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With his résumé boasting a variety of sitcoms (Less Than Perfect, $#*! My Dad Says), as well as five years on the sketch-comedy show MADtv, Will Sasso’s face is one you’ll undoubtedly recognize. But it’s his role as Curly in this month’s Farrelly-brothers film The Three Stooges — which Sasso calls a “love letter” to the exalted trio — that just might secure his place on the comedy map as he slaps, pokes and nyuks his way into the hearts of a new generation of Stooge fans. With Sasso stepping into some legendary shoes, American Way asked the funnyman to divulge his own comedy idols.

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John Candy
“I think John Candy was one of the finest actors to ever do comedy. He’s just extremely human [in his roles]. He mined comedy out of the most real and mundane life scenarios.”

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Monty Python
“What the Pythons did was avant-garde, where they were taking comedy and getting rid of the punch lines. It was really the first alternative ?comedy. If Saturday Night Live and SCTV (Second City Television) is the main course, Python is definitely the dessert, because it’s really sweet and really weird.”

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David Letterman
“Watching him every night growing up, David Letterman really influenced me. You see this guy completely at ease in finding the funniest things in everyone, and he’s been very successful at bringing who he is into a form that’s already there.”