To quote Martin Short
's SCTV character Irving Cohen, "years ago there was a thing called a-vaude-a-ville."
Vaudeville was theatrical circuit in the late 19th century and early 20th century where, for a few cents, you'd go to see a stream of short plays, musical or comedy acts. Many of the earliest film comedians got their start there, like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin
, the Marx Brothers and, yes, all permutations of The ...