The Who Was? Show

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The Who Was? Show
GenreComedy
Sketch comedy
Nonfiction[1]
Roleplay
Directed byDan Beers
StarringHaley Tju
Adam Hochstetter
Kirrilee Berger
Lilla Crawford
Bentley Green
Zach Timson
Andy Daly
Narrated byH. Jon Benjamin
Opening themeThe Who Was? Show Theme Song
Ending themeThe Who Was? Show Theme Song (Instrumental)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerBrian Clark
ProducersMark DiCristofaro
William Lapp
Aaron Levine
Jon Sheflin
Jason Stiff
Louis Waxman
Bob Higgins
Rich Korson
Jay Peterson
Francesco Sedita
CinematographyRussell Swanson
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesTap that Maple
Penguin Random House
Matador Content
Bento Box Entertainment
FremantleMedia Kids & Family
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
External links
Website

The Who Was? Show is a sketch comedy and history program on Netflix, in which Andy Daly's character, Ron, interacts with a group of teenagers; interspersed with historical vignettes and narrated by H. Jon Benjamin. The show is based on the Who Was...? series of books, published since 2002, and premiered on May 11, 2018.[2] The show was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series in 2019.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Gandhi & Benjamin Franklin"Stoney Sharp, Jared Lapidus & Daniel BeersBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark & Mark McAdamMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Guest appearance by Adam Pally as Who Was Your Life Host

Sketches:

  • Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence (starring Adam as Benjamin and Zach as Thomas)
  • Benjamin Franklin's Mandatory Kite Sketch
  • "We Got Our Faces on Money" Rap Song
  • Gandhi Peacefully Protesting Against the Dance-Off as Benjamin slides on the dance-off dance floor
  • Gandhi's vegan Song
  • Gandhi on Who Was Your Life
  • Benjamin Franklin Asking How to Make Farts Pleasant Ending With the People He Asked Repeatedly Saying "Ben Franklin Farted!"
2"Albert Einstein & Joan of Arc"Daniel Beers, Stoney Sharp & Jared LapidusBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark, Mark McAdam & Aparna NancherlaMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Sketches:

  • Einstein's Song "E = MC2"
  • Joan of Arc sees angels and Archangel Michael acts like her boyfriend (starring Kirrilee as Joan and Bentley as Michael)
  • Ron Ready to burn Joan at the stake and Einstein rescues her
3"William Shakespeare & King Tutankhamun(Also known as King Tut)"Stoney Sharp, Jared Lapidus & Daniel BeersBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark & Mark McAdamMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Sketches:

  • William Shakespeare's father wants him to be a glove maker, not a poet. Then the glove making business crashes, resulting in William Shakespeare's father changing his mind and letting Shakespeare be a poet.
  • King Tut checks out his new tomb and gives an inspirational speech about having a legacy.
  • How to prepare a Mummy
  • Queen Elizabeth saying that she is in a later episode unless you watched the episodes in no particular order after being told that the tickets to Shakespeare's play were all sold out and before she asked for someone to carry her into the ticketing booth and said that whoever helps her into the ticketing booth would not be punished.
4"Isaac Newton & Amelia Earhart"Stoney Sharp, Jared Lapidus & Daniel BeersBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark, Mark McAdam & Aparna NancherlaMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Guest appearance by Ellie Kemper as Herself/female narrator

Sketches:

  • Earhart replaces H. Jon Benjamin with Ellie Kemper as narrator
  • The all men air show
  • Isaac Newton falling apple story
  • [Sir] Isaac Newton of Woolsthorpe was a genius who discovered gravity and loved the plague because for him it meant solitude.
  • Amelia Earhart goes to a plane show and is inspired to become an aviator.
5"Marie Antoinette & Louis Armstrong"Stoney Sharp, Jared Lapidus & Daniel BeersBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark & Mark McAdamMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Sketches:

  • Marie Antoinette was rich and selfish and everything went wrong.
  • Keeping up with the Antoinettes
  • Louis Armstrong worked hard and everything went right.
  • Jazz Slang
  • Marie Antoinette's Head Cut Off
  • Keeping up with the Angry Mob
  • What Went Wrong
6"Sacagawea & Blackbeard (Edward Teach)"Stoney Sharp, Jared Lapidus & Daniel BeersBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark & Mark McAdamMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Guest appearance by Jordan Klepper as Job Coach – Sketches:

  • Blackbeard finds a job as a pirate from the Job Coach and throws him off his ship.
  • The Job Coach travels a century from Blackbeard's time to Sacagawea's time.
  • Sacagawea finding a job to lead her husband, Lewis & Clark through the United States to the Pacific Ocean from the Job Coach.
  • Blackbeard gives a tour of his pirate ship.
  • Sacagawea leading Lewis & Clark through the United States.
  • ARRRRRR-BITARARY PIRATE FACTS
  • "My Head's on a Pole" Song
7"Susan B. Anthony & Frida Kahlo"Stoney Sharp, Jared Lapidus & Daniel BeersBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark, Mark McAdam, Tami Sagher & Elliott KalanMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Sketches:

  • Frida's Joy of Painting
  • Susan B. Anthony’s "Hey, that's messed up!" Song
  • Ye Bachelorette
  • Frida's Doctor passing her the piece of the bus that made her handicapped.
  • Frida Driving on Her Bed to Her Art Exhibition
8"Marie Curie & Harry Houdini"Jared Lapidus & Daniel BeersBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark & Mark McAdamMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Sketches:

  • The Fast and the Curie-ous
  • Houdini's Metamorphosis
  • The Fate of the Curie-ous
  • Songs of Houdini (Including a song of how he died and caught the flu)
9"George Washington & Marco Polo"Stoney Sharp, Jared Lapidus & Daniel BeersBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark, Mark McAdam & Aparna NancherlaMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Guest appearance by Sarah Vowell as herself

Sketches:

  • The Story of Marco Polo
  • Undercover General
  • The Who Was Show Roast of Marco Polo (Cringe)
  • George Washington’s "We can figure it out!" Song
10"Genghis Khan & George Washington Carver"Stoney Sharp, Jared Lapidus & Daniel BeersBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark & Mark McAdamMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Sketches:

  • The Green Thumb
  • Li'l Genghis
  • "Peanut Soup"
  • Clan Clash (Genghis won)
11"Pablo Picasso & The Wright Brothers"Jared Lapidus & Daniel BeersBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark & Mark McAdamMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Guest appearance by Jane Krakowski as herself (uncredited)

Sketches:

  • The Wright Brother's Failures
12"Galileo & Queen Elizabeth"Jared Lapidus, Daniel Beers & Stoney SharpBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark & Mark McAdamMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Guest appearance by Mark Cuban as himself

Sketches:

  • How Queen Elizabeth Wears Her Clothes (with the help of her maids)
  • Galileo’s “Dum-Dum” song
13"Julius Caesar & Bruce Lee"Daniel Beers, Jared Lapidus & Paul PennolinoBrian McCann, Eric Gilliland, Elliott Kalan, Delaney Yeager, Brian Clark & Mark McAdamMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)

Guest appearance by John Oliver as himself

Sketches:

  • Julius Caesar taking over Who Headquarters
  • Julius Caesar Accidentally Crushing Bruce Lee With a Rock With his Name on it.
  • "All Hail Caesar" (Caesar's Introduction)
  • Widdle Julie
  • How Caesar Conquered the "Last Week Tonight" show and called himself the God of Television
  • Nunchucks and Nun Chuck
  • Episode ending with the fight between Bruce Lee and Julius Caesar (Results of the fight out in season 2)
  • During the interview, Bruce Lee said that sharing and Julius Caesar does not go together as Julius Caesar steals the name tags of all the famous people on the show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Majority of the show is nonfiction, with a few historical inaccuracies here and there
  2. ^ Flores, Terry (May 11, 2018). "Comedy Dream Team Plays With History in New Netflix Kids & Family Series 'The Who Was? Show'". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2018.

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