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dawnda
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quote:
Originally posted by Christie:
Is liking the Stooges a guy thing do you think? I've never met a woman yet who liked them but I know lots of otherwise intelligent men who find the Stooges hilarious.

I like them. Admitted, I don't go out of my way to watch them like I would Marx brothers or Vincent Price movies, but when I'm channel surfing hit them it stays. I even know how many there were altogether.

Of course, I also like Benny Hill, so some people might think my taste in humor is not exactly feminine.

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quote:
Originally posted by Nick Theodorakis:
I've also heard many people recite all or parts of Abbott and Costello's Who's on first comic routine.

That's the only other one I've heard quoted with anything like the frequency, and it's just that one routine.

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And really, it's the height of provincialism to suggest that the frequency of snopester quoting is a measure of the influence or popularity of a comedy show; the ULMB isn't the whole world, much as we'd like to think so.
I'm sure it would be, had anyone done that. What would it be the height of to assume that someone's only experience of Americans was on this board?

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Nick Theodorakis
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quote:
Originally posted by trollface:
quote:
Originally posted by Nick Theodorakis:
I've also heard many people recite all or parts of Abbott and Costello's Who's on first comic routine.

That's the only other one I've heard quoted with anything like the frequency, and it's just that one routine.

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And really, it's the height of provincialism to suggest that the frequency of snopester quoting is a measure of the influence or popularity of a comedy show; the ULMB isn't the whole world, much as we'd like to think so.
I'm sure it would be, had anyone done that. ...

Perhaps I got that impression when you said:

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Originally posted by trollface:
And yet I've not heard any of those things said here on snopes, yet the Pythons crop up all the time.

If I inferred incorrectly, I apologize.

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I was just using that, as it's a reference point that we all have in common.

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seriously , everyone on here , just trys to give someone crap about something they do !! , its shitting me to tears.

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Amigone201
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quote:
Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
Groucho (Unfolding a set of plans): Now all along the river here, these are levees--

Chico: Oh, that's the Jewish section?

Groucho: Well, we'll pass over that. You're a peach. Now, this is a little peninsula, and here's a viaduct leading over to the mainland--

Chico: Why a duck?

Groucho: Oh, I'm all right, how are you? I say here is a little peninsula and this is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.

Chico: All right, why a duck?

Groucho: I'm not playing Ask Me Another! I say that's a viaduct--

Chico: All right, but why a duck? Why a no chicken?

Groucho: Look, that's--that's deep water! You try to get over that, you'll find out why-a no chicken!

Wow. That's some incredibly awkward, stilted, and unfunny dialogue.

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Christie
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I think you really need to hear it. But it's laugh out loud funny to some of us!

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quote:
Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
Better yet, just make up nonsensical words that sound as if they barely might be British slang and throw them in:

"Strang! If this hooftah doesn't pring the bangle soon, I'm going absolutely spice!"

Top-hole. Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie!

(I am a shamless Monty Python quoter! You can't make me stop! You can't!)

Remember, folks... one of our favorite smilies here is a takeoff on a Python sketch... [fish]

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I love python too! Never been a fan of the stooges (well, I love The Stooges as in Iggy Pop's band!), but I love Bottom which has Stooges-like slapstick humor.

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quote:
Originally posted by trollface:

What would it be the height of to assume that someone's only experience of Americans was on this board?

A hopelessly naive assumption that Americans in general are wittier, smarter and more openminded than a more random sample of the 300 million of us really would be? [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Amigone201:
Wow. That's some incredibly awkward, stilted, and unfunny dialogue.

The Marx Brothers aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I wouldn't recommend judging them on on the basis of a single bit of recycled dialogue, especially since a great deal of their humor is visual.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
quote:
Originally posted by Amigone201:
Wow. That's some incredibly awkward, stilted, and unfunny dialogue.

The Marx Brothers aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I wouldn't recommend judging them on on the basis of a single bit of recycled dialogue, especially since a great deal of their humor is visual.
Too true Lainie. It also has a lot to do with the delivery, and especially their individual personas. Marx Brother humor just doesn't lend itself to a written medium.

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Originally posted by Eddylizard:
Presumably UN Knickers are light blue, and monitor the withdrawal by combatants from a former conflict area. [Big Grin]

YOMANK. Major coffee-through-nose explosion.

Never mind withdrawal, whenever b/f plans an invasion, I just raise the flag of surrender and give the invasion force a warm welcome.

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Christie
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quote:
Originally posted by Lgreywolf:
quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
quote:
Originally posted by Amigone201:
Wow. That's some incredibly awkward, stilted, and unfunny dialogue.

The Marx Brothers aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I wouldn't recommend judging them on on the basis of a single bit of recycled dialogue, especially since a great deal of their humor is visual.
Too true Lainie. It also has a lot to do with the delivery, and especially their individual personas. Marx Brother humor just doesn't lend itself to a written medium.
I had a collection of their movies that ended up getting jettisoned during one of our moves. There is *nothing* like the Marx Brothers to put me in a good mood. Well except for Jack Benny [Cool] . And, yeah, I totally agree it's is the delivery, the expressions on their faces, the accents they assume etc that make most of the humour! I mean c'mon how does Harpo get translated onto the written page for instance?!

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quote:
Originally posted by Christie:
.... I mean c'mon how does Harpo get translated onto the written page for instance?!

George Kaufmann once said in despair, "How am I supposed to write for Harpo, for God's sake? About all I can do is put down 'Harpo enters and does something funny.'"

And, yes, for most Marx Brothers routines to be funny, they have to be seen and heard. It's mile-a-minute punning and joking, and it's relatively flat on the page.

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I love the Stooges. I love Chaplin, Keaton and Bud and Lou. I think B&W comedy is where it's at as far as good clean family comedy.

However, when it comes to being king, Abbott and Costello rock. My favourite of theirs is their recital of the Gettysburg Address. To paraphrase
quote:
Bud: Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers brought..
Lou: Four fathers? I only had one father...

Hilarity ensues.

I wish I could find an online version of this. It's a riot.

As for the OP, I have lived in the UK, and so have most of my office mates have as well. We find that we have a UK mindset and a Canadian mindset. Whenever some of out British colleagues come to the office, we switch to UK mode, expressions and language. As soon as they leave, we are right back to the Canadianisms.

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Marx Brothers rock! But then again, I like the Stooges. "Disorder in the Court" has one of the funniest bits ever committed to tape, IMHO; along with the Marx Brothers unpacking while the Nazi leader is desperately packing from "Night in Casablanca." They gotta be seen; reading it just doesn't work.

And my sister likes the Stooges too. She called a radio station once after the DJ said women don't like beer or the Stooges and said she and her sister (me) liked both. He asked her if there was something wrong genetically in our family. Heh.

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ThistleSoftware
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What the hell kind of bars has that DJ been going to that he thinks women don't like beer? Sorry, total hijack, but plenty of women like beer.

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Yeah, I just kinda wrote him off as a jerk. As my Dad used to say, why are there so few horses and so many horses' asses in the world?

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I tend to quote a lot of different sketch comedy shows, including Monty Python, Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live, Big Train, The Firesign Theatre, and Beyond the Fringe. Sketches (at least well written ones) tend to be easier to quote. The Marx Brothers films and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" both are structured more like a series of sketches than anything else. I think it's just in the nature of the medium.

As for Monty Python's appeal, I can only speak for myself. I found it hilarious because it was so different from anything else I had access to. It could be silly, brutal (in a cartoonish way), and a bit risque (compared to other shows I grew up watching). My sense of humor favors the silly and surreal, so the shows and films really were my cup of tea.

Mack da "but I'm a southern American, so my cup of tea is iced" Knife

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