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  • Captain Cold Nose
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    Originally posted by RichmondHillPhoenix
    From this quote, I take it that Costello is a player, as Abbott says to him:
    Costello is new to the team, and as long as Costello remains on the team Abbott will be coaching. Somehow (even though they are both new to the team), Abbott knows all of the player's names, but Costello doesn't know any of them.

    It kind of makes sense, and I guess that they had trouble setting up the skit. Really, it doesn't matter much since the skit is so funny.
    They did that skit for years and years and years, it well predates the movies.
    It's, uh, Bucky Harris.
    I just heard that version this past weekend, and couldn't help but think how fast they went through it. They probably could do it in their sleep. In a TV movie a few years ago based on Costello's biography written by his daughter, Costello was performing a very similar skit with another comic when Abbott met him.

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  • Richmond Hill Phoenix
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    Abbott: Well Costello, I'm going to New York with you. You know Bookie Harris, the Yankee's manager, gave me a job as coach for as long as you're on the team.

    Costello: Look Abbott, if you're the coach, you must know all the players.

    Abbott: I certainly do.

    Costello: Well you know I've never met the guys. So you'll have to tell me their names, and then I'll know who's playing on the team.
    From this quote, I take it that Costello is a player, as Abbott says to him:
    "the Yankee's manager, gave me a job as coach for as long as you're on the team".
    Costello is new to the team, and as long as Costello remains on the team Abbott will be coaching. Somehow (even though they are both new to the team), Abbott knows all of the player's names, but Costello doesn't know any of them.

    It kind of makes sense, and I guess that they had trouble setting up the skit. Really, it doesn't matter much since the skit is so funny.

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  • Captain Cold Nose
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    Originally posted by Dravecky43
    Ok, good point. Or maybe Costello's just a lowly benchwarmer? h

    Wish those guys were still around. Now one of my "eternally haunting" questions will be "What position does Costello play?"
    Costello does mention he's a good catcher, to which Abbott agrees. He's not actually part of the Wolves, or whatever the team is called in whichever version. In the film version, The Naughty Nineties, Costello is not wearing a uniform.
    If he was the rightfielder, why do you think he doesn't know the names of his teammates. Lou just didn't ask about the RF.

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  • Dravecky43
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    Originally posted by RichmondHillPhoenix
    I think he means that in a hypothetical sense. Because the Pitcher and catcher are named "Today" and "Tomorrow". I think he is the rightfielder, because (in the video I've seen) he's wearing a jersey and wielding a bat. It makes sense to me...
    Ok, good point. Or maybe Costello's just a lowly benchwarmer? h

    Wish those guys were still around. Now one of my "eternally haunting" questions will be "What position does Costello play?"

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  • Richmond Hill Phoenix
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    You know, I think Costello is actually a catcher. He does say, "If I'm catching..."
    I think he means that in a hypothetical sense. Because the Pitcher and catcher are named "Today" and "Tomorrow". I think he is the rightfielder, because (in the video I've seen) he's wearing a jersey and wielding a bat. It makes sense to me...

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  • Dravecky43
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    Originally posted by DTF955
    BTW, we never hear a rightfielder's name - I guess Costello's supposed to be playing RF, though, from what I gather.

    Anyone else do any Abbott and Costello type stuff?
    You know, I think Costello is actually a catcher. He does say, "If I'm catching..."

    But I have actually performed the routine. It was my senior year of high school a few years ago, and I was in the Advanced Theatre class. We put on a comedy show late in the school year, and and friend and I performed Who's on First. It was pretty fun. The audience liked it, so that's always good.

    And for a while I had the video of Abbott and Costello doing it on my Myspace. One of my friends said she was in her room cracking up watching that and her family had to come in and see if anything was wrong!

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  • Richmond Hill Phoenix
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    Here is a version that is dubbed over clips from the Mac vs. PC adds. Pretty good as well.

    YouTube Mac vs/ PC Who's on First?

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  • Richmond Hill Phoenix
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    That would have been awesome. Here is a little taste of what that might have been like:

    Video of: Abbot & Costello - "Who's on First?"
    Last edited by Richmond Hill Phoenix; 09-17-2006, 02:38 PM.

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  • KHenry14
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    Just as sort of a fun fact, my mother-in-law happened to be good friends with Lou Costello's daughter, and she had the rare priviledge of seeing Lou and Bud perform "Who's on First" live at a small party more than once. She says it was easily the funniest thing she's ever seen performed and it was all the better because it was live.

    Imagine being there for that!!

    KH14

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  • Perseas
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    Computer Salesman

    Nothing to do with baseball but this is a similar routine based on the "whose on first" sketch.

    ABBOTT: Ultimate SuperDuper Computer Store. Can I help you?

    COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up a home office in the den, and I'm thinking
    of buying a computer.

    ABBOTT: Mac?

    COSTELLO: No, the name is Lou.

    ABBOTT: Your computer?

    COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.

    ABBOTT: Mac?

    COSTELLO: I told you, my name is Lou.

    ABBOTT: What about Windows?

    COSTELLO: Why? Does it get stuffy?

    ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

    COSTELLO: I don't know. What do I see when I look out the windows?

    ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

    COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

    ABBOTT: Software that runs on Windows?

    COSTELLO: No, on the computer! I need something I can use to write
    proposals, track expenses. You know, run a business. What have you got?

    ABBOTT: Office.

    COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

    ABBOTT: I just did.

    COSTELLO: You just did what?

    ABBOTT: Recommended something.

    COSTELLO: You recommended something?

    ABBOTT: Yes.

    COSTELLO: For my office?

    ABBOTT: Yes.

    COSTELLO: Okay, what did you recommend for my office?

    ABBOTT: Office.

    COSTELLO: Yes, for my office.

    ABBOTT: Office for Windows.

    COSTELLO: I already have an office and it already has windows! Let's say I'm
    sitting at my computer, and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?

    ABBOTT: Word.

    COSTELLO: If I'm writing a proposal, I'm going to need lots of words. But
    what program do I load?

    ABBOTT: Word.

    COSTELLO: What word?

    ABBOTT: The Word in Office.

    COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

    ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

    COSTELLO: Which word in "office for windows?"

    ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue W.

    COSTELLO: I'm going to click your big W if you don't give me a straight
    answer. Let's forget about words for a minute. What do I need if I want to
    watch a movie over the Internet?

    ABBOTT: RealOne.

    COSTELLO: Maybe a real movie, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of your
    business. But what do I need to watch it?

    ABBOTT: RealOne.

    COSTELLO: If it's a long movie I'll also want to watch reels two, three and
    four. Can I watch reel four?

    ABBOTT: Of course.

    COSTELLO: Great! With what?

    ABBOTT: RealOne.

    COSTELLO: Okay, so I'm sitting at my computer and I want to watch a movie.
    What do I do?

    ABBOTT: You click the blue 1.

    COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?

    ABBOTT: The blue 1.

    COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue W?

    ABBOTT: Of course it is. The blue 1 is RealOne. The blue W is Word.

    COSTELLO: What word?

    ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

    COSTELLO: But there's three words in "office for windows!"

    ABBOTT: No, just one. But it's the most popular Word in the world.

    COSTELLO: It is?

    ABBOTT: Yes, although to be fair there aren't many other Words left. It
    pretty much wiped out all the other Words.

    COSTELLO: And that word is the real one?

    ABBOTT: No. RealOne has nothing to do with Word. RealOne isn't even part of
    Office.

    COSTELLO: Never mind; I don't want to get started with that again. But I
    also need something for bank accounts, loans, and so on. What do you have to
    help me track my money?

    ABBOTT: Money.

    COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?

    ABBOTT: Money.

    COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

    ABBOTT: No, not really. It comes bundled with your computer.

    COSTELLO: What comes bundled with my computer?

    ABBOTT: Money.

    COSTELLO: Money comes bundled with my computer?

    ABBOTT: Exactly. No extra charge.

    COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer at no extra charge? How
    much money do I get?

    ABBOTT: Just one copy.

    COSTELLO: I get a copy of money. Isn't that illegal?> ABBOTT: No. We have a
    license from Microsoft to make copies of Money.

    COSTELLO: Microsoft can license you to make money?

    ABBOTT: Why not? They own it.

    COSTELLO: Well, it's great that I'm going to get free money, but I'll still
    need to track it. Do you have anything for managing your money?

    ABBOTT: Managing Your Money? That program disappeared years ago.

    COSTELLO: Well, what do you sell in its place?

    ABBOTT: Money.

    COSTELLO: You sell money?

    ABBOTT: Of course. But if you buy a computer from us, you get it for free.

    COSTELLO: That's all very wonderful, but I'll be running a business. Do you
    have any software for, you know, accounting?

    ABBOTT: Simply Accounting.

    COSTELLO: Probably, but it might get a little complicated.

    ABBOTT: If you don't want Simply Accounting, you might try M.Y.O.B.

    COSTELLO: M.Y.O.B.? What does that stand for?

    ABBOTT: Mind Your Own Business.

    COSTELLO: I beg your pardon?

    ABBOTT: No, that would be I.B.Y.P. I said M.Y.O.B.

    COSTELLO: Look, I just need to do some accounting for my home business. You
    know--accounting? You do it with money.

    ABBOTT: Of course you can do accounting with Money. But you may need more.

    COSTELLO: More money?

    ABBOTT: More than Money. Money can't do everything.

    COSTELLO: I don't need a sermon! Okay, let's forget about money for the
    moment. I'm worried that my computer might...what's the word? Crash. And if
    my computer crashes, what can I use to restore my data?

    ABBOTT: GoBack.

    COSTELLO: Okay. I'm worried about my computer smashing and I need something
    to restore my data. What do you recommend?

    ABBOTT: GoBack.

    COSTELLO: How many times do I have to repeat myself?

    ABBOTT: I've never asked you to repeat yourself. All I said was GoBack.

    COSTELLO: How can I go back if I haven't even been anywhere? Okay, I'll go
    back. What do I need to write a proposal?

    ABBOTT: Word.

    COSTELLO: But I'll need lots of words to write a proposal.

    ABBOTT: No, you only need one Word-the Word in Office for Windows.

    COSTELLO: But there's three words in...Oh, never mind.

    ABBOTT: Hello? Hello? Customers! Why do they always hang up on me? Oh, well.
    Ultimate SuperDuper Computer Store. Can I help you?

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  • westsidegrounds
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    Originally posted by Ursa Major
    Guess Who,


    That's it!

    If only one of the players in the A&C routine had been named Guess ...

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  • nmgirl98
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    Oh Man!!!11

    Originally posted by Ursa Major
    I'm sorry. I simply can't resist. There's a video version of part of this routine and, well, the voices are Abbot & Costello but the faces are... would you believe, Yoda and JarJar? Check it out here for yourselves; it's worth the 8MB download if you've got broadband. And, I think George Lucas will forgive me, as he's promoting all things Star Wars this week.
    That was absolutely worth the download. OMG - too funny! Just wish it was longer!

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  • Ursa Major
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    You're very close ont the rock festival parody. It was Who, Guess Who, and Yes, and almost as clever as the original. Nout sure which comedy group did it, but it was featured on the 1977 movie Cracking Up. Wish I could find an audio clip.

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  • westsidegrounds
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    There was one a long time ago with rock bands, I think the premise was somebody putting a festival together, featuring the Who, Yes, It's a Beautiful Day ... you get the idea ...

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  • DTF955
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    I always love this one, too; and it's been parodied so many times. Remember the Sporting News column w/the battle Ready and the pitcher Dunne? I think it was 1987. And I've done a few things like this - like a parody of "Waiting for Godot" for school (we had to do a project on one thing in AP English each semester) which became a one-person play titled "Abbott and Costello Wait for DontKnow." (And of course, Pozo becomes Bozo, and other silly stuff ensues.) But, the original is still the best.

    BTW, we never hear a rightfielder's name - I gues Costello's supposed to be playing RF, though, from what I gather.

    Anyone else do any Abbott and Costello type stuff? Even a couple decades later, they're still my favorite comediaans, I think. Actually, I had an actual incident /wa friend in college who walked in just as I was finishing talkign with our mutual friend Humayun, who we called "Hoom..." I'm sure you get the picture.
    Last edited by DTF955; 05-13-2005, 10:23 AM.

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