The Three Stooges were the embodiment of Slapstick. As the name suggests they were best known as a trio, Moe Howard, his brother Curly (or sometimes another brother, Shemp) and Larry Fine. Originally the Stooges of Ted Healy, they soon eclipsed him when their characters found an audience, and their antics were part of many an American childhood, so much so that they had to make a public service announcement warning children not to copy their rough style, which led to eventual health problems after many years of working together.

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