Abbott and Costello: Who’s on First

This is William “Bud” Abbott and Lou Costello doing their famous “Who’s on First” routine in 1953. Note that this routine was never done line for line exactly the same way which means some of it was improvised. Brilliant. It was done on radio, on stage, and on the newly invented television variety shows.

Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo who were active in the 1940’s and early 1950’s.

I both heard and saw this routine numerous times growing up, it’s one of the most famous comedy sketches of all time.

I found the video embed on The Kid Should See This this morning and their post is worth reading: Who’s on First – Abbott & Costello (1953) as is the Wikipedia post linked to in my first paragraph above which gives some background on the routine.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

I saw this trailer on Devour, found the documentary on Netflix and Anne and I watched it the other night.

The jaw-dropping true story of a real-life “Bad News Bears,” this inspiring documentary recounts the history of the Portland Mavericks, an independent professional baseball team that broke attendance records in 1973 with a roster that included a blacklisted former Yankee pitcher, a left-handed catcher, the sport’s first female general manager, and young movie star Kurt Russell, whose actor father Bing was the scrappy team’s owner.

I’m not a big sports fan and even though I lived in Eugene, Oregon during the time this team played in Portland, I’d never heard of them. That said, this documentary is a must. An amazing story, well told, about an amazing time and an amazing team.

Nate Silver at Google

Nate Silver joins Hal Varian (Google’s Chief Economist) to talk about his book “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t” and answer Googler questions.

This is an incredible discussion with Nate Silver at Google, and while it’s somewhat about politics, it’s also about larger issues of polling, marketing, and more.

The discussion is about an hour long but well worth watching in its entirety. Make the time and enjoy a brilliant yet humble mind.

[via Political Irony]