History Main / WhosOnFirst

2nd Dec '16 9:10:30 PM dotchan
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* In 1939, King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth (a.k.a. in later life as the Queen Mother) were visiting Canada on a Royal Tour. On a stop in Winnipeg, they were greeted by the Canadian Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, and the Mayor of Winnipeg, John Queen, as well as Mrs. Queen (King was a lifelong bachelor). Needless to say, with the radio announcer talking about the King, the Queen, King, Queen, and Mrs. Queen, things got slightly confused. Excerpts from [[http://www.canada.com/national/features/royalvisit/story.html?id=F71438DE-6D68-443C-AAAD-3A1FDDEB9621 an unofficial transcript]] (no known recording survives):

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* In 1939, King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth (a.k.a. in later life as the Queen Mother) were visiting Canada on a Royal Tour. On a stop in Winnipeg, they were greeted by the Canadian Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, and the Mayor of Winnipeg, John Queen, as well as Mrs. Queen (King was a lifelong bachelor). Needless to say, with the radio announcer talking about the King, the Queen, King, Queen, and Mrs. Queen, things got slightly confused. Excerpts from [[http://www.canada.com/national/features/royalvisit/story.html?id=F71438DE-6D68-443C-AAAD-3A1FDDEB9621 from an [[https://books.google.com/books?id=X2puS4geXhcC&pg=PA85&lpg=PA85&dq=And+now+the+King+and+Mr.+Quing,+I+mean,+Mr.+Keen+and+the+Quing.&source=bl&ots=hDKUJU_9ej&sig=DxnKw5IwOV2QVuWrqzJuItn8-PI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiIqID9oNfQAhWD7SYKHfLnCFAQ6AEIGzAA#v=onepage&q=And%20now%20the%20King%20and%20Mr.%20Quing%2C%20I%20mean%2C%20Mr.%20Keen%20and%20the%20Quing.&f=false unofficial transcript]] (no known recording survives):
2nd Dec '16 8:32:41 PM dotchan
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'''A:''' Alaska.\\

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'''A:''' Alaska.\\[[note]]I'll ask her.[[/note]]\\
26th Nov '16 10:10:19 PM N1KF
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* When Nintendo announced that the enhanced version of their 3DS would be called the "New 3DS", the gaming world erupted with jokes about the confusion this might cause, especially if you asked at a gaming shop for a "used New 3DS".

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* When Nintendo Creator/{{Nintendo}} announced that the enhanced version of their 3DS UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS would be called the "New 3DS", the gaming world erupted with jokes about the confusion this might cause, especially if you asked at a gaming shop for a "used New 3DS".
25th Nov '16 6:58:48 PM dotchan
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* In ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'', you meet a band of pirate penguins who ask you "What be the password?". And the password is? "[[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish What]]", of course! If you use that as your guess, the penguins are ready to accept you as one of their own until the captain points out that you're rather obviously not a penguin.
25th Nov '16 6:55:23 PM dotchan
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** Then in later seasons, the main enemy was named "Baal". Who cloned himself repeatedly. Then they had to go capture all the Baals.

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** Then in later seasons, the main enemy was named "Baal"."Baal" (which the characters pronounced identical to the word "ball"). Who cloned himself repeatedly. Then they had to go capture all the Baals.
24th Nov '16 4:30:36 AM ZanderSchubert
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** One popular mod "Crazy Talk" goes further, into outright trolling. The following are all valid things that can appear on the Crazy Talk's module screen: a left arrow, "Left Arrow", "An Actual Left Arrow", "An Actual Left Arrow Literal Phrase", "After I Say Beep Find This Phrase Word For Word Beep An Actual Left Arrow", "Left", "The Word Left", "The Phrase The Word Left", "Left Arrow Symbol", a phrase which is "Left Arrow Symbol" spelt out in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, and a phrase which is "Left Arrow Symbol" spelt out in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet except that "Whiskey" is replaced with "Risky". Also valid are "The Punctuation Fullstop", "Three Words The Punctuation Fullstop", "Five Words Three Words The Punctuation Fullstop", and "Seven Words Five Words Three Words The Punctuation Fullstop".
20th Nov '16 8:18:58 AM Hjortron18
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* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'':
-->'''Gary King:''' I don't even know what a pronoun is.\\
'''Oliver:''' Well, it's a word that can function by itself as a noun which refers to something else in the discourse.\\
'''Gary King:''' I don't get it.\\
'''Andrew Knightley:''' You just used one.\\
'''Gary King:''' Did I?\\
'''Andrew Knightley:''' "It" it's a pronoun.\\
'''Gary King:''' What is?\\
'''Andrew Knightley:''' It!\\
'''Gary King:''' Is it?\\
'''Andrew Knightley:''' Christ!
15th Nov '16 5:37:55 PM Redaka
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'''Nostalgia Critic:'' Whoa, whoa, we're gonna hear Mario's last name? Dude, we've never heard Mario's last name before! This ought to be interesting! Cool, alright, so what's Mario's last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Yeah, now what's your last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario.\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' No, what's your last name?\\
'''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' No, OK... What's your first name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario.\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Alright, now what's your last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Fuck you. [turns to Luigi] What's your first name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' And what's your last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Shut up! What's your last name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Those are both first names! What's your last name?\\
'''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' SHUT IT! What's your full name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Those are both first- OK, what's your first name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' And what's your last name?\\
'''Mario:'' Mario!\\
'''Nostalgia Critic:'' SHUT THE FUCK-! What's your full name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' [[LampshadeHanging What is this, an Abbott and Costello routine?]]\\
''Luigi:'' It's Mario Mario, and Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Are you fucking kidding me?! They couldn't come up with last names so they just used their first names again? That's like something a kid writes down when he doesn't know the answer on a test!\\

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'''Nostalgia Critic:'' -->'''NC''': Whoa, whoa, we're gonna hear Mario's last name? Dude, we've never heard Mario's last name before! This ought to be interesting! Cool, alright, so what's Mario's last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
name?
-->'''Mario''': Mario!
-->'''NC''':
Yeah, now what's your last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario.\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
name?
-->'''Mario''': Mario.
-->'''NC''':
No, what's your last name?\\
'''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
name?
-->'''Mario''': Mario!
-->'''NC''':
No, OK... What's your first name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario.\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
name?
-->'''Mario''': Mario.
-->'''NC''':
Alright, now what's your last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
name?
-->'''Mario''': Mario!
-->'''NC''':
Fuck you. [turns to Luigi] What's your first name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
name?
-->'''Luigi''': Luigi!
-->'''NC''':
And what's your last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
name?
-->'''Mario''': Mario!
-->'''NC''':
Shut up! What's your last name?\\
''Luigi:''
name?
-->'''Luigi''':
Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
Mario!
-->'''NC''':
Those are both first names! What's your last name?\\
'''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
name?
-->'''Mario''': Mario!
-->'''NC''':
SHUT IT! What's your full name?\\
''Luigi:''
name?
-->'''Luigi''':
Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
Mario!
-->'''NC''':
Those are both first- OK, what's your first name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
name?
-->'''Luigi''': Luigi!
-->'''NC''':
And what's your last name?\\
'''Mario:'' Mario!\\
'''Nostalgia Critic:''
name?
-->'''Mario''': Mario!
-->'''NC''':
SHUT THE FUCK-! What's your full name?\\
''Luigi:''
name?
-->'''Luigi''':
Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
Mario!
-->'''NC''':
[[LampshadeHanging What is this, an Abbott and Costello routine?]]\\
''Luigi:''
routine?]]
-->'''Luigi''':
It's Mario Mario, and Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:''
Mario!
-->'''NC''':
Are you fucking kidding me?! They couldn't come up with last names so they just used their first names again? That's like something a kid writes down when he doesn't know the answer on a test!\\test!
15th Nov '16 5:33:41 PM Redaka
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* The NostalgiaCritic employed one of these during his review of [[Film/SuperMarioBros The Super Mario Bros Film]]
'''Nostalgia Critic:'' Whoa, whoa, we're gonna hear Mario's last name? Dude, we've never heard Mario's last name before! This ought to be interesting! Cool, alright, so what's Mario's last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Yeah, now what's your last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario.\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' No, what's your last name?\\
'''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' No, OK... What's your first name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario.\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Alright, now what's your last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Fuck you. [turns to Luigi] What's your first name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' And what's your last name?\\
''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Shut up! What's your last name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Those are both first names! What's your last name?\\
'''Mario:'' Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' SHUT IT! What's your full name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Those are both first- OK, what's your first name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' And what's your last name?\\
'''Mario:'' Mario!\\
'''Nostalgia Critic:'' SHUT THE FUCK-! What's your full name?\\
''Luigi:'' Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' [[LampshadeHanging What is this, an Abbott and Costello routine?]]\\
''Luigi:'' It's Mario Mario, and Luigi Mario!\\
''Nostalgia Critic:'' Are you fucking kidding me?! They couldn't come up with last names so they just used their first names again? That's like something a kid writes down when he doesn't know the answer on a test!\\
13th Nov '16 5:18:28 PM StFan
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-->'''Yao:''' Can I write a check?
-->'''Cashier:''' ''(gestures at an "absolutely no checks" sign behind her)'' Yo!
-->'''Yao:''' Yao.
-->'''Cashier:''' ''(points at sign again)'' Yo!
-->'''Yao:''' ''(points at "Yao" insignia on his shirt)'' Yao!
-->'''Cashier:''' ''(waves store manager over)'' Yo!
-->'''Manager:''' Yo.
-->'''Yao:''' Can I write a check?
-->'''Manager:''' ''(points at sign)'' Yo!
-->'''Yao:''' Yao!
-->'''Manager:''' Yo!
-->'''Other customer:''' ''(recognizing Ming)'' You!
-->'''Yao:''' Yao!
-->'''Customer:''' You!
-->'''Yao:''' Yao!
-->'''Store owner:''' ''(to Ming)'' Yo!
-->'''Yao:''' Can I write a check?
-->'''Owner:''' ''(points at sign)'' Yo!
-->''Yao finally gives up and walks out as the voiceover guy gives the usual spiel about how Visa check cards are accepted almost everywhere. As he leaves, we see a new customer'' (who happens to be baseball great Yogi Berra) ''enter the store.''
-->'''Berra:''' Can I write a check?
-->'''Cashier:''' Yo!
-->'''Berra:''' Gi. Yo-gi!

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-->'''Yao:''' Can I write a check?
-->'''Cashier:''' ''(gestures
check?\\
'''Cashier:''' ''[gestures
at an "absolutely no checks" sign behind her)'' Yo!
-->'''Yao:''' Yao.
-->'''Cashier:''' ''(points
her]'' Yo!\\
'''Yao:''' Yao.\\
'''Cashier:''' ''[points
at sign again)'' Yo!
-->'''Yao:''' ''(points
again]'' Yo!\\
'''Yao:''' ''[points
at "Yao" insignia on his shirt)'' Yao!
-->'''Cashier:''' ''(waves
shirt]'' Yao!\\
'''Cashier:''' ''[waves
store manager over)'' Yo!
-->'''Manager:''' Yo.
-->'''Yao:'''
over]'' Yo!\\
'''Manager:''' Yo.\\
'''Yao:'''
Can I write a check?
-->'''Manager:''' ''(points
check?\\
'''Manager:''' ''[points
at sign)'' Yo!
-->'''Yao:''' Yao!
-->'''Manager:''' Yo!
-->'''Other
sign]'' Yo!\\
'''Yao:''' Yao!\\
'''Manager:''' Yo!\\
'''Other
customer:''' ''(recognizing Ming)'' You!
-->'''Yao:''' Yao!
-->'''Customer:''' You!
-->'''Yao:''' Yao!
-->'''Store
''[recognizing Ming]'' You!\\
'''Yao:''' Yao!\\
'''Customer:''' You!\\
'''Yao:''' Yao!\\
'''Store
owner:''' ''(to Ming)'' Yo!
-->'''Yao:'''
''[to Ming]'' Yo!\\
'''Yao:'''
Can I write a check?
-->'''Owner:''' ''(points
check?\\
'''Owner:''' ''[points
at sign)'' Yo!
-->''Yao
sign]'' Yo!\\
''[Yao
finally gives up and walks out as the voiceover guy gives the usual spiel about how Visa check cards are accepted almost everywhere. As everywhere; as he leaves, we see a new customer'' (who happens to be baseball great Yogi Berra) ''enter the store.''
-->'''Berra:'''
store]''\\
'''Berra:'''
Can I write a check?
-->'''Cashier:''' Yo!
-->'''Berra:'''
check?\\
'''Cashier:''' Yo!\\
'''Berra:'''
Gi. Yo-gi!



-->'''Cheech:''' ''(knocks on door)''
--> '''Chong:''' Who is it?
--> '''Cheech:''' ''(whispering)'' It's me, Dave, open up, man, I got the stuff. ''(long pause, knocks again)''
--> '''Chong:''' Who is it?
--> '''Cheech:''' ''(whispering)'' It's me, Dave, man, open up, I got the stuff.
--> '''Chong:''' Who?
--> '''Cheech:''' ''(whispering)'' It's Dave, man, open up! I think the cops saw me coming here! ''(another long pause, knocks again)''
--> '''Chong:''' Who is it?
--> '''Cheech:''' ''(whispering louder)'' It's Dave, man, open up, I got the stuff with me!
--> '''Chong:''' Who?
--> '''Cheech:''' Dave, man, open up!
--> '''Chong:''' Dave?
--> '''Cheech:''' Yeah, Dave! C'mon man, open up, I think the cops saw me.
--> '''Chong:''' Dave's not here!
** ...And it just devolves from there.

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-->'''Cheech:''' ''(knocks ''[knocks on door)''
-->
door]''\\
'''Chong:''' Who is it?
-->
it?\\
'''Cheech:''' ''(whispering)'' ''[whispering]'' It's me, Dave, open up, man, I got the stuff. ''(long ''[long pause, knocks again)''
-->
again]''\\
'''Chong:''' Who is it?
-->
it?\\
'''Cheech:''' ''(whispering)'' ''[whispering]'' It's me, Dave, man, open up, I got the stuff.
-->
stuff.\\
'''Chong:''' Who?
-->
Who?\\
'''Cheech:''' ''(whispering)'' ''[whispering]'' It's Dave, man, open up! I think the cops saw me coming here! ''(another ''[another long pause, knocks again)''
-->
again]''\\
'''Chong:''' Who is it?
-->
it?\\
'''Cheech:''' ''(whispering louder)'' ''[whispering louder]'' It's Dave, man, open up, I got the stuff with me!
-->
me!\\
'''Chong:''' Who?
-->
Who?\\
'''Cheech:''' Dave, man, open up!
-->
up!\\
'''Chong:''' Dave?
-->
Dave?\\
'''Cheech:''' Yeah, Dave! C'mon man, open up, I think the cops saw me.
-->
me.\\
'''Chong:''' Dave's not here!
** ...:: ...And it just devolves from there.



--> '''Captain Jerk:''' Bridge to Engineering!
--> '''Mr. Snott:''' Snott here, Captain!
--> '''Captain Jerk:''' What's not there, Snotty?

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--> '''Captain -->'''Captain Jerk:''' Bridge to Engineering!
-->
Engineering!\\
'''Mr. Snott:''' Snott here, Captain!
-->
Captain!\\
'''Captain Jerk:''' What's not there, Snotty?Snotty?
* Creator/JeffDunham does this when breaking out his new character Sweet Daddy D.
* French humorist Raymond Devos was well-known for his wordplay sketches, including one using the cities of Caen (pronounced like "quand", French for "when"), Troyes (pronounced like "trois", French for "three") and Sète (pronounced like "sept", French for "seven").
* The original sketch was sent up in 2006 with the performance of a ''Shakespearean'' version that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaGHVWKrcpQ must be seen to be believed.]]
* A fictional Abbott and Costello routine was written with "Costello" trying to learn Hebrew, only to discover that ''mi'' is "who" and ''hu'' is "he" and ''hiy'' is "she". HilarityEnsues. ...and we are all together! There was actually a kid's song made about this by a band called "Country Yossi".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Me3-q_JiM The Chinese version]].
* [[http://www.computeruser.com/articles/who-s-on-first.html This]] takes the joke to the 21st century by exploiting the potentially confusing names of popular computer programs.
* One Russian comedy routine was pretty similar to Abbott and Costello one (though direct influence is unlikely) and featured two characters, the first one tried to find out the surname of the second, which was incidentally "Авас" (Andyours).
* Rowan Atkinson had a piece where he is an English schoolteacher taking role, and of course all the students' names have unsavory connotations. "Myprick?" pause. "Has anybody seen Myprick?" pause. "Come on, somebody must have seen Myprick!"
* Puke N' Snot:
** This Former Renaissance Fair comedy duo featured a similar skit [[https://youtu.be/2jLVnufp8wA when Puke is portraying the legendary Robin Hood]], and is talking about the location of their secret hideout.
--->'''Snot:''' This forest of yours wouldn't be named [[Film/ForrestGump Gump]] would it?\\
'''Puke:''' The location of our hideout is a closely guarded secret. Would you like to hear it?\\
'''Snot:''' Sure would.\\
'''Puke:''' Oh, so you know already.\\
'''Snot:''' ''[{{beat}}]'' Know what?\\
'''Puke:''' The name of the forest.\\
'''Snot:''' No, would you tell me?\\
'''Puke:''' Sherwood.\\
'''Snot:''' ''[beat]'' Okay! When?
** They took it even further in their skit [[https://youtu.be/7qVs0VAfmnY I'd Like to Buy an Eye]] when they impersonate pirates about to attack another ship.
--->'''Snot:''' Aim your cannons at the foremast!\\
'''Puke:''' Whip out your cannons, aim them at the four masts- The four masts? I thought there were only three masts!\\
'''Snot:''' Well there are, but the first mast is fore.\\
'''Puke:''' If the first mast is four, where's the third mast?\\
'''Snot:''' That's mizzen.\\
'''Puke:''' Where the hell did it go?\\
'''Snot:''' Behind the main!\\
'''Puke:''' The water main? Spanish main? Charlemagne? What main?\\
'''Snot:''' The mainmast!\\
'''Puke:''' What's the main mast?!\\
'''Snot:''' Number two!\\
'''Puke:''' I thought poop was number two!\\
'''Snot:''' The poop is on the rear!\\
'''Puke:''' Now that's the first thing you've said that makes sense!\\
'''Snot:''' What's confusing you?\\
'''Puke:''' I wanna know where's the fourth mast?\\
'''Snot:''' There's only three masts!\\
'''Puke:''' Then the fourth is missing!\\
'''Snot:''' The third's mizzen!\\
'''Puke:''' I know it's missing, where the hell did it go?!\\
'''Snot:''' I told you, it's sticking out of the poop!\\
'''Puke:''' Grrr!



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Jason and Marcus do one relating to ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', complete with a reference to the TropeNamer:
-->'''Marcus:''' Who are they?\\
'''Jason:''' Yes.\\
'''Marcus:''' I mean the people.\\
'''Jason:''' Who.\\
'''Marcus:''' The ones standing in a circle singing that "Fahoo" song!\\
'''Jason:''' They're Who.\\
'''Marcus:''' What are you asking ''me'' for?!\\
'''Jason:''' Abbott and Costello meet the Grinch.\\
'''Paige:''' Who?
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'':
** A storyline from 2009 involved Pig and his "bitter x" (a refrigerator magnet in the shape of a literal letter x), culminating in [[http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2009-11-29/ this strip]] from November 29.
** Another ''Pearls Before Swine'' storyline from October 19, 2014 follows the spirit/letter of this trope much more closely with Rat being slowly driven insane while trying to ask Goat whose band's drummer was Keith Moon (you can read their whole conversation in its full glory on the [[Quotes/WhosOnFirst Quotes page]] for this article). It culminates with Rat screaming ''"I don't know!"'' and Goat saying, "[[ShoutOut Third base!]]"
* ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' features a ghostly prankster named Not Me. It's not hard to see how his antics get the children (who know of Not Me's existence) into even worse trouble when they try to explain their way out of it. And when there's too much mischief for one, Not Me is joined by his DistaffCounterpart, Ida Know.
* Also shows up in ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'', when Rob has to tell Satchel to call a doctor for him.
-->'''Rob:''' No, that's Dr. Weir. I need to see Dr. Wen.\\
'''Satchel:''' Weir! Wen! Hu!
* An old ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' Sunday strip has Sally working on her penmanship when Linus comes in:
-->'''Sally:''' I'm practicing my Y's.\\
'''Linus:''' Why?\\
'''Sally:''' No, Y's! I did a whole row of them.\\
'''Linus:''' Oh.\\
'''Sally:''' Not O's, Y's!\\
'''Linus:''' I see.\\
'''Sally:''' I C? Who said anything about I's and C's? These are Y's! Don't you ever listen?\\
'''Linus:''' Gee!\\
'''Sally:''' Not G! Y's!! Now pay attention... these are U's...\\
'''Linus:''' They don't look like me at all...\\
''[Sally throws papers and pen at Linus in the last panel]''
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--> '''Dark Helmet:''' I knew it, I'm surrounded by Assholes! ''({{beat}}, pulls down mask)'' Keep firing, Assholes!
** In the TV edit, they're all from the "Moron" family, which better fits their behaviour and deportment.

to:

--> '''Dark Helmet:''' I knew it, I'm surrounded by Assholes! ''({{beat}}, ''[{{beat}}, pulls down mask)'' mask]'' Keep firing, Assholes!
** :: In the TV edit, they're all from the "Moron" family, which better fits their behaviour behavior and deportment.



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Jason and Marcus do one relating to ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', complete with a reference to the TropeNamer:
-->'''Marcus''': Who are they?
-->'''Jason''': Yes.
-->'''Marcus''': I mean the people.
-->'''Jason''': Who.
-->'''Marcus''': The ones standing in a circle singing that "Fahoo" song!
-->'''Jason''': They're Who.
-->'''Marcus''': What are you asking ''me'' for?!
-->'''Jason''': Abbott and Costello meet the Grinch.
-->'''Paige''': Who?
* A ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' storyline from 2009 involved Pig and his "bitter x" (a refrigerator magnet in the shape of a literal letter x), culminating in [[http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2009-11-29/ this strip]] from November 29.
** Another ''Pearls Before Swine'' storyline from October 19, 2014 follows the spirit/letter of this trope much more closely with Rat being slowly driven insane while trying to ask Goat whose band's drummer was Keith Moon (you can read their whole conversation in its full glory on the [[Quotes/WhosOnFirst Quotes page]] for this article). It culminates with Rat screaming ''"I don't know!"'' and Goat saying, "[[ShoutOut Third base!]]"
* ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' features a ghostly prankster named Not Me. It's not hard to see how his antics get the children (who know of Not Me's existence) into even worse trouble when they try to explain their way out of it.
** And when there's too much mischief for one, Not Me is joined by his DistaffCounterpart, Ida Know.
* Also shows up in ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'', when Rob has to tell Satchel to call a doctor for him.
--> '''Rob''': No, that's Dr. Weir. I need to see Dr Wen.
--> '''Satchel''': Weir! Wen! Hu!
* An old ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' Sunday strip has Sally working on her penmanship when Linus comes in:
-->'''Sally''': I'm practicing my Y's.
-->'''Linus''': Why?
-->'''Sally''': No, Y's! I did a whole row of them.
-->'''Linus''': Oh.
-->'''Sally''': Not O's, Y's!
-->'''Linus''': I see.
-->'''Sally''': I C? Who said anything about I's and C's? These are Y's! Don't you ever listen?
-->'''Linus''': Gee!
-->'''Sally''': Not G! Y's!! Now pay attention... these are U's...
-->'''Linus''': They don't look like me at all...
-->'''Sally''': [throws papers and pen at Linus in the last panel]
[[/folder]]



* It was even done on ''Series/SesameStreet''. Ernie was singing "HappyBirthdayToYou" not to Bert, but to the letter U.
** Happened again in a Forgetful Jones skit.
--> '''Forgetful Jones''': ''Clementine, please tell me, what's the name of that song?''
--> '''Clementine''': What's the Name of That Song!
--> '''Forgetful Jones''': ''That's what I've been asking'' you''!''

to:

* It was even done on ''Series/SesameStreet''. ''Series/SesameStreet''.
**
Ernie was is singing "HappyBirthdayToYou" not to Bert, but to the letter U.
** Happened Happens again in a Forgetful Jones skit.
--> '''Forgetful Jones''': --->'''Forgetful Jones:''' ''Clementine, please tell me, what's the name of that song?''
--> '''Clementine''':
song?''\\
'''Clementine:'''
What's the Name of That Song!
-->
Song!\\
'''Forgetful Jones''': Jones:''' ''That's what I've been asking'' you''!''



* In the Dudley Moore episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' a Bug Band singing "She Loves You" performs the opening number. Afterwards backstage, Kermit the Frog recommends that the bug band find a name for their group. One of them mentions "The Grateful Dead" as a possibility. Kermit asks, "The who?" Alexander Beetle says, "It's been done already".
** In one of the ''WebVideo/MuppetViralVideos'', Sam sings American Woman by The Guess Who and guesses John Phillips Sousa.
** Also happened with Floyd and Animal.
-->'''Animal''': What song you want?\\
'''Floyd''': "Put Another Nickel In."\\
'''Animal''': (puts money in) I put nickel in. What song?\\
'''Floyd''': "Put Another Nickel In."\\
'''Animal''': (more money) I PUT NICKEL IN! WHAT SONG?!

to:

* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
**
In the Dudley Moore episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' episode, a Bug Band singing "She Loves You" performs the opening number. Afterwards backstage, Kermit the Frog recommends that the bug band find a name for their group. One of them mentions "The Grateful Dead" as a possibility. Kermit asks, "The who?" Alexander Beetle says, "It's been done already".
** In one of the ''WebVideo/MuppetViralVideos'', Sam sings American Woman "American Woman" by The Guess Who and guesses John Phillips Sousa.
** Also happened happens with Floyd and Animal.
-->'''Animal''': --->'''Animal:''' What song you want?\\
'''Floyd''': '''Floyd:''' "Put Another Nickel In."\\
'''Animal''': (puts
In".\\
'''Animal:''' ''[puts
money in) in]'' I put nickel in. What song?\\
'''Floyd''': '''Floyd:''' "Put Another Nickel In."\\
'''Animal''': (more money) '''Animal:''' ''[more money]'' I PUT NICKEL IN! WHAT SONG?!



-->'''Fozzie''': Explain what?
-->'''Kermit''': No, no, no. Explain Whatnot.
-->'''Fozzie''': How could I explain what it's ''not'' when I don't even know what it ''is''?
-->'''Kermit''': Well, I ''do'' know what it is.
-->'''Fozzie''': You know what ''what'' is?
-->'''Kermit''': Whatnot!
-->'''Fozzie''': What?
-->'''Kermit''': ...not! Say "Whatnot!"
-->'''Fozzie''': Why?
-->'''Kermit''': Why not?
-->'''Fozzie''': ''Why'' not? What happened to the Whatnots?
-->'''Kermit''': Well, I don't know.
-->'''Fozzie''': Third base!

to:

-->'''Fozzie''': --->'''Fozzie:''' Explain what?
-->'''Kermit''':
what?\\
'''Kermit:'''
No, no, no. Explain Whatnot.
-->'''Fozzie''':
Whatnot.\\
'''Fozzie:'''
How could I explain what it's ''not'' when I don't even know what it ''is''?
-->'''Kermit''':
''is''?\\
'''Kermit:'''
Well, I ''do'' know what it is.
-->'''Fozzie''':
is.\\
'''Fozzie:'''
You know what ''what'' is?
-->'''Kermit''': Whatnot!
-->'''Fozzie''': What?
-->'''Kermit''': ...
is?\\
'''Kermit:''' Whatnot!\\
'''Fozzie:''' What?\\
'''Kermit:''' ...
not! Say "Whatnot!"
-->'''Fozzie''': Why?
-->'''Kermit''':
"Whatnot!"\\
'''Fozzie:''' Why?\\
'''Kermit:'''
Why not?
-->'''Fozzie''':
not?\\
'''Fozzie:'''
''Why'' not? What happened to the Whatnots?
-->'''Kermit''':
Whatnots?\\
'''Kermit:'''
Well, I don't know.
-->'''Fozzie''':
know.\\
'''Fozzie:'''
Third base!



[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/JeffDunham does this when breaking out his new character Sweet Daddy D.
* French humorist Raymond Devos was well-known for his wordplay sketches, including one using the cities of Caen (pronounced like "quand", French for "when"), Troyes (pronounced like "trois", French for "three") and Sète (pronounced like "sept", French for "seven").
* The original sketch was sent up in 2006 with the performance of a ''Shakespearean'' version that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaGHVWKrcpQ must be seen to be believed.]]
* A fictional Abbott and Costello routine was written with "Costello" trying to learn Hebrew, only to discover that ''mi'' is "who" and ''hu'' is "he" and ''hiy'' is "she". HilarityEnsues.
** ...and we are all together!
** There was actually a kid's song made about this by a band called "Country Yossi".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Me3-q_JiM The Chinese version]].
* [[http://www.computeruser.com/articles/who-s-on-first.html This]] takes the joke to the 21st century by exploiting the potentially confusing names of popular computer programs.
* One Russian comedy routine was pretty similar to Abbott and Costello one (though direct influence is unlikely) and featured two characters, the first one tried to find out the surname of the second, which was incidentally "Авас" (Andyours).
* Rowan Atkinson had a piece where he was a English schoolteacher taking role, and of course all the students' names have unsavory connotations. "Myprick?" pause. "Has anybody seen Myprick?" pause. "Come on, somebody must have seen Myprick!"
* Former Renaissance Fair comedy duo Puke N' Snot featured a similar skit [[https://youtu.be/2jLVnufp8wA when Puke is portraying the legendary Robin Hood]], and is talking about the location of their secret hideout.
-->'''Snot''': This forest of yours wouldn't be named [[Film/ForrestGump Gump]] would it?\\
'''Puke''': The location of our hideout is a closely guarded secret. Would you like to hear it?\\
'''Snot''': Sure would.\\
'''Puke''': Oh, so you know already.\\
'''Snot''': ''[{{beat}}]'' Know what?\\
'''Puke''': The name of the forest.\\
'''Snot''': No, would you tell me?\\
'''Puke''': Sherwood.\\
'''Snot''': ''[beat]'' Okay! When?
** They took it even further in their skit [[https://youtu.be/7qVs0VAfmnY I'd Like to Buy an Eye]] when they impersonate pirates about to attack another ship.
-->'''Snot''': Aim your cannons at the foremast!\\
'''Puke''': Whip out your cannons, aim them at the four masts- The four masts? I thought there were only three masts!\\
'''Snot''': Well there are, but the first mast is fore.\\
'''Puke''': If the first mast is four, where's the third mast?\\
'''Snot''': That's mizzen.\\
'''Puke''': Where the hell did it go?\\
'''Snot''': Behind the main!\\
'''Puke''': The water main? Spanish main? Charlemagne? What main?\\
'''Snot''': The mainmast!\\
'''Puke''': What's the main mast?!\\
'''Snot''': Number two!\\
'''Puke''': I thought poop was number two!\\
'''Snot''': The poop is on the rear!\\
'''Puke''': Now that's the first thing you've said that makes sense!\\
'''Snot''': What's confusing you?\\
'''Puke''': I wanna know where's the fourth mast?\\
'''Snot''': There's only three masts!\\
'''Puke''': Then the fourth is missing!\\
'''Snot''': The third's mizzen!\\
'''Puke''': I know it's missing, where the hell did it go?!\\
'''Snot''': I told you, it's sticking out of the poop!\\
'''Puke''': Grrr!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]

to:

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/JeffDunham does this when breaking out his new character Sweet Daddy D.
* French humorist Raymond Devos was well-known for his wordplay sketches, including one using the cities of Caen (pronounced like "quand", French for "when"), Troyes (pronounced like "trois", French for "three") and Sète (pronounced like "sept", French for "seven").
* The original sketch was sent up in 2006 with the performance of a ''Shakespearean'' version that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaGHVWKrcpQ must be seen to be believed.]]
* A fictional Abbott and Costello routine was written with "Costello" trying to learn Hebrew, only to discover that ''mi'' is "who" and ''hu'' is "he" and ''hiy'' is "she". HilarityEnsues.
** ...and we are all together!
** There was actually a kid's song made about this by a band called "Country Yossi".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Me3-q_JiM The Chinese version]].
* [[http://www.computeruser.com/articles/who-s-on-first.html This]] takes the joke to the 21st century by exploiting the potentially confusing names of popular computer programs.
* One Russian comedy routine was pretty similar to Abbott and Costello one (though direct influence is unlikely) and featured two characters, the first one tried to find out the surname of the second, which was incidentally "Авас" (Andyours).
* Rowan Atkinson had a piece where he was a English schoolteacher taking role, and of course all the students' names have unsavory connotations. "Myprick?" pause. "Has anybody seen Myprick?" pause. "Come on, somebody must have seen Myprick!"
* Former Renaissance Fair comedy duo Puke N' Snot featured a similar skit [[https://youtu.be/2jLVnufp8wA when Puke is portraying the legendary Robin Hood]], and is talking about the location of their secret hideout.
-->'''Snot''': This forest of yours wouldn't be named [[Film/ForrestGump Gump]] would it?\\
'''Puke''': The location of our hideout is a closely guarded secret. Would you like to hear it?\\
'''Snot''': Sure would.\\
'''Puke''': Oh, so you know already.\\
'''Snot''': ''[{{beat}}]'' Know what?\\
'''Puke''': The name of the forest.\\
'''Snot''': No, would you tell me?\\
'''Puke''': Sherwood.\\
'''Snot''': ''[beat]'' Okay! When?
** They took it even further in their skit [[https://youtu.be/7qVs0VAfmnY I'd Like to Buy an Eye]] when they impersonate pirates about to attack another ship.
-->'''Snot''': Aim your cannons at the foremast!\\
'''Puke''': Whip out your cannons, aim them at the four masts- The four masts? I thought there were only three masts!\\
'''Snot''': Well there are, but the first mast is fore.\\
'''Puke''': If the first mast is four, where's the third mast?\\
'''Snot''': That's mizzen.\\
'''Puke''': Where the hell did it go?\\
'''Snot''': Behind the main!\\
'''Puke''': The water main? Spanish main? Charlemagne? What main?\\
'''Snot''': The mainmast!\\
'''Puke''': What's the main mast?!\\
'''Snot''': Number two!\\
'''Puke''': I thought poop was number two!\\
'''Snot''': The poop is on the rear!\\
'''Puke''': Now that's the first thing you've said that makes sense!\\
'''Snot''': What's confusing you?\\
'''Puke''': I wanna know where's the fourth mast?\\
'''Snot''': There's only three masts!\\
'''Puke''': Then the fourth is missing!\\
'''Snot''': The third's mizzen!\\
'''Puke''': I know it's missing, where the hell did it go?!\\
'''Snot''': I told you, it's sticking out of the poop!\\
'''Puke''': Grrr!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]
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