Mickey: Let's call it off.
Rocky: Aw c'mon, it's for charity.
Mickey: You're wearing your anatomy out for charity! Nobody else does this much for charity!
Rocky: Bob Hope would.
Mickey: ...That's true.
Leslie Towns "Bob" Hope (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003) was a British-born American comedian and actor who appeared in vaudeville, films, television and radio. Hosted the Academy Awards 18 times. Toured for the USO in multiple wars, from World War II to the Gulf War, and in 1996 was declared the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces" by Congress.
His best-known films are the Film Noir parody My Favorite Brunette and the Road to ... series, in which he co-starred with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. He also starred in the 1939 version of The Cat and the Canary. For many years his stand-up material was written by his good friend Bob Monkhouse, a stand-up comedian in his own right.
- The Cat and the Canary (1939)
- The Road to ... series, seven films in all (1940-1962)
- My Favorite Blonde (1942)
- The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
- Here Come the Girls (1953)
- The Muppet Movie (1979) (guest star)
- Spies Like Us (1985) (cameo)
Tropes associated with Bob Hope include:
- Deadpan Snarker
- Glamorous Wartime Singer: Hope himself couldn't honestly be counted as one, but he certainly associated with them.
- Large Ham
- Lovable Coward: His persona in many of his films like Pale Face and The Princess and the Pirate.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Twice a victim, once in 1998 and again in 2003, just months before his actual death. Both were cases of pre-written obituaries accidentally being published.
- Running Gag: Hosted several Academy Award ceremonies, but was never even so much as nominated for one; although throughout his lifetime he received five Honorary Awards. This became fodder for his routines about his movie career and Hollywood politics after Bing Crosby won for Going My Way. (See "Self Deprecation" below.)
- "Welcome once again to the Academy Awards... or as we call it in my family, Passover..."
- On his 100th birthday: "I'm so old, they've canceled my blood type."
- Shout-Out: Early in the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, The Onion ran an article which claimed his caregivers were keeping the news away from him:
- Take That!: This bit of exchange from 1940's The Ghost Breakers.Richard Carlson (as Geoff Montgomery): "It's worse than horrible because a zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring."Bob Hope (as Larry Lawrence): "You mean like Democrats?"
- Bonus points: This was probably a Throw It In!, as Richard Carlson breaks character in response to the quip and chuckles.
- Theme Tune: "Thanks for the Memories".