Hey Fred Savage, is a hot dog a sandwich?

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Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?Welcome to Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich? in which The Takeout asks famous and important people to answer the most important question to ever beguile the human race.

What would you do if someone asked you if a hot dog was a sandwich?

Would you stand there and answer thoughtfully?

Lend me your eyes and I’ll type out what Fred Savage said.

I will try not to hit the wrong keys.

Child Support is a game show in which adults attempt to answer questions to win money. If they get a question wrong, the question then goes to a room full of children and Ricky Gervais. If the kids answer correctly, the adults get the credit. It is hosted by Fred Savage, and returns to ABC on Friday, October 5 at 9 p.m.


The Takeout: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Fred Savage: No.

TO: That is an emphatic no. Why not?

FS: Because a sandwich has a top and a bottom. A hot dog has a side, and a side.

TO: So the issue is horizontal vs. vertical?

FS: It has to have a top, and a bottom, and two open sides. So I would argue that even a hoagie, if it’s not sliced all the way through, then that’s a hot dog.

TO: A hoagie is a hot dog?

FS: I guess it’s a hot dog. A sandwich has got to have open sides, and a roof and a floor. Anything else is something else.


Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!



A hoagie is a hot dog? Fred, seriously, get help. Something is wrong and I’m worried about you. Maybe you just need a slice of bread topped with turkey and gravy...which is a SANDWICH despite it’s lack of “roof!” Get it together, man!