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Wouldn't the confusion have been instantly ended, if Lou Costello had asked Bud Abbott to spell the first baseman's last name?

Asked by JackAdams (6531points) August 21st, 2008

Costello could have said, “Hey Abbott, how do you spell the first baseman’s last name?” Abbot would have replied, “W-H-O” and Costello would have said, “Oh! So his last name is WHO! I get it!” (This could have been saved until the very end, so the comedy wouldn’t be ruined. It might have helped give the routine some kind of “closure.”)

After all, the routine did end with Costello describing a series of plays, correctly naming all of the members of the team, didn’t he?

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Mr_M's avatar

Closure WOULD have killed the routine. It was funny because the entire thing transpired and STILL Lou didn’t understand while the audience (at least MOST people) DID!

cwilbur's avatar

The confusion would have ended, yes; but since Abbott and Costello were comedians, and the confusion was funny, that would have defeated the purpose.

baseballnut's avatar

JackAdams – this is one of the more interesting/unusual questions I’ve seen!

JackAdams's avatar

Thanks! The questions can’t all be serious, you know…

We need a bit of levity once in awhile, I believe.

baseballnut's avatar

in between ordering rattlesnake on line, huh?

JackAdams's avatar


Remember the old saying that goes, “All work and no play, gathers no moss.”

JackAdams's avatar


I mean, “A rolling stone makes Jack a dull boy.”

baseballnut's avatar

My favorite is “Always carry a litter bag in your car. When it gets full, you can just throw it out the window”

Mr_M's avatar

(Throw it out the window? And to think, all this time I’ve been donating it to charity)

JackAdams's avatar

I hope it is Ok to post the following YouTube link, relative to this question:

August 22, 2008, 8:50 AM EDT

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