Weekend Word Wrap: punny names

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Turning from single-panel gags to gag names, in today's Wrap we look at those humorous puns (or sometimes quasi-double entendres) that almost sound like actual names.

My brother taught me a good one recently: José Kanusee (I guess he's half American-Indian/half Latino?). If you're a fan of Car Talk, you already know that the end credits always include some terrific gag names. There's Paul Murkey of Murkey Research; there's the classic law firm of Dewy, Cheatham and Howe, and there's the Russian statistician, Marge Innovera.

Those brilliant Airplane movies have a pantload, too, starting with Ted Striker. And, of course, who can forget that classic Who's On First? exchange in the cockpit:

Roger Murdock: Flight 2-0-9'er, you are cleared for take-off.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: L.A. departure frequency, 123 point 9'er.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Victor Basta: Request vector, over.
Captain Oveur: What?
Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9'er cleared for vector 324.
Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
Tower voice: Tower's radio clearance, over!
Captain Oveur: That's Clarence Oveur. Over.
Tower voice: Over.

Of course, a gag name doesn't always have to be made up. Let's not forget about that great philanthropist from Texas: Ima Hogg.

So let's get to the interactive part of the Wrap already. I'll get the punny-ball rolling here with Warren Piece. Your turn"¦ and remember, 007-girls, Monty Python-esque, etc. are fun, but probably best kept to yourselves. Let's keep it clean here folks, okay? In other words: If it belongs on The Simpsons, our censors will most likely delete it.

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October 4, 2007 - 11:56pm
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