Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk!

The Minister of Propaganda encourages you to cheer for today’s earworm… or risk being shot.

It’s the day of the week that somehow only comes three days prior to Black Friday, and that would be Monday.  That means it’s time for us to drastically reduce the price on another slightly scratched and dented item in our Top 30 Novelty Songs of All Time countdown!  DJ Scratchy is offering up another fine selection that will be played without regards for profit, while the Sponkies fight off other parents for the last O Moment Mitzi doll.  We think you will “soitenly” enjoy this week’s oddity…

#7. “The Curly Shuffle” – Jump ‘N The Saddle Band

The Three Stooges are one of America’s most recognizable and famous comedy troupes, filming nearly 200 shorts during the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s that originally appeared as appetizers in theaters.  The trio of knuckleheads gained a new level of cult fame in the 70’s and 80’s when the classic shorts went into syndication and were aired on local stations across America to much fanfare.  The Stooges usually aired late at night and became a Saturday night ritual for many fans of their slapstick antics… including me and my sisters back in the day.  Yes, my sisters!  Forget all that bullshit you hear about only men liking The Three Stooges…

What in the hell’s wrong with chicks anyway?

In 1983, a guy by the name of Peter Quinn penned the song that would become the ultimate tribute to the Stooges, and in particular, the troupe’s signature character, one Mr. Jerome Horowitz…. aka, Curly Howard.  Quinn’s band Jump ‘N The Saddle recorded this homage, which became a regional hit in the Chicago area… and attracted enough attention for the major label Atlantic Records to sign them.  That got “The Curly Shuffle” on the national radar turning it into a #15 Billboard hit, as well as my seventh favorite novelty song of all time…

The song became so popular among Stooges fans, that the video montage above was created and it actually was included in the syndicated packages, airing occasionally along with the original shorts.  The song also essentially cemented Curly’s batshit wild and crazy character as the universal favorite among serious fans of the ensemble.  Now Curly’s great, don’t get me wrong… but it was Curly’s brother who went on to replace him in the late 40’s after Curly suffered a debilitating stroke who was actually THE funniest Stooge of them all.  Yes, this guy…

The very face of knee slapping humor.

Yeah, I’m on Team Shemp.  But The Shemp Shuffle just doesn’t quite roll off the tongue the same way, does it?

And to those of you who don’t like slapstick comedy because you think it’s cruel or demeaning…. well, please accept this virtual eyepoke from me to you!

In super shitty 3-D even!

Come back next Monday for the next post in my novelty song countdown, which won’t even really be about the song….


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13 Responses to Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk!

  1. I’ll moider ya!… I’m a fan of the song and the stooges… I see some similarities between them and our family circus… but we are 4 now ,O)

  2. I’m a middle aged woman and I LOVE the Stooges – and Buster Keaton etc. etc. very funny…

  3. I absolutely LOVED The Three Stooges….The younger generation says that old humor is corny but I STILL think it’s a whole lot more funny than a lot of the new so-called humor. I also was a big fan of The Little Rascals with Spanky, Darla and the gang.


    • They used to show Our Gang shorts during the morning cartoon shows on TNT when I was younger. I was surprised to find out that the Rascals has were around for over two decades, and that there were well over 100 different kids who were regulars at some point. The ones we came to know and love just happened to be in the gang at the right time for when the films were saved and later used in syndication for TV…

  4. Thom says:

    Shemp actually pre-dated Curly. He left the group, replaced by Curly, then rejoined when Curly took ill. By the way, I’m so old that I got the Stooges in afternoon tv, back in the days when parents weren’t concerned about their children imitating three men gouging eyes, slapping each other around, running a saw across another guy’s skull, and crushing each other’s skulls in a vice. Yup, we’d hurry home from school and watch the boys every day on our tv, along with witnessing Popeye’s spinach addiction. No waiting till after hours for us..By the way, to this day I am reduced to giggles and guffaws at the sound effect of one of the Stooges guzzling a jug of water. That, along with Tom from Tom and Jerry’s yell of pain, are the funniest sounding sound effects ever.

    • Yeah, I knew that about Shemp being there first… but to me, the Stooge universe will always be those 190 or so shorts that made it into the syndication package. It’s why I don’t recognize Curly Joe DeRita as an official Stooge. I was unaware their TV life started off as after school fodder, though! Bring back the days when kids TV meant eye pokes and coyotes getting blown up by dynamite!

  5. Back when guys would get excited over a pair of great gams… This is too silly. I’d totally forgotten about this one.

    • The skating rink my 6th grade teacher arranged to have class parties at every month would always play “Break My Stride” and “The Curly Shuffle” for the limbo session. They didn’t have the widest selection of music, but they had a lot of cheesy 80’s gold. Juice Newton’s “Queen of Hearts” also makes me think of skating days gone by…

  6. draliman says:

    I’m afraid I’m not in any way a fan of slapstick, but fortunately your eye poke bounced off my glasses. Ha.

    • I’m not surprised since slapstick is almost the epitome of lowbrow American humor. It’s probably a good thing most of my critters aren’t posable, or there would probably be a lot of face slaps, eye pokes and rump kicks in SCT…

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