Reading: Kliph Nesteroff's The Comedians.

According to legend, the "Bloody Mary" was invented by comic George Jessel as a hangover cure, named after the girlfriend of another comic Ted Healy.

When Healy learned this reading a Walter Winchell column, he fired close-range gunshots at Jessel.

Ted Healy is remembered best for his then-sidekicks, who he insulted, poked, slapped, kicked. The three of them were his stooges. Eventually, they got wise and went solo.

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