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Hu's on First - an update of the classic Abbott and Costello routine, using names of (real) modern baseball players. posted by LobsterMitten (24 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
My first thought on reading this was "This is SWEET." My second thought was "No, Sweet's the doctor from Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire."
posted by radwolf76 at 11:09 PM on February 15, 2012 [5 favorites]


STANDING OVATION!! (with Bud & Lou spinning in their grave)

I'm just relieved they avoided that former Angels/A's pictcher... you know, Colon. Because that would've been assholish.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:24 PM on February 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Coco Crisp! Best ballplayer's name ever! This is really well done. Thank you.
posted by Anitanola at 11:36 PM on February 15, 2012


My all-time favorite ballplayer name is Milton Bradley. Because he's game.
posted by evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight at 11:40 PM on February 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


You can play this game with the Obama cabinet as well.

"Okay now choose the head of the Department of Energy."
posted by chrchr at 12:10 AM on February 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


Well, at least it avoided an Ugly Dickshot.
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:20 AM on February 16, 2012


The rock band version
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:38 AM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


You can play this game with the Obama cabinet as well.

"Okay now choose the head of the Department of Energy."


Gesundheit.
posted by radwolf76 at 1:08 AM on February 16, 2012


Actually, the first 'rock band' version was done by LA Radio comedy group The Credibility Gap (mp3 file), featuring Harry "Mr. Burns" Shearer and David L. "Squiggy" Lander.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:52 AM on February 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is possibly the best "Who's on First" pastiche I've ever seen. He really captured Bud and Lou's voices.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:52 AM on February 16, 2012


Yeah, that was really, REALLY good. It made me want to stage a reading of it in my living room this weekend.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 4:02 AM on February 16, 2012


That's not nearly as funny in print.
posted by oddman at 4:55 AM on February 16, 2012


Actually, the first 'rock band' version was done by LA Radio comedy group The Credibility Gap (mp3 file), featuring Harry "Mr. Burns" Shearer and David L. "Squiggy" Lander.

I am not sure when that dates from, but I remember Tommy and Nicholas doing it on "Eight Is Enough" circa 1978; perhaps this episode? Surprisingly I can't find it online.

Has anyone done a version with Chinese leaders, starting with Hu and Wen?
posted by TedW at 6:29 AM on February 16, 2012


How I Met Your Mother version about NYC bars (starts at :25, link should jump you to there)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:59 AM on February 16, 2012


Everyone's heard the first couple of sentences of the original routine, and so they're jaded to it. The joke's so stale, it's hacked up and served as croutons.

I advise you to listen to it, all the way through. Even if the joke is old and really contrived, the timing and the interplay between Abbot and Costello is enough to send you out of your chair laughing... especially as they go deeper into the sketch, which you likely haven't heard before. They keep it going and going.

This, using real ballplayer names, is amazing. It is completely in the spirit of the original, and I can totally hear Abbott and Costello running those lines when I read it.

Bravo!
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:03 AM on February 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


Slovin and Allen's version is also pretty hilarious, I think.
posted by cottoncandybeard at 7:21 AM on February 16, 2012


I don't know if I'd go as far as to call Chin-Lung Hu a "real baseball player." but this is great.

Milton Bradley. Because he's game.

I used to love it so much whenever Bradley played the Mets, back when Gary Cohen was still doing radio. I swear he came up with a half-dozen new terrible puns on his name and just stored them away in case of a blowout game: "and Milton Bradley scrabbles for the ball…" "it's just another turn in the game of life for Milton Bradley…"
posted by RogerB at 7:32 AM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Don't forget about McGuillicutty & Green!
posted by ericbop at 7:46 AM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


What Faint of Butt said. Frickin' brilliant!
posted by Mike D at 9:00 AM on February 16, 2012


Since the Animaniacs at Woodstock has already been cited, I'll offer this bit of history.

Jimmy Carter was the first US president generally identified as a 'southerner' since reconstruction, a fact of some moment at the time. Carter's running mate Walter F. Mondale had acquired the nickname "Fritz" as a child.

The press dubbed the ticket "Grits and Fritz".

Among President-elect Carter's first few appointees happened to be Cyrus Vance and Burt Lance.

I recall (and just rediscovered: thanks, Interwebz!) a contemporaneous political cartoon in the papers, showing Carter on the phone with the caption:
"A cabinet post? Not a chance, Glockenspiel."
 
posted by Herodios at 9:05 AM on February 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


The rock band version

I expected more from Animaniacs. It's The Who, and the joke could have carried with the actual name of the band. /rockpedant
posted by cmoj at 9:09 AM on February 16, 2012


Has anyone done a version with Chinese leaders, starting with Hu and Wen?

C: it says here Hu is president of China.

A: Who is?

C: Hu.

A: I don't know, but they say Xi is awaiting his chance.

C: Don't you mean her chance?

A: Not sure. Let's Ping our contact in Beijing and ask.

C: Ping is our contact?

A: No, Wu is our contact.

C: "No woo"?

A: No, no, no!

C: I thought No was in Korea.

A: That's Roh.

C: Oh.

Both: Japan!

A: Now you're making sense.

C: I don't even know what I'm talking about!

C: OK, so we contact "Ping No". . .

A: No, we contact Wu.

C: Wu who?

A: Don't get excited!

C: I'm not excited! You know how many Wu's there are in the Beijing phone book?

A: No.

Both: Korea!

C: OK, so when we call this guy. . .

A: We're not going to call Wen!

C: I didn't say when.

A: You just did.

C: When?

A: There, you said it again!

[. . . ]
 
posted by Herodios at 9:49 AM on February 16, 2012 [7 favorites]


Has anyone done a version with Chinese leaders, starting with Hu and Wen?

Yep.
posted by kirkaracha at 10:03 AM on February 16, 2012


No no no, Tino martinez is on first (starts at 1:15).
posted by Somn at 2:39 AM on February 17, 2012


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