We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Antic, zany, madcap, anarchic, the Marx Brothers were successful first in vaudeville, then on the Broadway stage, and finally, most emphatically, in the movies. Their act resembled nothing so much as a comic strip brought to life.
I once read that one of Groucho's wives complained that he was always on, always performing. Perhaps that could be restated to say that the Groucho on stage, on set or on television was the real Groucho. That was no put-on. That's who he was.
His ability to come up with ad-libbed one-liners on his TV show indicates that he didn't need scriptwriters. He could do it on his own.
Back in the day I purchased a Groucho T-shirt from the Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge.
I had never thought of that, but I see your point. For example, there is a similarity underlying the rhythm and music behind the phrases, "I am the Captain of the Pinafore" and "Hurray for Captain Spaulding."
Consider the lyrics. From Pinafore:
Though related to a peer,
I can hand, reef, and steer,
And ship a selvagee;
I am never known to quail
At the fury of a gale,
And I'm never, never sick at sea!
He's hardly ever sick at sea!
Then give three cheers, and one cheer more,
For the hardy Captain of the Pinafore!
From Captain Spaulding:
I hate a dirty joke I do,
Unless it's told by someone who -
Knows how to tell it.
The Captain is a very moral man.
Hooray for Captain Spaulding, The African explorer.
In both songs, the protagonist is good-but-not-quite-so-good. [Yes, 'swear a big big D' could have been used for an example from Pinafore.]
I am a long-time fan of both Gilbert & Sullivan and the Marx brothers, which makes me feel somewhat dense that I had never seen the connection. A neighbor from my childhood days was a big fan of both G&S and the Marx brothers, so I am not the only such person. I developed my tastes independently of the neighbor, but wouldn't you know it, we both liked puns, though he was better at it. "Juneau where we've been? Alaska 'nother one."