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Old 01-08-2006, 04:52 PM
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Classic Telephone Pole Bit?

I was watching my Season 1 Muppet Show dvd, episode 8. Scooter convinces Fozzie to do "the classic telephone pole bit." Eventually, they go on stage, with fozzie dressed as a telephone pole.

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Originally Posted by The Muppet show
FOZZIE'S COMEDY SPOT

SCOOTER (wearing Fozzie's hat): Hello, and what's your name?

FOZZIE (in pay phone costume): Mike Oznowiski.

SCOOTER: Oh, so YOU'RE the telephone pole!

[Mike Oznowicsky is a reference to Frank Oz' puppeteer father, Mike Oznowicz.]
I have to say, I don't get it. What's the gag? is it some kind of pun? I hope someone here can explain what the joke is. Also, is the bit actually some kind of vaudeville classic, or was that part just puffery?

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Old 01-08-2006, 04:57 PM
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Very simple.
Fozzie is dressed as a pay phone.
Last name is Oznowiski.
This is clearly a Polish surname.

Therefore, he is a telephone pole or Pole.
Glad to be of assistance.
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Old 01-08-2006, 06:07 PM
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Very simple.
Fozzie is dressed as a pay phone.
Last name is Oznowiski.
This is clearly a Polish surname.

Therefore, he is a telephone pole or Pole.
Glad to be of assistance.
Oh, wow. I'm not sure if I would've gotten that on my own given a thousand years. Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2006, 12:00 PM
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It's the Muppets. Does it HAVE to make sense?
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Old 01-09-2006, 12:23 PM
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It's the Muppets. Does it HAVE to make sense?
i know, i'm still trying to figure out why the "Bananna Sketch" was so funny....
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