Created By: thewriter on March 20, 2011 Last Edited By: thewriter on March 26, 2011
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Almost Famous Name

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Needs a Better Title, Do We Have This One?? Seen It a Million Times See also Name's the Same.

Bob: Yeah, I met famous rock stars The Rollin Stones.
Alice: (Gasps) You met The Rolling Stones the famous musical group?
Bob: What? Oh, no I met The Rollin Stones, the famous band of granite and marble actors and actresses. Boy I would love to meet the Rolling Stones though!

Almost Famous Name is when a person states they've met not a celebrity, but someone with a similar sounding name who may be less famous or not famous at all.

Examples

Comics

  • Also Marvel's Doctor Druid, in his first appearance, was called Doctor Droom. They changed his name when they revived the character so as not to be confused with Doom.

  • Xemnu the Titan is a kinda interesting example; he was referred to as "a Hulk" before the Hulk existed, but he called himself Xemnu. [[hottip:*:"Hulk" being a generic word for a large thing, often a ship, at the time. See Space Hulk, which is not Hulk IN SPACE! ]] After the Hulk was created, Xemnu has come back a few times mostly as a Hulk foe, feuding over the name.

  • She-Hulk once fought Doctor Doom. This particular Doctor Doom turned to be Doctor Bob Doom; a cousin of the more famous Doctor Doom and a Depraved Dentist.

Live-Action Television

  • In Seinfeld, George Costanza buys a car purported to have been owned by actor Jon Voight. He later learns that the car was owned by Dr. John Voight, an unrelated character.
    • And also from Seinfeld, for an episode or two Elaine dated a man who had the same name as infamous serial killer Joel Rifkin.

  • In the Veronica Mars episode "Ruskie Business", Keith gets hired to track down an actor named Tom Cruz.

  • In an episode of Step by Step, Cody told Dana that he was friends with Brad Pitt, and would introduce him to her. Turns out he was friends with Brad Pit.

  • In an episode of Cheers, Sam discocers that when he was an alcoholic bender, he bet the bar that he would be married to Jacqueline Bisset by a certain date. When the guy he made the bet with turns up to claim the bar, Sam realises that the bet didn't specify the Jacqueline Bisset, so he tracks down another woman of that name to marry.

  • From Monty Python, the "Trivializing the War" sketch from series 4 mentions "the other Cole Porter" who wrote "the other 'Anything Goes.'"
    Anything goes in
    Anything goes out
    Fish, bananas
    Old pajamas
    Mutton, beef and trout!

  • The Beverly Hillbillies/Petticoat Junction: Hooterville's richest and most powerful man is named Howard Hewes. This didn't confuse anybody in Hooterville or the Clampett clan, but Beverly Hills banker Mr. Drysdale just about had an orgasm when he heard that Jed and Hewes were considering doing business together.

  • Office Space: Michael Bolton.

  • In an episode of Community, the Dean attempts to hire Green Day to play at a dance. He gets Greene Deye, an Irish band, instead.

  • JAG: Rabb once offered to introduce a pair of sailors to Jennifer Lopez in exchange for them helping him out. It wasn't till after they've helped that we find out this Jennifer is his dental hygienist.

Real Life
  • Producer Jon S. Denny has a name very similar to much more well known producer Jonathan Demme. When Denny asked for a meeting with Danny Bonaduce to pitch a film based on his life story, Bonaduce thought that Demme had called.

  • There's a guy who sells powered wheelchairs who is named Tom Cruise.

  • A British general at the time of the Falklands war was named Michael Jackson.

Western Animation Needs More Examples.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • March 20, 2011
    Thebes
    Gordon Frohman
  • March 20, 2011
    Bisected8
    I presume you mean the protagonist of Concerned, Thebes?
  • March 20, 2011
    Thebes
    Yeah. Specifically, every time he introduces himself, everyone checks to make sure they heard right.
  • March 20, 2011
    Evalana
    In one episode of Sgt Frog, Keroro and Kululu trick Natsumi into thinking she's going to see Dance*Man (who sang the first end theme) perform, but it's actually an alien with a similar name. (Dasonu Maso in the original Japanese and The Dance Master in the dub)
  • March 21, 2011
    MikeArrow
    In Seinfeld, George Costanza buys a car purported to have been owned by actor Jon Voight. He later learns that the car was owned by Dr. John Voight, an unrelated character.
  • March 21, 2011
    Micah
    • In the Veronica Mars episode "Ruskie Business", Keith gets hired to track down an actor named Tom Cruz.
  • March 21, 2011
    ZuulMF
    The Monty Python "book shop" sketch.
  • March 21, 2011
    solfieri
    • In an episode of Step By Step, Cody told Dana that he was friends with Brad Pitt, and would introduce him to her. Turns out he was friends with Brad Pit.
  • March 21, 2011
    foxley
    In an episode of Cheers, Sam discocers that when he was an alcoholic bender, he bet the bar that he would be married to Jacqueline Bisset by a certain date. When the guy he made the bet with turns up to claim the bar, Sam realises that the bet didn't specify the Jacqueline Bisset, so he tracks down another woman of that name to marry.
  • March 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    See also Names The Same.

    • Also from Monty Python, the "Trivializing the War" sketch from series 4 mentions "the other Cole Porter" who wrote "the other 'Anything Goes.'"
      Anything goes in
      Anything goes out
      Fish, bananas
      Old pajamas
      Mutton, beef and trout!
    • And also from Seinfeld, for an episode or two Elaine dated a man who had the same name as infamous serial killer Joel Rifkin.
    • The Beverly Hillbillies/Petticoat Junction: Hooterville's richest and most powerful man is named Howard Hewes. This didn't confuse anybody in Hooterville or the Clampett clan, but Beverly Hills banker Mr. Drysdale just about had an orgasm when he heard that Jed and Hewes were considering doing business together.
    • Real Life: Producer Jon S. Denny has a name very similar to much more well known producer Jonathan Demme. When Denny asked for a meeting with Danny Bonaduce to pitch a film based on his life story, Bonaduce thought that Demme had called.
  • March 21, 2011
    Game_Fan
    There's a guy who sells powered wheelchairs who is named Tom Cruise.
  • March 22, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • March 23, 2011
    LoopyChew
    • In an episode of Community, the Dean attempts to hire Green Day to play at a dance. He gets Greene Deye, an Irish band, instead.
  • March 23, 2011
    LeeM
  • March 23, 2011
    PaleHorse87
    • JAG: Rabb once offered to introduce a pair of sailors to Jennifer Lopez in exchange for them helping him out. It wasn't till after they've helped that we find out this Jennifer is his dental hygienist.
  • March 24, 2011
    LoopyChew
    Laconic: My Nayme Is meets Names The Same?
  • March 25, 2011
    Captainbrass
    Your British general, if it's the same one I'm thinking of, ended up as Chief of the General Staff and hence the most senior Army officer. Slightly disappointingly, however, he calls himself Sir Mike Jackson.
  • March 25, 2011
    foxley
    She Hulk once fought Doctor Doom. This particular Doctor Doom turned to be Doctor Bob Doom; a cousin of the more famous Doctor Doom and a Depraved Dentist.
  • March 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • Marvel's Doctor Druid, in his first appearance, was called Doctor Droom. They changed his name when they revived the character so as not to be confused with Doom.
    • Xemnu the Titan is a kinda interesting example; he was referred to as "a Hulk" before the Hulk existed, but he called himself Xemnu. [[hottip:*:"Hulk" being a generic word for a large thing, often a ship. See Space Hulk, which is not Hulk IN SPACE! ]] After the Hulk was created, Xemnu has come back a few times mostly as a Hulk foe, feuding over the name.
  • March 26, 2011
    Rolf
  • March 26, 2011
    rage24
    • Invoked in an episode of the Simpsons with Otm Shank (same letters as Tom Hanks).
  • March 26, 2011
    Ghilz
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