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Good stuff, but I'm pretty sure Oscar Wilde never said, "That's what she said."
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:19 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I like to think he would have though.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:19 PM on April 25, 2011 [4 favorites]


The Importance of Being Earnest is filled with amazingly dirty jokes if you're familiar with Victorian gay-underworld slang.
posted by The Whelk at 1:21 PM on April 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


And we all are, darling.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:22 PM on April 25, 2011


For example?
posted by codacorolla at 1:24 PM on April 25, 2011


I have to say, some of those quotes are quite clever.

"I went to the doctor and he told me I have to quite drinking, quit smoking, and quit having sex. You know what I did? I switched fucking doctors."

I think Wilde would have enjoyed that one. And this one:

"I hooked up her when I was 21. I'm 23. That was years ago!"
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:25 PM on April 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


I recall reading somewhere that Sir John Gielgud, famous for his Jack Worthing, strenuously denied the possibility that "Bunburying" meant covert gay sex, as "I would have known!"
posted by Bromius at 1:33 PM on April 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yeah, it's interesting. I mean, it's not "in the style of Oscar Wilde" so much as "with the trappings of an Oscar Wilde piece" but in the rhetorical style of the jerkoffs from Jersey Shore. It's interesting how well some of lines work with the setting and delivery and how a few just don't, definitely—21st C. or 19th, when someone got told someone got told.
posted by cortex at 1:34 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ah so I do a little background research on my dinner party trivia facts and it turns out there's not much scholarly support for the "hidden slang" theory, which is a shame, cause now I am Wrong.
posted by The Whelk at 1:41 PM on April 25, 2011


The Wrong, I think.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:45 PM on April 25, 2011


The only thing worse than not being familiar with Victorian gay-underworld slang is being familiar with Victorian gay-underworld slang.

oh ho ho ho ho!

* huffs ether *

Actually the furniture bit was pretty ok I thought. I dunno, might just be the ether.
posted by boo_radley at 1:46 PM on April 25, 2011 [4 favorites]


I would like a cite on the Geiguld story though
posted by PinkMoose at 1:46 PM on April 25, 2011


The "No Smoking" sign behind the bar is a nice touch.
posted by The World Famous at 1:47 PM on April 25, 2011


But also, I've never seen a production where bunburying wasn't delivered, at least slightly, as if it was a synonym for sodomizing.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:48 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


The only thing worse then being Wrong is being Wrong On The Internet.
posted by The Whelk at 1:48 PM on April 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


it sounds like bum
posted by The Whelk at 1:49 PM on April 25, 2011


Well I don't know about the rest of you but I've been bunburying right through this whole thread. And how!
posted by rusty at 1:51 PM on April 25, 2011


My dear the Whelk, at least when one is wrong people will discuss one's shortcomings. When one is correct, gossips are left with nothing at all.
posted by boo_radley at 1:56 PM on April 25, 2011 [9 favorites]


Your Majesty is like a dose of clap.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:57 PM on April 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


I don't comment accurately - any one can post accurately - but I comment with wonderful expression.
posted by The Whelk at 1:58 PM on April 25, 2011 [11 favorites]


It ain't no Joe Egg.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:58 PM on April 25, 2011


ah, seriously, one day we'll all have to get together for ether and poppers.
posted by boo_radley at 1:58 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


It ain't no Joe Egg.

Good Lord. That play is as close I have ever come to wanting to commit suicide from the sheer agony of the story.

Excellent play, though.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:07 PM on April 25, 2011


Anyone else getting only ads for Mormon.org before they watch this? The last thing I need to be sold is an organized religion.

(I liked that one of them had a divorced guy who's now proud to be a Mormon. Wonder why it wasn't a divorced woman.)
posted by JauntyFedora at 2:17 PM on April 25, 2011


I hooked up her when I was 21.

I reject this sentence on so many levels.
posted by DU at 2:20 PM on April 25, 2011


I keep hoping the dejected looking greyhound in the commercials I am getting eats the face of the trapped man.

I guess that's not so Wildeian of me, is it?
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:33 PM on April 25, 2011


Anyone knows if they finished shooting Jersey Shore in Italy yet? I wonder how the Italian men respond to Snooki or how the Italian women respond to The Situation?!?!
posted by Sexy Motherfucker at 2:49 PM on April 25, 2011


I love this post if only for the fact that my jersey shore-loving fiance and I just got tickets to this show. So thank you very much redyaky
posted by slapshot57 at 2:53 PM on April 25, 2011


slapshot57, you are very welcome.
posted by redyaky at 3:03 PM on April 25, 2011


Finally, something good has come from The Jersey Shore.
posted by Daddy-O at 4:23 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Somehow I managed to play Jack Worthing for a time myself and never knew that the same guy who crafted the rules for boxing is the one who destroyed Wilde's career and life.

Christ, what an asshole.
posted by Navelgazer at 4:34 PM on April 25, 2011


Good stuff, but I'm pretty sure Oscar Wilde never said, "That's what she said."

Remove one letter. I'll let you figure out which.
posted by jonmc at 5:05 PM on April 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


That's hat, she said.
posted by The World Famous at 6:10 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I had just about gotten out of my mind wondering how I could lay hands on some ether and now it is back again.
posted by adipocere at 6:52 PM on April 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Jersey Shore fills me with rage when the children show it to me on the intwerwebs.
I enjoyed reading The Importance of Being Earnest..
I don't know how I'm supposed to feel, but I'm not overly amused.

That is The Situation.
posted by battleshipkropotkin at 7:55 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


The musings of the Jersey Shore cast sound surprisingly natural coming out of the mouths of Victorian era dandies.
posted by codacorolla at 8:04 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


OK, when will we see the cast of The Jersey Shore acting in a production of The Importance of Being Earnest? Never I hope. It wouldn't work as well in reverse.
posted by Daddy-O at 11:34 PM on April 25, 2011


This is hilarious.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:04 PM on April 26, 2011


I want to wear those two foppish lads like a bespoke seersucker suit whilst they whisper meticulously formed barbs in my giggling virgin ears.
posted by jph at 7:16 PM on April 26, 2011


I own more then one ascot just sayin.
posted by The Whelk at 7:20 PM on April 26, 2011


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