The Three Stooges were an American comedy act in the 20th century. Commonly known by their first names, Larry, Moe, & Curly (sometimes spelled "Curley"); Larry, Moe & Shemp; and other lineups became famous for their work in movies and starred in many short features that consisted of masterful ways of showcasing their extremely physical and sometimes controversial brand of slapstick comedy.
Although The Three Stooges are best known for their physical comedy, the group's dialogue is also highly quotable, with many of their lines (or signature nonverbal vocalizations) having become popular catchphrases. Here are some examples:
Hello (Moe, low tone), Hellooo (Larry, a major third higher, with Moe still holding his 'o'), Hellooooo (Curly, a fifth higher than Moe, forming a major chord with Moe and Larry)!" The Stooges would also use this same tune for "Come in" or "Contact.
I'm gonna change my socks. What an experience! (Moe, Larry, Curly or Shemp in several shorts)
Moe, Larry, the cheese! Moe, Larry, the cheese! (Curly in the 1935 short, Horses Collars)
A burnt stake is better than a cold chop. (Curly, on why he would rather be burned at the stake instead of decapitated)
Anacanapon! (Moe, demanding a surgical instrument)
Seenophran!" (Moe, demanding another surgical instrument)
Cotton!! (Stooges to each other whenever performing surgery)
Remind me to kill/murder you later! (Moe, to others)
I'll make a note of it! (Larry or Curly)
Hey, I don't have a pencil! (Larry or Curly)
That's okay, I'll do it now! (Moe wacks him in the head)
Spread Out! (Moe, to others)
"Hey Lorna, How ya do'in?" (Shemp introduction to Lorna Doone)
Niagara Falls! Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch. I walked up to him, I smashed him like this, I hit him, I bopped him, I tore him to pieces, and then I knocked him down! (Moe or Larry)
Hey! Wake up and go to sleep! (Moe)
Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard.(over the public address system in a hospital).
I'm tryin' to think, but nothin' happens!" (Curly)
Mammy! (Larry gets on his knees to Moe)
Pappy! (Moe gets on his knees to Larry)
(Double-slaps Larry after that) GO ON!
Get out (ta here)! (Moe to others)
Tell me your name so I can tell your mother. (Moe)
My mother knows my name. (Curly)
(After Moe tells the others to do something)
Curly and/or Larry: I'll (take, clean) it when I'm ready!
Moe: (menacing look) Are ya ready?!
Curly and/or Larry: Yeah, I'm ready.
Curly and/or Larry: Wait a minute! What're you gonna do?
Moe: Nothin', what about it?!
Curly and/or Larry: Oh, I just thought I'd ask.
Oh, a chisler, eh? (Moe to Larry, Curly, or Shemp)
Boy, that's funny! (Curly Joe)
So's your face! (Moe to Curly Joe)
You really know how to hurt a guy, Moe! (Curly Joe to Moe)
My father died dancing; on the end of a rope. (Curly)
I'll take some burnt toast 'n' a rotten egg. (any of the Stooges)
Burnt toast 'n' a rotten egg? (any of the Stooges)
Yeah, I got a tape worm, 'n' thats good enough fer him. (any of the Stooges)
Moe: Put yer hand on yer chin (After Moe gets Larry or Curly to put his right fist up to his chin), yer knee up here (and puts his right knee up to his right elbow).
Curly and/or Larry: What happens now?
(then Moe kicks their right foot causing his right fist to hit his chin)
Ngah-ngah-ngah! (Curly frightened)
Why you...! (Moe or Curly, to others)
Come 'ere! (Moe, to others)
Hey, porcupine! (Moe, to Larry)
(After Moe pokes them in the eyes)
Curly and/or Larry: I can't see! I can't see!
Moe: "What'sa matter?"
Curly and/or Larry: "I got my eyes closed."
(Moe pokes them in the eyes again)
(Usually when Moe wants to open a bottle of beer or something like it)
Moe: Close your eyes. Open your mouth. Depress your lower jaw.(Moe slams the bottlecap off with the Stooge's lower teeth, presumably ripping them out.)
A variant of the previous catchphrase is when Moe just opens a bottle of beer without giving orders. The Stooge will be in pain when Moe says:
Moe: Quit sqwaking!
(any Stooge): Well, gimme back my front teeth!
If another Stooge is knocked unconscious Moe sometimes props up the Stooge's head and says, Tell me your name so I can tell your mother (that you're hurt). The other Stooge then replies, My mother knows my name! at which point Moe slaps him on the head.
Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, gee I like food! (Curly)
The Stooges are crossing the Sahara and come to a sign post with markers that point in the direction of several far off cities, including Cairo:
Curly: I've got an uncle in Cairo.
Moe: Oh yea?
Curly: He's a chiropractor. Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk.
Let's sympathize our watches! (Moe)
(as Moe tries to explain Pig Latin)
Moe: Moe...O-may. Larry...Arry-lay. Curly?
Curly: Curly Q!
(Moe and Larry recoil and look at each other in disgust)