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Mar 21st 2015 at 6:05:39 PM •••

Masters of Sex might marginalize Johnson, but even Showtime would have had trouble with a show called All about Johnsons.

Mar 28th 2012 at 1:50:49 PM •••

Going with Johnnye's post above, does the Shakespeare example count? It's questionable not only in that Will is a common name, but in punning off the author's name instead of a character's.

Jul 23rd 2011 at 6:34:30 AM •••

The majority of the examples are non-British; and the "America" section alone has more examples than the "Britain" section; so I don't see how the trope "is most common in the United Kingdom, but still happens elsewhere".

Apr 24th 2011 at 2:58:23 PM •••

Removed a few examples - to qualify, there needs to be an actual pun on the name, not just have the name in the title.

  • I Dream Of Jeannie[yes the name's a pun, and yes the name's in the title, but the title itself isn't a pun. Maybe if it was "Jeannie in a Bottle"...]
  • Will And Grace [this is a questionable example — they're both personality traits, but I think they're common enough names that it'd need a Word of God confirmation that it's an intentional pun]
  • Moon and Son, about a professional "psychic" called Gladys Moon and her genuinely psychic son Trevor.
  • KateModern: A Web Original series about an artist named Kate.

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Jul 23rd 2011 at 6:30:29 AM •••

"Moon and Son" is a pun on "moon and sun"; and "Kate Modern" is a pun on "Tate Modern".

Mar 29th 2012 at 6:10:59 AM •••

Fair enough, must not have been in a very imaginative frame of mind when I was reading them. Still, I think on a page like this we can dispense with Don't Explain the Joke, so I'll add the explanations to those examples.

Apr 4th 2011 at 5:59:09 AM •••

The title should be changed to Load bearing puns

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Apr 24th 2011 at 2:50:34 PM •••

"A trope about George and Barry Pun, two very different brothers who start up a removals firm - with hilarious results!"

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