Big Check

OK, I’ve got a bit here. I think this would really work in the context of a larger story. It doesn’t work as well as a standalone joke. How well this worked would be heavily dependent on the actors playing the parts.

A man walks into a bank with one of those giant sweepstakes checks made out to him, having just won a big prize.

Man: “Hey, I’d like to deposit this?”

Teller: [Looks the check over.] Ah, you still need to endorse this here, sir. [Teller pulls out giant three-foot pen.]

[Man awkwardly signs giant check. Teller puts giant check into giant check scanner behind counter, then hands Man a regular receipt for the transaction.]

Man: [Smiles] Aren’t you going to give me a giant receipt?

Teller: [Slightly put-out] Don’t be silly.

So, who could play those two parts best? We need someone slightly snooty as the teller, and a straight man for the customer.

I also have a feeling that this is just a variation on a classic that already exists.


  1. Andy Fast
    Posted June 6, 2008 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Seems to me like the teller bit was written for Steve Martin but maybe that’s just me…

  2. Posted June 6, 2008 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    My goodness, Steve Martin is perfect! I’m willing to entertain other suggestions, of course, but I think you nailed it. I keep thinking of his “waiter” role in The Muppet Movie.

    Now, the customer. A young Charles Grodin or Bob Newhart? This one seems harder to define.

  3. Posted June 6, 2008 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    For some reason I pictured Jonh Clease as the teller.
    Not sure on the customer. Maybe Jon Favreau ala swingers?