Created By: Vree on August 27, 2010 Last Edited By: Vree on August 28, 2010
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Real Joke Name

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Two characters are being introduced to each other for the first time. However the first introductee has a really whacky name; for example, he is a businessman called "Mr. Moneygrabs". The other character feels compelled to laugh, thinking that it is a joke. However, it is not. It is, as it is pointed out, a long running and respectable family name.

Compare Mistaken for an Imposter.

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  • I vaguely recall a sketch where two people both have names like this, and both think the other is making fun of THEIR name. Any ideas?
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  • August 4, 2010
    TheBigSock
    • In Hot Fuzz, Sargent Angel receives a call about a swan missing from the castle. The caller was a guy called Peter Ian Staker, P. I. Staker for short (Sounds like Piss Taker). Angel thinks he's making fun of him only to find out it's his real name.
  • August 4, 2010
    Mimimurlough
  • August 4, 2010
    DomaDoma
    • There is an actual South African white supremacist named Eugene Terreblanche.
  • August 4, 2010
    amazinglyenough
    On an episode of The Simpsons, Homer tries I Have This Friend on Moe:
    Homer: See, I got this friend named Joey...Joe Joe...Junior Shabadoo...
    Moe: Homer, that's the worst name I ever heard.
    *Random guy at bar begins to cry and runs out*
    Barney: Hey, Joey Joe Joe, come back, he didn't mean it!
  • August 4, 2010
    Idraena
    Possible example from Discworld: In The Agatean Empire, a Fantasy Counterpart Culture to China, there are five noble families. They're the Hongs, the Sungs, the Fangs, the Tangs, and the Mc Sweeneys. Everyone who hears that the "Mc Sweeneys" are noble expresses disbelief at first, even the gods of Discworld, until it's pointed out that they're an incredibly old, rich family who've had millions of people tortured and killed for reasons of politics and expediency. At this point, most people accept their nobility on the grounds that this certainly qualifies as noble behavior.
  • August 4, 2010
    ChevalierMalfait
    This often happens in Real Life to people who happen to share a name with a famous person.
  • August 4, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    The plot of the infamous movie Burn Hollywood Burn is that a director can't use the Alan Smithee pseudonym because his name is Alan Smithee
  • August 4, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    There was another instance of this on The Simpsons. In the episode, "Flaming Moe's," when Bart attempted to prank call Moe's Tavern, asking for "Hugh Jass," and, for once, there was someone there who actually had the joke name Bart was asking for, which prompted Bart to have to explain to Mr. Jass that this is all a hilarious prank gone wrong. Mr. Jass doesn't seem to understand it.
  • August 4, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Also, a Saturday Night Live skit from the early 1990s, with Nicholas Cage as guest host, had a bizarre variation on joke names with Cage playing an expecting father not being happy with any of the names his wife comes up with for their child, always finding a nasty, teasing nickname kids can come up with from it. The punchline comes when a man comes to their door with a message for Mr. and Mrs. Asswipe Johnson, to which the father, frustrated, informs him that his name is pronounced ah-ZWEE-pay.
  • August 4, 2010
    randomsurfer
    ^Its Pronounced Tro PAY

    Monty Pythons Flying Circus had a few:
    • Mr. Smoke-too-much from The Travel Agent Sketch
      Bounder: Ah good morning. I'm Bounder of Adventure
      Tourist: My name is Smoke-too-much
      Bounder: Well you'd better cut down a little then
      Tourist: What?
      Bounder: You'd better cut down a little then
      Tourist: Oh I see! Cut down a little then.....
      Bounder: Yes...I expect you get people making jokes about your name all the time?
      Tourist: No, no actually it never struck me before. Smoke...to...much....laughs
    • Inspectors Tiger, Lookout and Theresamanbehindyer from The Agatha Christie Sketch
      Inspector Tiger: Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Inspector Tiger.
      All: Tiger?
      Inspector Tiger: jumping Where? Where? What? Ah. Me Tiger.
      ...
      Lookout: I'm Chief Superintendent Lookout.
      Lady Velloper: Look out?
      Lookout: jumping What, where, oh, me, Lookout. Lookout of the Yard.
      Lady Velloper: Why, what would we see?
      Lookout: I'm sorry?
      Lady Velloper: What would we see if we look out of the yard?
      Lookout: . .. I'm afraid I don't follow that at all.
      ...
      Theresamanbehindyer: I'm Assistant Chief Constable Theresamanbehindyer.
      All: Theresamanbehindyer?

  • August 4, 2010
    ThePocket
    Sometimes overlaps with Cassandra Truth.
  • August 4, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Umm, Biggus Dickus, Mr. randomsurfer?
  • August 4, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • August 4, 2010
    Ronka87
    *gigglesnort*
  • August 5, 2010
    EponymousKid
    Sean Murray: ...You sure that wasn't Kevin Nealon? Could've sworn.
  • August 5, 2010
    Duncan
    Achewood had the "Nigerian Spam" with Dr. Leon Adoso Sumbitches.
  • August 5, 2010
    Gringodingo
    The Man Show had men with actual names like "Dick Hertz" and "Mike Hunt."
  • August 5, 2010
    randomsurfer
    @Eponymous Kid: Nope, it was Cage. Here's a Youtube vid that someone made by pointing their video camera at the tv.
  • August 5, 2010
    RegShoe
    Rowan Atkinson did a sketch once based on a teacher reading a register full of these, although the comedy there came from the utterly deadpan delivery (he clearly knew they where the real names) and the side comments he made to the kids as eh read out the names.
  • August 5, 2010
    DorianMode
    A commercial had a prospective employee repeatedly referring to his prospective boss as "Dumbass." At the end, the guy leans over and informs him "It's pronounced 'Du-moss'".
  • August 5, 2010
    STUART
    ^It Is Pronounced Tro PAY

    Might want to include that in the body. There've already been two examples given here.
  • August 6, 2010
    Vree
    Everyone fine with the name, or anyone would like to mplace a vote?
  • August 6, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    ^ I feel something along the lines of Real Joke Name might convey this a little better, but the current title should suffice if nothing else is suggested.
  • August 26, 2010
    Vree
    Vote on teh name, peoples.

    Real Joke Name sounds fine with me.
  • August 26, 2010
    BizarroHulk
    An episode of The Golden Girls had Dorothy (teaching some kind of adult education class) reading out a class register that included the name "Jim Shu" and thinking it's a joke (Gym Shoe). Turns out there actually is an Asian gentleman by that name in the class.
  • August 26, 2010
    Worldmaker
    Real Life Example: Dr. Fuk Fuk Fam, a pediatrician born in Korea, was forced to alter the sign he had outside of his office because it "offended his neighbors". The fact that it was his actual name apparently made no difference to the city of Winter Park, Florida.
  • August 26, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Sixteen Candles gave us asian exchange student Long Dong. (Middle name Duk.)
  • August 26, 2010
    AlexRandom
    Somewhat related to the Whos On First routine.
  • August 27, 2010
    hbi2k
    I'll chime in with another vote for Real Joke Name.

    Also, troper tales: I knew a guy in high school actually named Mike Hunt. More than one substitute teacher thought someone had been messing with his roll sheet. (I could never quite figure out if the poor kid's parents were cruel or just oblivious.)
  • August 27, 2010
    Jakio
    the book Patient Zero give us the name of Sargent Harvey Rabbit, a.k.a. Bunny Rabbit.
  • August 27, 2010
    JackMackerel
    @Jakio - Even better, Harvey's a film and play about a possibly imaginary rabbit.

    Real Life: Sean Connery got stopped by a constable named James Bond.

    Jay Leno does a segment on these showing up in newspaper ads.
  • August 28, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    @Reg Shoe, yeah, atkinson's routine is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xneXRYvKWs
  • August 28, 2010
    JoeG
    Callahans Crosstime Saloon featured a couple originally named Les Moore and Merry Glueham. When they got married, they swapped last names.

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