Actors/Comedians Who Have Coined or Popularized the Most Phrases

We all tend to mimic, or use catchphrases that are popular for a time. I’m sure lots of Beatles phrases were used in the day. I can’t think of anyone who has popularized more catchphrases than Mike Myers, in various roles, though. For instance:

  • If it’s no Scottish, it’s crap!

  • Party on.

  • Excellent!

  • Hurl.

  • Not!

  • Schwing!

  • Chyeah!

  • We are not worthy.

  • Would you like to touch my monkey?

  • Like buttah

  • Talk amongst yourselves

  • Mini me.

  • Ohh, behave

  • Ya, baby.
    Any others come close?

Cameron Crowe might be pretty close though he’s a writer/director rather than actor/comedian. Some of his were even used by Mike Myers:

“You complete me.”
“Show me the money.”
“Aloha, Mr. Hand.”
“I’m a golden god!”
“Totally awesome!”
“You had me at hello.”
“The human head weighs 8 pounds.”

There’s many more, I’m sure.

Groucho Marx

“Say the secret word.”
“Last night I shot an elephant in my pajamas.”
“Tell Roth to wax the dean for awhile.”
“Remember, we are fighting for this lady’s honor, which is probably more than she ever did.”
“I’ll tell you why a duck.”
“I would never join a club that would have me as a member.”
“I’m Ronald Kornblow. I stop and nothing.”
“I’ve got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.”
“Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot, but don’t let that fool you: he really is an idiot.”
"If you think this country’s bad off now, just wait till I get through with it! "
“From when I picked up your book until I set it down I was convulsed in laughter. Someday I intend to read it.”
“And two hard boiled eggs.”

I think Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell alone would probably win this.

Others I can think of:

Clint Eastwood, e.g.:
“Go ahead, make my day.”
“Feel lucky, punk?”

Arnold Schwarzenegger, e.g.:
“I’ll be back.”

Jerry Seinfeld.

I know a great doper with more time on their hands will chime in with some winners, but:

“Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
“Are you master of your domain?”
“They call him the Soup Nazi.”
“Men like to hunt, women nest.”
“Hello, Newman.”
“Gotta love the Drake!”
“She has man hands.”

There’s tons more, and if include the quotes that other characters said that Jerry had a hand in creating (like “These pretzels are making me thirsty!”) there’s even more.

“That’s the most ridiculous thing I evah hoid!”

Homer Simpson wins probably,
etc. ad nauseum ad infinitum

If we’re talking about a single TV show, then Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In is way up there:

“You bet your bippy.”
“Beautiful Downtown Burbank.”
“Sock it to me.”
“Here come da judge” (not originated by them, but popularized).
“Verrrrry interesting.”
“One ringy dingy. Two ringy dingys.”
“And that’s the truth. Thbbbbt.”
“Good night, Dick.”
“Is that a chicken joke?”
“I forget the question.”
“Go to your room.”
“Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls”
“Tiny Tim”
“What’s the news across the nation?”
“Blow in my ear and I’ll follow you anywhere.”

Did Groucho ever actually say this?

Doubtful, but so many people who impersonate Groucho have used this phrase, that rightly or wrongly, it’s become associated with him, much like “You dirty rat” became associated with James Cagney, or “Judy, Judy, Judy!” became associated with Cary Grant.

How about Mel Blanc?

“Eh…what’s up, Doc?” (Bugs Bunny)
“You’re dethhhhhpicable!” (Daffy Duck)
<untranscribable stutter> That’s all, folks!” (Porky Pig)
…and many more.

What about Don Adams from Get Smart?

“Missed it…by THAT much!”

“Sorry about that, Chief”

“Would you believe… …”

“…and LOVING it!!”

“…that’s the Second oldest trick in the book!”

Well, there’s his co-star Dana Carvey.

Party on, Wayne.
Now isn’t that special?
We’re going to pump you up.
Not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be prudent.
Could it be… SATAN?
Now, that’s just sad.
And we liked it!

“My little chickadee”
“What a euphonious appellation”
“What symetrical digits”
“I was only trying to guess your weight”
“She’s not gonna tell me I don’t love her”
“On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia”
“I was in love with a beautiful woman once. She drove me to drink. I’ll always be grateful.”
“Parbolied” (response to “how do you like children Mr. Fields?”
“Who put the water in my water bottle?”
“The kid’s no trouper.”
“Did I come in here (bar) last night and break a $20 bill? I did? Thank God, I thought I’d lost it.”

and thence with George “Goober” Lindsey, who made it immortally his own.


I’m pretty sure that one was taken from an actual comment by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin at a press outing of some sort ( which makes way more sense in context, as Plant is a blond, unlike the actor in Almost Famous ).

“I went to Philadelphia once - but it was closed.”
“I always keep a bottle of stimulants handy, in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy.”

I can’t believe nobody nominated the Monty Python troupe. Way too many to even begin to list, and if not the most prolific, definitely one of the most.

How about the Monty Python group?

I <3 Cerowyn.

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