Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A Mamet Joke (Oxymoronic Concept #1)

Ebert told a funny joke before the Spartan screening. If you don't like the f-word, read no further.

But the joke — and some of the original phrasing may be lost in translation — goes like this:

A guy asks his friend for money.
The friend's response: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be — Shakespeare."
The guy: "Fuck you — Mamet."


Blogger dimsum said...

The way I remember this joke, which Roger kinda rushed the delivery of, was that it was between a guy and a panhandler. The panhandler asks for money for a sandwich (the classic retort being, "Well, let's see the sandwich first.") Then the lines were as you quoted. I think you can see that the joke "sells" better in that context too.

BTW, we were seated in the 2nd row center of the balcony on Saturday afternoon. Were you one of the two gals in the center of the front row. If so, I think we might have caught a glimpse of a small tatoo in the small of your back.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Lisa Rosman said...

ah, you did improve the joke. i'd fix the post, but it's better that you get the credit. that wasn't me, by the way. i don't have tattoos---or, for that matter, "titoos," as they say in Duane Hopwood. i'm the blond girl with the helsinki jacket and the gap between her teeth, for future notice!

10:23 PM  

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