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Ole Olson and Chic Johnson


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Ollie Olson and Chic Johnson was a comady team { think Abbott and Costello } who came out of vaudville and burlesque in the 1930's.> Their biggest hit was a Broadway show called "Hellzapoppin" in the late 30's. Short gag bits { Blackouts } crazy antics { think Spike Jones without the music }. The audiences had never seen anything like it.Mad comic bits, people planted in the audiences, no two nights were ever the same. Universal made a movie of it in the early 1940's and it was just as mad. I remember seeing the film in the 1950's and laughing my head off. They did a few other films and returned to Broadway and Vegas. They tried TV in the 50's , but without much success. They did have a big influence on the humor of Ernie Kovacs and Rowan and Martin "Laugh-In"

Check You Tube Hellzapoppin

Edited by: fredbaetz on Sep 4, 2010 2:42 AM


Edited by: fredbaetz on Sep 4, 2010 2:51 AM


Edited by: fredbaetz on Sep 4, 2010 10:43 AM

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> {quote:title=fredbaetz wrote:}{quote}

> Chic Olson and Ollie Johnson was a comedy team...


Their names actually were Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson.

Here are their IMDb links, with real names, brief biographies, and filmographies:








And a lot more about them here:



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