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surely this is one of the most famous comedy bits of all time!?
not really a part of the British comedy canon.
what i mean is that british fans of comedy wouldn't necessarily come across them. however famous it is.
in a country as 'influenced' by american culture as ours has been that one of their all time most famous things hasn't at least crossed paths enough for most people to be aware of the joke.
i'm saying we all should know the routine by heart (although we should because it's brilliant) but come on everyone knows the joke that who's on first is statement not a question and that hilarious misunderstanding follows
where someone asked who was on first for some baseball team and getting mostly factual replies.
i don't think it's as famous here because abbott and costello don't fit into british comedy history that goes from the goons to beyond the fringe to python, and so on.
i'd also argue the influence of US comedy on British work really only begins in the 1980s.
The routine's format, I mean. Which is why the Abbott and Costello one might not be as well known.
but i don't see much in the british comedy tradition in the sketch to be honest.
Never heard of that before, wish I hadn't just wasted 2 minutes to find out.
when I realised it wasn't them I wasn't happy
first no one likes london calling then no ones heard of who's on first ... how narrow-minded is the average DiSser these days?!
"They certainly don't make comedy like that anymore. They make it better!"
Have you heard of 'The batsman's Holding, the bowler's Willie'? I prefer that tbh
left back on the bus
Samantha tells me she has to nip off now as she has a meeting with the builder who gave her the lowest estimate for some work. She says she was pleased to see his tender won, but was startled when it suddenly grew to twice the size.
The antics of Samantha and Lionel Blair never fail to make me spit out whatever I am eating at the time.
never heard of it.
Probably not as famous as you thought Soapy.
and there was me thinking it was one of the all time most famous comedy routines there is.
but then i suppose i never listened to the whole XX album or watched all the godfather films so who am i to talk
though I'd never actually seen it until a couple of months back but I knew it as something I ought to be familiar with...
Ignorance made this thread: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/social/2806262
Can you tell me who the pitcher is?
I don't know.
He messed it up. I genuinely don't know who's pitching.
This isn't about who's on first. Tell me who's pitching and then we'll move on.
Okay, I waited.
So, who's the pitcher?
I neither know, nor care who's on first. This is about the pitcher, dammit. Who's the pitcher?
we'll talk about the catcher today
Pretty much everyone in my office knows fuck all except top 4 football teams, soaps and dancing and singing shows.
US comedy isn't generally well known outside of the US apart from by the sort of people who gave a shit about all that Tonight Show stuff that went down with Jay Leno the other month.
I just implied it's known by the sort of person who also has a finger on the pulse of US popular culture.
And you're all doomed.
This is wrong, James Wrong. Who's On First is a classic vaudeville/variety theatre routine. The baseball version might be the most well known, but it's existed in various forms (like "The towns of Watt and Wych" and "The Schoolboy Named Howe from Ware") for years and years.
It even popped up on Have I Got News For You in a brilliant bit where Paul Merton evidently couldn't believe his luck at finding out that Wen Jilbao had just been installed as President of China or something, alongside Hu Jintao as head of the Politburo.
If we want to generalise, we should say fairly young people should be excused from not knowing this routine - I bet a lot of old folk would know it backwards.
Then Wen was the prime minister?
it's even been on the simpsons, this crew are just ignorant
It's good though. Much like 'London Calling'...
what does mine say?
one of them was making dinner.
"i'm just gonna put the potatoes on. have we got tyme?"
"yes. loads. the films not on yet."
"no tyme. have we got time?"
"yes? we got loads of time. about half an hour"
"no TYME. have we got any tyme?"
"YES?! what are you on about".
losers. it also took them 6 months to realise they had a dishwasher in their flat.