Synchronicity, Synchronicity, Synchronicity…

mar13 pardon my punchline

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The clickbait link appeared just to the right of the comic. Coincidence, or are the adservers really paying attention?

Not incredible synchronicity in either case, but I thought the Pardon My Planet was amusing.


  1. “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” wasn’t from a sitcom, it was the tag line from ABCs Wide World of Sports….was there another similar popular line from a sitcom that was that I am not remembering?

  2. Which “Rhymes with Orange”.

    Star Trek wasn’t a sit-com.

    “I don’t get either one . . . maybe ’cause I’ve not watched sitcoms?”

    Possibly. Or possibly because they just aren’t funny. Pardon my Planet is a guy writing lines that aren’t the lines from sitcoms and that’s the joke because they are wrong. ha-ha-ha…

  3. I don’t know about “Jan Jan Jan” but “Dan Dan Dan Dan … Dan… Daaaaan!! … Dan Dan” was a famous line in “I’m Alan Partridge”. From about 1m10s in this clip: (“Alan spots his new best friend in the car park and tries his hardest to get his attention.”)

  4. “Star Trek wasn’t a sit-com.”

    Not on purpose, anyway. By the third season, they were flailing around pretty hard trying to find something that a mass audience would like. At least they didn’t do what sitcoms usually do when they need a ratings boost, and inject an extra kid. Young Spock didn’t show up until the animated series (and in one of the better animated episodes, too). Note that Next Generation DID saddle the Klingon with a young’un, and they did that after the first four seasons firmly established the fact that the writing team didn’t know how to make a sympathetic teenage character. (To channel the original series for an appropriate line… “Dirty grups! Bonk bonk on the head!”)

  5. Here’s my Geezer showing,
    The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. ABCs Wide World of Sports.
    Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. The Brady Bunch (Jan was Marcia’s sister that said this line)
    Live long and prosper. Star Trek
    How You Doin’. Friends
    Dy-no-mite! Good Times
    Luuuucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do. I Love Lucy

    4 of the 6 were sitcoms, I guess he is still on the road….

  6. Attempted parody twists that don’t land. Akin to Porky Pine in “Pogo”, who would occasionally hear a joke and unsuccessfully try to pass it on:
    Laughing passerby: “We just thunk of a joke. Do you realize our first holiday is the Fourth?”
    Porky laughs (“Ha.”) and renders it to another character something like this: “I just heard a merry one. Do you realize that our A-Number-One holiday is Independence Day, the Fourth of July?”

  7. I think the lines that were originally from dramas have been used in comedy so much that sitcom writers consider them legal adoptees.

  8. “I think the lines that were originally from dramas have been used in comedy so much that sitcom writers consider them legal adoptees.”

    But presumably this joke is about coming up with the lines in the first place– these are the first drafts that didn’t work.

  9. If you’re writing a draft of an attempt at comedy, and you get “Star Trek”, you need more practice. A LOT more practice. (Though practice doesn’t necessarily guarantee avoiding this problem… look at Seth Macfarlane. He did multiple comedy programs and accidentally came up with a Star Trek program.)

  10. John Kowalkowski, thank you. I could only manage three of them.
    MinorAnnoyance, I don’t they’re parody twists; they’re mileposts from way way back on the road to sitcom stardom.

  11. Apparently anything can be thought to be a comedy. PBS is running a UK series called “Upstart Crow” which is a comedy about Shakespeare. Each (half hour) episode has him working on one of his plays and what goes on around him is related to the plot of the play. In the latest episode (4:30 am, last Friday night) he is writing what he thinks is a drama – Hamlet. Those around him on hearing the plot all think it is a comedy – what else could be with that plot?

  12. There’s lots of ways HAMLET has been made to work as a comedy — most notably ROSENKRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD.

    A few others that come to mind — “The Undiscovered Country” by William Sanders, a fine alt-history story in which Shakespeare finds himself shipwrecked in the New World and adopted by a Native American tribe, whom he convinces to put on a production of this great play he’s been working on . . . Mark Twain fiddled with a “modern salesman or somesuch finds himself in Elsinore, observing the play and commenting befuddledly on it” story which I think didn’t get published until one of the posthumous leftovers collections. MONTY PYTHON has a skit about Hamlet seeking psychiatric help. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 riffed on a German-produced movie of HAMLET (which I didn’t think worked very well, but whatever. . . ) And so on.

  13. Shrug – this is suppose to be that his family, friends (including Marlowe) all insist that he is writing a comedy as he points out the various plot points that make it not a comedy.

    It is a rather odd show that packs a lot of plot of into half an hour. At the end of last season he finally finished another play of his which he was working on over the 2 (short) seasons that HE thought was a comedy – Romeo and Juliet. The plot of each episode is based on one of his plays with the plot of the episode related to the plot of the play. While set properly in the 17th century modern thoughts and modern type events run through it. He has a sullen teenager daughter. His London landlady’s daughter does not understand why women cannot act in plays and keeps pushing to do so. When he arrives home in Stratford his description of his trip home sounds like a modern commuter (although sometimes involving livestock blocking the road) – Sample – he arrives home upset as usual. He arrived an hour early to get a good seat. He placed his cloak and packages on the seat next to him and made sure not to make eye contact with anyone so they would not ask him to move his stuff and sit next to him. When the wagon was full and they were to start, a problem was found with it and they had to switch to another. Of course everyone who was standing now had the seats and those like him who arrived to early to get a seat had to stand…. (much funnier when the actors say all of this).

    For some reason our local PBS runs it at 2 am Friday night/Saturday morning- except when they skip the episode.

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