OOPS, I THOUGHT YOU WERE SOMEBODY ELSE: The 10 Best Coming To America Costumes

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This weekend, friend and former BWE cute competitor Arpan Podduturi revealed to me his Halloween costume: Prince Akeem’s McDowell’s costume from Coming To America. Little did Arpan know that Coming To America is my #1 favorite movie of all time, i.e. I had 9 conniptions when I saw the pic, tossing a strawberry shake into his face while calling everyone I know on my Hamburger Phone to alert them to his genius.

Then I wondered: Perhaps there were others. Other geniuses who also dressed up as folks from Coming to America. And there were, but not many. Below, the 10 Best Coming To America Halloween Costumes Ever. Sadly, I couldn’t find any of the Barbershop Guys… For the record, next year Dan Hopper and I are going like this. First up, Arpan himself! Hopefully he didn’t spend a cool $900 on this.

10.

Prince Akeem: Sir, did you happen to catch the professional football contest on television last night?
Cleo McDowell: No, I didn’t.
Prince Akeem: Oh sir, the Giants of New York took on the Packers of Green Bay. And in the end, the Giants triumphed by kicking an oblong ball made of pigskin through a big “H”. It was a most ripping victory.
Cleo McDowell: Son.
Prince Akeem: Yes?
Cleo McDowell: If you want to keep working here, stay off the drugs.
Prince Akeem: Yes.



9.

Clarence: Hey, what’s up, brother? You a little late for the Christmas pageant.
King Jaffe Joffer: I am King Jaffe Joffer, ruler of Zamunda.
Clarence: Have a seat. Chair number two will be ready in a second.
Saul: [touching the King's clothing, made from a stuffed lion] This is beautiful. What is that? Velvet?



8.

Prince Akeem: Good morning, my neighbors!
Voice: Hey, f*ck you!
Prince Akeem: [genuinely happy] Yes, yes! F*ck you too!



7.

Give yourselves a round of applause. You’re so lovely. Everyone’s so lovely. And, um… While you’re in the clapping mood…



6.

King Jaffe Joffer: Time does fly fast, my son. It seems only yesterday I ordered your first diaper changed. Now you’re a man about to be married. She will give you much pleasure, don’t you think?
Prince Akeem: I’m not sure if I’m ready.
King Jaffe Joffer: Son, I know we never talked about this. I always assumed you had sex with your bathers. I know I do.



5.

What does dumb f*ck mean?



4.

I got a special treat for you this evening. A young man that you all know as Joe The Policeman from the “What’s Goin’ Down” episode of That’s My Mama. I want you to put your hands together and welcome him to the stage, big round of applause, for Jackson Heights’ own Mr. Randy Watson! Yes! Mr. Randy Watson!



3.

Is it just me, or does every woman in New York have a severe emotional problem?



2.


(via) (BONUS POINTS FOR DARRYL)

Prince Akeem: I am Akeem.
Lisa McDowell: It’s nice to meet you, Akeem.
Prince Akeem: I have recently been placed in charge of garbage. Do you have any that requires disposal?
Lisa McDowell: No. It’s totally empty.
Prince Akeem: When it fills up, call me. I will take it out most urgently.
Lisa McDowell: That’s good to know.
Prince Akeem: When you think of garbage, think of Akeem.



1.

Cleo McDowell: [Talking on the phone] Yeah, King Jaffe Joffer’s room, please. Yeah, hello, King? Yeah, Cleo McDowell here. Yeah, King, both the kids are here… together. Right. 2432 Derby Avenue, Jamaica Estates. Right. Now, King, I was wondering if – hello, King?

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