This is such an ingenious, airtight premise for a sketch that knowledge of the actual people mentioned is irrelevant.
What's so great about Neil Simon?
20 hours ago
Once there was an elephant. Everybody laughed at him. They thought he was silly because he didn’t blow water out of his trunk.
The elephant was mad. He ran away, into the forest.
The clowns tried to stop him. They ran after him, but they could not stop him.
But the elephant came back. There was a show, and he wanted to be in it.