If you ever want to get a lot of e-mail and you don't care how angry some of its senders are at you, tell the world that you like Shemp more than Curly.
Ed here: Mark Evanier is a writer and producer of so many TV shows, animated series and books my arm would go numb cititing them here. He has a great show biz sometimes political blog called News From Me, well worth checking out.
I've had the same experience Mark has. Prepareto run when you tell certain people that you prefer Shemp to Curly. (Maybe the United Nations could get involved.) It's not that I don't appreciate Curly and his antics, I do. But Shemp's face shows the pain and humiliation that the Stooges endure.
Shemp, to quote my friend Max Collins, is the only one of the Stooges who seems dimly aware that life shouldn't be like this and thus is the most interesting character. Also to me the second most dimly aware is poor Larry. He seems to understand that Moe's solutions to their problems are almost always crazy. But he's goes along out of fear. Now I suppose I'LLL get letters. :)