Many times, as one of the Old Dudes Emeritus here at Major Spoilers, I vaguely wonder how many of my references are even landing with the youthful Spoilerites.  Today, though, I’m fully confident that even the oldest among us are too young for today’s Laurel and Hardy references, and yet we’re likely all aware of ’em, making for a delightful paradox.  Stan and Ollie’s shorts from the 1920s are truly inspired stuff, with the really neat twist that neither was the traditional funny one or straight man.  Either could effortlessly create the funny or react to it in hysterical ways, leading to today’s fine mess of a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would like to thank Spoilerite Daniel Langsdale for inspiring today’s ‘Sophie’s Choice’ style query, and I will go with Babe Hardy, simply because seeing a big man who could do that level of physical comedy and slapstick, asking: Laurel or Hardy?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Laurel. Hardy was too mean to his friend for me to side with him. (I wouldn’t pick Moe out of the Stooges, either.)

  2. Hard not to see them as one unit. One without the other just wouldn’t work. I guess that is one of the reasons they have stayed around for so long.
    I think I relate more to Hardy……….

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