There Are Some Punchlines So Good…

There are some punchlines so good that, even in the absence of the joke that spawned them, they can still make you laugh.

Sadly, I have no memory for jokes, so, even though I distinctly recall giving Mack my favorite jokeless punchline, I now cannot remember what it is.

“Why?” you may ask.  “What could make a girl forget her favorite jokeless punchline?”

It is because, in perusing the Wikipedia entry for Blazing Saddles, I have learned this one line was cut from the film:

I’m sorry to disappoint you, miss, but you’re sucking on my arm.

I am going to be laughing at that all day.

My favorite line from the movie is, of course, the list of all the bad guys:

I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists.

When we were kids, we howled at the thought of Methodists being included in with the hornswogglers and bushwhackers. I still think Blazing Saddles is the Butcher’s favorite movie.  In fact, I just had to call him and tell him about “I’m sorry to disappoint you, miss, but you’re sucking on my arm.”

13 thoughts on “There Are Some Punchlines So Good…

  1. The correct quote is “elbow”, not “arm”, and I can totally give you the context, if you want. :-) My mom has the VHS version from before they started censoring it.

  2. thanks for the belly laugh.

    ‘Now, I don’t have to tell you good folks, what has been happening here in our beloved little town: sheriff murdered, crops burned, stores looted, people stampeded, and cattle raped.’

  3. You know the scene where the dancing saloon gal is trying to seduce the sheriff in the darkened dressing room? She says something along the lines of, “Oh, it’s TRUE what they say about black men!” Then it gets really quiet, and you hear the sheriff say, very politely, “I’m sorry to disappoint you, miss, but you’re sucking on my elbow.” I heard that and about died laughing when I first watched the movie about 10 years ago. It was great. I’m sorry some tight-ass decided that it was too “offensive” and took it out.

  4. Heh. I’ve, um.. slept through that twice. And SpaceBalls.

    … I sleep through a lot of movies. Except, of course, the ones I can’t handle, and then I spend the time looking at my knees and trying not to burst into tears and/or run out of the room.

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