I'm coining this phrase after a 2-decade marriage to a woman who thinks The Three Stooges provide the best comedy this here world has to offer. Along those lines, she cracks up over any prat-fall or "nutty" physical comedy.
I've never found them funny. Ever. I was an Abbott & Costello man (as a kid), so I admit it's a little confusing. Physical comedy amuses me. But the Stooges? Nope.
Binging on Norm McDonald's talk show ("Norm McDonald Has a Show" on Netflix) last night, we were watching the episode with Michael Keaton - great episode. Keaton is just the ultimate comic, for me, and I can't stop laughing at McDonald, who my wife finds utterly unfunny. Just stares a the TV ... stares at me ... shakes her head, sometimes leaves the room. (Keaton and McDonald mentioned in the episode that neither of them at Stooges guys, fwiw.)
Now, my wife did not grow up in the states, and at first I thought that might contribute, but over time have realized it's not a factor. People LOVE the Stooges, or people don't get the Stooges at all.
The Mendoza Line places bad below it and slightly better above. My new Stooges Line is positioned more sideways. I realize Larry, Mo and Curly are a part of the comedic fabric of the nation and are important in comedy history. They just never made me laugh.
Some might think it a good/bad thing, depending where you fall in this important subject. I just think it's interesting. Funny people on both sides.
Where are you? With The Stooges? Or ... just not at all?