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ABBOTT & COSTELLO (LOU COSTELLO) - DOCUMENT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: EDWARD SHERMAN - HFSID 178852

LOU COSTELLO and EDWARD SHERMAN Friars Club membership proposal for Edward Sherman, longtime agent and manager of Abbott and Costello, signed by Sherman and his client Lou Costello Annotated document

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LOU COSTELLO and EDWARD SHERMAN
Friars Club membership proposal for Edward Sherman, longtime agent and manager of Abbott and Costello, signed by Sherman and his client Lou Costello
Annotated document signed "Lou Costello" as Proposer and "Edward Sherman" as Candidate, both in blue ink. Blue ink and red and lead pencil notations on front and lead pencil notations on verso, all in unknown hand. 1 page, 8½x11, docketed on verso. Proposal for Membership for the Friars Club of California. Costello and George Jessel, both members of the Friars Club, proposed Sherman, an "artists representative" with the Edward Sherman Agency, for membership. According to this document, Sherman was acquainted with Friars Club members Costello, Jessel and Irving Mills. With partner BUD ABBOTT (1895-1974, born William A Abbott in Asbury Park, New Jersey), LOU COSTELLO (1906-1959, born Louis Francis Cristillo in Paterson, New Jersey) formed one of the greatest comedy teams in the history of show business. They mastered the straight man/clown relationship, creating a magical chemistry that took them from vaudeville and burlesque to radio, Broadway, film and television. The Abbott & Costello Show aired on radio on ABC from 1941 to 1946 and on NBC from 1946 to 1949. Abbott and Costello were also guest hosts of NBC's hour-long live variety show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, seven times between 1951 and 1954. Their "Who's on First?" routine is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Abbott and Costello split up in 1957 after troubles with the Internal Revenue Service left both men broke. EDWARD SHERMAN, born Yitzchok Ussishkin in Meshabesh, Russia in 1903, was the long-time manager and agent of the comedy duo Abbott and Costello. He was also an executive producer on The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959), Lou Costello's lone solo project after his split with Bud Abbott in 1957. Lightly toned, foxed and creased. Show-through touches Costello's signature, but not Sherman's. Sherman's signature is lightly spotted, but legible. Missing bottom left corner. Light tears, staple holes, and two file holes in top edge. File holes touch red pencil notations. Folded twice and unfolded. Light tears in right and left edges along folds. Otherwise in fine condition.

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