The bad doctor trope is one we’ve seen in TV and movies for decades. Airplane, Family Guy, SNL (Will Ferrell’s ”…quick call to Beverly”), the list goes on…and on. But have we seen it on the web? Probably, yes. Probably an equally large number of times. What makes Whale Thief’s Doctor Forgets What Bones Are Called feel unique is the way in which it tackles a familiar frame–and a simple joke about forgetting very simple, obvious things–and then delivers a piece that’s so well-performed it feels wholly original. That’s not an easy feat. Hats off to you, Benjamin Apple. Also, the largest hat off to Brandon Gulya for the blackout that leads the sketch off. I challenge anyone to try to find that joke anywhere, ever.
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