The Three Stooges were a vaudeville and comedy team known for physical farce and slapstick. The act began in 1922 as “Ted Healy and His Stooges” (aka “Ted Healy and His Southern Gentlemen” and “Ted Healy and His Racketeers”). The titular Ted Healy was joined by Moe Howard and, a few months later, his brother Shemp. Violinist-comedian Larry Fine joined the act in 1925. Their primary routine would have Healy attempt to sing or tell jokes with his assistants, the Stooges, constantly interrupting him resulting in his angrily retaliating with physical abuse.
|The original act: Larry, Moe, Shemp and Ted.|
|Title card for Columbia's Stooges shorts.|
|The actual Fake Shemp: Joe Palma standing in and looking away.|
|Larry, Moe and Curly Joe.|
|Model sheet from the first Stooges episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.|
|The Robonic Stooges.|
|Nobody makes a monkey out of them! Except themselves...|