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2013-04-11 07:21:36 AM
Funny? Yes.  Influential? No.

Name ten examples of similar sketches.  I want to know who?  Well, name three. What was their name?  Or two.  I don't know. Do you even have one?

It has never been successfully imitated.

// That's for sure.
 
2013-04-11 07:23:37 AM
If anything, it's reminiscent of older comedies written about mistake identity and name confusion. See also: Shakespeare
 
2013-04-11 07:38:39 AM

notmtwain: Funny? Yes.  Influential? No.

Name ten examples of similar sketches.  I want to know who?  Well, name three. What was their name?  Or two.  I don't know. Do you even have one?

It has never been successfully imitated.

// That's for sure.


A sketch doesn't have to be imitated to be influential.  In fact, comedians try to avoid imitating other comedians.

Either way, though, it's rightly considered to be a classic, and like all classics, it's timeless:  It doesn't require knowledge of some of the current events and personalities of the time like some of the Marx Brothers sketches or Monty Python routines.
 
2013-04-11 07:44:07 AM

notmtwain: Influential? No.


And yet you probably knew which sketch you were going to see before you clicked the link.
 
2013-04-11 07:53:01 AM

OregonVet: notmtwain: Influential? No.

And yet you probably knew which sketch you were going to see before you clicked the link.


I sure did.

/Have seen it imitated countless times, and I'm a youngster
 
2013-04-11 07:56:01 AM
Of course there is Mcguillicutty and Green, I say they did it better:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDo4JeRsVE4
 
2013-04-11 07:56:45 AM
 
2013-04-11 08:04:17 AM

dittybopper: notmtwain: Funny? Yes.  Influential? No.

Name ten examples of similar sketches.  I want to know who?  Well, name three. What was their name?  Or two.  I don't know. Do you even have one?

It has never been successfully imitated.

// That's for sure.

A sketch doesn't have to be imitated to be influential.  In fact, comedians try to avoid imitating other comedians.

Either way, though, it's rightly considered to be a classic, and like all classics, it's timeless:  It doesn't require knowledge of some of the current events and personalities of the time like some of the Marx Brothers sketches or Monty Python routines.


i.imgur.com

                                                                        ¿Que?
 
2013-04-11 08:07:32 AM

Not_Todd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlXjIg4fH74


lol, i had forgotten about that.
 
2013-04-11 08:18:32 AM
 
2013-04-11 08:29:31 AM

notmtwain: // That's for sure.


What is:
4.bp.blogspot.com
for $200, Alex.
 
2013-04-11 08:32:08 AM
Fake
 
2013-04-11 08:40:39 AM
I'd rather see school kids forced to memorize this than the pledge of allegiance.

Also this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnLqLHWDg5E
 
2013-04-11 09:28:27 AM
Who?

Yes.

The Band!
 
2013-04-11 09:31:07 AM
I always thought it would be an epic Major Leauge Baseball April Fool's gag to have the players take the field wearing jerseys with the Abbot & Costello names (Who, What, I Don't Know, etc)/
 
2013-04-11 09:31:48 AM

Mixolydian Master: dittybopper: notmtwain: Funny? Yes.  Influential? No.

Name ten examples of similar sketches.  I want to know who?  Well, name three. What was their name?  Or two.  I don't know. Do you even have one?

It has never been successfully imitated.

// That's for sure.

A sketch doesn't have to be imitated to be influential.  In fact, comedians try to avoid imitating other comedians.

Either way, though, it's rightly considered to be a classic, and like all classics, it's timeless:  It doesn't require knowledge of some of the current events and personalities of the time like some of the Marx Brothers sketches or Monty Python routines.

[i.imgur.com image 850x551]

                                                                        ¿Que?


He said comedians.
 
2013-04-11 09:38:46 AM

Glenford: Mixolydian Master: dittybopper: notmtwain: Funny? Yes.  Influential? No.

Name ten examples of similar sketches.  I want to know who?  Well, name three. What was their name?  Or two.  I don't know. Do you even have one?

It has never been successfully imitated.

// That's for sure.

A sketch doesn't have to be imitated to be influential.  In fact, comedians try to avoid imitating other comedians.

Either way, though, it's rightly considered to be a classic, and like all classics, it's timeless:  It doesn't require knowledge of some of the current events and personalities of the time like some of the Marx Brothers sketches or Monty Python routines.

[i.imgur.com image 850x551]

                                                                        ¿Que?

He said comedians.


Oh, my bad. ON this tiny phone screen, I thought he said hacks
 
2013-04-11 10:10:39 AM
I always found that particular routine tedious.  Like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVWH01E2weA

GET ON WITH IT!!
 
2013-04-11 10:54:35 AM
Abbott & Costello I've always found bland and way too middle of the road/Middle Americe/middle of your living room to really like -- but this sketch is rightly famous.
 
2013-04-11 11:26:07 AM
What's the name of the band on stage?
 
2013-04-11 11:47:04 AM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: What's the name of the band on stage?


Who.
 
2013-04-11 11:56:34 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: What's the name of the band on stage?

Who.


The name of the band on stage.

/is going to bed soon (day sleeper) and so will likely not respond anytime soon, but is glad that someone sees what he did there
 
2013-04-11 12:09:36 PM

notmtwain: Funny? Yes.  Influential? No.

Name ten examples of similar sketches.  I want to know who?  Well, name three. What was their name?  Or two.  I don't know. Do you even have one?

It has never been successfully imitated.

// That's for sure.


The sitcom "Perfect Strangers" updated a lot of old Abbott and Costello AND Laurel and Hardy routines - there was one episode where they spent the duration trying to push a piano up a flight of stairs - and they covered "Who's on First" with a "Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How" bit.

I always liked that show. Haven't seen it for decades, though, so I don't know how it held up.
 
2013-04-11 12:59:58 PM
In Living Color covered it too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-gpwYvxBfA
 
2013-04-11 01:18:17 PM
Geez, so many haters. It was 75 years ago and laid the foundation for many comedy routines. Stop posting newer videos of the routine. No one did it better than these guys. Sometimes reading the comments ruins the whole farking thing. Maybe just watch it and say thanks.
 
2013-04-11 01:28:56 PM
www.halseyhall.org
 
2013-04-11 01:35:46 PM
www.afterelton.com
 
2013-04-11 02:26:29 PM
In this case it seems a stretch.  Only Chinese people go by the name of Hu.
 
2013-04-11 02:42:14 PM
It would have been funnier if each of these names were actually real ones.  Hu and Wai could be Asians.

Airplane! did this sketch better because all the words are valid names (Roger, Victor, Shirley, Clarence, Oveur).
 
2013-04-11 02:52:36 PM
 
2013-04-11 02:53:06 PM
I don't give a darn.
 
2013-04-11 04:38:52 PM

notmtwain: Do you even have one?


You don't seem to know what influential means, but to satisfy you, here's one of the best imitations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zykLGUqr2CE">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=zykLGUqr2CE
 
2013-04-11 07:51:34 PM

Uzzah: [www.halseyhall.org image 500x490]


Vin Scully: Everybody together.Hu's on first base.
 
2013-04-11 10:06:46 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: What's the name of the band on stage?

Who.


You're doing that owl thing again.

/12 years old and I knew the sketch they were homaging.
//that's a word now
 
2013-04-12 03:31:00 AM
Holy fark... go to the beginning of that, turn on the captions, and set it to automatic English... wow...
 
2013-04-12 08:36:03 AM
The only bit that I like more is Murphy and Goonigoogoo. I've never laughed that hard ever. Gus!
 
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