Wednesday, April 27, 2005

New DVD Reveals Shocking Secret: Stooges Weren’t Stupid

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Three Stooges have a reputation for being knuckleheads, but the shocking secret is that they were actually intelligent guys.

According to Stooge historian Paul Gierucki, head Stooge Moe Howard was a talented Shakespearean actor who loved the Bard’s tragedies, while Larry Fine was a trained concert violinist.

Gierucki says it takes a smart person to play stupid but many of the comedy troupe’s biggest fans didn’t realize this and assumed the Stooges beat each other up all the time.

As he puts it, “It was common for fans to attempt eye pokes, nose grabs or whack them with sticks in public.”

Not that the Stooges were completely harmless. Gierucki says the group’s infamous eye poke was based on a real-life incident when Curly caught Larry cheating at cards and poked him out of anger.

In his words, “Moe laughed so hard that he fell through a plate glass window and decided to put it in the act.”

Gierucki reveals other Stooge secrets in a new DVD, Stooges: The Men Behind The Mayhem, which just hit stores.

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