Button Up Your Overcoat: You Forgot Your Pants

I Googled “forgot your pants” the other day, and needless to say a number of interesting things popped up. The top search results were pictures of Anne Hathaway on some entertainment website where she, naturally, had forgotten to wear pants in public. But celebrities have such hatred toward pants these days that I really wasn’t fazed. There were also a couple of blog entries written on the discovery that several Star Wars lines can be rewritten by substituting in the word “pants” and suddenly they’re hilarious. For instance, “I find your lack of pants disturbing”, “Great, Chewie, great. Always thinking with your pants”, “I cannot teach him. The boy has no pants”, and “Search your pants, Luke. You know it’s true”. Granted I can’t appreciate the full humor of these line substitutions when I’ve never seen the three original Star Wars movies (I’ll call blasphemy on myself, don’t get all in a tizzy). But I do appreciate the creativity that pants can bring to a situation.

The search result that got me a little excited was on IMDb; Season 18, Episode 27 of the Red Skelton Show: “Button Up Your Overcoat: You Forgot Your Pants”.

Upon doing some research into the origins of the Red Skelton Show, Wikipedia informed me that it was a variety TV show, originally airing in the early 1950s and running through the 70s. In that time, it won three Emmys and competed with Gunsmoke and the Ed Sullivan Show for ratings. Unfortunately I searched everywhere and couldn’t find a plot synopsis for “Button Up Your Overcoat: You Forgot Your Pants”, so naturally I concluded that maybe it was fitting to think about what a modern-day version of this episode would look like…

Red Skelton played a character named George Appleby in this episode, and other characters included “Grizzled Old Prospector”, Gloria Loring as herself, and the Tom Hansen Dancers as…themselves. I see the potential for some High School Musical action here…only with pants! Cue music! (This is the part where I insert the word “pants” into High School Musical song titles if you didn’t pick up on that.)

“Get’cha Pants in the Game”

“Stick to the Status Pants”

“We’re All in Pants Together”

“I Can’t Take My Pants Off You”

Funny, right? Could Lady Gaga play the Grizzled Old Prospector who refuses to see the virtue of pants? Could the Jabbawockeez play the modern-day Tom Hansen Dancers and communicate for pants through the eyes of dance? It’s an exciting prospect.

It’s time to bring the classic variety show formula back to today’s TV line-up. And I think the way to bring it back with a bang is with pants (keyword “with”). NBC if you’re reading this, I will gladly write you a pilot.

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One Comment on “Button Up Your Overcoat: You Forgot Your Pants”

  1. Terri Says:

    The Red Skelton show was a classic. Bringing a variety show to today’s tv would be a welcome change from the deluge of reality and pseudo-reality junk that pollutes the airwaves. Let’s showcase talent rather than give some lame wannabe’s a moment in the limelight. One rule, though: you must wear pants!


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