Who’s On First?
The following is a kinetic typography exercise on the sketch routine featuring Abbott and Costello. The typography shown is to depict the upbeat comedic atmosphere between the two while also paying homage to the history of baseball.
Costello: I love baseball!
Abbott: Well, we all love baseball.
Costello: When we get to St. Louis will you tell me the guys names on the team, so when I go to see them in that St. Louis ballpark I’ll be able to know those fellas.
Abbott: Well now, strange as they may seem they give ballplayers these days very peculiar names.
Costello: Funny names?
Abbott: Nicknames, petnames.
Costello: Not as funny as my name, Sebastian Dimwitty?
Abbott: Oh yes yes!
Costello: Funnier than dat?
Abbott: Oh absolutely!
Abbott: Now on the St. Louis team we have, eh, Who’s on first, What’s on second, and I Don’t Know is on third-
Costello: That’s what I want to find out. I want you to tell me the names of the fellas on the St. Louis team.
Abbott: I’m telling you, Who’s on first, What’s on second, and I Don’t Know is on third.
Costello: You know the fellows’ names?
Costello: Well, then who’s playing first?
Costello: I mean the fellow’s name on first base.
Costello: The fellow playin’ first base.
Costello: The guy on first base.
Abbott: Who is on first.
Costello: Well, what are you askin’ me for?
Abbott: I’m not asking you–I’m telling you. Who is on first.
Costello: I’m asking YOU who is on first!