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Article merged: See old talk-page here —Preceding unsigned comment added by VirtualSteve (talkcontribs) 10:38, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

David Letterman[edit]

I think that the clip from David Letterman where they showed real people with funny names should be referrence here. For example, there was one man who's name was Richard Head, who introduced himself as "Dick Head"(Dick being a pet name for Richard.)jdaniels15/ToaJuaraevo01 (talk) 22:24, 7 February 2014 (UTC)


I think that we should get a list of gag names in here, as a fun little reference for these great little gems of American humor.

  • There are plenty of examples in the article already. BD2412 T
    • Edit conflict- Such a thing could also easily spin out of control into massive original research and could take up more than half the article. CanadianCaesar Et tu, Brute? 22:52, 3 April 2006 (UTC)


The second female Canadian senator was called Iva Fallis.comedianofdestruction 01:52, 30 October 2007 (UTC)


If Abbott and Costello are an "early example", I think we could use some research. I'd really expect this sort of thing to go back a lot further; hundreds of years at least, probably thousands (though examples would be scarce at best). I mean, it's a pretty basic form of mockery to get some Roman legionaire to walk into an Ostrogoth bar and ask for someone who's name translates as "I am a butthead". Akb4 19:55, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

  • It has to be nearly as old as the invention of the pun. Maybe that's the place to start. Wahkeenah 20:08, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

Colonel Angus[edit]

Another gag name is used in a Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Christopher Walken as "Colonel Angus" which is a reference to the act of female oral pleasure, 'cunnilingus'.

Nortius Maximus?[edit]

In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, isn't Brian's putative Roman father named "Nortius Maximus", not "Naughtius Maximus"? Meaning, of course, "Big Nose" and fitting in with the other "Big Nose" jokes in the movie.

  • That would be from Life of Brian, not Holy Grail. --AM-2091 (talk) 22:51, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

False Name?[edit]

Could 'Gag Name' also refer to when two students, who know there will be a substitute teacher with a seating chart, switch desks before the teacher comes in? When the sub takes roll, they each lie about their name, and are called by the other student's name all day. 07:04, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Another seating chart gag: A student makes out an extra card with the name "Dick Hertz." When a teacher fails to get a response to the name when calling roll, s/he is likely to ask, "Who's Dick Hertz"? Kostaki mou (talk) 19:13, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Mike Hunt should be merged here[edit]

Mike Hunt doesn't warrant its own article, it would make more sense to list it in its own section here. Also, many of the "examples" listed in that article aren't even called Mike Hunt, but Michael Hunt, which is fairly irrelevant as "Michael Hunt" isn't a noteworthy or offensive-sounding name. 20:17, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

I agree - I think the original Mike Hunt page was a simple disambiguation page and then someone decided to add the "offensive uses" section. Thomas Dzubin Talk 15:47, 9 February 2007 (UTC)
Same; perhaps one line or so pointing out the gag, but most of the section should be merged away.--DoctorWorm 17:52, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
Disagree There is enough material at Mike Hunt for its own page, and somebody truly looking for one of the notable bearers of that name should not have to wade through Dick Hertz and Heywood Jablome to find him. The original proposer of the merge points out that some of the names on that page are Michael. That makes sense when you consider the page as an enhanced disambiguation page, but would not make sense if the page were to be merged here. Matchups 02:34, 3 June 2007 (UTC)
Partial agree. The section on offensive use should be merged here; the names of actual people bearing the name should remain as a disambiguation page. bd2412 T 05:39, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
Disagree As one of the few "gag" names that exists in the wild, it deserves it's own page.

I think ISAAC HUNT deserves a mention as he is a legend —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:02, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Bob Wehadababyitzaboy[edit]

"A TV ad for 1-800-COLLECT, which chided the abuse of person-to-person collect calls to deliver messages without paying for them, featured a man calling his parents and claiming to be trying to reach "Bob Wehadababyitzaboy"."

From what I remember, this isn't true. While the gag name is right, the information about the commercial (creator, purpose, etc.) isn't right. I'll try to find a video of it to prove it later today. It really was a commercial by a new company, using satire in the form of Bob to say, basically, that "You don't have to keep doing this to get cheap calls, just use our service".

Kirbyrockz 16:10, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

It was actually a commercial for GEICO. I found a clip at, but I don't think it can be sourced for copyright purposes.
Fashnable1 10:30, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Alien Nation[edit]

The 80s movie and 89-90 series Alien Nation did quite a few of these names for the alien newcomers -- Sam Francisco, Carrie Onbag, etc. Sir Rhosis 05:32, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Southern Nazarene University?[edit]

This is listed as a gag name, but I don't get the joke. Anyone care to explain the joke for me? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:05, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Hugh Jampton[edit]

In the BBC radio "Goon Show" episode 'The Battle of Spion Kop', first broadcast in 1958, Michael Bentine played the character Hugh Jampton. "Huge Hampton" uses rhyming slang of the place name "Hampton Wick" for prick or dick. More recently, George Harrison credited Hugh Jampton on several of his own, as well as at least one of the Travelling Wilburys, albums. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:34, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

While not vulgar...[edit] about the gag names used in the "credits" on both Car Talk (e.g. "Bud Tuggly", the Russian chauffeur "Peekup Undropoff") and A Prairie Home Companion (e.g. "Natalie Dressed", "Amanda Reckonwith", "Emanuel Transmission", "Sarah Bellum")? RadioKAOS  – Talk to me, Billy 02:52, 15 February 2013 (UTC)


Probably long forgotten by many, there was the Saturday Night Live sketch where Eddie Murphy introduces himself to Bernadette Peters: "Hi, my name is Miles. Miles Long." RadioKAOS  – Talk to me, Billy 23:58, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Sofa King[edit]

I doubt that this is limited to Howard Stern. There is a commercial airing right now for an upcoming airing of something related to Stephen King on the Encore cable network. The announcer says "Sofa. King. Scary.", with accompanying imagery for each word. He then repeats it faster and faster, to where it sounds more like "So fucking scary" by the end.

Besides, I've heard the Sofa King commercial on other radio shows. Many of these same programs air a commercial around Christmas time for "Dickens Cider", or its alcoholic variant, "Hard Dickens Cider". RadioKAOS / Talk to me, Billy / Transmissions 11:08, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

In "Reality"? Really?[edit]

The section begins, "In the mid-1970s Jim Davidson and John Elmo frequently called..."

Who the hell are "Jim Davidson" and "John Elmo"? Brothers-in-law of whoever wrote the article? I've never heard of either of them; they aren't identified any further in the article, and the names aren't linked anywhere. Might as well have said that "John Doe" and "Bob Smith" made the calls.

Are "Jim Davidson" and "John Elmo" supposed to be examples of "gag names"? If so, how so?

Really, some more explanation is needed here. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:23, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Dead Link[edit]

Can someone remove the link to reference 10 for the NTSB reference: "NTSB statement on erroneous confirmation of crew names". NTSB. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.? I am not sure the proper protocol for such an action.IcehouseCover (talk) 20:03, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

James Bond[edit]

An interesting coincidence that could be mentioned in the James Bond section is that one of the actors is called "Roger Moore". Paul Coddington (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 00:04, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

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