Bill Riley & Joe Ziegler as Abbott & Costello
Bill Riley and Joe Ziegler transform themselves into Bud Abbott and Lou Costello through vintage dress and an authentic recreation of the team’s mannerisms and vocal stylings. They perform with pinpoint accuracy many of the vaudeville and burlesque routines made famous by Bud and Lou on stage, screen, radio and television, including the classic baseball routine, “Who’s On First?”.
Riley and Ziegler met in 1986, when Riley attended the broadcasting school where Ziegler was Dean of Students and an instructor of commercial writing and promotions. In 1987 Riley also began working at the school as Radio Director and instructor. While both Ziegler and Riley had worked with various partners through the years – their love and admiration of Abbott and Costello combined with their own comedic chemistry and friendship sparked to form a partnership that has flourished. They have performed as Abbott and Costello since 1994 around the country for various corporate and business functions, private parties, civic groups, fund raisers and on radio and television.
As of a few months ago, Joe Ziegler passed away. Hence, performances of these actors will not be available until further notice.