Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Joe Bev & Bob Greenberg to Perform at Suffern, NY's Lafayette Theater 90th Birthday Celebration

See Joe & Bob as
 "Bud & Lou"
Live on 


  • 1924 Admission Price of 25 cents! 
  • Screening of the 75th Anniversary Edition of the Wizard Of Oz in 3D! 
  • Live Performance of Abbott and Costello's classic comedy skit "Who's On First?"
  • and More!

    Joe & Bob perform
    for great charities like
    the Wounded Warriors

Where can you see a live performance of Who's on First? and The Wizard of Oz movie in 3D for 25 cents?

Answer: At the historic Lafayette Theater in Suffern, New York on March 2 at 2 pm!

Funny men Joe Bev and Bob Greenberg will help celebrate the 90th birthday of the Lafayette with their live rendition of classic comedy skit Who's On First? made famous by Abbott and Costello, before the 3D showing of the iconic MGM film.

"We'll be in 3D too!" jokes Greenberg, who first teamed with Bev a mere two years for the Vaudeville in the Catskills live stage show. Since then, the comic duo have won the annual Coney Island Talent Shows, the 2012 New York State TANYS Award, and are currently touring throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

"We plan on conquering Connecticut next," enthuses Bev, who notes an obscure connection between Abbott and Costello and The Wizard of Oz: "In the movie, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion does a joke that ends with 'Talk me out of it'. This joke was used a number of times by Lou Costello in movies, on TV and radio. It's a joke that goes back to minstrel shows, Burlesque and Vaudeville.

Bud and Lou also worked with Judy Garland on stage and radio.


September 7 1941
 The Chase and Sanborn Hour  (NBC, 60min)
(aka "The Charlie McCarthy Show")
Music: Ray Noble and His Orchestra
Starring: Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy
Guests: Judy Garland, Abbott and Costello
Judy sang: All the Things I Love and Daddy (with special lyrics)

December 7, 1941
(Pearl Harbor Day)     The Chase and Sanborn Hour  (NBC, 30min)
(aka "The Charlie McCarthy Show")
Broadcast from Ft. Ord, California
Music: Ray Noble and His Orchestra
Starring: Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy
Guests: Judy Garland, Abbott & Costello
Judy sang: Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart

The Lafayette Theater opened its doors on a March 3,1924. Several years ago, it was named one of the top ten movie palaces in the country.

For further information, contact Phil Tisi at 845 357 5100 ext 201,
Doors will open at 1 pm, first come, first served with no pre-sale of tickets.
The Lafayette is the area's only single screen movie palace showing first run films, classics from the golden age of cinema and specialty programs! Audience can thrill to the sounds of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ on Friday and Saturday nights and before the Big Screen Classics shows.

Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev, is primarily known as a radio theater dramatist. However, his career has taken him into every aspect of show business, including stage, film and television, as a producer, director, writer, actor, and even cartoonist. though Blackstone Audio he is releasing hundreds of hours of audio documentaries, comedies, dramas, autobiographies and more. Not content to hide behind his
microphone, Bevilacqua will be seen acting in the upcoming feature films: The Better Angels directed A.J. Edwards, The Fly Room directed by Alexis Gambis, Cold in July directed by Jim Mickle, and Hits directed by David Cross. He can be seen as British General Bernard Montgomery for the upcoming History Channel series, among television other roles.

Bevilacqua also tours as Bud Abbott to Bob Greenberg's Lou Costello and has authored a number of books, including Daws Butler, Characters Actor and Uncle Dunkle and Donnie. Bevilacqua is the recipient of many awards include the 2013 Kean University Distinguished Alumni Award, a 2001 and 2007 New York Festivals Awards, and a 2004 National Federation of Community Broadcasters Award. Joe Bev also produces & hosts six syndicated radio hours per week, which can be heard on radio stations around the world and at

Bob Greenberg is a comedian and actor who brings the house down at The Friars Club, Stand-Up NY, NY Comedy Club and comedy venues all over. He has appeared Off Broadway in plays including A Modest Suggestion and The Jazz Singer, and regionally in The Odd Couple, Harvey and others.  His film credits include the title role in The Tailor, Glow Ropes, Heartbreak Hospital, Big Money Hu$tla$, and Maid In Manhattan. Bob's TV appearances include SNL, Lights Out, Next Best Thing,
Letterman, Conan, Primetime Live and Law & Order. In April, Bob joins Joe Bev, Cockeyed Radio, and LaughOut Productions for Sherlock Holmes' Misadventures with Abbott and Costello on stage.

From the film The Naughty Nineties (1945)
"Who's on First?" is descended from turn-of-the-century burlesque sketches that used plays on words and names. Examples are "The Baker Scene" (the shop is located on Watt Street) and "Who Dyed" (the owner is named Who). In the 1930 movie Cracked Nuts, comedians Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey examine a map of a mythical kingdom with dialogue like this: "What is next to Which." "What is the name of the town next to Which?" "Yes." In English variety halls (Britain's equivalent of vaudeville theatres), comedian Will Hay performed a routine in the early 1930s (and possibly earlier) as a schoolmaster interviewing a schoolboy named Howe who came from Ware but now lives in Wye. By the early 1930s, a "Baseball Routine" had become a standard bit for burlesque comics across the United States. Abbott's wife recalled Bud performing the routine with another comedian before teaming with Costello.


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Hear Bud Abbott in an interview with Ray Campi recorded in 1971 in which he stated that "Who's On First?" was taken from an older routine called "Who's The Boss?", a performance of which can be heard in an episode of the radio comedy program It Pays to Be Ignorant from the 1940s.


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