This podcast episode briefly touches on the life of the American comedian, Groucho Marx. The intention of this podcast is to inform people who are interested in the life of Groucho, history of comedy, film and television.
Hello there everyone, thanks for listening to the smuffking podcast channel. For today’s episode we are going to take a look at one of my personal heros of comedy from the 20th century; an american writer, actor, singer, dancer and quiz master, Mr. Groucho Marx. Marx was very well-known for his rapid improptu ability for being able to make people laugh with his quick-witted humor and showmanship.
Groucho Marx was born on October 2, 1890 in upstate New York and was one of five Marx Brothers. His most famous siblings, Harpo and Chico Marx, both of whom appeared with Groucho in 13 of the 26 films groucho starred in. Groucho also was very successful in his own solo career, where he often appeared in radio and television programs, including his own successful run as host of the 11 year old successful television and radio game show series, “You Bet Your Life.”
Groucho started out his acting career in Vaudville with his brothers Chico and Harpo. After years of performing on stage, the Marx brothers took their comedy routines to the big screen in such films as, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup. Groucho Marx was difficult to recognize when he was not on stage. Both of his brothers often wore costumes in film which made it difficult to be recognized when they went out as themselves in public.
He had a famous exaggerated walk where he bent at the torso at 90 degrees, along with his famous cigar which he was rarely seen without. Arthur Marx, son of Groucho, once wrote an account where their family was returning from vacation. While going through customs, Groucho wrote “smuggler” under “occupation” on the Customs form; “chaos ensued.”
Groucho Marx dropped out of school at an early age while still in the fifth grade. Despite his formal education, Groucho wrote and read various books in an attempt to make up for any lack of education. Groucho was also close friends with T.S. Eliot, Carl Sandburg, Irving Berlin, Elton John, Bob Hope, George Burns, Jack Benny and many other celebrities, authors and stars.
Groucho was considered to be one of the greatest stars from the Golden Age. There are few stars who were not influenced by him in one way or another.
Groucho Marx died on August 19, 1977, just three days after Elvis Presley. Marx left behind him an inspiring legacy, inspiring comics such as Benny Hill, Bill Cosby and many others.