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Hu’s In Town

January 20, 2011

Seems some guy from China is in town. Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Washington meeting with President Obama to talk about all sorts of presidential stuff. The news reports refer to the Chinese president as President Hu and every time I hear them report his name I can’t not think of Abbott and Costello’s famous Who’s on First routine.

 “Hey, did you hear the big news?”

“What’s that?”

“The Chinese president is in Washington!”


“That’s right.”

“What’s right?”

“Hu’s in town.”

“I don’t know who’s in town. Who?”


“Yes, what?”

“You’re right about who’s in town.”

“Who’s in town?”

“That’s right.”

“What’s right?”

“Hu’s in town.”

“I don’t know who’s in town.”


“I’m asking you who’s in town!”

“That’s the man’s name.”

“That’s who’s name?”



“I did. Hu is in town.”


The saddest part of this is that I can see the 21st century’s political equivalent of Abbott and Costello, Palin and Bachmann, really having this conversation. Worse, I can hear Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity defending it.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Rubia permalink
    January 20, 2011 7:35 am

    Kinda silly, but really funny joke!


  2. January 20, 2011 10:08 am

    Ha! This made me laugh out loud!

    And reminded me of a story. Today you are, once again, my blog muse. Thanks, Michael!


  3. CELT permalink
    January 20, 2011 11:23 am

    Apparently you weren’t alone because both Letterman & Craig Fergason did bits about Hu with a Who’s on 1st homage last night and those were the only ones I watched. One can assume other late night comics may have also done the same since that name is too hard to resist.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      January 20, 2011 3:22 pm

      It’s obvious that both Letterman and Ferguson have hacked into my computer and have been reading my drafts! Oh well, no one to blame but myself for not taking the proper precautions, I guess. Apparently President Hu plays the drum and will be sitting in with The Hu before he heads home.


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