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GARLIC BREAD? Garlic... bread?? Am I 'earin y'right? GARLIC? AND BREAD?

HAHAHAHAHAHA!
9 (18%)
Heh.
8 (16%)
Heard it mate.
5 (10%)
Ugh
0 (0%)
DIE NOW
7 (14%)
An tSaoi
5 (10%)
WHY HAVE YOU MADE SO MANY PETER KAY THREADS
16 (32%)

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Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« on: August 30, 2019, 11:45:17 AM »
I personally think that it remains funny

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 11:52:00 AM »
yes

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 11:57:08 AM »
It's as funny now as it ever was.

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019, 11:58:07 AM »
It's one of those catchphrases where the context is disappearing into the mists of time and half the people saying it will either have forgotten the rest of the line or didn't know it in the first place, just that it involves going ''garlic bread!!'' in a husky Northern accent for some reason (and may or may not know/remember it's Peter Kay.) See also ''Not a Lot'', ''I'm free'' and ''Now then Now then'' (which my boyfriend's 15 year old daughter said the other day, which prompted concern until it transpired she didn't even know who Jimmy Savile was. Seriously, never heard of him.)

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2019, 11:59:49 AM »
Rang false to me at the time. I'm from 10 miles from Peter Kay and approx the same social background (for clarity: my dad is a club compere like Gerry 'The Saint' St. Clair and Phoenix Nights felt very real as much as anything). That said I knew what garlic bread was and never really queried it, as did a lot of people. We had it at lunch at primary school. Unless there's an aspect to the joke I am not getting, other than not having foreseen a particular flavour combination. Like I suppose there is some humour in the repetition of the "garlic. bread?" thing but it's too far down a road of not having laughed.

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2019, 12:03:34 PM »
it's coffeemate

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2019, 12:06:55 PM »
Rang false to me at the time. I'm from 10 miles from Peter Kay and approx the same social background (for clarity: my dad is a club compere like Gerry 'The Saint' St. Clair and Phoenix Nights felt very real as much as anything). That said I knew what garlic bread was and never really queried it, as did a lot of people. We had it at lunch at primary school. Unless there's an aspect to the joke I am not getting, other than not having foreseen a particular flavour combination. Like I suppose there is some humour in the repetition of the "garlic. bread?" thing but it's too far down a road of not having laughed.

Same (my dad wasn’t a club compere, mind.) I think much of its success is down to its pleasing rhythm, catchiness and the fact it’s easy to recreate.

As icehaven illustrated, the way it’s becoming disconnected from context, yet remains recognisable bears this out.

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2019, 12:26:09 PM »
If the routine were about his grandad, it would make more sense. For his dad not to have heard of garlic bread just seems bizarre.

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2019, 12:36:08 PM »
I do feel like people who say it's unlikely that his father wouldn't have heard of garlic bread are forgetting that, even though his humour's observational, he's still telling jokes and not a no-holds-barred account of his life with not a single detail changed. The point is that his Dad's so set in his ways that something as common as garlic bread seems exotic. It's exaggeration for comic effect. If it was something genuinely exotic that his father was balking at, it wouldn't be a joke, you'd just say "yeah, fair enough, he probably hasn't eaten foie gras".

That being said, it's not really that funny and it certainly wasn't funny enough to become a career-defining catchphrase and calling card.

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2019, 12:37:44 PM »
Maybe so. The servers of the garlic bread (my parents) think it is hilarious. Maybe they just see it on other levels!

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2019, 12:48:25 PM »
Yeah it was hilarious. Kay's timing and delivery of that line as Max is brilliant and does ringtrue. I'm sure there are people like him who still haven't heard of garlic bread. While working in various dead end jobs I've met guys of about Max's age and background who've never heard of espresso (or a French press), sauerkraut, chilli sauce and various other standard food items that I brought in to work. You have to be pretty solipsistic or just heavily sheltered from the real world if you think it's impossible.

Eta I knew one guy who, despite living his whole life in a northern town, had never heard of Peter Kay or Phoenix Nights.

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2019, 01:01:36 PM »
I'm also from the North, am roughly the same age as Kay, and the bit rang very true with me. Not sure my Dad ever ate garlic bread. It's also very funny.

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2019, 01:18:04 PM »
You have to be pretty solipsistic or just heavily sheltered from the real world if you think it's impossible.

I never said it was impossible, dick'ead.

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2019, 02:41:02 PM »
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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2019, 02:52:48 PM »
Not forgetting it is accompanied by "cheese... cake?!" which I think is funny because I avoided trying cheesecake for many years simply because of that logic.

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2019, 03:14:12 PM »
Rang false to me at the time. I'm from 10 miles from Peter Kay and approx the same social background (for clarity: my dad is a club compere like Gerry 'The Saint' St. Clair and Phoenix Nights felt very real as much as anything). That said I knew what garlic bread was and never really queried it, as did a lot of people. We had it at lunch at primary school. Unless there's an aspect to the joke I am not getting, other than not having foreseen a particular flavour combination. Like I suppose there is some humour in the repetition of the "garlic. bread?" thing but it's too far down a road of not having laughed.

But... the joke wouldn't have been a joke if it was something that was actually unusual to anybody.

Yeah, it's still funny. As soon as your actual dad starts saying it back to you with a grin on his face it's died, but it's still a decent enough bit and a perfect choice of product.

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2019, 03:20:49 PM »
I don't think it's beyond the realms to imagine his dads just a bit thick and either never noticed or even forgot the concept of garliced bread?

Isn't that the joke? That his dad's a spectacularly thick cut?

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2019, 03:26:13 PM »
I don't think it's beyond the realms to imagine his dads just a bit thick and either never noticed or even forgot the concept of garliced bread?

Isn't that the joke? That his dad's a spectacularly thick cut?
To me, it was both that his dad was a bit thick, but had also led a very sheltered life. I think the bit was in context of his parents' first holiday abroad?

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2019, 03:28:25 PM »
Never seen it before but sounds like a good joke

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2019, 03:31:42 PM »
I enjoy this version of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0xdyem4upU&t=2m30s

The original, not so much.

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2019, 03:41:16 PM »
I personally think that it remains funny

It was mildly amusing 20 years ago but has since passed into a kind of cultural phenomenon where even your grandmother has probably heard of it. It's still funny for people in nursing homes, the bewildered and people who only watch comedy once every 3 years by complete accident. For everyone else it's either ironically funny or just mildly annoying.

Cheese? Cake? on the other hand is pure gold.

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2019, 05:19:51 PM »
I enjoy this version of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0xdyem4upU&t=2m30s

The original, not so much.
ITV there, caring about mental health again.

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2019, 06:03:39 PM »
Look forward to Mr Kay's new routine about ignorance regarding Muslim breads. "Rumali???...Roti???"

Got a feeling we'll be waiting a while to see him make a joke like that wonder why 🤔🤔🤔

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2019, 06:06:15 PM »
Rang false to me at the time. I'm from 10 miles from Peter Kay and approx the same social background (for clarity: my dad is a club compere like Gerry 'The Saint' St. Clair and Phoenix Nights felt very real as much as anything). That said I knew what garlic bread was and never really queried it, as did a lot of people. We had it at lunch at primary school. Unless there's an aspect to the joke I am not getting, other than not having foreseen a particular flavour combination. Like I suppose there is some humour in the repetition of the "garlic. bread?" thing but it's too far down a road of not having laughed.

Isn’t the joke the absolute normalcy of the food though? And how that heightens the ignorance

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2019, 06:34:56 PM »
It has been robbed of all humour now, but to me the funniest part of it was that his dad was sort of saying "oh, they're garlicing BREAD now?" as if it's something that has got entirely out of hand.

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2019, 06:43:52 PM »
Look forward to Mr Kay's new routine about ignorance regarding Muslim breads. "Rumali???...Roti???"

Got a feeling we'll be waiting a while to see him make a joke like that wonder why 🤔🤔🤔
Because it would be very similar to his most famous routine, and even he's unlikely to copy himself to such an extent?

Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2019, 07:15:53 PM »
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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2019, 09:43:53 PM »
Look forward to Mr Kay's new routine about ignorance regarding Muslim breads. "Rumali???...Roti???"

Got a feeling we'll be waiting a while to see him make a joke like that wonder why 🤔🤔🤔

You looking for an Eta on that?

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2019, 07:08:46 PM »
It is hilarious because you can’t possibly imagine a world in which garlic and bread could ever both be food, let alone mixed together in some form of recipe

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Re: Is the Garlic Bread bit funny
« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2019, 07:26:02 PM »
Do you know what "garlic bread" is in Italian?

fetta di pane spalmata di burro all'aglio e riscaldata