The Three Stooges in popular culture

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The Three Stooges' comedy routines have inspired generations of tributes in other media. The following information is a partial list of such tributes. Depending on the form of media used, there are direct and indirect references to the Three Stooges. Beginning with the Stooges themselves as the trio did make small guest appearances in movies or in small bumper clips for their cartoon series. Clips from the Stooges shorts are sometimes featured in the actual footage of a movie, TV show, or advertisement, or the line from the 1934 short Men in Black , "Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard" is used. Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard (Or Curly Joe DeRita) appeared as cartoon versions of themselves.


The indirect references are harder to spot. These are the ones that fans of the shorts would instantly recognize, but another viewer not familiar with the series may not recognize. A careful viewing of all the original shorts reveals that each of the Stooges had his own signature haircut, catchphrase, and action. The easiest reference would be simply talking about the Stooges, or accusing another character of acting or reminding them of the Stooges.

Each Stooge had his own signature insult or catchphrase. While very rarely did any of the other Stooges insult or injure Moe, he did come up with the most insults of the entire group. He frequently called Larry a porcupine. He used other insults such as mongoose, dope, hyena, applehead, soft-boiled egghead, grapehead, frizzletop, and birdbrain. While the catchphrases for each Stooges such as Moe's use of "Remind me to kill you later", Curly's with "Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk" or "woob, woob, woob", Shemp Howard's noise babbling, and Joe Besser's "Not so hard!", are nearly always paired with the signature haircut of the same Stooge.

For their haircuts, Moe had a bowl cut, Larry was bald on the top of his head with his remaining hair frizzled out, Shemp had a more loose hairstyle (It frequently fell into his face), while Curly, Joe, and Curly-Joe were all bald. Characters could appear in groups of three, sporting the signature haircuts.

Each Stooge developed his own signature action and reaction. Moe would frequently eye-poke the others, to which they developed a signature hand block. He always slapped one of the others. Curly had a shuffle where he would spin on the floor. Larry played the violin. Joe would always give a soft punch to the arm while using his catchphrase. So characters may also act like the Stooges using their signature phrases and actions.

The hardest references to spot are the ones where only the names may be used such as a group of three being called Moe, Larry, and Curly. Places and buildings might have one of the Stooges names or the actors’ names. And perhaps the hardest of all, a character having a slight Stooge-like tone such as the elephant in Rabbit Fire .


In the film list, the action varies depending on the scene. If the Stooges themselves were used, clips from their shorts were shown such as in Lethal Weapon and Flubber. However, in some cases, due to copyright demands of Columbia Pictures, most often these scenes are edited out or the scene only uses the voices and sounds from the clips. Several scenes use the famous line "Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard" from the 1934 short, Men in Black, which can be heard in the background. Most often characters would be seen acting like Curly such as barking at people, using both hands to repeatedly clean the face, or using his catchphrase of "Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.". Although the simplest reference used is when one character refers to another as the Three Stooges.

1961 - 1968Comedy MoviesRussian comedians Yuri Nikulin, Georgy Vitsyn and Yevgeny Morgunov starred in several comedy films as the famous trio Trus (Coward), Balbes (Fool) & Byvalyj (Experienced)- which had a style somewhat analogous to that of The Three Stooges.
1978 Grease Three of the members of the T-Birds were goofing around with face slaps and eyepokes until Danny (John Travolta) tells them to settle down.
1980s The Evil Dead film seriesThere are a number of Stooge-inspired moments, including the blood flowing in the basement in Evil Dead (an homage to the 1940 short A Plumbing We Will Go ), the hero's fight with his own severed hand in Evil Dead II, and the fight with the skeleton hands and with the little Ashes in the third movie in the series Army of Darkness.
1981 Gas A gas station attendant who is being interviewed by a news reporter does his impression of Curly for the camera
1981 Stripes John Candy impersonates Curly during the mud wrestling match with the bikini-clad and nude women.
1984 This Is Spinal Tap The heavy metal rock band Spinal Tap replacement drummer is named Joe "Mama" Besser, a reference to Joe Besser's role as a replacement Stooge as well as the insult "Yo mama".
1985 Stoogemania The story of an obsessed Three Stooges fan. It includes clips of their classic Shorts.
1986 Short Circuit During John Badham's movie, the robot named Johnny 5, while watching television, sees the original Three Stooges in their first short for Columbia Pictures, Woman Haters, made in 1934 at Stephanie's (Ally Sheedy) house. He later reprograms three of the Nova Robots into a version of the Three Stooges, almost in their likeness. Johnny 5 even does Curly's "nyuk nyuk" laugh once in a while.
1987 Lethal Weapon film seriesIn the first film, when a drug buy goes bad, Mel Gibson's character Riggs does a Curly bit to distract the sellers, pulling his handgun and placing them under arrest.

In Lethal Weapon 3, Rene Russo's character has The Three Stooges' video game on her computer, plus an extra scene in the director's cut has Riggs watching the Stooges episode "Calling All Curs" on TV (specifically the part where Curly literally "calls all curs" and they meet up in the dining hall).

1991 Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge The puppet known as Six Shooter tributes Curly with his own version of the "Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk". This feature is part of the character, who will reappear in some sequels.
1997 Conspiracy Theory Mel Gibson's character, Jerry Fletcher, disguises himself in medical scrubs to elude capture. He introduces himself as "Dr. Fine".
1997 Flubber Weebo uses a scene from the Stooges' episode Sing a Song of Six Pants on her screen to make Weber be quiet while she's watching Some Came Running (film) on TV.
1998 There's Something About Mary In a homage to the Stooges, Ben Stiller tries to eye gouge the dog only to be blocked by his paw.
1999 Inspector Gadget "Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard" can be heard over the intercom in the hospital.
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (DVD Version)There are three pit droids squabbling during the podrace; this is meant as homage to the Stooges.
2002 Ice Age Sid imitates Curly's "Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk" twice when asleep.
2007 The Simpsons Movie A possessed Grampa Simpson recreates Curly's floor spin whilst warning the churchgoers in Springfield of a looming danger.
2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019 film) Dr. Rick Stanton refers to King Ghidorah As "Moe, Larry, and Curly" shortly after Godzilla is revived by Dr. Serizawa and heads for Boston to fight the monster.
2019 3 from Hell Otis and Foxy Firefly are watching a Three Stooges Short, Disorder in the Court with their hostages.


In printed media the idea of Stooges can be difficult to spot. Since most of the Stooges' traits were visual, the reader would have to be familiar with how the Stooges acted in their shorts, or details about the actors’ backgrounds in order to find the parody. The exception would be in comic books where the artist or author may leave an easy to spot reference.

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Music can be as difficult to determine the parody to the Stooges as print media. With the exception of Jump 'N the Saddle Band's The Curly Shuffle, or if the video to the song shows a clip from one of the shorts such as I Love This Bar by artist Toby Keith, the listener would have to be familiar with how the Stooges looked and acted in their shorts. The lyrics may refer to someone acting like / admiring the Three Stooges, refer to their names, hairstyles, or pre-Columbia work. The simplest reference can come from when a group names their band after trio such as the group The Stooges.

The Curly Shuffle was a direct homage and featured clips from 26 of the Curly-era Three Stooges shorts. Including An Ache in Every Stake, A Bird in the Head, Calling All Curs, Punch Drunks, No Census, No Feeling, and A Plumbing We Will Go. Each lyric sang the praises of the Stooges and included imitations of some of their famous lines such as "Oh, wiseguy?" and "Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk". All of the Stooges with the exception of Joe (Curly-Joe's image is used) are talked about in the lyrics.

Some songs such as "The Haircut Song" by Ray Stevens, Timbuk3's "Hairstyles and Attitudes", and Modern Band's "Moe" reference the Stooges unique hairstyles, while others like Meat Loaf's "Everything Louder Than Everything Else", Cherry Poppin’ Daddies' "Sockable Face Club", Frank Black's "Two Reelers", and Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" contain small references to the trio. The 1934 short Men in Black provides the line "Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard". The names or the actual voice/line is used as part of song/video such as in the background of the video to "Weird Al" Yankovic’s "Like a Surgeon", or the title of a song on album Boppin’ the Blues by NRBQ.

Some artists go further in their references. The Canadian rock group Rush used the Stooges' television series theme music, a derivative of "Three Blind Mice", as introductory music during their album Signals through Hold Your Fire Tours, and again for the Vapor Trails Tour. A picture of the Stooges and their names are included in the band's album Counterparts liner notes, and are included in the "assistance, inspiration, comic relief" listing.[2]

The Chanukah Song Adam Sandler In this version of this song a line states: "Some people say that Ebenezer Scrooge is [Jewish] / He's not, but guess who is? All Three Stooges!"
The Curly ShuffleJump 'N the Saddle BandThe entire 1984 song expressed admiration for the Stooges and included several Curly imitations in the chorus.
Everything Louder Than Everything Else Meat Loaf  A line proclaims "The three men I admire most are Curly, Larry, Moe!"
The Haircut Song Ray Stevens The chorus warns, "You may look like Larry, Moe or Curly if a stranger cuts your hair."
Hairstyles and Attitudes Timbuk3 The song describes scientific research which "categorize[s] us into three basic types based on which of the Three Stooges we most closely resemble."
Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard NRBQ The eclectic group recorded the instrumental song with Carl Perkins on their second LP, Boppin' the Blues in 1970 as an homage to the Stooges' famous hospital routine.
I Love This BarToby KeithThe music video for the song features a scene where he is at a drive-in movie watching a Three Stooges clip, much to the dismay of his girlfriend.
Like a Surgeon"Weird Al" YankovicIn the music video the line "calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard" can be heard in the background.
Look At Me NowChris BrownIn the 2011 hip-hop single Lil Wayne makes a small reference to the Stooges in the 3rd verse, rapping "I'm a nuisance I go stupid / I go dumb like The Three Stooges."
MoeModern Man (Band) / Modern ManThe folk trio perform the song written by pianist/singer George Wurzbach, about a boy whose father looks like Moe Howard.
Sockable Face Club Cherry Poppin' Daddies The ska punk band, the narrator, engaged in a bar fight, proclaims "I learned from Larry, Moe and Curly not to take no guff".
Two Reelers Frank Black The 1994 Song, tells the story of the four "original" Stooges and producer/director Jules White, and protests the dismissal of the Three Stooges as mere lowbrow slapstick: "If all you see is violence/Well then I make a plea in their defense/Don't you know they speak vaudevillian?"




With animation, the creators can easily have characters look like the Stooges. The easiest way to spot the look-a-likes is through the hair. Often a set of three characters (despite race, type, or even gender) will have the traditional haircuts of Moe, Larry, and Curly. Animators may combine this with Stooge antics such as eye-pokes, slaps, insults, phrases, and head-bops. If Stooge antics aren’t used, the personalities will be according to the hairstyle. If a character has Moe's haircut, they are usually the boss of the group, where as the one with Larry and Curly's hairstyles would act closer to a combination of the other Stooges.

Animaniacs SeriesThe Warner brothers and sister, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, often do the musical "hello-hello-hello" routine when they enter a scene.
Batman: The Animated Series SeriesDuring an episode, villain Doctor Milo and two accomplices happen to resemble The Three Stooges.
Beany and Cecil SeriesIn an episode of the 1960s cult cartoon, the lead characters set out to capture "The Dreaded Three-Headed Threep", a monster whose three heads resemble the Stooges.
Bugs Bunny Rabbit FireAn elephant, with a voice similar to Joe Besser, tells Elmer Fudd when he threatens to hunt elephants, "You do and I'll give you SUCH a pinch!".
Captain N: The Game Master Wishful ThinkingAt the end of the episode Kid Icarus wishes that "Mother Brain and her stooges would go away." The Genie grants him his wish, giving Mother Brain Moe's haircut, with Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo getting Larry and Curly's hair. They refer to her has Mother Moe, while she uses the Stooges' line, "Oh, a wise guy, eh?".
Family Guy SeriesDuring an episode, the main character Peter is shown an anti-abortion video, which claims abortion took the life a potential "4th Stooge", who says "It was gonna be hilarious!"
The Flintstones The Most Beautiful Baby in BedrockRival campaigners Fred and Barney call on a trio of men to get their votes. Each of the trio has Stooge-like haircuts and engage in some stooge-like slapstick.
Futurama SeriesDoctor Zoidberg, from the animated series, makes Curly's trademark "whooping" sound when "evading enemies" (sometimes after squirting ink), and sometimes makes Shemp's trademark "Heep, heep, heep" sound when frustrated.
Garfield Legend of the LakeThree of the cavecats bear a striking resemblance to the Three Stooges.
Garfield and Friends Robodie IIGarfield himself points out that Dr. Garbanzo Bean has a Three Stooges haircut.
Disney's Gargoyles TurfBrooklyn, Broadway and Lexington (commonly known as "the Trio") are fighting over a female gargoyle, Angela. While Lex and Broadway argue, Brooklyn steps between them, pushes them apart and says "Knock it off, muttonheads!"
Gosei Sentai Dairanger SeriesThere are recurring characters called the San Baka Goma, or the Three Gorma Stooges.
Merrie Melodies Hollywood Steps Out Directed by Tex Avery, The Three Stooges appear in animated form, hitting and punching each other on the beat of the music.
Jabberjaw SeriesCreated by Hanna-Barbera, the title character has some of Curly's mannerisms, including the "nyuk nyuk nyuk" laugh, and the "woob woob woob" vocalization. He was voiced by Frank Welker, who would later go on to voice Curly in The Robonic Stooges.
Jackie Chan Adventures Sheep In, Sheep OutWhen Daolon Wong sends the Shadowkhan after Jackie, Jade, and Uncle, Jade says, "Larry, Moe, and Curly must be on vacation!" Also, in the episode "Rumble in the Big House", Jade points to Finn, Chow, and Ratso and says, "Look! The Three Stooges!", implying that the enforcers remind Jade of The Three Stooges.
King of the Hill A-Fire Fighting We Will GoThis one contains several references to the Stooges. The title is a play on the Stooges short, A Plumbing We Will Go.
Little Rascals SeriesThe Baby Face gang resembles the Three Stooges.
Muppet Babies Good, Clean FunFozzie explains how to be prepare for a pie fight. Clips from the Three Stooges episode, Slippery Silks, appear and Fozzie gets into a pie fight with the Three Stooges and asks: "How did those guys get into Nanny's kitchen anyway?"
Neon Genesis Evangelion SeriesDuring the English version of the anime series, the three characters Shinji Ikari, Toji Suzuhara, and Kensuke Aida are collectively referred to as 'the three stooges' on several occasions.
The New Batman/Superman Adventures SeriesThe Joker has three henchmen named Mo, Lar, and Cur. Mo has the black bowl cut, Lar has the ring of brown hair, and Cur is bald.
One Piece SeriesBuggy's crew members The Tightrope Walking Funan Bros resemble the stooges.
Pinky and the Brain Pinky & The Brain And... LarryPinky and The Brain are inexplicably joined by a third wheel Larry in their plan to get into the White House posing as wallpapers, whose unwelcome addition to the team causes Stooge-style antics to ensue.
Pokémon SeriesCharacters of the series, in the English dubbed versions, have made occasional references to the Stooges. In the episode, "The Flame Pokémon-athon!", Misty and Meowth, and Jessie mention the trio in a heated argument.
Porky Pig Wholly Smoke In the 1938, three cigars resembling the Three Stooges rise out of a cigar box and each one gives him an eyepoke.
Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" The AltruistsLargely a homage to the Stooges, a fact that creator John Kricfalusi confirms on the DVD release of the episode, which was an attempt to recreate the altruistic nature of the Stooges, and takes several comical cues from classic Stooges episodes. Other homages in the episode include a version of "Three Blind Mice" being played prior to the cartoon, as well as borrowed plot elements and gags. Stimpy's voice has always been an impression of Larry Fine's Stooge character, and Ren acts like Moe's.
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers MovieThe Boo Brothers are parodies of The Three Stooges.
The New Scooby-Doo Movies Series ( "Ghastly Ghost Town" and The Ghost of the Red Baron)The Three Stooges meet Scooby-Doo and the gang and help them solve mysteries.
The Simpsons Series, Large Marge There have been frequent references to the Stooges. Although this includes Homer Simpson's mannerisms, ex-presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton display some stooge like qualities during a Habitat for Humanity project.
Spider-Man SeriesSpider-Man refers to the Insidious Six as "the six stooges".
South Park Hell on Earth 2006There is a recurring parody of the Stooges, featuring Ted Bundy in the role of Moe, Jeffrey Dahmer in the role of Larry, and John Wayne Gacy as Curly.
SpongeBob SquarePants SeriesIn the opening sequence of the SpongeBob SquarePants television series, SpongeBob uses his nose to play the same end-notes that are used in the opening of the Stooge shorts. During one episode, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Sponge Who Could Fly, SpongeBob receives an insulting phone-call from a "fan" of his attempts at flying. On questioning the name of the caller, SpongeBob asks "Jo Mama?".
The Super Dimension Fortress Macross SeriesIn this anime, the three Zentradi spies Roli, Konda, and Warera resemble The Three Stooges somewhat in personality and facial appearance, albeit different hairstyles. Their fish out of water adventures as spies aboard the Human SDF-1 Macross spaceship contribute to comic relief moments in the show. Later they defect to the human's side. Warera is heavyset like Curly and subject to the most visually comical moments. When Macross was adapted as the first part of Robotech, the three were renamed the Zentraedi spies Rico, Konda, and Bron. Rico (considered the leader of the trio) has a voice that resembles Moe Howard in his later years. In the Robtech Novel, Zentraedi Rebellion, Lazlo Zand nicknames them the Three Alien Stooges.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show Series, The Ten KoopmandmentsIn the episode; The Ten Koopmandments, Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad meet the Three Mushrooms. The Three Mushrooms have the similar personalities and they resemble the Three Stooges. The Three Mushrooms accidentally hit Mario and the gang with pies. Mario and the gang rescue the Three Mushrooms from King Koopa and take the Three Mushrooms and the Mushroom people to freedom. The Three Mushrooms laugh with the 'Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk!"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles SeriesIn the first episode, Donatello says "Nyuk Nyuk" three times. In the third season 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series episode "Blast From the Past", Splinter proves he is the true leader of the Foot Clan by defeating Shredder with the Cur-Li Maneuver, a combination of Stooges slapstick attacks and sound effects. In the first-season episode "New York's Shiniest", Donatello's attempt to reprogram one of the evil robots created by Shredder, by using his video collection, results in the robot uttering "Hey Moe, woo-woo-woo!" at one point, much like Curly.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Champion or Chazz-beenReggie guesses that Chazz's facedown card involves the Ojamas, and when Chazz asks why, Reggie replies with "You built your entire deck around The Three Stooges!" as one of his ways of making fun of the Ojama cards throughout the duel. Chazz later refers to the Ojamas as the Stooges when they keep bugging him in the episode, "I've Seen the Light". Numerous other references to the Ojamas as The Three Stooges are made throughout the second season, sometimes by Chazz himself.


MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch SeriesAn episode featured the Stooges being brought to the present age via a time travel using a time machine invented by Stone Cold Steve Austin to battle The Three Tenors. The Three Stooges (or, to be more specific, Curly) won.
Cheers What's Up, Doc?Sam is distressed when a female doctor tells him that all he cares about is sex. Rebecca reminds him of his adoration of the Three Stooges. When Sam realizes he has an interest that has nothing to do with sex, he cheers up.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air SeriesWill, Hilary and Carlton are fighting about who should first have access to a car. Hilary suggests that they play rock-paper-scissors. Will replies, "No, let's play the Three Stooges." He then raises his hand, points two fingers and says, "Hey, Moe!"
Fridays SeriesIn a sketch for the short-lived ABC comedy show, the Stooges are depicted smoking an "atomic bonger". This sketch aired only once due to objections from Moe's family.
Friends SeriesIn one of the sets for the series, Joey's and Chandler's apartment have small statues of all Three Stooges.
Full House It's Not My JobIn the opening scene, Danny, Jesse and Joey dress up as the Three Stooges and sing "hello" in sequence the way the Stooges did.
Hannah Montana Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. JonasMiley says "I am not about to let Larry, Curly and Moe-bro waltz in and steal him (Billy Ray Cyrus) away".
Home Improvement Crazy For YouBrad, Randy and Mark all dress up as Moe, at a Halloween party.
MADtv SeriesIn one sketch, the Three Stooges are spoofed as paid assassins along with David Faustino as person they had to kill in a parody of the movie Menace II Society. The sketch featured Orlando Jones as Curly, Debra Wilson as Larry, and Phil LaMarr as Moe.
M*A*S*H Back PayMajor Winchester is disgruntled when Colonel Potter orders him to show three South Korean doctors around the compound. During the tour of the O.R., Winchester calls the three Korean doctors Larry, Curly, and Moe. When one of them asks why he calls them that, Winchester answers that in his country, they were highly respected philosophers. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that the Koreans knew of the Three Stooges all along.
Moonlighting Atomic ShakespeareSatire of “The Taming of the Shrew”. During the wedding scene, everyone in the church has fallen asleep waiting on the late arrival of the groom. One man's snoring is accompanied by a “woo, woo, woo, woo”, imitating Curly snoring.
My Gym Partner's a Monkey SeriesDuring an episode, Adam clinks Windsor and Slips' heads together, as Slips says one of Curly's catchphrases, "Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk", and is followed by Windsor saying, "Hey Moe, what'd I do?" referring to Moe and Curly having an argument.
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Class ClownLumer and his two bully friends auditioning to be the new class clown by performing a Three Stooges fight with each other.
Roseanne SeriesIn a Halloween episode, Dan dresses up with a mask that has two of the Stooges' heads beside his own.
Rules of Engagement Mr. Fix ItThe Three Stooges were mentioned by Jeff (Patrick Warburton) in the episode.
Saturday Night Live May 12, 1984A sketch involves the Three Stooges as self-defense instructors. [3] During the sketch, Curly (Joe Piscopo) and Moe (Tim Kazurinsky) ad-lib after Curly's baggy karate pants accidentally fall down.
SCTV SeriesJohn Candy imitates Curly, often doing a "nyuk nyuk" type of laugh. In the parody of Ben-Hur, Candy (in the eponymous role) mimics Curly throughout the entire episode.
Seinfeld The SuicideJerry Seinfeld's character reference to the Three Stooges to his very enamored neighbor, Gina. Another Seinfeld episode, "The Trip", has Kramer running into an elderly woman who claims to have played a part as Mr. Sugarman's secretary (the episode itself, a 1934 production, was said to have been "a Curly" episode) in a Three Stooges short titled "Sappy Pappies". When Kramer replies that he never saw it, the woman tells of three sailors charged with taking care of a baby. The story becomes unbelievable and overly dark for a Three Stooges short, as the ending has the baby dying and the Stooges being sent to death row and executed.
The Suite Life on Deck seaHarmonyThe characters of Mr. Moseby and Miss Tutweiller have an argument about The Three Stooges. When Tutweiller tells Moseby that The Stooges are silly he says "I only have one thing to say to you...Nyuk, Nyuk". Tutweiller follows with "Wise guy, huh?" and attempts to poke him in the eye. The two characters then perform some other Stooges trademark acts.
That '70s Show SeriesAn episode features three of the characters acting out an imaginary Three Stooges short called "Pie Guys"; its thin plot is very similar to one of the live-action wraparounds from The New Three Stooges.
Titus Insanity Genetic: Part 2An FBI interrogator asks if Christopher Titus has ever physically abused any of his family or friends. His brother Dave immediately begins sobbing as several flashbacks, accompanied by Three Stooges theme music, depict Christopher slapping Dave in the head several times, stomping on his feet and tackling him to the ground during a fight.


Children's Television

In a Goof Troop episode, Max used the hospital phone to page "Doctor Howard and Doctor Fine" to rescue his friend, P.J. when he got rushed to the hospital when faking an illness.

Made-for-TV Movies

Science Fiction

Alien Nation SeriesIn an episode, human character Matthew Sikes (Gary Graham) is a fan of the Three Stooges. He invited his alien neighbor Cathy Frankel (Terri Treas) to watch a few shorts with him. Cathy was horrified of the violence and informs that "nyuk, nyuk, nyuk" is considered a dirty word in their language.
Farscape Out Of Their MindsThe main characters switch bodies, which leads to some "strange behavior" in their respective "unfamiliar" bodies. Witnessing this, the character John Crichton proclaims: "It's the three freaking Stooges, I'm hitting myself!" In the episode "Self-Inflicted Wounds", John Crichton flies onto a wormhole to shoot pictures, to see what is at the other end. The shoot later shows a scene from Disorder in the Court, proving that it was Earth at the other end of the wormhole.
The Pretender Back From the Dead AgainJarod (Michael T. Weiss) pretends to be Dr. Howard, a University anatomy professor, while working with Dr. Fein, the head of the department. One of their students calls to them, "Dr. Howard, Dr. Fein, Dr. Howard!"
Star Trek: Enterprise Carbon CreekA group of Vulcans stranded in a small American town in the 1950s. One of the Vulcans is annoyed at being nicknamed "Moe" because of his resemblance to "something called a 'Stooge'". Another Vulcan, who is depicted as being familiar with human pop culture, agrees with the assessment.
Supernatural Man's Best Friend with BenefitsAt the beginning of the episode, Sam and Dean exit their car arguing over who was funnier, Curly or Shemp.

Video games

The Three Stooges appear in their own self-titled video game for both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy series. This game featured the Stooges as three heroes trying to raise money for an orphanage by a deadline while trying to outwit an evil bank owner. Pictures of Moe, Larry, and Curly appeared in the beginning as well as during the cracker eating game, and their voices can occasionally be heard during the game. One mini-game featured Three Stooges Trivia. While it was a game exclusively for the trio, it received many low reviews due to its bad game controls, slow timing, and lack of a true ending.

TitleSystem / Year of ReleaseReference
The Three StoogesGame Boy Advance SP SystemThis was the Game Boy version of the one designed for the Nintendo Entertainment System featuring Moe, Larry, and Curly in various mini-games, trying to raise money to save an orphanage.
Batman: Arkham Asylum Multiple PlatformsWhile outside the medical building you can hear Joker say over the intercom "Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard!". The line is from the stooges short, Men in Black.
Chrono Trigger Super Nintendo Entertainment SystemThis role-playing game has an alternative ending in New Game + Mode which features three monsters doing a spoof on the Three Stooges.
Dead Space2008 / Multiple PlatformsIn this survival-horror game, when passing through the medical bay of the Ishimura ship, you can hear "Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard" over the loud speakers.
Diablo III Multiple PlatformsThere is a set of three unique skeletons named "Moek", "Larel", and "Karel" that spawn during one particular quest. There is an achievement for killing all three brothers in one blow called "Nyuck, Nyuck, Nyuck". The portrait of the achievement features the skulls of the Three Stooges in a manner similar to the opening credits of the shorts. The necessity of killing all three in a single blow for the achievement is reminiscent of the Three Stooges getting slapped together with a single blow.
Final Fantasy VI SNES Role-playing GameThis game features bosses called the "Three Dream Stooges" (also named Larry, Curly and Moe), who entered Cyan Garamonde's mind while he was facing his inner demons in Doma Castle. In the remake of the game for the Game Boy Advance, their names are modified into Laragorn, Curlax, and Moebius, respectively.
LA Noire 2011 / Multiple PlatformsDuring a flashback cutscene, the Gunnery Sergeant says "So it's the Three fucking Stooges."
The Legend of Kyrandia - Book Two: The Hand of FateComputerDuring the end game you need to solve a puzzle based on the Tower of Hanoi, except the three pins are replaced by three heads. When you look at each of the heads, Zanthia says: "He reminds me of my old friend Moe/Larry/Curly" respectively.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Nintendo DSThere is a circus clown whose real name is Laurence "Moe" Curls.
Quest for Glory ComputerIn both the original and the VGA remake of the video game, three guards attempt to kill the hero in the Brigand fortress. The three guards are none other than the Three Stooges.
Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier 1995There is a minigame called Stooge Fighter, a parody of the games Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat where each Stooge is pitted against each other in deadly combat.
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire 1990The Three Stooges appear as members of the Disquiqui tribe. Chafblum has a specific response if the player mentions the word "nyuk" to him.


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The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy team active from 1922 until 1970, best known for their 190 short subject films by Columbia Pictures that have been regularly airing on television since 1958. Their hallmark was physical farce and slapstick. Six Stooges appeared over the act's run : Moe Howard and Larry Fine were mainstays throughout the ensemble's nearly 50-year run and the pivotal "third stooge" was played by Shemp Howard, Curly Howard, Shemp Howard again, Joe Besser and "Curly" Joe DeRita.

<i>Punch Drunks</i> 1934 film

Punch Drunks is a 1934 short subject directed by Lou Breslow starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the second entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 short subjects for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

Moe Howard American actor and comedian

Moses Harry Horwitz, known professionally as Moe Howard, was an American actor and comedian, best known as the leader of the Three Stooges, the farce comedy team who starred in motion pictures and television for four decades. That group originally started out as Ted Healy and His Stooges, an act that toured the vaudeville circuit. Moe's distinctive hairstyle came about when he was a boy and cut off his curls with a pair of scissors, producing a ragged shape approximating a bowl cut.

Larry Fine American actor, comedian, in The Three Stooges

Louis Feinberg, known professionally as Larry Fine, was an American actor, comedian, violinist, and boxer, who is best known as a member of the comedy act the Three Stooges.

Shemp Howard American actor and comedian

Samuel Horwitz, known professionally as Shemp Howard, was an American actor and comedian. He was called "Shemp" because "Sam" came out that way in his mother's thick Litvak accent. He is best-known as the third Stooge in the Three Stooges, a role he played when the act began in the early 1920s (1923–1932), while it was still associated with Ted Healy and known as "Ted Healy and his Stooges"; and again from 1946 until his death in 1955. During the fourteen years between his times with the Stooges, he had a successful solo career as a film comedian, including series of shorts by himself and with partners, and reluctantly returned to the Stooges as a favor to his brothers Moe and Curly.

Curly Howard American actor and comedian

Jerome Lester Horwitz, known professionally as Curly Howard, was an American vaudevillian actor and comedian. He was best known as a member of the American comedy team the Three Stooges, which also featured his elder brothers Moe and Shemp Howard and actor Larry Fine. In early shorts, he was billed as Curley. Curly Howard was generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the Stooges. He was well known for his high-pitched voice and vocal expressions, as well as his physical comedy, improvisations, and athleticism. An untrained actor, Curly borrowed the "woob woob" from "nervous" and soft-spoken comedian Hugh Herbert. Curly's unique version of "woob-woob-woob" was firmly established by the time of the Stooges' second Columbia film, Punch Drunks (1934).

Joe DeRita American actor and comedian

Joseph Wardell, known professionally as Joe DeRita, was an American actor and comedian, who is best known for his stint as a member of The Three Stooges in the persona of "Curly-Joe."

Fake Shemp

A fake Shemp is someone who appears in a film as a replacement for another actor or person. Their appearance is disguised using methods such as heavy make-up, filming from the back, dubbing in audio and splicing in past footage from the original actor's previous work, using a sound-alike voice actor, or using partial shots of the actor. Coined by film director Sam Raimi, the term is named after Shemp Howard of the Three Stooges, whose sudden death in 1955 necessitated the use of these techniques to finish the films to which he was already committed. Once somewhat commonplace throughout the 20th century, the use of fake Shemps to emulate living people is now forbidden under Screen Actors Guild contracts, largely because of a lawsuit filed by Crispin Glover — following his replacement by Jeffrey Weissman in Back to the Future Part II — that determined that the method violates the original actor's personality rights. The method continues to be used in cases, such as Shemp's, where the original actor is deceased and permission from the deceased actor's estate is granted.

The Three Stooges filmography Filmography of the Three Stooges

This is a complete list of short subjects and feature films that featured The Three Stooges released between 1930 and 1970.

<i>Woman Haters</i> 1934 film by Archie Gottler

Woman Haters is a 1934 musical short subject directed by Archie Gottler starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the inaugural entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who would ultimately star in 190 short subjects for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Malice in the Palace</i> 1949 film by Jules White

Malice in the Palace is a 1949 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 117th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Disorder in the Court</i> 1936 film by Jack White

Disorder in the Court is a 1936 short subject directed by Preston Black starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 15th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>The Robonic Stooges</i> television series

The Robonic Stooges is a Saturday morning animated series featuring the characters of The Three Stooges in new roles as clumsy crime-fighting cyborg superheroes. It was developed by Norman Maurer and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from September 10, 1977, to March 18, 1978, on CBS and contained two segments: The Robonic Stooges and Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives.

<i>Loose Loot</i> 1953 film by Jules White

Loose Loot is a 1953 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 146th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>He Cooked His Goose</i> 1952 film by Jules White

He Cooked His Goose is a 1952 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 140th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Fright Night</i> (1947 film) 1947 film by Edward Bernds

Fright Night is a 1947 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 98th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Corny Casanovas</i> 1952 film by Jules White

Corny Casanovas is a 1952 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 139th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Cuckoo on a Choo Choo</i> 1952 film by Jules White

Cuckoo on a Choo Choo is a 1952 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 143rd entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>The Three Stooges</i> (2000 film) 2000 television film

The Three Stooges is an American biographical television film about the slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges directed by James Frawley. This television film was entirely shot in Sydney, Australia. It was broadcast on ABC on April 24, 2000.


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