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Chico Marx

Born on this day: Chico’s on-screen persona was the prototypical “foreign man” to Andy Kaufman’s Latka character. According to his daughter Maxine, Chico’s off-screen character can be summed up as a . . .  Bon vivant, compulsive gambler, congenital liar, and faithless husband who, as manager for the Marx Brothers, steered them to phenomenal success from vaudeville…

John Oliver as Ben Elton

Glad I’m not the only one to realize that North Americans are oblivious to the fact that John Oliver is really a “mini-me” Ben Elton, but without the talent, even though I thought, in the day, Elton as a stand-up, was tiresome. This said, I concede we needed a foil like BE. BE was a superb writer…