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There are multiple recurring jokes and bits on Comedy Bang! Bang! These tend to be very self-referential. This page is an ongoing, incomplete list. 

For a list of other recurring features on the show, see Recurring Segments.

Catchphrases and Frequent Sayings[]

Catchphrase Description
What's Up, Hot Dog? "What's up, hot dog?" was the catchphrase Scott used to open the show beginning in 2010. It comes from a story Aukerman told on 'Never Not Funny' in which he witnessed a man awkwardly trying to initiate conversation with the cashier of a convience store by telling him "What's up, hot dog?" repeatedly, while holding a hot-dog. In 103: These Times They Are A-Changin', Scott announced his intentions to retire the catchphrase and pay homage to it by renaming the Plugs Section the 'What's Up, Hot Dog?' Memorial Plugs Section. Scott has since gifted the catchphrase to Weird Al Yankovic.
B-b-b-b-bonus-s-s-s-s! Starting on Best of 2011 Pt. 1, Scott and Paul have introduced bonus clips by alternatively repeating b or s, respectively.
Heynong Man! This originally came from Jason "Heynong" Mantzoukas saying "hang on, man," and there have been several variations such as "shame nong you." Jason hates all of the variations.
How the bread is made This expression refers to behind-the-scenes details of the show, and originated when Scott was trying to say "how the sausage is made."
'Sclusie When a celebrity guest drops unique information, or premiers a new story on the podcast, Scott will often refer to it as a 'sclusie, a Hollywood shortening of the word "exclusive."
Maybe it's just me, but for me... Scott often points out that his opinions may not be your opinions or the opinions of anyone else.
Thank you, Reggie Watts On earlier episodes of the show, Scott would thank Reggie for his performance of the theme song, explaining that he traveled to the studio solely to perform the song and would leave immediately afterward.
This is not that kind of show

Scott likes to keep the show clean and tries to avoid controversy. Although PFT has pointed out that, in fact, it is that kind of show.

Technicality-No-Down-Boo-Over! Scott enforcing any specific point of law or specific rule.
Big ups to people of all stars and stripes Used when Scott emphasizes his tolerance towards others. Originated when Scott presumably attempted to say "people of all stripes".
The show where we talk to interesting people As of 2017, Scott's new tagline, which beautifully and succinctly describes the show.
Life is a race to death, and we all hope to come in last. Scott shows his philosophical side when pondering the true meaning of life, or whenever one of his guests mentions the concept of racing.
All joking a salad Scott said this to Ben Schwartz instead of "all joking aside," possibly because his favorite side dish is salad.
..and I pray that you do Often when Scott (or a guest of the show) starts a sentence addressing the listener with "If you ..." Scott will interject with this, praying that the listener is on board with whatever is being suggested.
The Widow Howl App Scott's current nickname for his wife, Kulap Vilaysack (previously known as "My former girlfriend whom I married"). A portmanteau of "The Widow Kulap" -- which Scott called Kulap when he and Jason "Heynong" Mantzoukas were musing about Scott's eventual death (entitling Jason to become the next host of CBB as well as marrying Scott's widowed wife) -- and Howl App, the app for the incessantly-touted which is the place for all Earwolf archived & premium content.
Baby! Several guests/characters use baby as a catchphrase, including The Bachelor Brothers, Ho Ho the Elf, Traci Rearden, and Gino Lambardo.
R2-D Too Soon Originally used anytime one is discussing the death of a droid. Used in place of "too soon" when a tragedy hasn't had the time needed for the equation tragedy + time = hilarity.
Murderer Heaven In 236: Murderer Heaven it was established by the ghost of Richard Harrow that there are various heavens; this has been since mentioned in several episodes.
Five, Four, Three, Nose, One Sometimes prefaced by "liftoff imminent," it is used in place of conventional countdowns. Scott originated the phrase during a game of Would You Rather in 76.5: Don't Cry Rolling Skate Train.
Ghostburgers Poops are the ghosts of old burgers.
Side-by-Side A side-by-side is a type of hermaphrodite wherein a person has both sets of genitalia alongside each other. Chip Gardner is a notable side-by-side who is known to perform surgeries on homeless people to make them fellow side-by-sides.
Andy Daly suicides

Andy Daly's characters have a tendency to commit suicide, or at the very least have suicidal thoughts. This is most evident in 148: "Wipeout!".

R.I.Possible Said when Scott is unsure if someone mentioned on the show is still alive or not.
Open Door Policy Scott employs an open door policy on the show, which often destroys his attempts to make the show more like WTF with Marc Maron, which conducts "actor's pain" interviews.
President Barack Hussein Obamacare How Scott refers to the president and his policies.
"iPod, iPad, I don't even know anymore!" Scott is often confused by new technology, especially Apple products. An all-purpose website.
Everyone born in the '80s is in their 80s Scott believes your age is the same as the decade in which you were born.
If you're gonna Bing it, use Google Scott originally asked listeners to Google things using Bing but switched allegiance in later episodes.
Tear Basin When a character or guest on the show cries, Scott tries to collect them in his tear basin.
International waters There are no laws on the high seas, which is frequently mentioned by Andy Daly's characters.
You should have your improv card revoked. Often said to Matt Besser when he makes a less-than-stellar joke; for example, in 146: Climbing the Ladder, when Ben Schwartz asks: "Of everything available at a deli, what sandwich would you get?", and Besser, as Bjork, replies: "A pulled Bjork sandwich."
Reference-o-meter If Scott makes a pop culture mistake, he will often blame his reference-o-meter being on the fritz.
Branches are trees' dicks No explanation needed.
Look it up, Scotty! Look it up! PFT first sang "Look it up, Garon! Look it up!" on the Never Not Funny podcast. Scott later performed the same song. Shortly thereafter it made the jump to CBB.
Engineer Cody Originating on U Talkin' U2 to Me when Adam Scott referred to a different engineer as Engineer Cody, the job titles of all Earwolf engineers are now Engineer Cody (i.e., Engineer Cody Brett, Engineer Cody Cody).
SFX Record Scott often mentions he and Paul F. are starting a sound effects record. Tracks 9 and 12 are water being poured.
Dads and Grads During the month of June, Scott tends to get angry at the fact that dads and grads have the month to themselves.
C+ Rating When Scott gives a rating, the highest possible rating is a C+. Since C is average, a C+ means above average and a C- is below average. No more grades needed.
CBB Bump Scott commonly asks visiting musical acts or television actors to report back with how many sales/views they received after appearing on the show.
Jeremy Piven Piven's name is sung very dramatically, usually over the Would You Rather theme song.
"And I'll introduce you in a minute..." Scott likes to build listener anticipation by describing the guest's accomplishments at the top of a segment. Like the professional he is, Scott prefers the guests follow radio etiquette and remain silent during the introduction.
"The throes of ____-doggy" Scott initially began describing the state of being in August as being in "The throes of 'Augy-doggy', and re-uses this phrase in later months that made less phonetic sense, including the throes of "Octy-doggy" and "Novy-doggy".
Washington Clowns "A circus passed through Washington DC. The circus then moved along, but the clowns? They all stayed behind." This hacky joke and many variations of it are repeated since the early days of CBB, back when it was CDR. Eventually the reference to the joke became something even Scott couldn't remember, and lately he mumbles through it and fails to deliver it correctly.

It appears as an easter egg in the TV universe.

"That sounds good to me" Believed to originate from Neil Campbell's opening act during the 2016 live tour. He said the phrase in a funny way and it got the other members of the tour tickled, becoming an inside joke. They continued doing it while traveling and then started referencing it live.
Eatin' Ain't Cheatin' Scott and PFT impersonate Bill Clinton saying his famous catchphrase "Eatin' ain't cheatin'."
Scott is 29 years old. For years, Scott has insisted he is 29 years old, an allusion to the reluctance of Hollywood icons to share their actual age and consequently lying about it.
Balcony Report Scott opened most of the 2022 Live Shows with an objective statement on how many balconies were in the theater, and insisted that this was not a call-out to the audience in the balconies, but a mere informational segment.

Pop Culture References[]

Reference Description
My wife! The Borat catchphrase "my wife" has been used on the show whenever someone mentions their spouse. "My wife" was not used on the show (presumed retired) between 237: Filipino Blockbuster and Best of 2013 Pt. 1. At some point, Scott began referring to his wife Kulap as "my former girlfriend, whom I married," perhaps to avoid this joke. In an attempt to abandon the joke, Scott occasionally turned to saying "Friday Night Lights" with the same accent and intonation. Despite protestations from Scott of "We don't do that on this show anymore!" it still happens semi-regularly. A My Wife supercut can be found here.
Mos Eisley Cantina Band Song  Scott and PFT will segue into the Cantina Band song from Star Wars, usually shoe-horning it into a mash up with another song, e.g., "Touch Me," "Skid Row".
It's been... "It's been..." comes from the Barenaked Ladies song "One Week."
It's been awhile... "It's been awhile..." comes from the Staind song, "It's Been Awhile". The phrase being very common in general conversation, Aukerman, frequent guests (and even listeners!) have taken the habit to sing the titular lyric of the song intead of simply saying "it's been awhile".

Aukerman has even said that it has become very hard not to sing the phrase aloud when he hears someone say it. There is a spin-off of Aukerman and actor Adam Scott's podcast, U Talkin' U2 To Me? (and it's follow-up, R U Talkin' R.E.M. Re: Me?), titled Staind Glass. It involves Aukerman, Scott and comedian Todd Glass (barely) reviewing the music of Staind.

I Want a New Drug "I Want a New Drug" is a song by Huey Lewis and The News. When a guest uses a similar-sounding phrase, Scott or another guest will sometimes repeat it back to the tune of this song. Most often heard when a guest mentions that they "want a new job."
That's also true! "That's also true!" comes from the Tenacious D song, "Kyle Quit the Band."
I want that pill! Gimme dat pill! Said in a Robert De Niro voice, this is a reference to the film Limitless.
'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished A line from Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy (act 3, scene 1) in which the prince of Denmark wishes his own death. Paul F. Tompkins' characters often use this line when they kind of want something. Scott and Paul said, "I'll allow it, but watch yourself, counselor" and "'Tis a consummation, devoutly to be wished" on every episode of the 2013 Tour.
I'll allow it, but watch yourself, counselor Scott and PFT will often say this to each other, usually during games of Would You Rather? during the 2013 Tour. This line is a reference to the John Mulaney Law and Order bit about the judge who allows everything, from his 2009 album The Top Part.
Mildred and Patty Hill Scott and PFT often reference the writers of "Happy Birthday" and how we all owe them money due to their copyright, often referring to them as "miserly old crones."
"Batdance" Scott often mentions his favourite song "Batdance" by Prince from the Batman original soundtrack.
"Wipeout!" Scott often sings the instrumental song "Wipeout!" and refers to the guy who laughs during the song as being a dick.
The last episode of M*A*S*H

Scott frequently mentions the popularity of the last episode of Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, which was the most-watched television broadcast in American history until the 2010 Super Bowl. This is also referred to as Scott's favorite show on the TV show.

SaturDAY Night Live Scott often asks former SNL castmembers about the apparent inconsistency of the show having day and night in the name.
Downtown Abbey

Scott often insists the name of Downton Abbey is actually Downtown Abbey. Usually his guests opt for the more traditional pronunciation, in particular Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Scott contends that Texter is the real name of the titular character of the Showtime series Dexter, who died while texting and driving.

House of Pies This is what Scott calls Showtime's House of Lies, which co-stars Ben Schwartz. House of Pies is actually the name of a Los Angeles-area restaurant. Other nicknames for the show include Shameless, House of Flies, and House of Pies Pive (referring specifically to the live improv special with the cast that Schwartz produced).
Oranges: The New Black This is what Scott calls Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, which co-starred Lauren Lapkus.
"Sorry!" This refers to the SNL sketches featuring Kristen Wiig's character Gilly, usually whenever Gillian Jacobs is a guest on the show.
Marone! This is a combination of Marc Maron and the Italian word "madonne," a light curse, used whenever Maron is brought up.
Hollywood Nights A reference to the Bob Seger song, "Hollywood Nights," the show is variously recorded on Hollywood days, nights, or afternoons.
No, But... improv Scott and his guests often do scenes using "No, But..." improv, contrary to the traditional "Yes, And..." rule of improv. Marissa Wompler is notably successful in 116: When I Go to Queens...
...aaand ten more minutes "...aaand ten more minutes" is used in place of "...and scene," mostly to continue a scene or a bit when it seems to be coming to its natural close. Scott has cited Ben Schwartz with coming up with this.
In the Biz Biz is short for showbiz which is what people in the biz call showbusiness.
Shocking Disc Jockey Longhand for "Shock Jock," i.e., Tom Leykis or Howard Stern.
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you Variations of this line from the popular holiday song "Christmas Is Coming" come from PFT's characters.
Entourage/Oh, Yeah! Scott likes to "sing" the lyrics to the Entourage theme song ("Oh, yeah!") or ask about "the Murphy Group" in a Woody Allen voice.
1122 Boogie Woogie Avenue This is a reference to The Spinners' song of the same name.
ET No Homo This is a take on "E.T. phone home," mashed with the homophobic phrase, "no homo."
Icona Popping Commonly heard during the 2016 Tour between Scott and characters played by Paul F. Tompkins and Lauren Lapkus, this involves replying to declarations of "I love it" with "I don't care" or vice versa, in a reference to the Icona Pop hit song "I Love It". This will often be followed up by a phrase such as "You've been Icona Popped by the best."
"One Time" Scott will often repeat "one time" when said by a guest, in reference to the song "Killing Me Softly" by Fugees.
May Nineteen A reference to the Steely Dan song "Hey Nineteen".
And The Rest A reference to the original lyrics of the Gilligan's Island theme song, referring to The Professor and Mary Ann as simply "the rest." Scott will usually list off one or two examples of something and follow it up with "and the rest!"

Frequently Asked Interview Questions[]

FAQs Description
May I ask a question? Often guests want to ask other guests a question, so they casually ask if they can ask a question, to which Scott responds that no one has to ask if they can ask questions. This often comes into play in Would You Rather? before the floor has been opened for questions.
How much do you make? Scott often asks people how much money they make, and he can get rather pressing when they try to be vague. While most regularly heard on Comedy Death-Ray Radio episodes, it has also been used on the TV show.
How you weigh? Scott has asked his guests how they weigh several times. There have been some variations, i.e., "How you fuck?"
What is your address? In earlier episodes Scott would ask guests exactly where they live.
What's your fuck style? Scott often enquires about his guests' fuck styles. Scott also asked (Adam) Scott this on the Staind Glass episode of their podcast U Talkin' U2 To Me.
How do you juggle work and family? Scott often asks his guests this question, notably on the TV show.
Do you play pranks on each other on set? Alternate for "How do you juggle work and family?"
Now, we've never met before, have we? Often followed up with "Is this your card?"
Where are you on the call sheet? Scott often asks his guests this question, especially when there are several guests from the same show. Scott first learned the term (after incorrectly referring to it a "call list") from Adam Scott on episode 7 of U Talkin' U2 To Me.
How many reels in this film? Used as a followup question when asking about a guest's new movie.

New Show Names[]

The show was originally called Comedy Death-Ray Radio. The name was changed in 103: These Times They Are A-Changin’ to Comedy Bang! Bang! but is often referred to by other names.

Comedy Death-Ray Radio
Comedy Deaf Guy Radio (Live from Downtown Franklin)
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Comedy Fang! Fang! (Halloween Episodes)
Comedy Bing! Bong!
Comedy Big Bang Theory
Comedy Bean Bag!
Comedy Bangarang Theory
Commie Hang Hang
Comedy Band Band
Comedy Gang Bang
Comedy Pizza Party!
Gillian Jacobs's Scott Auckerman's Comedy Bang's Bang

Would You Rather Phrases[]

See Would You Rather for a list of phrases used specifically in games of Would You Rather.