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Old 01-03-2006, 09:53 AM
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I'll be here all week. Try the veal.

Little quips like "try the veal" and "remember to tip your servers" often appear after bad one-liners in SDMB posts, and on many other message baords. We know comedians always used likes like this after their performance, but I never saw people using it outside of comedy acts until fairly recently. Is this a reference to some pop culture meme or movie line, like "Vote for Pedro" and the like?
Old 01-03-2006, 09:57 AM
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The meme would be 'generic nightclub comedian schtick', I think. I've seen/heard it for years and years.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:59 AM
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I associate it with Xander from 'Buffy'-- he probably only said it once... early third season??
Old 01-03-2006, 10:04 AM
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I associate it with Shrek.
Old 01-03-2006, 03:32 PM
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It's a generic reference to dinner theatre, the bottom rung of comedy venues, where the usually lame joke that precedes the line would fit right in.
Old 01-03-2006, 04:30 PM
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I've heard it untold dozens of times in popular culture. It left the world of comedy ages ago. No specifics about when first heard though.
Old 01-03-2006, 05:24 PM
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Doesn't Jay Leno say it a lot? That could account for it's catching on.
Old 01-03-2006, 05:27 PM
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Resort and cruise ship gigs, too. Hence the "here all week" part of it.
Old 01-03-2006, 05:28 PM
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Catching on?

Cripes I've been saying it after a lousy joke since I was six years old. I probably heard it from Grover or something.

However, I always just assumed it was lounge-lizard glib.
Old 01-03-2006, 07:59 PM
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Many of these sorts of phrases have their origin in the "Borscht Belt" -- the cluster of resorts and clubs in the Catskills that were a popular vacation spot for many (often Jewish) New Yorkers in the 40s, 50s and 60s, and that consequently became a proving ground for a generation of stand up comedians. Think Milton Berle, Shelley Berman, Don Rickles, Shecky Greene, Rodney Dangerfield, etc.


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