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Two Tens for a Five

Two Tens for a five routine, made famous by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

A classic  Abbott and Costello routine, from their first movie,  One Night in the Tropics, where  Bud Abbott shows that he’s not above running a quick scam on his friend,  Lou Costello, in order to make a few dollars.

Bud Abbott: Have you got two tens for a five?

Lou Costello: Yeah.

Bud Abbott: There we are. There’s your ten.

Lou Costello: [irritated] Come on, come on!

Bud Abbott: What’s the matter with you? Something wrong?

Lou Costello: Yeah, fifteen dollars went south!

Bud Abbott: What do you mean?

Lou Costello: You give a lot of fast talk! You say, “give me two tens for a five” and I give it to you.

Bud Abbott: Oh, you did? Wise guy! Okay, here’s your five, give me back my two tens.

Lou Costello: That’s better.

Bud Abbott: Now get out of here.


Tom Raymond is a professional computer, programmer, and writer, with a love for the classic comedy team of Abbott and Costello

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