||When I was a teenager, or maybe slightly younger, I had a good friend by
the name of Josiah (still do, in fact) Now, Josiah and I had a similar
sense of humour, and one thing we enjoyed was Abbot & Costello's "Who's on
first" routine. We also listened to the classic rock stations, and we
would occasionally have a conversation which mimiced the Abbot & Costello
routine in some ways. For example, American Woman by the Guess Who
would be on the radio, and our conversation would go something like this.
J: "Who did this song?"
Z: "No, Guess Who did."
J: "Hey, I asked you first!"
Z: "And I answered."
J: "No, You said Guess Who"
J: "So Who did it?"
Z: "No, Guess Who did. Who did Pinball Wizard."
J: "I don't know who did Pinball Wizard, I wanna know who did this song!"
Z: "But they didn't. Guess Who did."
J: "I don't wanna Guess Who!"
Z: "Then why are we listening to them? Turn the station."
J: "Listening to who?"
Z: "Guess Who."
J: "Guess who?"
J: "We're listening to Yes?"
We'd have this conversation in various modified formats, but you get the
point. Now, we knew another kid named Craig who would sometimes insist
on hanging around with us. And Every once in a while, we'd launch into the
same dialog, with Craig around. We'd get a few lines into it, when Craig
would interrupt us by saying,
"Hey! That's just like that Abbot and Costello routine, 'Who's on first'!
Do ya'll know Abbot & Costello?
Except ya'll are doing it wrong. See, You're supposed to introduce him as the
manager of a new baseball team, and then he's supposed to say..."
At this point, we would usually attempt to kick Craig's ass.
There's a moral to this story, but I'm not going to tell you what it is.
Do you know why I'm not going to tell you what it is?