Origins of "May I mambo dogface on the banana patch?"

Here’s another one from the useless trivia section of my life.

I’m trying to find the source of the phrase/song title/punchline of “May I mambo dogface on the banana patch?” Or words to the effect.

I’m not even sure how I go into the conversation where this came up… But it’s stuck in my brain now.


This is from a Steve Martin album. He suggested talking “wrong” around little kids who are learning to talk. He imagined that a kid would raise his hand in first grade and say,
“Excuse me, teacher, may I mambo dogface to the banana patch?”

Oddly enough, this exact phrase was used in today’s Get Fuzzy strip.

Dogface is really gonna enjoy that.

Knowing the crowd talking about this, it wouldn’t surprise me. They came into my cube and asked me about it.

Apparently I’m getting a reputation as a fount of useless knowledge…

That’s font, if you please. Font of useless knowledge.

Webster’s (and I’s) disagrees with you.

Pronunciation: 'faunt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French font, from Latin font-, fons
Date: 15th century

      • Looking around at Steve Martin CD’s, they now list it as being on the album “Comedy Is Not Pretty”, but I didn’t have that one but had the “Wild And Crazy Guy” album years ago and I swear it appeared on that…

My favorite line from that sketch is the teacher’s reply: “Give that kid a test and get him out of here.” We use that one a *lot.

Font, in this case, means fount, but you still say “font” because the phrase is “font of knowledge.” Call it idiomatic, perhaps.

You are correct - it is on Wild and Crazy Guy. I have that album.

Of course, it could also be on Comedy is Not Pretty

Similarly, when my daughter was just learning to talk, my older brother ( the evil one) started teaching her to say: “Hey sailor, looking for a good time ?”.

Luckily, he had to go back to Hawaii.