This article is about the member of the Three Stooges. For other uses of the name "Joe", see Joe (disambiguation).
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"Curly" Joe DeRita[Note 1] is one of the Three Stooges, a comedy act.

Physical appearance

Curly Joe is a slightly obese Caucasian male, with a black crew cut. He wears a yellow jumpsuit, a white vest underneath, and black shoes.


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Early life

As a member of the Three Stooges, they were famous for their slapstick comedy in different mediums, including, stage, film, television, and comic books.[1]

When they bought a ghost town-themed amusement park, unexplained spooky things started to happen, which forced them to close it down.[1]

The New Scooby-Doo Movies

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  • In real-life, Joe DeRita was the stage name of Joseph Wardell (1909-1993). In 1958, he became the overall sixth person to join the Stooges, filling the third role. He remained with the group until its dissolution in 1970. The name, "Curly Joe", comes from his resemblance (and to disinguish himself) to Curly Howard and Joe Besser. Animated Curly Joe's catchphrase, "Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk", comes from Curly Howard.
  • Joe Baker may have voiced Curly Joe, instead of Daws Butler.[3]


  1. His surname is conjecture based on his real-life counterpart.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ghastly Ghost Town
  2. New Scooby-Doo Movies, The (1972, Animated Series). Voice Chasers. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  3. Film and TV Tributes to the Stooges. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
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