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The Classic Electric Company Memories Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Xerus, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. Ziffel

    Ziffel Well-Known Member

    I remember that one very well. Up to the shovel part. Never could recall what came next. The shy shortstop vaguely comes back, thank you!

    I recall Morgan saying, "A ship?" And then rather alarmed saying, "A shark!" I'm thinking the shadowy shark closed its jaws and that there was a sound effect like a clap to frighten us little ones. Then Lee mentioned the sheep. And one of them said, "A shovel?" in a rather bewildered way. When I saw this skit as a child, and the ship and shark came, I thought it was the ocean right on their wall. But then when a sheep and a shovel came I was confused as to what those two things were doing out at sea, heh.

    One Very Short Book I also can't remember the ending is the Pinocchio one. I remember Luis Avalos was Pinocchio and the woman narrator said, "Pinocchio told a lie". And the lie he said was, "I had an elephant sandwich for lunch." Then I think the next page had the narrator saying, "Pinocchio's nose grow." But the final funny twist at the end? Can't recall. Maybe you or Xerus can.
  2. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Pinocchio's nose didn't grow, instead the fairy's nose did. She looked at her long pointy nose and went, "BLECCH!"
  3. Ziffel

    Ziffel Well-Known Member

    Ahhh, thank you! It comes back to me a bit now. After Pinocchio said he had an elephant sandwich for lunch, the next page said, "Pinocchio's nose DIDN'T grow" (I'm picturing that perhaps Luis Avalos put his hand over his nose to feel if it grew at all) and then the final page said, "But the fairy's did!". I'm also picturing that the fairy crossed her eyes when she looked at her nose.

    Maybe Pinocchio did have a sandwich (such as ham or bologna) for lunch and therefore was not penalized for telling a HALF truth, heh.
  4. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Does anyone remember this skit? We see a wild west prospector, played by Jim Boyd, on a horse pulled wagon. His wife, Rita Moreno, came over to give him a picnic basket lunch, a bottle of lemonade, and two bags of gold. The prospector said, "I'm gonna sleep tonight, knowing this gold will be dropped off at the bank." He said goodbye to his wife and started off for the town. Just then, he was stopped by a bandit, played by Luis Avalos, who shouted, "HOLD IT! This is a HOLD UP! And I want you to give me all of your, uh, your, uh, I forget!" "Was it something to eat?" asked the prospector, "Give me all of your lunch?" "No," said the bandit, "It was something yellow." "Lemonade?" asked the prospector. "No, it was also something valuable," said the bandit. "You're not a horse thief, are you?" asked the prospector, "Give me all of your horsies?" Then the prospector offered to give the bandit a lift to the town and help him remember that thing. The prospector asked the bandit to hold his gold bags. The bandit had no idea what was in the bags, for he said he couldn't read. As they continued to ride, the prospector asked, "Was it bigger than a breadbox?" "Yes," said the bandit. "Was it bigger than a house?" asked the prospector. "No," said the bandit, "But you can buy a house with it."
  5. Ziffel

    Ziffel Well-Known Member

    I don't remember that one at all, but wow Luis sure did play a dumb robber a lot.

    The "Pinocchio" Very Short Book I mentioned I had forgotten the ending to. Well with the "Little Miss Muffet" one, it's the opposite. I remember the ending but not what was before it!

    Lee Chamberlain was Little Miss Muffet. I imagine it began as normal, like they all do, with "Little Miss Muffet, sat on a tuffet". Then probably said, "Eating her curds and whey." Then I don't remember if a spider came along and, if so, was someone in a spider costume. I just remember the final words being Lee saying, "What's a tuffet anyway?" In any case she was a bit annoyed and was NOT frightened away by the spider (if it came).

    As a child I did not know what a tuffet was either (other than something you sit on, from the context of the nursery rhyme I had heard many times). For that matter I didn't know what curds and whey were WHEY back then either, heh.

    And I don't think I ever once heard anyone ever say that word (besides when reciting the nursery rhyme), whether in real life or on tv or the movies. Never think I've heard anyone say, "You can sit down there on that tuffet if you like", "I'll get a tuffet for you to rest your feet on", etc.

    Curds and whey? Don't know if I can say I've ever heard anyone speak those words either (again, aside from the nursery rhyme).

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  6. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    Oh good...I was hoping that someone would remember the "gr" sketch" where "Skip" was blindfolded & had to guess all the things that began all the things that began w/"gr" I remember that grape sketch too
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  7. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Here's that Christmas themed Electric Company skit, Same Old Santa. Merry Christmas!
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  8. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    I'LL BREAK THIS BRONCO: Does anyone remember this classic Electric Company cartoon? We see a cowboy in the wild west, and a horse bounces right next to him. "I'll BREAK this BRONCO!" shouts the cowboy as he climbs on the horse. But the cowboy couldn't hold on and he crashes into a brick wall. The horse smiles at the cowboy covered in bricks and says, "You BROKE the BRICKS." Once again, the cowboy shouts that he'll break this bronco. But the horse ended up knocking him off again and the cowboy flies into a bridge smashing it. The horse replied, "You BROKE the BRIDGE." Later, the cowboy started dusting himself off and the horse says, "Hop on, I'll give you a ride home." "No, thank you!" says the grumpy cowboy, "I'm just gonna walk." The horse smiled and said, "Well in that case, you can give me a ride home." And he jumped on the cowboys back. And the cowboy shouted, "Spoiled BRAT!" The horse was so heavy, that the cowboy lost his balance and crashed somewhere, while a vulture on a cactus looked surprised.
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  9. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I was getting concerned this thread disappeared! Hooray it's back.
    One of my favorite songs was three monsters singing about silent e. Morgan Freeman as Dracula, Jim Boyd as Wolfman, (both appeared numerous times before), and Skip Hinnant as the shortest Frankenstein in history.
    In between each verse, the trio of monsters do a number of vaudeville dances (Skip really cuts a mean rug!) before bringing it home with a chorus line and waving straw hats.

    "Silent e, whoaaaa, silent eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!"
    Thank you, boys!
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  10. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    Creepy Creature (There's a line in there that says "Show it to your teacher!" So little 7 year old me took this literally & showed this weird dance to my 2nd grade teacher. She must have thought I was CRAZY!)
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  11. Cookie3001

    Cookie3001 Well-Known Member

    I never really watched The Electric Company, the only things that I can remember are The talking silhouettes and gorilla costumes
  12. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    That one was a classic. Dracula sang how about how he loves to BITE necks and when he removes silent E, they get BIT.
    Wolfman loves things that are nice and RIPE so he can RIP them apart.
    And Frankenstein was grateful when he HID from the villagers and Silent E helped him to HIDE.
  13. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Two "i.e." sounds for the price of one

    Judy: "Who stole my PIE?"
    Skip: "I cannot tell a LIE.
    It was your NIECE!"
    Rita, with blueberry all over her face, smacks Skip with her teddy bear, and he falls to the floor.

    But don't change out of those costumes just yet, folks! We have another skit offering two sounds for the price of one.

    Rita again dressed up in her bows and blonde curls, is Betty Buttons, mixing BATTER.

    Enter Morgan Freeman and Skip in their Little Lord Fauntleroy outfits, tasting her BATTER.

    "Ugh! BITTER!!!"

    Things improve when Morgan stirs in some butter, because BUTTER makes BETTY BUTTON'S BITTER BATTER BETTER!!!

    Rita retaliates by pouring the batter in Skip's hat and sticking it on his head, while cracking eggs in Morgan's hand and shoving it in his face.

    "That's what you get for sticking your fingers in my BATTER!"

    Two sounds for the price of one . A deal you can't beat.
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  14. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    MY CLASSIC ELECTRIC COMPANY MEMORIES: Letterman in: Getting her Goat. We see a woman in a clothing store trying on coats. The salesman let her try on a mink coat, and she replied, "This isn't me." The man offered her a bear skin coat, and she also replied, "This isn't me either. I want something different." The man puts a camel skin coat on her.
    The Spellbinder was watching and had a sneaky idea. He changed the C in COAT into a G, turning the COAT into a GOAT. And the woman ended up with a live furry goat draped around her. She asked the salesman, "Is it washable?" "Well, I wouldn't put it in the dryer," said the man. "Did you say this was camel?" asked the woman sniffing the goat who let out a, "BAAAAH!" "I bet I got her goat!" laughed SB.
    And Joan narrated, "Will the lady by the goat? Will she become a laughing stock? Where's Letterman?!" And in came Letterman and he removed the C from his sweater and turned GOAT back into COAT. And the woman found herself wearing a brown trenchcoat with lots of pockets. She replied, "This is me. I'll take it." "Very well," said the salesman. Then another woman came up and asked, "Is this where they sell goat coats?" And Joan replied, "That's fashion for you!" And it ended with the Spellbinder leaving the store pushing away a rack of coats.
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  15. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Another skit pulled out of the depths of Season One.

    Bill Cosby and Lee Chamberlin sitting at a table in a fancy restaurant. Lee in an elegant dress, Bill in his tuxedo and top hat, puffing on his ever-present cigar.

    Cosby: "WAITER!!!"
    Lee: "WALTER!!!"
    Two or three more attempts of Cosby screaming for service.
    Cosby finally pulls Skip over, and demands "WATER!!!"
    Skip stops Morgan Freeman and explains, "WALTER wants WATER!"
    The customer is always right, so Skip and Morgan pour pitchers of water on his head.

    Even dripping wet, Bill's cigar is still lit.
  16. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Here's a synopsis of Little Miss Muffet:

    Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet (actually a groovy bean bag chair).

    Eating her curds and whey (in other words, cheese waste!).

    Along came a spider and sat down beside her (one of those big fake Halloween spiders lowered on a string)

    And said, "What the heck is curds and whey?!"

    Muffet: "Beats me. Tastes kinda yucky. By the way, what's a tuffet anyway?"

    The End
    In old English, a tuffet could have been a pile of rags to sit on, since poor people didn't have furniture. But for convenience, they used that quintessential Seventies prop, the bean bag chair. I had one, ultra groovy!
    Curds and whey, sour cheese residue, patently nasty.

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