->''So fair a foul I have not seen!\\
Ancient knave with heart as black\\
as coat you wear upon your back,\\
get thee a pair of glasses, get thee\\
to an optometrist!''
-->-- '''Rocky''' in ''The Shakespearean Baseball Game: A Comedy of Errors, Hits, and Runs''

An early sketch comedy series that went through a number of different incarnations. Hosted by the comedy team of Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster. The earliest version was ''Shuster & Wayne'', a radio program they were given as a result of their earlier radio work ''The Wife Preservers''. The next show was ''The Wayne and Shuster Show'' created for Creator/{{CBC}} radio in 1946 after they left the army after the second world war. There was a weekly television series in the 1950s, but that gave way to the better known appearances on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow '' (where they appeared ''67'' times!) and their monthly CBC specials that ran from the early 1960s to the 1980s. Later CBC-aired and syndicated compilations of their skits from the 60s-80s are also marketed under this title.

Their comedy has been referred to as literate comedy combined with a liberal amount of slapstick. They often mixed classic references, genre parodies, silly puns and bloodless violence in equal parts (not to mention copious references to Canadian culture, at least on their CBC shows). A famous example being the retelling of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' as the modern, [[FilmNoir noir-ish]] detective story ''Rinse the Blood off My Toga''. They also parodied and spoofed then current events and popular culture such as ''All in the Royal Family'' (''{{Hamlet}}'' with ''AllInTheFamily'') and ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Star Schtick]]'' and even ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' done as an in-period PoliceProcedural.

While some of the sketches might be slightly dated, and the style of comedy can seem a little old fashioned, much of their work is still side-splittingly funny and should be watched when the chance is given. The literate nature of much of their comedy, especially their Shakespeare spoofs as well as other skits such as "The Picture of Dorian Wayne" has also gained admirers.

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!!This show provides examples of:
* AnachronismStew: RuleOfFunny prevails in most cases.
* AsideComment: Frequently, especially in Noir parodies.
* AsideGlance: Frequently, especially in Noir parodies.
* BoogieKnights: Wayne and Shuster once had a TV special that parodied fairy tales - they star as a court jester and royal physician, breaking into an impromptu softshoe dance in the dining hall, followed by a knight in armor doing a more vigorous tapdance.
--> "[[IncrediblyLamePun That's not softshoe, that's heavy metal!]]"
--> "[[HurricaneOfPuns My mom told be there'd be knights like this...]]"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: occasionally, the boys notice the audience, the sound effects, the soundtrack... Some skits involve addressing the audience, such as "Rinse the Blood Off My Toga".
* CameraScrew: an early silent sketch involving the two painting the interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The camera is on an angle so that the tower looks vertical, but the pair and their equipment are constantly leaning/falling over/sliding around.
* CatchPhrase: "Julie, don't go!" from "Rinse the Blood Off My Toga" became a catch phrase on both sides of the border and was often reprised and sometimes worked into other sketches (though it's always delivered by a female character rather than Wayne or Shuster).
* CowboyEpisode: "A Fistful of Fingers"
* DealWithTheDevil: The feature story of one episode was about a musician selling his soul to the Devil in exchange for becoming Canada's greatest hockey player.
* HisNameIs: A running joke in ''Rinse the Blood off My Toga''.
* KilledMidSentence: Also a running joke in ''Rinse the Blood off My Toga''.
* LargeHam: Oh, yes.
* LightsOffSomebodyDies: Parodied in a sketch where SherlockHolmes and Watson are holding a SummationGathering in a stately country home. Every time that Holmes dramatically announces who the murderer is, the lights go out. When they come back on, the suspect he has just named is dead. After all of the suspects have been killed, Holmes deduces that he must be in the wrong house.
* LongRunners: Wayne and Shuster's first show, ''The Wife Preservers'', aired in 1941. They continued to perform until the late 1980s; Wayne succumbed to cancer in 1990. Shuster continued to act occasionally and host retrospectives until shortly before his own death in 2002.
* MindScrew: Several. For example:
--> '''Shuster''' Are you sure we're alone?\\
'''Wayne''' Yes.\\
'''Shuster''' Then who's that beside you?\\
'''Wayne''' {{Beat}} That's you!\\
'''Shuster''' Yes. ''But can I be trusted''?
* {{Radio}}: The duo started out with radio shows.
* RunningGag: constantly, sometimes including callbacks to previous running gags.
* WorldOfPun: They ''never'' pass up an opportunity. ''Ever''.
* YourMimeMakesItReal: Happens in "Comedy Olympics" special. The case in point is the gold medalist for pantomime. Here, we see a Creator/MarcelMarceau type mime doing his "Walking on Stairs" act and physically ascends about 10 feet off the stage without any physical steps in place.
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