It’s Saturday. And that means you can find me down at the Meatloaf Kitchen hookin’ up the homies. I italicize the “loaf” in meatloaf for a reason. It’s about the letters l-o-a-f on their own. The word has more than one meaning – as the following clip from You Tube illustrates (skip to 4:10 for the relevant part).
In my youth, I was a big fan of Abbott and Costello as well as Amos and Andy. Both half hour sitcoms portrayed a pair of hustling and loafing ne’er-do-wells. The latter was pulled off the air for implying that Afro-Americans were lazy and shiftless. For some curious reason, A and C did not suffer the same fate. Some sort of affirmative action thing I’m guessing.
Whatever…I get a kick out of A and C’s loafing routine. They had several memorable skits from their vaudeville days the boys used ad infinitum (Niagra Falls, Susquehanna Hat Company, Dice, 7 x 13 = 28). They’re still funny all these years later. Check out “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.” It was the perfect marriage of all those horror films with the top comedians of the day. Somehow it worked. Even the critics applauded.