Friday, August 31, 2012

Brian Buniak - Laurel & Hardy

2012.06.09 Super Mega Show, Whippany, NJ

After my previous post of a Brian Buniak sketch, I continuing reading his blog. I was impressed by his story of fulfilling a life-long dream of being hit in the face with a pie by Soupy Sales. I had decided if I had the opportunity of meeting Buniak again I would request a sketch related to the slapstick comedy genius of throwing a pie.  The  first thrown pie was seen in the 1909 silent movie Mr. Flip starring Ben Turpin, then being extended into the pie-fight by Chaplin in 1916. Laurel and Hardy would stage the largest pie-throwing episode on film in the 1927 film Battle of the Century using over 3,000 pies. Buniak uses the classic pie hitting someone other than the intended victim....Splabb! on this Comedians Laurel and Hardy first day cover. the design of the stamp is by Hirschfeld and Buniak utilizes his style masterfully.

In 1941 the Three Stooges staged a major pie-fight in In The Sweet Pie and Pie...

The Three Stooges started out as a vaudeville and comedy act, which would eventually turn to movie shorts, full-length features, cartoons and comic books, which played endlessly on television keeping their slapstick humor alive for generations to enjoy...

The trio originally consisted of brothers Moe and Shemp Howard and Larry Fine. Another brother, Curly Howard replaced Shemp, becoming the most popular of the Stooges. Shemp returned when Curly fell ill in 1946. When Shemp died of a heart attack in 1955 Joe Besser and Joe "Curly Joe" DeRita would fill in...

The above cartoon stamps, issued in 1959, are not postally valid, known as Cinderella stamps or poster stamps, however the Three Stooges would eventually be honored on valid postage stamps from Transdenstria, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Chad, Gambia, Guryana, Mongolia, Mozambique, Senegal, Liberia, Guinea, Turkmenistan (along with Jerry Garcia and Elvis), Tuvalu...

The poster stamps were designed and signed by Norman Maurer, comic artist, writer, director and producer and Moe Howard's son-in-law...
2011.08.09 Geech by Jerry Bittle

Even Ziggy by Tom Wilson gets into the act...

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