I’m tired

Except for the ridiculous costume and the equally ridiculous sexual references, this video aptly describes my state of mind.  In lieu of the line about “slept with thousands of men,” substitute “dealt with thousands of carpools/play dates/elderly parent health crises,” and you’ve got the things in my life that leave me just loving this song:

I actually first saw the movie Blazing Saddles at a revival theater when I was living in England.  I went with a couple of friends, and was the only one in the theater laughing.  I guess you have to be American (and, maybe, Jewish) to appreciate much of the humor.

I especially lost it, giggle-wise, when I first saw the name for Madeline Kahn’s character:  Lilly von Schtupp.  It helped that, unlike everyone else in the theater, I had/have a passing acquaintance with Yiddish.

After the movie, I explained to one of my British friends why I thought the name so funny.  Quick as can be, she tossed back, “You mean, as in that famous 18th Century comedy, “She Schtups to Conquer“?  I admire a brain that agile.

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  1. Gringo says

    I laughed very little at Blazing Saddles. I never liked Westerns that much, and to appreciate a parody, you need to like what is being parodied. Only people who already liked Westerns could appreciate Blazing Saddles.

    While my knowledge of Yiddish is better than the average Goy, I didn’t catch the one about Lilly von Schtupp. Maybe I need to revisit Blazing Saddles.

  2. Tonestaple says

    Gringo, I have to disagree. I’m not a big fan of westerns, but all you have to know to appreciate Blazing Saddles is the conventions of the western genre. Like any other American, I know those, and I laughed ’til I cried at that movie.

    A friend told me this once when we had been to the movies that night: the only person he ever really envied was someone who went to a very early screening of Blazing Saddles thinking he was going to see a straight western. Sure, that person would have caught on pretty quick, but just to have your expectations so completely trashed in such a good way in five minutes would be delightful.

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