“You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!”

In our abode the hands down winner for the most quoted comedy of the last decade would be The Room (totally awesome soundboard here). I can’t begin to count how many times we’ve said “Hi, doggy” to Biscuit. What’s yours?

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Since we’ve spent the last decade parenting a young child, we’re sadly behind the times on movies and references. We tend to quote the Coen brothers’ “O Brother” a lot:

“R-U-N-N-O-F-T”

“We thought you wuz a TOAD” (surprising how often that seems appropriate)

“Dumber than a bag of hammers” and “dumb cracker” also get frequent use.

We also like to use particularly dumb lines from “Twister” ironically, as in pointlessly saying “Hurry!” in a situation analogous to an F5 tornado bearing down on us.

Reaching deep into the way-back machine, one of my favorite lines ever is from Moonstruck:

“Old man, if you feed another piece of my food to those dogs, I’m gonna kick you till you’re dead.”

The most quotable TV show of all time, in my opinion, is the British comedy Absolutely Fabulous. Too numerous to summarize.

Definitely AbFab for me too.  As you say, too numerous to summarize, but anything said by Patsy related to drugs or alcohol stands out.  And nobody, I mean nobody, falls out of a car like Jennifer Saunders.

Betty, we are soul sisters. That is my favorite quote EVER and I still pull it out on occasion. It’s perfection.

We quoted Napoleon Dynamite a lot when it first came out, “EAT THE FOOD!” or I’d tell my sons I was going to prepare a delicious bass or some other silliness from that movie.

Lately we quote the Mentalist from tv. At some point Jane is in prison and Lisbon is visiting him. They are in the common room and Lisbon is getting pissed by Jane’s usual antics. She says, “I don’t need my gun, I can just hit you with my chair” and he says, “I think you’ll find it’s bolted to the floor” in the goofiest voice ever. So at our house, EVERYTHING is “Would you hand me that” “No, I think it’s bolted to the floor”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OqiJ9rm-I0&NR=1

Comment by donnah on 04/30/10 at 01:30 PM

Buckaroo Banzai, Napoleon Dynamite and Army of Darkness.

Definitely

Napolean Dynamite

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“I don’t understand a word you just said”

“Your mom goes to college”

Buckaroo Banzai is an all time fave, and AbFab and Blackadder.  Most recently: Futurama and Serenity.

Arrested Development was my favorite of the aughts.

George Bush doesn’t care about black puppets.

Hey, brother!

I’ve made a huge mistake.

Comment by dmd76 on 04/30/10 at 03:21 PM

Betty, you just brought a little tear to my eye with “R-U-N-N-O-F-T”—when my mom had surgery many years ago, shortly after I’d moved back to Chicago, we were waving goodbye to her as they moved her to the operating room. She and I had just seen O Brother a couple weeks before, and she looked at me and said “Don’t you R-U-N-N-O-F-T!”

I live alone, but The Simpsons still come up in my head a lot. Whenever I’ve been distracted by something and then come back to earth, I always think “I’m sorry, you were talking about chocolate?”

Oh, and AbFab got a good workout when I lived in the Bay Area. “Water! Water, Pats! It’s a kind of mixer, sweetie!”

With my first longtime partner, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”  Specifically, Liz and Dick as George and Martha.

“Bette Davis comes home from a hard day at the grocery store -

“She works at a grocery store?”

“She’s a housewife.  She buys things.  Cluck.”

Allan, one of my acting instructors at Columbia College Chicago had a great answering machine message for a while: “Hi, this is Norm. I can’t come to the phone right now—because my parents are over.” Followed by the hammer-and-tong stylings of Taylor and Burton—“I’m loud and I’m vulgar but I wear the pants in the family because somebody has to!” “You’re a depraved, liquor ridden ... ” etc. etc.

Which was of course all the funnier because his real parents were sweet as pie.

Great question.  I never heard of The Room, and when I saw “Hi, doggy” I laughed for ten minutes.

Being older than all of you put together, I quote lines from audio humor.  When something odd happens I quote some Firesign Theatre sketch in which one of the guys asks, in an unconvincing “female” falsetto, “Wha-a-a-t…?”  And when someone says something incomprehensible, I quote the Monty Python “There’s trouble at the mill!” response, which is an actual woman saying in a fruity, upper-class sing-song, “I can’t understand a word you’re saying.”

The best part of these beloved quotes is how banal they look in print, outside of context.

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