The Three Stooges in popular culture

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The Three Stooges' comedy routines have inspired generations of tributes in other media. This article provides a partial list of such tributes.

Film[edit]

  • In the 1981 film Gas, a gas station attendant who is being interviewed by a news reporter does his impression of Curly for the camera.
  • In the film Conspiracy Theory, Mel Gibson's character, Jerry Fletcher, disguises himself in medical scrubs to elude capture. He introduces himself as "Dr. Fine".
  • In Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Dracula (played by late Stooge fan Leslie Nielsen) is finally defeated by the eyepoke.
  • The Evil Dead film series has 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 Army of Darkness.
  • In the 1997 film 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 a soap on TV.
  • In the Ice Age movies, Sid imitates Curly's "Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk" twice when asleep.
  • In the movie version of Inspector Gadget, "Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard" can be heard over the intercom in the hospital.
  • The Three Stooges are a minor but recurring element in the Lethal Weapon films. In 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. Later in the director's cut version of the film, Riggs is asked by a young prostitute, "What have you got in mind?", to which Riggs tells her "Well, I want you to come home and watch television with me." The prostitute responds, "You serious?", which Riggs replies "Yeah. 'The 3 Stooges' are on in 20 minutes." In the sequel Lethal Weapon 2 Riggs does a version of "inny minny miny mo" where he changes the mo to "Hey Mo" in Curly style and shoots out the bad guys aquarium. Aside from this, there's also a scene in which Riggs flips through a few channels on TV and finds "Three Missing Links" playing (specifically the scene in which Moe dumps the bucket of water down the back of Curly's overalls). 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 "Calling All Curs" on TV (specifically the part where Curly literally "calls all curs" and they meet up in the dining hall).
  • In Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, Donald gives Pete the eyepoke in the final fight.
  • In 1999's The Mummy, Rick O'Connell uses Moe's eye-gouging gag on one of the revenant mummy swordsmen in the chambers underneath the statue of Anubis in Hamunaptra. In the film's sequel, The Mummy Returns, Rick also uses the eye-gouging gag while fighting a mummy in a double-decker bus.
  • In the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction, when Vincent takes Mia to Lance's house after she overdoses on heroin, Lance is watching The Three Stooges short Brideless Groom and Emil Sitka chants his famous line "Hold hands, you lovebirds."
  • In John Badham's movie Short Circuit, 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.
  • The DVD version of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace has three pit droids squabbling during the podrace; this is meant as homage to the Stooges.
  • The 1985 film, Stoogemania tells the story of an obsessed Three Stooges fan, and includes clips of their classic Shorts.
  • In the 1981 film Stripes, John Candy impersonates Curly during the mud wrestling match with the bikini-clad and nude women.
  • In the movie There's Something About Mary, in an homage to the Stooges, Ben Stiller tries to eye gouge the dog only to be blocked by his paw.
  • In the film This Is Spinal Tap, the heavy metal rock band Spinal Tap's 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."
  • In the film 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.
  • In the film Three Men and a Baby, when they set up a trap for the drug delalers and two get caught, one of the drug dealers ask the two masked "parents" (Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg), "do you know who we are!?" Tom responded sarcastically "two thirds of The Three Stooges...", making Steve giggle and laugh, while leaving the room.
  • In the 1993 halloween film Hocus Pocus Mary Sanderson (Kathy Najimy) tends to bark at people, just like Curly.
  • While not a direct homage, the Russian comedians Yuri Nikulin, Georgy Vitsyn and Yevgeny Morgunov starred in several comedy films from 1961 until 1968 -as the famous trio Trus (Coward), Balbes (Fool) & Byvalyj (Experienced)- which had a style somewhat analogous to that of The Three Stooges.

Literature[edit]

  • In an issue of Crazy Magazine, a parody of Quest for Fire retitled "Quest For Third Degree Burns", the three main characters on the quest were renamed Moe, Larry, and Curly.
  • In an issue of The Incredible Hulk, the gray Hulk was saving his alter-ego's wife Betty Banner from large robots unleashed by the Hulk's nemesis, the Leader. Witnessing the battle the Hulk's sidekick Rick Jones narrates the story throughout the issue and refers to the three robots as Moe, Larry, and Curly.
  • The independent comic book The Badger has three bad guys named the Chisums resembling and acting like Moe, Larry and Curly kidnap an award winning Bull from the main character to be able to sacrifice it and bring a demon to earth.
  • In Louis Sachar's children's novel The Boy Who Lost His Face, a group of three children (one of which is a girl called "Mo") is nicknamed after the Stooges.
  • The youthful protagonists of the Captain Underpants series of books attend Jerome Horwitz Elementary School.
  • The independent comic book Cerebus contains an homage to the Stooges as the "Three Wise Fellows" in the graphic novel Latter Days. The three comically kidnap the main character, convinced that he is the messiah (meanwhile satirizing the Torah). While waiting for him to speak the "Word of Truth", they engage in hijinks such as clamping pliers on one another's noses over theological arguments.
  • In the book Garfield: His 9 Lives, it is shown in Garfield's fourth life, he was a Moe-type character that led a group of mouse exterminators who resembled Larry and Curly. The exterminators were similar to the Stooges for their hair-styles, their slapstick ways of hurting each other, and their clumsiness of certain jobs.
  • In David Brin's novel The Uplift War, an ambassador of the Tymbrini (an alien race with a pronounced sense of humor) considers the Stooges among humanity's finest philosophers.
  • In the The Sensational She-Hulk issue #5, Jennifer Walters is watching TV and came upon a short in homage to the Stooges renamed "The Three Amusing Fellows" where characters Moe and Curly were constructing a house and Moe scolds Curly for leaving on a chainsaw. Curly suggests Moe not to get too excited and recommends he let him have the chainsaw. Moe replies, "I'll let you have it, alright!" and saws Curly on the top of the head. In the next panel Jennifer was horrified to see blood and brains being scattered across the TV, when she knows that is not how it happens when she saw the short before. The cause of this was done by the evil scientist Doctor Bong.
  • In the Marvel Comics Power Pack issues #21 and #46, two culprits are featured who are named (and whose appearances are patterned) after Moe and Larry of the Three Stooges.[1]
  • Flash comics (DC) in the '50s also included appearances by Wynken, Blynken and Nod (sp?) clearly modeled after the Stooges.

Music[edit]

  • In The Haircut Song by Ray Stevens, the chorus warns, "You may look like Larry, Moe or Curly if a stranger cuts your hair."
  • The Stooges derived their name from the Three Stooges.
  • A line in Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song" says "Some people say that Ebenezer Scrooge is [Jewish] / He's not, but guess who is? All Three Stooges!"
  • The 1984 song "The Curly Shuffle", recorded by Jump 'N the Saddle Band, expressed admiration for the Stooges and included several Curly imitations in the chorus.
  • The eclectic group NRBQ recorded an instrumental entitled "Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard" with Carl Perkins on their second LP, Boppin' the Blues in 1970 as an homage to the Stooges' famous hospital routine.
  • Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell album contains the song "Everything Louder Than Everything Else" proclaiming "the three men I admire most are Curly, Larry, Moe!"
  • The song "Hairstyles and Attitudes" by Timbuk3 describes scientific research which "categorize[s] us into three basic types based on which of the Three Stooges we most closely resemble."
  • The music video for the song "I Love This Bar" by artist Toby Keith, features a scene where he is at a drive-in movie watching a Three Stooges clip, much to the dismay of his girlfriend.
  • In the music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's single "Like a Surgeon", the line "calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard" can be heard in the background.
  • The folk trio Modern Man perform the song "Moe" (written by pianist/singer George Wurzbach), about a boy whose father looks like Moe Howard.
  • In the song "Sockable Face Club" by ska punk band the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, the narrator, engaged in a bar fight, proclaims "I learned from Larry, Moe and Curly not to take no guff".
  • The 1994 Song, "Two Reelers" by Frank Black 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?"
  • The Canadian rock group Rush used the Stooges' television series theme music, a derivative of "Three Blind Mice", as introductory music during the 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 Counterparts liner notes, and are included in the "assistance, inspiration, comic relief" listing.[2]
  • In Chris Brown's featured 2011 hip-hop single "Look At Me Now" from the album F.A.M.E., 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."

Television[edit]

  • In an episode of Alien Nation, 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.
  • In the cartoon Animaniacs, the Warner brothers and sister (Yakko, Wakko, and Dot) often do the musical "hello-hello-hello" routine when they enter a scene.
  • In an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, villain Doctor Milo and two accomplices happen to resemble The Three Stooges.
  • In an episode of the 1960s cult cartoon Beany and Cecil, the lead characters set out to capture "The Dreaded Three-Headed Threep", a monster whose three heads resemble the Stooges.
  • An episode of MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch featured the Stooges being brought to the present age via a time machine invented by Stone Cold Steve Austin to battle The Three Tenors. The Three Stooges (or, to be more specific, Curly) won.
  • In the Cheers episode "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.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy, the characters Eddy, Ed, and Edd seem to hold similar personality traits to Moe, Curly, and Larry.
  • In The Fairly OddParents made-for-TV movie Abra Catastrophe, the main character, Timmy Turner, disguises himself in magical Groucho glasses and tells Mr. Crocker that he is one of America's most beloved comedy entertainers to which Crocker mistakes him as "Shemp". Later, when the disguise falls off, Mr. Crocker yells, "Turner! You're not Shemp! You're not even Curly Joe!" Also, in The episode It's A Wishful Life, Timmy Turner also said Moe's trademark catchphrase "Why I oughtta...." and ends it with "do it right now".
  • In the Farscape episode "Out Of Their Minds", the main characters switch bodies, which leads to some "strange behavior" in their respective "unfamiliar" bodies. Witnessing this, 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 title character in Jabberjaw sounds and acts similat to Curly.
  • In The Flintstones, during the episode where Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are contestants in a baby beauty contest, rival campaigners Fred and Barney call on a trio of men to get their votes. The trio engages in some stooge-like slapstick.
  • In an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will, 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!"
  • In a sketch for the short-lived ABC comedy show Fridays, the Stooges are depicted smoking an "atomic bonger". This sketch aired only once due to objections from Moe's family.
  • In the television show Friends in Joey's and Chandler's apartment there are small statues of all Three Stooges.
  • In the opening scene of the Full House episode "It's Not My Job", Danny, Jesse and Joey dress up as the Three Stooges and sing "hello" in sequence the way the Stooges did.
  • Doctor Zoidberg, from the animated series Futurama, 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.
  • In the Garfield episode "Legend of the Lake" three of the cavecats bear a striking resemblance to the Three Stooges.
  • In Disney's Gargoyles episode entitled "Turf", Brooklyn, 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!"
  • In the Hannah Montana episode "Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas", Miley says "I am not about to let Larry, Curly and Moe-bro waltz in and steal him away".
  • The Three Stooges appear in Hollywood Steps Out by Tex Avery, hitting and punching each other on the beat of the music.
  • In the series Home Improvement, Brad, Randy and Mark all dress up as Moe, at a Halloween party.
  • In the animated series Jabberjaw 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.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures episode "Sheep In, Sheep Out", when 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.
  • The King of the Hill episode "A-Fire Fighting We Will Go" contains several references to the Stooges.
  • In one episode of the animated version of the Little Rascals, the Baby Face gang resembles the Three Stooges.
  • In an episode of M*A*S*H, Major 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.
  • In a sketch for MADtv, the Three Stooges are spoofed as paid assassins along with David Faustino as person they had to kill in a parody of Menace II Society. The sketch featured Orlando Jones as Curly, Debra Wilson as Larry, and Phil LaMarr as Moe.
  • In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Very Old Man", the three snakes owned by a murdered security officer were named Curly, Larry and Moe.
  • In the Muppet Babies episode, Good, Clean Fun, Fozzie 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?"
  • In an episode of My Gym Partner's a Monkey, 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.
  • An episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, titled "Class Clown", features Lumer and his two bully friends auditioning to be the new class clown by performing a Three Stooges fight with each other.
  • In the English version of the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, the three characters Shinji Ikari, Toji Suzuhara and Kensuke Aida are collectively referred to as 'the three stooges' on several occasions.
  • In The New Batman/Superman Adventures cartoon, the 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.
  • In One Piece Buggy's crew members The Tightrope Walking Funan Bros resemble the stooges.
  • In an episode of the cartoon Pinky and the Brain entitled "Pinky & The Brain And... Larry", Pinky 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.
  • Characters of the Pokémon series have made occasional references to the Stooges (at least in the English dub of the anime). In the episode, "The Flame Pokémon-athon!", Misty and Meowth, and Jessie mention the trio in a heated argument.
  • In an episode of Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive, Mack (as the Red Sentinel Ranger) yelled "Three more stooges to go!"
  • In the first episode of the second season of The Pretender, Jarod (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!"
  • The Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" episode, "The Altruists", is largely 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.
  • In a Halloween episode of Roseanne, Dan dresses up with a mask that has two of the Stooges' heads beside his own.
  • In the show Rules of Engagement, The Three Stooges were mentioned by Jeff (Patrick Warburton) on the episode "Mr. Fix It".
  • In the May 12, 1984 episode of "Saturday Night Live," a 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.
  • The Boo Brothers in "Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers" are obvious parodies of The Three Stooges.
  • In many episodes of SCTV, John 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.
  • The 1992 Seinfeld episode "The Suicide" features Jerry's 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 (Mr. Sugarman himself was said to have been played by Curly) 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 television show The Simpsons has made frequent references to the Stooges. A comprehensive list of references can be found here.[4]
  • The South Park episode, "Hell on Earth 2006", has 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.
  • In an episode of the Spider-Man animated series, Spider-Man refers to the Insidious Six as "the six stooges".
  • In 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.
  • In another episode of 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 Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Carbon Creek" features a 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.
  • In an episode of The Suite Life on Deck called "seaHarmony", the 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.
  • In the anime The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, 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.
  • In an episode of the Disney afternoon show TaleSpin when Baloo is briefly hospitalized after one of his misadventures, a scene begins with a long shot of the hospital while the intercom announces, "Paging Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard," in yet another direct tribute.
  • In the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 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.
  • An episode of That '70s Show 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.
  • In a 2002 episode of the sitcom Titus titled "Insanity Genetic: Part 2", an 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.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode "Champion or Chazz-been", Reggie 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 "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.
  • In Gosei Sentai Dairanger, there are recurring characters called the San Baka Goma, or the Three Gorma Stooges.
  • In the 1938 Porky Pig cartoon Wholly Smoke, three cigars resembling the Three Stooges rise out of a cigar box and each one gives him an eyepoke.
  • On an episode of the American television series Family Guy, 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!".

Video games[edit]

  • In the 2011 Game LA Noire during a flashback cutscene the Gunnery Sgt says "So it's the Three f***ing Stooges"
  • In Batman: Arkham Asylum, while outside the medical building you can hear Joker say over the intercom "Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard!"
  • The SNES role-playing video game Final Fantasy VI features as bosses 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, respectfully.
  • In the 1995 SNES role-playing video game Chrono Trigger one of the alternative ending in New Game + Mode features three monsters doing a spoof on the Three Stooges.
  • In the video game The Legend of Kyrandia - Book Two: The Hand of Fate, during 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.
  • In the video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, there is a circus clown whose real name is Laurence "Moe" Curls.
  • In both the original and the VGA remake of the video game Quest for Glory, three guards attempt to kill the hero in the Brigand fortress. The three guards are none other than the Three Stooges.
  • In the 1995 video game Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier, there is a minigame called Stooge Fighter, a parody of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat where each Stooge is pitted against each other in deadly combat.
  • In the 2008 survival-horror game Dead Space, when passing through the medical bay of the Ishimura ship, you can hear "Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard" over the loud speakers.
  • In Diablo III, there 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.

Other[edit]

  • The firmware of D-Link products such as routers are notorious for containing the following hidden data string (probably as a joke from the programmers): "Hey Moe, it don't woik. Nyuk nyuk nyuk nyuk *bop* Owww!"
  • In tutorials for programming language Perl names Curly, Larry, Moe are usually used to represent array entries.
  • In 1979, Ral Partha released a 25mm "Three Headed Troll" figure. Each of the heads was one of the Three Stooges.
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago cogeneration plant contains three gas turbo generators named Moe, Larry, and Curly.
  • Warkop, a classic Indonesian trio of comedians is largely inspired by the Three Stooges.
  • The sorting algorithm stooge sort is styled after the Stooges' tendency to slap each other.

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