Abbott and Costello’s band

The Pearls Before Swine from yesterday (October 19th):

Rat and Goat reproduce a famous Abbott and Costello routine, “Who’s on First”, which has baseball players named Who (on first), What (on second), and I Don’t Know (on third). Another version in my posting “Chinese Abbott and Costello” of 3/18/11, with a play on the Chinese names Hu and Xi (the government figures Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping), and then a real-life basball player named Hu (the Taiwanese infielder Hu Chin-Lung, playing in Major League Baseball as Chin-Lung Hu) appears in the posting “Hu on base” of 3/30/14, with a video of the A&C routine. Now: bands (The Who, with drummer Keith Moon and guitarist Pete Townshend) and musicians (Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling Stones; Bob Weir, guitarist for The Grateful Dead; Steve Howe, guitarist for the band Yes; and Steve Winwood, guitarist for the band Traffic). An elaborate riff on the A&C original.

(That’s the cartoonist Stephan Pastis in the last panel, about to be punished for his puns by Rat.)

4 Responses to “Abbott and Costello’s band”

  1. Dennis Preston Says:

    Of course us old-timey standard speakers reject the ‘what-Watt’ and ‘where-Weir’ homophonies.

  2. rehana Says:

    And of course there’s the Animaniacs skit:

    • thnidu Says:

      At one of the Klingon Language Institute’s qep’a’ (conventions), there was a “Who’s on First?” skit in Klingon, using, I think, various positions in the crew.

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