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January 1, 2011 4:51 PM   Subscribe

My Blackberry's not working Laugh track included
posted by the noob (47 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
Worth it to watch the clerk just barely keep a straight face.
posted by axiom at 5:06 PM on January 1, 2011 [5 favorites]


That clerk, by the way, is Harry Enfield
posted by memebake at 5:08 PM on January 1, 2011


I was mesmerized by his epic sideburns.
posted by tommasz at 5:15 PM on January 1, 2011


I laughed. I'm American and I got the Orange joke so I also feel a bit smug about now.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:18 PM on January 1, 2011 [5 favorites]


I don't get the Orange joke.
posted by ZaneJ. at 5:30 PM on January 1, 2011


Somewhere Ronnie Barker is having a very good laugh.

Also, I have to say it's devilishly funny of them to call the show "The One Ronnie".
posted by briank at 5:31 PM on January 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Orange is a big mobile operator in Europe.

(Also American, but as a Nokia fan you get worldwide telecom knowledge by osmosis. Also there's the whole working in telecom thing.)
posted by kmz at 5:37 PM on January 1, 2011


I am so going to give my nephew an eggs-box next Christmas
posted by bitteroldman at 5:41 PM on January 1, 2011


I got the orange joke. But, I didn't think it was really that funny...
posted by delmoi at 5:47 PM on January 1, 2011


I assumed this'd be old people complaining about technology, but it's funnier than that.
posted by harriet vane at 6:08 PM on January 1, 2011


That was brilliant, thank you.
posted by eggkeeper at 6:15 PM on January 1, 2011


This year has apparently rendered me even more humorless and crotchety because I thought it was painful to watch. Blackberry can be a phone OR a fruit! Hilarious.
posted by Justinian at 6:17 PM on January 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Okay, I cracked up at the dongle part. Sounds like an unfunny premise but the delivery makes it.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 6:28 PM on January 1, 2011


Yeah, I'm in the camp of this being kind of terrible comedy. The premise is sophomoric and hardly original and the technical jargon is painful to listen to. Drag 'the blackberry' to the trash, and THEN launch it? The massively overenthusiastic audience just gives me more time to reflect on how awful the joke was while they applaud for 30 seconds.
posted by Hargrimm at 6:32 PM on January 1, 2011


Is 'e 'avin' a laugh? 'e's 'avin' a laugh!!
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:40 PM on January 1, 2011 [7 favorites]


I thought it was far more clever and amusing than someone posting their ennui on the internet.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:53 PM on January 1, 2011 [10 favorites]


Saw this the other day on reddit, or some place, but I'm glad to have the orange joke explained to my parochial ass, er, I mean my rural donkey, since he didn't get it.
posted by smcameron at 6:53 PM on January 1, 2011


Not to pile on, but* isn't the point of double entendres that they have two meanings? The literal interpretation of the sketch makes no sense at all.

* AKA — "No offense, but you're an asshole!"
posted by Khalad at 7:32 PM on January 1, 2011


It's really just a series of bad puns*. Double entendre is more like this.

* bad puns are the best kind of puns**

** actually, they're the only kind of puns.

posted by Ritchie at 7:43 PM on January 1, 2011 [5 favorites]


It's funny. Lighten up, Francises.
posted by cavalier at 7:56 PM on January 1, 2011 [9 favorites]


come on people. If you didn't laugh at the eggs-box joke, then you have no soul.
posted by Think_Long at 8:18 PM on January 1, 2011 [8 favorites]


This sketch reminded me that I need to pick up some frotting pencils.
posted by hot soup girl at 8:40 PM on January 1, 2011


"Dongle" is my favorite technology word.
posted by NoraReed at 9:11 PM on January 1, 2011


How about "gender changer"?
posted by Burhanistan at 9:12 PM on January 1, 2011


That was significantly better than I was expecting.
posted by Dasein at 9:46 PM on January 1, 2011


How about "gender changer"?

When I started experimenting with genderqueer/genderfuck stuff my lover gave me one of those as a joke. It was great, I still have it.
posted by NoraReed at 9:50 PM on January 1, 2011


"Dongle" is my favorite technology word.

Dump *was* mine. Back in earlier SQL Server versions one "dumped one's log" I loved that, still do (tehe)
posted by the noob at 9:56 PM on January 1, 2011


I got in an accident... on the Information Superhighway!
posted by Chef Flamboyardee at 10:15 PM on January 1, 2011


I loved that, still do (tehe)

My favorite has already been 'down' to describe a computer that just crashed. Coupled with the fact that all the computers had names, you got exchanges like this:

Guy A: Why didn't you come to the pub last night?
Guy B: I meant to. I was leaving the office when Lisa went down on me.
Guy A: What?! Lisa went down on me last week!
(spoken in a crowded elevator)
posted by Ritchie at 11:21 PM on January 1, 2011


Nice computers don't go down
posted by Sparx at 12:38 AM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


The massively overenthusiastic audience just gives me more time to reflect on how awful the joke was while they applaud for 30 seconds.

You should probably stick with the proven sophistication and sponteneity of Two and a Half Men or Everybody Loves Raymond.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:01 AM on January 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


The Other Ronnie probably would've liked this.
posted by Harry at 3:56 AM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hargrimm: The premise is sophomoric and hardly original and the technical jargon is painful to listen to.

I agree its a little strained, and perhaps its not that original to point out that modern technology sounds like fruit. But the sketch is FPP-worthy if you understand how it relates to a long history of UK sketches involving people walking into shops: Four Candles, Dead Parrot, etc.

The setting (traditional greengrocers) and costumes are straight from the 1970s, the heyday of the Two Ronnies. The comedians are veterans of the UK mainstream sketch comedy - the One Ronnie (who is now 80 years old) and Harry Enfield. The way the jokes are written is also very 1970s - gentle puns with an audience laugh track, unchallenging comedy for people who are fairly drunk and full of turkey on a Christmas Day afternoon. The lacklustre script is enhanced by extremely hammy acting - another 1970s UK TV comedy hallmark. But the subject matter is totally 21st century, so that we're watching a 1970s sketch done with commonplace 21st century words. And that, really, is the punchline.
posted by memebake at 4:58 AM on January 2, 2011 [32 favorites]


Thanks for the link. This is great.

I'm going to miss this style of British comedy when it's gone. Things like Little Britain make me weep for future generations.
posted by spoobnooble at 5:32 AM on January 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Not a laugh track. Live studio audience.
posted by w0mbat at 5:35 AM on January 2, 2011


Not a laugh track. Live studio audience.

Right, yeah thats kinda what I meant, I didn't use the right terminology.
posted by memebake at 8:41 AM on January 2, 2011


Things like Little Britain make me weep for future generations.

Little Britain was good for the first episode, then I realised that all the other episodes were just the exact same things happening, but in different locations.
posted by Lucien Dark at 9:16 AM on January 2, 2011


Thanks Memebake, that nails it perfectly.
posted by Duug at 9:26 AM on January 2, 2011


Things like Little Britain make me weep for future generations.

Don't worry, the Scots have taken up the torch.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 10:54 AM on January 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Some more "man walks into a shop":

Mitchell & Webb
Monty Python
The Young Ones (Alexei Sayle)
Morecombe & Wise

Mitchell & Webb
Mitchell & Webb, again
posted by Harry at 10:55 AM on January 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


Okay ... that was indeed brilliant.
posted by ericb at 12:01 PM on January 2, 2011


MetaFilter: even more humorless and crotchety [in 2011].
posted by ericb at 12:05 PM on January 2, 2011


i_am_joe's_spleen, thanks for the link. That was REALLY funny! :)

But yeah, it is nice to see a modern comedy skit that doesn't rely on transgression, fart jokes or gay panic. Not that these concepts can not be used creatively on their own, but an awful lot of modern sketch shows (Little Britain etc.) seem to have nothing else in the toolbox. Sometimes, even a few bad puns can feel like a refreshing change of pace.

/steps off of soap box, slips on banana peel

posted by spoobnooble at 1:31 PM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Upon further reflection, my earlier comment was excessively crotchety. I had just finished another rewatching of A Bit of Fry & Laurie, and after Stephen Fry's luxurious wordplay, puns on double names seemed a bit lazy in comparison.
posted by Hargrimm at 2:48 PM on January 2, 2011


Don't worry, the Scots have taken up the torch.

I think the torch has been intercepted by the Canadians quite some time ago
posted by parkan at 7:09 PM on January 2, 2011


Not sure how you can't find this funny! This is the third time i've seen the sketch and by the time it hits the "eggsbox...3.60" line im unable to see through the tears.

I'm no expert in analysing comedy but in comparison to some of the stuff that has been on in the UK at the moment (Tramadol Nights.. yuck) it is a breath of fresh air. The rest of the show paled in comparison and yeah some of the jargon has been twisted rather a lot to get it to fit in but just enjoy it... good innocent comedy.

Loved the Sarcasmaholics Anonymous Link :D
posted by aqueousdan at 12:53 AM on January 3, 2011


Lovely.
posted by Artw at 9:55 AM on January 27, 2011


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