The Show Must Go On: The Tale of Comedy Pioneers, the Three Stooges

Technically, There Are Six of Them

So, the first thing you need to know about The Three Stooges is that there are actually six of them! The reason they are known as The Three Stooges is that there were only three of them around at any given moment. But only two of them stayed around for the ensemble’s fifty-year run! So, who are they exactly?


Three Stooges: Film Still. Film Still Of The ‘Three Stooges.’ Larry Fine (Left), Curly Howard (Middle), And Moe Howard (Right). Photo By Granger/Shutterstock

The originals and mainstays throughout the five decades were the ring leader Moe (Moses Harry Horwitz) and his friend Larry Fine (Larry Feinberg). The third stooge was first played by Moe’s brother Shemp Howard (Samuel Horwitz), and then his other brother “Curly” Howard (Jerome Horwitz). Then Joe Besser stepped in and, last but not least, “Curly Joe” (Joe DeRita).

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