Hat Tip to Abbot and Costello
One of my earliest memories of watching a comedy sketch took place in a house where I lived from the ages of five to eight, so I was just a kid. I remember my dad saying, “Hey, come watch this,” and led me to the family room to watch Abbott and Costello doing Who’s On First.
It was the funniest thing I had seen at that point in my young life.
This wasn’t a kiddie cartoon, but something for adults, and I got it! And I got that one of the characters in the scene didn’t get it, and that’s probably why it’s so funny: we understand what’s going on but that poor guy doesn’t.
Decades later I find myself making PSAs about the World Health Organization and their warnings about antibiotic-resistant superbugs and the scourge they represent. Not a particularly humorous topic, but I realize we have to reference one of the funniest and most recognizable sketches in history. Here’s a tip of the hat to Abbott and Costello.