The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy team active from the late 1920s until the late 1960s, best known for their 190 Columbia short subject films that are still syndicated on television. Their hallmark was physical farce and slapstick. In films, the Stooges were commonly known by their first names of "Moe, Larry, and Curly" or "Moe, Larry, and Shemp" (among other lineups, depending on the particular film). There were a total of six stooges over the act's run, with only three active at any given time. Moe and Larry were always present during the film era throughout the ensemble's run of more than forty years.
The act began as part of a mid-1920s vaudeville comedy act, billed as "Ted Healy and his Stooges", consisting of Healy, Moe Howard, his brother Shemp Howard, and Larry Fine. The four made one feature film, Soup to Nuts, before Shemp left to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by his younger brother, Jerome "Curly" Howard, in 1932. Two years later, the trio left Healy, and signed on to appear in their own short subject comedies for Columbia Pictures, now billed as "The Three Stooges". From 1934 to 1946, Moe, Larry, and Curly produced over ninety short films for Columbia. It was during this period that they were at their peak popularity.
“Generations have laughed at their antics – often during bleak times – and this is an appropriate place to celebrate their accomplishments, including those that are being created today in new comics from American Mythology.” --- Melissa Bowersox, President of GEM.
“Stoogerama is a great chance for Stooges fans, parents, and kids of all ages to experience up close how the mirth, merriment, and mayhem of The Three Stooges spanned the decades through various mediums,” --- Michael Bornstein, Publisher of American Mythology.