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Comprehensive “Walk This Way” List

Instances of the old “walk this way” joke… if anyone finds more, send them my way.

(Special thanks to Chris West for pointing out that Wikipedia already tried to make a list… with theirs and mine together, mine is now superior!)

  • After the Thin Man (1936): An elderly butler tells Nick Charles to “Walk this way” and shuffles off with stiff, bowed legs. Nick says “Well, I’ll try” and does so.
  • The Warner Bros. cartoon “The Big Snooze” (October 5, 1946): while “helping” Elmer Fudd flee his pursuers, Bugs Bunny uses a variant on this line by telling Elmer, “Quick, run ‘this way’!” and puts him through some crazy dance steps while they continue to run.
  • The Three Stooges short “Don’t Throw That Knife” (May 3, 1951): a woman instructs the Stooges to walk this way and saunters off swinging her dress. The Stooges shrug and follow, imitating her.
  • “The Super Snooper” (November 11, 1952): when told to “Walk this way” by a butler, Daffy Duck follows, mimicking the butler’s unique walk.
  • The Lucy Show episode “Lucy and Jack Benny’s Account” (October 16, 1967): Lucy leads Jack out of Mr. Mooney’s office, telling him “Walk this way,” and sauntering in womanly fashion out the door. After watching her exit, Jack quips, “I always do!” and follows her out with like gait.
  • Young Frankenstein (1974): Igor says to “walk this way”, and Frankenstein follows the hunchbacked, hobbling Igor normally. Igor insists, “THIS way,” and even hands Frankenstein his walking stick to help him imitate the walk.
  • M*A*S*H did this in the episode “Hey, Doc” (October 10, 1975)
  • 1977: Link Hogthrob instructs Fozzie Bear (dressed as First Mate Piggy) to “walk this way” in a Pigs in Space sketch in a second season episode of The Muppet Show.
  • The Private Eyes (1981)
  • History Of The World Part One (1981)
  • An episode of Muppet Babies (circa 1984) had this joke when visiting Fozzie’s imaginary comedy theme restaurant: Fozzie: “Your table is ready. Wocka this way!” *walks off in a silly pose, which the rest of the group imitates as they follow.*
  • In the Fraggle Rock episode “Space Frog Follies” (March 24, 1986): Uncle Travelling Matt tells Wembley to “walk this way” as they exit Gobo and Wembley’s Room. Wembley does, imitating Matt’s clumsiness on the way out.
  • In the Fraggle Rock episode “Mokey, Then and Now” (February 23, 1987): just prior to the “Voodoo Spell” song, Mokey tells Wembley and Boober, “Follow me and do what I do.” Ever the literalist, Wembley copies her exactly as she exits.
  • Spaceballs (1987): Yogurt (Mel Brooks) says “Ha ha ha, come, walk this way, take a look”, followed by “If I could walk that way…”
  • Leisure Suit Larry 2 (1988), where a maitre d’ of a snooty restaurant is disserving Larry: “Please, walk this way.” You think to yourself, “If I walked that way, I’d use talcum powder!”
  • Memorably averted in Garfield And Friends (circa 1988): “Don’t worry, we won’t do that old joke.”
  • In The Jim Henson Hour Pitch Reel (1989): Jim Henson tells Gonzo to “walk this way.” Gonzo watches Henson walk offscreen, then remarks to the camera, “If I could walk that way, I’d have legs!”
  • In the ‘Allo ‘Allo! episode “Land Mines for London” (January 14, 1989): Lieutenant Gruber says “walk this way” to the Italian army with his hands behind his back. Everyone follows him in the same manner.
  • The MST3K episode featuring Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. (1991) Tom Servo: “Walk this way!” Crow T. Robot: “If I could walk that way, I wouldn’t be wearing the box!”
  • In an early episode of Rugrats (circa 1991), Grandpa is told to “walk this way” by a man with an unusual stride. He mimics it.
  • 976-Evil 2 (1992): an occult bookseller tells a customer to “walk this way” and he responds, “It must have taken you years to learn how to walk that way.”
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993): the Sheriff of Rottingham tells Robin and his men, “Walk this way!” and proceeds to toss his chin up and wander off in a very self-important manner. Robin and the Sheriff’s men look at one another, shrug their shoulders and do the same.
  • Used and lampshaded in Avenger Penguins (1993): Caractacus P Doom: “How sad. I can’t believe people are still using the old ‘walk this way’ gag.”
  • National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (1993): a woman with buck teeth instructs Samuel L. Jackson to “walk this way,” and he imitates the buck-toothed expression and follows her.
  • Animaniacs episode “Draculee, Draculaa” (October 29, 1993): someone says “Walk this way” swerving from the head trauma. Yakko, Wakko, and Dot proceeded to walk as he did.
  • One episode of Duckman (circa 1994) had a character say this and prance away. Duckman to his companions: “Do it and you’re off the show.”
  • In the cartoon The Itsy Bitsy Spider (circa 1994), Itsy is told to “walk this way,” by a fat waddling ladybug, but gets a smack in the face when he actually does walk that way.
  • In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe novel First Frontier (September 1994): ‘Hardly. Walk this way,’ the Doctor said mysteriously, and hopped away from the car in a peculiar manner. When he saw that the women were strolling normally after him, he harrumphed loudly and wandered off towards a low rise just to the left.
  • In an episode of Bottom, called “Finger” (February 3, 1995): a French waiter says “Walk this way”, clicks his fingers, and departs through a door. Richie then says to Eddie, “When in Rome…”, and the two of them follow him, clicking their fingers all the way.
  • In “The Tubmans of Porksmith” UK Spot in an episode of Muppets Tonight (1996): Carter tells the Handyman to “walk this way” to where Howard Tubman is stuck in his chair. The handyman does, imitating Carter’s shaking slow walk.
  • Kung Phooey (2003): a waiter instructs protagonist Art Chew and his friends to “walk this way”, and hops away. As Art’s friends attempt to mimic the gesture, he turns around and tells them not to even think about it.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): Splinter says the line and walks off, using his stick. Michelangelo attempts to mimic this, but Donatello hits him with his staff.
  • A Celebration of Me, Grover (2004): Grover (seeking to shift from his Waiter Grover capacity to Super Grover) asks a duck for directions to the nearest phone booth. Naturally, the duck tells him to “walk this way.” Grover shrugs and follows suit, down to repeating the duck’s quacking.
  • In the Camp Lazlo episode “Prickly Pining Dining” (September 2, 2005): the turkey manager of Beef Lumberjacks tells Scoutmaster Lumpus “Walk this way, sir” and proceeds to walk and gobble like a real turkey, followed by the Lemmings, holding a canoe, and imitating the turkey’s gobbling.
  • Drawn Together, episode “The Lemon-AIDS Walk” (February 22, 2006): Captain Hero says a variation on the joke in a mall nutritional supplement store (“If I could walk that way, I wouldn’t need steroids!”) and is booed by an offstage voice. Later in that same episode, the character Wooldoor Sockbat runs into a Chinese restaurant named Wok This Way.

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