs. Much more than the ones in the States. And my dad's a fan of the show "The Office" :)
I've seen some terrible *Britcoms* (Mother and Son is one that comes to mind) but then...The Vicar of Dibley is one of my very favorites!
Well I never. What a strange lineup- Tim Curry, the guy off Frazier, the voice of Apu- and Mike Nichols directing. Should be interesting.....
do i need more proof that i was not only born in the wrong era, but also the wrong country ??? the marx brothers are my idols!!! :)
I think they had more influence on British than on American comedians. We have a deep, deep love of the surreal.
Love your icon! :)