Originally starting out as a singing vaudevillian actor along with his brothers, they soon were to ditch their musical stylings for comedic skits. He is best know during this time for his quick talking wise guy character. The look of big framed glasses, with the thick black mustache and eyebrows also originated from his vaudevillian acts where he would apply greasepaint.
After evolving from vaudeville acts to Hollywood making movies with his family. His films were mostly well received and some are considered the most creative products of Hollywood during his time. He was also known for being a radio talk show host, where one of his quiz game shows then became live broad-casted on television. The quiz game highlighted Groucho's form of comedy where it focused on his quick wit and wise cracking. He remained on air for 12 years, during which he won an Emmy.
His style has influence modern many aspects of modern media. Where many comedians carry on his tradition of quick wit banter (John Stewuart, Stephen Colbert). I believe that comedy requires a big source of imagination, where a comedian needs to apply a constant ability to abstract the nature of a situation and distort in a manner that creates some form of perversion that it is funny. This level of imagination, also needs to continually be happening in short bursts that require a huge level of ingenuity and mental concentration. This level of imagination, also needs to continually be happening in short bursts that require a huge level of ingenuity and mental concentration. This use of imagination to extract the abstract elements of a situation is reminiscent of Einstein’s way of thinking. Einstein is someone who was able to imagine some of the greatest theories of physics through his thought experiments in which he would visualize and distort his environment.
Here are some of his skits: