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Family Guy Does Jerry Lewis


 

For those who are wondering which Jerry Lewis bit Family Guy ripped off paid homage to last night, it’s this scene from The Errand Boy (his second movie as a director), where he does a pantomime set to Count Basie music:

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There are already a couple of YouTube comments claiming that Family Guy did it funnier, but, thankfully, not as many as for William Shatner’s “Rocket Man,” where there seems to be a commenter saying “Stewie did it better” virtually every day.

The fact that Family Guy uses a lot of episodic real estate to do exact, shot-by-shot re-creations of old routines is, I guess, a symptom of its laziness. But it’s still a sign of the good side of Seth MacFarlane, that he encourages his audience to seek out pop culture that isn’t “modern” or even from their own lifetimes. A lot of shows are terrified of referring to anything old. But Family Guy assumes that its viewers either know “Shipoopi” from The Music Man or that if they don’t know it, they’ll like it (perhaps ironically).

This is not to be confused with Animaniacs‘ Jerry Lewis ripoff homage, which was based on the typewriter routine from Who’s Minding the Store?

Update: Speaking of pop-culture antecedents, the Brian/Stewie episode was based on an episode of All In the Family called “Two’s a Crowd,” where Archie and Mike are locked in a cellar together, get drunk, and arrive at a greater understanding of each other. (Not to be confused with “Archie in the Cellar,” where Archie got locked in the cellar alone.) The original episode was distressingly free of feces-eating, however.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aCHqBgPRuA


 
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Family Guy Does Jerry Lewis

  1. Jamie, what did you think about the "Brian and Stewie" portion of the episode, prior to the musical bits? I never saw the All in the Family episode that served as the inspiration for last night's story. It was definitely and odd episode.

    Also, what the hell was up with the Ke$ha opening on The Simpsons???

  2. I missed the Simpsons opening, so I can't comment on it yet. I've seen the Archie/Mike episode a number of times, so I knew that's what they were doing — but while I appreciate the attempt, I didn't think it worked particularly well. Stewie isn't an actual character, while Brian is, so I don't think much of their supposed chemistry. For a "serious" moment, Quagmire's speech about how badly Brian sucks was actually much better.

    • A Family Guy producer explicitly claimed the episode was inspired by the episode where "Archie manages to get locked in the cellar with a bottle of vodka," which I assume was the one where he got locked in alone.
      http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/30/family-guy-anima

      Maybe the actual writer of the episode incorporated "Two's a Crowd," and there's a bit of both in the final episode.

    • A Family Guy producer explicitly claimed the episode was inspired by the episode where "Archie manages to get locked in the cellar with a bottle of vodka," which I assume was the one where he got locked in alone.
      http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/30/family-guy-anima

      Maybe the actual writer of the episode incorporated "Two's a Crowd," and there's a bit of both in the final episode.

  3. What I'll say about the first half of the episode is that it's probably the weirdest Family Guy ever. For one thing, I thought the story almost crossed the line a few times (no spoilers – watch and you'll see what I mean). And I don't mean the "general decency" line – I love Family Guy, I love South Park, I love cartoons that go wild and knock out general decency with a sledgehammer. This almost crossed MY line. Not only that, it was…well, dramatic. This had the feel of a two-person show one might see on, well, a stage. (That is, apart from the times when it clearly didn't.) It had a clear character tension and rapport, it abandoned comedy completely for a very dark segment near the end, and finished with a very touching moment.

    Strange. Good, and worth watching again, but very strange.

  4. Seriously….I thought that was odd too. (Ke$ha's opening on The Simpsons)

    Although, all and all Seth MacFarlane's creativity and originality is a breath of fresh air.

    I find too that the Simpsons are becoming edgier, as theyre 25yr old core fans get older…

  5. yeah. because he ripped off "All in the Family".

    I love Family Guy and American Dad, and even The Cleveland Show. Part of the fun of watching is finding the original material they are referencing. Like I knew the Stoolbend Fleamarket bit had to be based off of some youtube video when I saw it on The Cleveland Show, so I did a search and found it and it was fun. And I knew I saw that pantomime bit before but couldn't remember where, did a search and here I am…

  6. what's the title of that Count Basie track?

  7. The Simpsons episode was their version of a "lip dub," a type of video that went viral a few weeks ago. The original one I assume it was done after was here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPTd8MgAeqI

    Another high school responded by creating this one, which is actually backwards and pretty amazing:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7TI-AJi2O8

    As far as the FG episode, I didn't know it was done from the old All in the Family episode, but I thought it was brilliant, if not incredibly stressful and even-a-bit-too-much-for-me at times. :)

  8. Elise, yeah, right :

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