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Gags through repetition


Lots of jokes and gags, whether they're just a single word or a phrase, get repeated as a form of "running gag" of sorts, or just as an isolated piece of stupidity.
This can be in film, tv or music.
The first that immediately comes to mind has to be Monty Python's "spam, spam, spam..." and the only other one I can currently think of is in Taxi, where Christopher Lloyd is trying to write a driving exam and keeps on asking "What does a yellow light mean?" as soon as he's told "Slow down".
Also, Python's "It's the Mind" sketch where the beginning is constantly repeated as Micheal Palin introduces with "Good evening. Tonight on 'It's the Mind', we examine the phenomenon of deja vu".
And two from Holy Grail:

"Bring out ch'a dead"
The chanting line of monks sing a latin phrase and then bonk themselves on the head with a piece of wood, over and over.
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One I like was from near the end of the video game Portal 2:

SPOILER:
GLaDOS: Well, this is it. This is the part where he kills us.
Wheatley: This is it! The part where I kill you.
CHAPTER 9: The part where he kills you.
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"Her?"

From Arrested Development. It's not even a joke....they just kept having people say, "Her?" when talking about someone and it became a joke through repetition.
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Obscure because most haven't seen the play, but Peter and the Starcatcer takes the sentence "Oh, my God" and makes it hilarious by repeating it.

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"We were on a break!"

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"Put the candlestick back."
Close! The joke is, "Put ze candlestick.... beck!"

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Apparently repetition is why people think Tracy Morgan is funny.
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Sometimes the great Adrian Belew of King Crimson might sardonically repeat himself when under stress.

oh......."I feel hapeeeee, I feel hapeeeee, I - crunck" (sure, it's only twice, but I think that counts as reptition)

The Palin Gumby yells for "Doctor!" and then soon the Cleese Gumby yells for "Nurse!" here.
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There's a certain sort of UK sitcom that relies on catchphrase gags. I think a fair number of Americans might recognise (exaggerated look to left and right) "I'm free!". Over here, people will know what you mean if you say "Stupid boy!", 'Don't panic!", "We're doomed! Doomed!", or (exaggerated French accent) "Listen vairy carefully, I shall say zis only wernce" or "Good moaning!"
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There's a comedy sketch called Dinner for One, which is basically eight lines of dialogue repeated for 18 minutes.

For some reason, it is (or was) extremely popular in Germany.
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While surrounded by Emmy-caliber performers doing expressive stuff on SEINFELD, Patrick Warburton managed to pretty much launch an entire comedy career by just stating “yeah, that’s right” in a flatly plainspoken voice.

No, really: it’s like the whole character was built around that catchphrase, delivered in that manner, provoking laughs as it gets said again and again.
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There's a certain sort of UK sitcom that relies on catchphrase gags. I think a fair number of Americans might recognise (exaggerated look to left and right) "I'm free!". Over here, people will know what you mean if you say "Stupid boy!", 'Don't panic!", "We're doomed! Doomed!", or (exaggerated French accent) "Listen vairy carefully, I shall say zis only wernce" or "Good moaning!"
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There's a certain sort of UK sitcom that relies on catchphrase gags. I think a fair number of Americans might recognise (exaggerated look to left and right) "I'm free!". Over here, people will know what you mean if you say "Stupid boy!", 'Don't panic!", "We're doomed! Doomed!", or (exaggerated French accent) "Listen vairy carefully, I shall say zis only wernce" or "Good moaning!"
"What? Your pissy is up a tree?"

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There's a comedy sketch called Dinner for One, which is basically eight lines of dialogue repeated for 18 minutes.

For some reason, it is (or was) extremely popular in Germany.
It is a work of comic genius that requires very little English knowledge, that's the reason.

And not just Germany - it's popular in Scandinavia as well as other countries. It's a South African New Year's tradition, although I'm not sure if it's still broadcast, as we've just taken to watching our own recording.
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Close! The joke is, "Put ze candlestick.... beck!"
Closer, but still incorrect. It's "Put ze candle beck!" (No "stick.")
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"Fighting the frizzies at 11."

Might be the most obscure one. It showed up as a bumper in a South Park Christmas episode but it's a parody of a news tease that shows up in the ad breaks of a particular bootleg of the Star Wars Holiday Special (coincidentally the one I actually saw way back when in the 70s since it was ABC New York).
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Stewart Lee tackles this rather neatly (and of course pokes fun at his own style of delivery as he does so)
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There's a comedy sketch called Dinner for One, which is basically eight lines of dialogue repeated for 18 minutes.

For some reason, it is (or was) extremely popular in Germany.
I have now discovered that the way my family and many other Spanish families serve meals is "Russian style" and considered highly formal, although generally in our case no servants are involved. I'm feeling terribly posh.
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I have no idea how well it is known in the US, but The Fast Show consisted almost entirely of repetitions (and I'm not sure I needed that "almost").

For example the only thing that ever changed in a Jesse's Diets sketch was the single specific detail of what he had been eating. Then there's the many editions of Jazz Club with Louis Balfour - nice. And so on. And so on.

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