Anyone Remember Abbott and Costello?

Abbott and CostelloI recently received this takeoff of Abbott and Costello’s famous Who’s on First sketch in an email from a friend and can’t resist posting it. For my readers who don’t reside in the US: Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were a comedic team in the US years ago. They did a famous routine, similar to this, based on a baseball team where the opening lines were: Who’s on first? Answer: Who… and it went on from there. Mac owners will probably get a bigger kick out of this than PC guys….but it’s hilarious anyway.

You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello (Who’s on 1st) and too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this.
For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, read on…

 

If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch,
“Who’s on First?” might have turned out something like this:

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COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks I’m setting up an office in my den and I’m thinking about buying a computer.
ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: No, the name’s Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.
ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: I told you, my name’s Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don’t know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
ABBOTT: Wallpaper.
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals,

track expenses and run my business. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: For my office?
ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let’s just say I’m sitting at

my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
ABBOTT: Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue ‘W’.
COSTELLO: I’m going to click your blue ‘W’ if you don’t start with some straight answers.

What about financial bookkeeping?

Do you have anything I can track my money with?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: That’s right. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What’s bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. At no extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn’t it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?
ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!
A few days later

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?

ABBOTT: Click on ‘START’..

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Paul

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6 responses to “Anyone Remember Abbott and Costello?

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  2. John Bartell

    I enjoyed this article very much. Also, just to let you know, I am from Canada, and Abbot & Costello were a Hit in Canada.
    Thankyou. PcMedic

    • John,
      I’m glad you liked the article. It was funny while reminding us how our IT vocabulary may seem confusing to some people. I’m also happy you were able to enjoy Abbott and Costello in Canada…I should have known. Have a great day.
      Best,
      Paul

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