Many of the gags used in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show had their roots in Vaudeville and were from their routines or even routines their friends did. In their very first episode on TV, The Kleebob Card Game, George tries to trick Gracie by frustrating her with a card game with strange rules, called Kleebob.:
A similar gag is used over 15 years later in the Star Trek episode A Piece of the Action for the game Fizzbin. It's quite possible the author of that episode got the idea from George Burns. But is there any evidence Burns got this idea for a gag elsewhere? Or is there any evidence he, or other performers, used it as a gag in Vaudeville?