Before I share the “computer” version of this joke; above is the classic Abbott and Costello‘s “Who’s on First” routine on YouTube. One of my LUG guys shared this on our mailing list and I thought it was hilarious.  I then shared it with some co-workers and I sarcastically asked one of them if they new this famous skit from Abbott and Costello.  She honestly told me “no” and didn’t know who Abbott and Costello was.  For a moment; I was in shock.  Unfortunately; this is a confirmation that I am getting old.  Is 30 the new 50?

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? 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. 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’…

Now that I’ve been exposed to the harsh reality that I’m getting older, let me know if this was your first time being exposed to the famous Abbott and Costello comedy duo from the black & white days of television.

This Skit’s Ownership

Edited 05 October 2009. I recently got a comment from Tom King saying that he is the originator of this Abbott and Costello computer skit. He stated that it’s copy written and has no issues letting us use it as long as we link back to his site. I have to issues linking back to the source. I would like to make it known that I don’t know who Tom King is and in our SEO-driven world, this could be a ploy to get more traffic to his site. Oh well. Visit the link of the original skit here > http://twayneking.blogspot.com/2009/05/costello-calls-to-buy-computer-from.html