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6th Feb '16 4:42:31 AM Menshevik
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* Traditional clown routines often would work in pairs where one -- typically in whiteface -- would act as straight man to the wilder, more obviously silly other. In circuses, the part of the straight man could also e. g. be taken by the ringmaster.
6th Feb '16 4:24:14 AM JamesAustin
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-> '''Boomstick:''' Wiz, I'm the funny one. Just stick to being boring.//

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-> '''Boomstick:''' Wiz, I'm the funny one. Just stick to being boring.//\\
6th Feb '16 4:23:44 AM JamesAustin
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-> '''Boomstick''': Wiz, I'm the funny one. Just stick to being boring.
->'''Wiz''': Aww....
-->'''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''', Wolverine vs. Raiden

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-> '''Boomstick''': '''Boomstick:''' Wiz, I'm the funny one. Just stick to being boring.
->'''Wiz''':
boring.//
'''Wiz:'''
Aww....
-->'''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''', -->--'''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''', Wolverine vs. RaidenRaiden
1st Feb '16 7:26:14 PM TARINunit9
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--> '''Boomstick''': Wiz, I'm the funny one. Just stick to being boring.
-->'''Wiz''': Aww....

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--> -> '''Boomstick''': Wiz, I'm the funny one. Just stick to being boring.
-->'''Wiz''': ->'''Wiz''': Aww....
20th Jan '16 3:48:31 PM NotOnAnyFlatbread
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** [[TheComicallySerious Castiel]] and Dean also have this dynamic, with [[TheComicallySerious Castiel]] as the straight man...[[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in that Castiel's "straightforward, sane, conventional point of view" is that of an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel]], and frequently quite bizarre from a human point of view.

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** [[TheComicallySerious Castiel]] and Dean also have this dynamic, with [[TheComicallySerious Castiel]] Castiel as the straight man...[[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in that Castiel's "straightforward, sane, conventional point of view" is that of an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel]], angel]] and frequently quite bizarre from a human point of view.view, while Dean's joking represents a more typical human perspective.
20th Jan '16 3:45:17 PM NotOnAnyFlatbread
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%% ZeroContextExample entries are not allowed on wiki pages. All such entries have been commented out. Add context to the entries before uncommenting them.



* Creator/AbbottAndCostello: The classic American comedic duo played off of this almost exclusively.
* Creator/GeorgeBurns and Gracie Allen used a variant: Straight Man And The Ditz.
* Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau: From ''Film/TheFortuneCookie'' to ''GrumpyOldMen''
* Creator/JerryLewis and Music/DeanMartin.

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* Creator/AbbottAndCostello: The classic American comedic duo played off of this almost exclusively.
exclusively, with Abbott serving as the StraightMan to Costello's Wise Guy. Their WhosOnFirst routine is a classic example.
* Creator/GeorgeBurns and Gracie Allen used a variant: Straight Man StraightMan And The Ditz.
*
TheDitz. Interestingly, Gracie Allen was initially the StraightMan in their comedy act...until GeorgeBurns realized her set-up lines got more laughter than the actual jokes. He switched roles with her and spent the next several decades as one of the classic straight men.
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Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau: From ''Film/TheFortuneCookie'' to ''GrumpyOldMen''
* Creator/JerryLewis and Music/DeanMartin.Music/DeanMartin served as the StraightMan to Creator/JerryLewis's Wise Guy in their collaborations.



* ''Mike & Mike in the Morning'': Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on this ESPN Radio show.

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* %%* ''Mike & Mike in the Morning'': Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on this ESPN Radio show.






* Creator/HaroldRamis and Creator/BillMurray in ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' and the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' films.
* Creator/DavidSpade and Creator/ChrisFarley on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and their films ''Film/TommyBoy'' and ''Film/BlackSheep1996''.

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* %%* Creator/HaroldRamis and Creator/BillMurray in ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' and the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' films.
* %%* Creator/DavidSpade and Creator/ChrisFarley on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and their films ''Film/TommyBoy'' and ''Film/BlackSheep1996''.



* ''{{Shrek}}'' - Shrek & Donkey.

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* %%* ''{{Shrek}}'' - Shrek & Donkey.



* ''Dag Sinterklaasje'' (''Sinterklaas Day''): Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet in this Belgian series.

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* %%* ''Dag Sinterklaasje'' (''Sinterklaas Day''): Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet in this Belgian series.



* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Gus and [[PluckyComicRelief Shawn]]! Or Juliet and Shawn. Or Lassiter and [[TheComicallySerious Shawn]]. Or Shawn's father Henry and Shawn. Or pretty much any other character and Shawn.
* ''{{Series/QI}}'' - Stephen Fry & Alan Davies.

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* %%* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Gus and [[PluckyComicRelief Shawn]]! Or Juliet and Shawn. Or Lassiter and [[TheComicallySerious Shawn]]. Or Shawn's father Henry and Shawn. Or pretty much any other character and Shawn.
* %%* ''{{Series/QI}}'' - Stephen Fry & Alan Davies.



** [[TheComicallySerious Castiel]] and Dean also have this dynamic.

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** [[TheComicallySerious Castiel]] and Dean also have this dynamic.dynamic, with [[TheComicallySerious Castiel]] as the straight man...[[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in that Castiel's "straightforward, sane, conventional point of view" is that of an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel]], and frequently quite bizarre from a human point of view.



* ''Series/KenanAndKel''

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* %%* ''Series/KenanAndKel''



* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Most of these games have at least one pair:
** ''Mystery of the Emblem'': Julian and Ricardo
** ''Genealogy of the Holy War'': Jamuka and Deu
** ''The Blazing Sword'': Kent and Sain, Dorcas and Bartre
** ''The Sacred Stones'': Kyle and Forde

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* %%* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** %%** Most of these games have at least one pair:
** %%** ''Mystery of the Emblem'': Julian and Ricardo
** %%** ''Genealogy of the Holy War'': Jamuka and Deu
** %%** ''The Blazing Sword'': Kent and Sain, Dorcas and Bartre
** %%** ''The Sacred Stones'': Kyle and Forde



* In the PTA episodes of ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Veronica & Mrs. Zales, Darren & Cameron, Pamela & Trish (''especially'' the last one).
* ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'': Paul and Carl.

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* %%* In the PTA episodes of ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Veronica & Mrs. Zales, Darren & Cameron, Pamela & Trish (''especially'' the last one).
* %%* ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'': Paul and Carl.



* ''WebComic/DubiousCompany'': Walter is the Costello to Tiren's Abbott. Also occasionally, Mary and Leeroy are the wise guys to Sue and Sal respectively:

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* ''WebComic/DubiousCompany'': Walter is the Costello Wise Guy to Tiren's Abbott.Straight Man. Also occasionally, Mary and Leeroy are the wise guys to Sue and Sal respectively:



* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': Piro and Largo, initially.

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* %%* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': Piro and Largo, initially.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'': Brothers Henry and Stanley (though Henry is often a DeadpanSnarker and gets some funny lines).

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* %%* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'': Brothers Henry and Stanley (though Henry is often a DeadpanSnarker and gets some funny lines).



10th Jan '16 11:57:37 AM Fourze99
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-->WebAnimation/DeathBattle, Wolverine vs. Raiden

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-->WebAnimation/DeathBattle, -->'''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''', Wolverine vs. Raiden
10th Jan '16 11:57:20 AM Fourze99
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'''Wiz''': Aww....
WebAnimation/DeathBattle, Wolverine vs. Raiden

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'''Wiz''': -->'''Wiz''': Aww....
WebAnimation/DeathBattle, -->WebAnimation/DeathBattle, Wolverine vs. Raiden
10th Jan '16 11:56:58 AM Fourze99
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--> '''Boomstick''': Wiz, I'm the funny one. Just stick to being boring.
'''Wiz''': Aww....
WebAnimation/DeathBattle, Wolverine vs. Raiden
4th Dec '15 6:20:58 PM MarchVee
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* ''The Mark & Brian Radio Program'':
** Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps often had this dynamic during the twenty-five year run of this show, with Mark as the Straight Man & Brian as the Wise Guy. Often during sketches it's Brian who would perform whatever outlandish character they needed while Mark interviewed him [[{{Corpsing}} and tried to keep a straight face]].
** When Mark retired from radio, Brian also left their radio station and joined with longtime friend Jill Whelan to produce ''Podcast/TheBrianAndJillShow.'' However, as self-described "Comedy Soul Mates", Brian & Jill are often both wise guys and rely on staff members Donnie and Kathy to provide the Straight Men.
* MarxBrothers: In the movies, Groucho was always the Wise Guy; whoever he was talking to (except for Chico) would be his Straight Man (or in Margaret Dumont's case, Straight Woman).
* ''Mike & Mike in the Morning'': Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on this ESPN Radio show.
* ''Creator/MorecambeAndWise'': Morecambe (Wise guy) and Wise (Straight man). However, they are often cited as a SubvertedTrope in their later (and funniest) years--one description was "Ernie Wise is a wise guy who isn't funny, Eric Morecambe is a straight man who is".









[[AC:Podcasts]]
* ''NitroGameInjection'': [=KyleJCrb=] is the StraightMan to Liontamer's Wise Guy in this video game music podcast.




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* ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'': Lorenzo (Straight Man) and Launcelot (Wise Guy).




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* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'':The straightlaced Tycho and TheDitz Gabe.



* ''The Mark & Brian Radio Program'':
** Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps often had this dynamic during the twenty-five year run of this show, with Mark as the Straight Man & Brian as the Wise Guy. Often during sketches it's Brian who would perform whatever outlandish character they needed while Mark interviewed him [[{{Corpsing}} and tried to keep a straight face]].
** When Mark retired from radio, Brian also left their radio station and joined with longtime friend Jill Whelan to produce ''Podcast/TheBrianAndJillShow.'' However, as self-described "Comedy Soul Mates", Brian & Jill are often both wise guys and rely on staff members Donnie and Kathy to provide the Straight Men.
* MarxBrothers: In the movies, Groucho was always the Wise Guy; whoever he was talking to (except for Chico) would be his Straight Man (or in Margaret Dumont's case, Straight Woman).
* ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'': Lorenzo (Straight Man) and Launcelot (Wise Guy).
* ''Mike & Mike in the Morning'': Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on this ESPN Radio show.
* ''Creator/MorecambeAndWise'': Morecambe (Wise guy) and Wise (Straight man). However, they are often cited as a SubvertedTrope in their later (and funniest) years--one description was "Ernie Wise is a wise guy who isn't funny, Eric Morecambe is a straight man who is".




* ''NitroGameInjection'': [=KyleJCrb=] is the StraightMan to Liontamer's Wise Guy in this video game music podcast.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'':The straightlaced Tycho and TheDitz Gabe.







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