What is the best sports-related comedy routine of all-time?

Earlier today on Corporate Compliance Insights (another blog I manage), I posted the video of George Carlin’s epic Baseball versus Football comedy routine as part of the site’s “Coffee Break” section.

I also posted posted it to Reddit with the headline “If there is a better sports-related comedy routine than this, I’ve never heard it“. Well, that might not actually be true.

As Redditor Grimeden pointed out, there is at least one more legendary sports-related comedy routine that has to be in any discussion of “best ever”. It is, of course, Abbott and Costello’s classic “Who’s on First” bit. I’m not quite sure how I forgot about this one, but I did. Silly me.

Now the question is: which one is better? George Carlin or Abbott & Costello?

And to answer that, I present both videos and request your vote.

Also, if you think there is another sports-related comedy routine that is better than either of these two, please post a description and link in the comment section. Who knows, if we get enough “other” votes, I may heave to set up a bracket-style tournament to determine this one.

Here is the poll (as I assume most of you have seen both of these before) and the videos below for reference.

What is the best sports-related comedy routine of all-time?

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Video: George Carlin on Baseball versus Football


Video: Abbott and Costello “Who’s on First”


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  1. CMatthews58 says:

    Robin Williams on golf http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=363643554… (NSFW language)

  2. House of Punte's "OLD TIMEY NFL PICKS!". http://houseofpunte.podbean.com/mf/web/8j63ft/49_… (48:20 mark)

  3. Henry Plantagenet says:

    Bill Cosby — track and field, the high jump and the mile relay.

  4. Slovin & Allen's "modernization" – destroying the joke. http://comedians.jokes.com/slovin-and-allen/video

  5. Bob Nelson is the best of the bunch

  6. Chris Ullrich says:

    Dan St. Paul – Harry Caray calls the first baseball game.

  7. I like Dan St Paul's First Baseball Game- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEK_FtMD2QQ

  8. Norm Macdonald espy's monologue.

  9. A long time ago, I remember hearing Andy Griffith describe a football game as two bunch of guys chasing after a funny looking pumpkin in a pasture.

  10. Billy Crystal did a great bit where he portrayed Cosell, Ali, Tommy Hearns, Hagler and Larry Holmes.
    Also, John Caponera ‘s ESPY bit when he did Harry Carey…way, way better than anything done by Will Ferrell.

  11. I agree with Dan. Bob Nelson's routine in the 80's was best.

  12. Southern man says:

    Andy Griffith "What is was, was football."

  13. Southern Man says:

    Sorry, forgot the link.
    Andy Griffith "What is was, was football."

  14. Eddie Murphy says:

    Robin Williams on golf

  15. Dave Chappelle, racial draft….

  16. Artie Lang on Eagles fans… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc2kMVV3D9c

  17. "Football Comes to the University of Chicago" by The Second City http://listen.grooveshark.com/s/Football+Comes+To

  18. Otto Bounds says:
  19. apollo2232 says:

    Robin Williams on Golf is head and shoulders above anything else I've ever seen.

  20. Jack Smack says:

    George Carlin on golf. Pick it up at 2:45 for Golf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbSRCjG-VLk&fe

  21. http://www.hulu.com/watch/2345/saturday-night-liv

    watching John Belushi reveal his secret for performing athletic feats. How he is smoking at the end cracks me up

  22. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBW7ysPcbT0

    Frank Caliendo as John Madden!

  23. Marx Brothers "Tutsi Fruitsy Ice Cream" skit from "A Day at the Races" 1936 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LBIsDBC848

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