Too funny

This was on GoneGold.

                      HU'S ON FIRST
                      By James Sherman

                      (We take you now to the Oval Office.)

                      George: Condi! Nice to see you. What's happening?

                      Condi: Sir, I have the report here about the new leader of China.

                      George: Great. Lay it on me.

                      Condi: Hu is the new leader of China.

                      George: That's what I want to know.

                      Condi: That's what I'm telling you.

                      George: That's what I'm asking you. Who is the new leader of China?

                      Condi: Yes.

                      George: I mean the fellow's name.

                      Condi: Hu.

                      George: The guy in China.

                      Condi: Hu.

                      George: The new leader of China.

                      Condi: Hu.

                      George: The Chinaman!

                      Condi: Hu is leading China.

                      George: Now whaddya' asking me for?

                      Condi: I'm telling you Hu is leading China.

                      George: Well, I'm asking you. Who is leading China?

                      Condi: That's the man's name.

                      George: That's who's name?

                      Condi: Yes.

                      George: Will you or will you not tell me the name of the new leader of China?

                      Condi: Yes, sir.

                      George: Yassir? Yassir Arafat is in China? I thought he was in the Middle East.

                      Condi: That's correct.

                      George: Then who is in China?

                      Condi: Yes, sir.

                      George: Yassir is in China?

                      Condi: No, sir.

                      George: Then who is?

                      Condi: Yes, sir.

                      George: Yassir?

                      Condi: No, sir.

                      George: Look, Condi. I need to know the name of the new leader of China. Get me the Secretary General of the U.N.
                      on the phone.

                      Condi: Kofi?

                      George: No, thanks.

                      Condi: You want Kofi?

                      George: No.

                      Condi: You don't want Kofi.

                      George: No. But now that you mention it, I could use a glass of milk. And then get me the U.N.

                      Condi: Yes, sir.

                      George: Not Yassir! The guy at the U.N.

                      Condi: Kofi?

                      George: Milk! Will you please make the call?

                      Condi: And call who?

                      George: Who is the guy at the U.N?

                      Condi: Hu is the guy in China.

                      George: Will you stay out of China?!

                      Condi: Yes, sir.

                      George: And stay out of the Middle East! Just get me the guy at the U.N.

                      Condi: Kofi.

                      George: All right! With cream and two sugars. Now get on the phone.

                      (Condi picks up the phone.)

                      Condi: Rice, here.

                      George: Rice? Good idea. And a couple of egg rolls, too. Maybe we should send some to the guy in China. And the
                      Middle East. Can you get Chinese food in the Middle East?

nice. Thanks for the post. I’m surprised we haven’t seen this on SNL yet.

That cracks me up. Classic covers. ;)

Actually, that was on SNL years ago – but it was a Reagan parody. It even included the Arafat thing, almost word-for-word. If I remember right, that skit only had Middle Eastern leaders in the joke… but maybe China was in there, too. It was about dozen years ago.

A bit of plagerism, perhaps? Hmmmm.

I assumed everyone already knows that this is an Abbott and Costello routine, but now that Jack is questioning whether or not this is ripping off SNL, I’ll point it out anyway.

I was specifically pointing out the Arafat section as something that was done before, just about word for word. But the “Who’s on First” thing, of course, is not only directly referred to in the above post, but the concept of this type of skit is probably attributed to Abbot and Costello. Or maybe Shakespeare did something like this, too. I’m not up on my history of comedy.

What prompted me to post is Roger saying that he’s surprised he hasn’t seen it on SNL yet.

Shakespeare did have some small variant on the idea, I believe in “A Comedy of Errors” where a pair of twins who had never met owned a pair of servants who were also twins who had never met. I don’t remember the details, but I believe his use of the pun only went on for a couple of lines. I think since that time, Abbott and Costello are generally viewed as the ones who kind of derived te extra-long sequence which was used as a pattern for the above.