Who’s on first?

A still from Abbott and Costello's classic 'Who's on First?' sketch; Abbott wears a scientist hat, Costello has a skeptic one.

'Who's on First?' with a topical twist

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Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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5 Responses to Who’s on first?

  1. Martin Lack says:

    I haven’t seen this – one of the funniest things I can remember from my childhood – for a very long time… It was clearly the inspiration for stuff like Monty Python’s “Is this the right room for an argument?” sketch. What is really amazing is that Abbott and Costello – who had surely done this sketch many times(?) – were able to do this without cracking-up and make it seem like it was entirely improvised…

  2. jpgreenword says:

    Although I’ve heard people mention this act before, that was the first time I’d ever actually seen it. Thanks!
    As for the scientist-skeptic analogy, I wonder if a skeptic would be so open as to allow the conversation to last that long : )

    • pendantry says:

      I thought that’s what made the analogy work, myself. The ‘skeptic’, lost to his conviction of his own understanding of the way things are, is unable to acknowledge that perhaps, just perhaps, the scientist’s responses are actually meaningful.

      Ah – my mistake; my labels were misleading. Replace ‘skeptic’ with ‘denier’. A true skeptic would indeed be open to argument; but climate change ‘skeptics’ are a horse of an entirely different colour.

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