Teller skit

The Teller skit, by Abbott and Costello

The Teller skit is one of Abbott and Costello’s routines, with Lou Costello misunderstanding “teller” for “tell her” – it was done on their radio show more than once, as well as in their movie  Hit the Ice where this is taken from:

Having stumbled into a deserted bank, Flash (Bud Abbott) and Tubby  (Lou Costello) try to find a teller.

Flash (Bud Abbott): Teller! Teller!
Tubby  (Lou Costello): Tell who?
Flash (Bud Abbott): Teller!
Tubby  (Lou Costello): I’ll tell her. Where is she?
Flash (Bud Abbott): Where is who? I said teller!
Tubby  (Lou Costello): Tell ‘er what?
Flash (Bud Abbott): Tell ‘er nothing. I want the teller.
Tubby  (Lou Costello): Well, go ahead and tell ‘er – I don’t care.
Flash (Bud Abbott): No! Teller in a bank!
Tubby  (Lou Costello): Tell ‘er in a bank. Tell ‘er outside. Tell ‘er any place you want!  I won’t listen.
Flash (Bud Abbott): Listen – when I say “€˜teller” I don’t mean “€˜tell ‘€˜er.”€™
Tubby  (Lou Costello): Well, what do you mean?
Flash (Bud Abbott): Teller.
Tubby  (Lou Costello): Teller.
Flash (Bud Abbott): Now you’ve got it!
Tubby  (Lou Costello): Now I’ve got it! I don’t even know what I’m talking about!

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