, often called funny glasses
, are a novelty disguise
that caricature Groucho Marx
. Typically consisting of black horn-rimmed glasses
with attached eyebrows, large plastic nose, and bushy moustache
, Groucho glasses were marketed as early as the 1940s. Groucho glasses today are often used as a shorthand for slapstick
and general silliness
such as the "world record most people at one time wearing Groucho Marx glasses."
In the video game Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
, nose glasses (as they are called in the game) play a notable role as a disguise.
Woody Allen disguised two characters in Groucho glasses for interviews in his mockumentary Take the Money and Run.
George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg used Groucho glasses as a diguise to rob a bank in Going in Style.
- Gary Giddins, There Ain't No Sanity Claus, The New York Times, June 18 2000
- Steven R. Pritzker, The Effect of Groucho Marx Glasses on Depression, Psychology Today, September/October issue 1999
- Shaun Byron, Groucho Marx helps high school students break into record books, The State News, May 28 2003