Monday, February 16, 2015

On this day in 1884, comedian Joe Smith was born

On this day in 1884, comedian Joe Smith, one half of the Vaudeville team Smith & Dale, was born on the Lower East Side.

Known as the longest partnership in show-business history, Smith & Dale performed together for over 70 years on stage, radio, nightclubs, film and television and was a partial inspiration for Neil Simon's play and movie, The Sunshine Boys.

In this youtube video of a 1950 Cavalcade of Stars sketch, Smith & Dale are joined by Art Carney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz5MWj8n-dI