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Sep 28, 2009
The only connections between the two are that they come from the same album, and that they loosely involve ham and eggs. Properly, the punch line is that "the chicken was involved, but the pig was committed."

Both contextually followed a joke in which Sammy Davis Jr. approached Gregory for advice because he was thinking of converting to Judaism. Greg's response was "Don't go -- what you want to be segregated *twice* for?"
 
 
Sep 28, 2009
Ok, one of you exostential guys please explain how:

"Here we have ham-and-eggeries that are fronts for bookie joints; in Israel, they have bookie joints that are fronts for ham-and-eggeries."

Has ANYTHING to do with the joke: the chicken contributed the egg, but the pig is dead?

I mean seriously, is it just because they both speak of eggs and ham? I don't get it.
 
 
Nov 25, 2008
catatafish said: .... Saying Maher's name in the same sentence as Adams' isn't exactly fair by the way ;-). YMMV.

Guess MMDV -- I like them both a lot. 8;)

So you think Adams used the comedically awkward word "contributed" intentionally to reinforce PHB's dimness?
 
 
Nov 25, 2008
By the way, nice history of that joke pltrygyst, I wasn't familiar with Gregory.

And I do think Bill Maher probably did nothing to try and hide the fact that it wasn't his joke. Adams on the other hand is portraying PHB as trying to take credit. Saying Maher's name in the same sentence as Adams' isn't exactly fair by the way ;-). YMMV.
 
 
Nov 25, 2008
I didn't see this as "stealing a joke"...at least not where he's trying to take credit. I think the saying is well known enough, and he's just portraying the PHB as spewing cliches and idioms. The originality comes when Wally responds to this now cliched joke, turned training material...."If I work like a dead pig.....". Wally is twisting the simile to his advantage, in order to mock it.
 
 
 
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