If you shoot him, you'll just make him mad..

Mongo! Santa Maria!

I just got one of the jokes in blazing saddles…(on comedy central at this hour…) I’ve only seen the dang movie a dozen times or more, mostly in fragments.

A loud rumbling noise announces the unleashing of the dreaded Mongo in the town, riding a white, sharp-horned, brahma bull or ox (with a red YES on his left flank, and a red NO on his right flank). A man in a serape sees Mongo entering the town and exclaims:

Mongo…Santa Maria!

Thus the gag: Mongo Santamaria is one of the most phenomenal bongo players that ever lived…How’d I miss that all this time?

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