1059: "Bel-Air"

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1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Quicksilver » Wed May 23, 2012 4:08 am UTC

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Alt text: "Aaron Sorkin has been tapped to write the TV movie about the aging prince's eventual election to Pat Toomey's Senate seat, currently titled either 'FRESHman Senator' or 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'."

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed May 23, 2012 4:11 am UTC

Maybe royalty will seem refreshing compared to our current representative democracy.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Eternal Density » Wed May 23, 2012 4:28 am UTC

This cheese is at room temperature.
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby brakos82 » Wed May 23, 2012 4:32 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:This cheese is at room temperature.


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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Linux0s » Wed May 23, 2012 4:45 am UTC

And ultimately seeking a congressional seat along with senator Blutarsky.
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Djehutynakht » Wed May 23, 2012 5:11 am UTC

Wait, Will Smith is running for some type of office?

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby karanj » Wed May 23, 2012 5:47 am UTC

I take it Randall's not a big fan of The Fresh Prince?

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby NotAllThere » Wed May 23, 2012 5:58 am UTC

The only reference I can find is http://www.ksl.com/?sid=20517366&nid=1017 Randall obviously watches BBC1.
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby glasnt » Wed May 23, 2012 6:06 am UTC

NotAllThere wrote:The only reference I can find is http://www.ksl.com/?sid=20517366&nid=1017 Randall obviously watches BBC1.

Now that's melted cheese, but the references to Adele makes my cheese very cool.

Assuming that hot cheese is better.

Also, Philadelphia is a type of cheese, oh dear..

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby ijuin » Wed May 23, 2012 6:39 am UTC

Out here in California, there is also a brand of sausages called Adele, which come in several flavors and are moderately popular for BBQ's.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby DarsVaeda » Wed May 23, 2012 7:20 am UTC

NotAllThere wrote:The only reference I can find is http://www.ksl.com/?sid=20517366&nid=1017 Randall obviously watches BBC1.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFjwbKMlmF4

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby The Moomin » Wed May 23, 2012 7:30 am UTC

glasnt wrote:
NotAllThere wrote:The only reference I can find is http://www.ksl.com/?sid=20517366&nid=1017 Randall obviously watches BBC1.

Now that's melted cheese, but the references to Adele makes my cheese very cool.

Assuming that hot cheese is better.

Also, Philadelphia is a type of cheese, oh dear..

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ijuin wrote:Out here in California, there is also a brand of sausages called Adele, which come in several flavors and are moderately popular for BBQ's.


From the above, I can only conclude that Will Smith has hired Randall to subliminally advertise his new brand of Philadelphia Cheese Dogs.
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Technical Ben » Wed May 23, 2012 7:43 am UTC

NotAllThere wrote:The only reference I can find is http://www.ksl.com/?sid=20517366&nid=1017 Randall obviously watches BBC1.


Even though it's a uk program, I got an American add at the beginning. For "RC Willey". I won't say what it sounded like to my UK ears, but I don't want them helping around the house. :lol:
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby nigenet » Wed May 23, 2012 8:47 am UTC

Will there be prints of this comic available in the XKCD store? Then we can have some fresh prints of Bel-Air...
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed May 23, 2012 9:03 am UTC

nigenet wrote:Will there be prints of this comic available in the XKCD store? Then we can have some fresh prints of Bel-Air...

Some day.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby nathanmacinnes » Wed May 23, 2012 10:13 am UTC

nigenet wrote:Will there be prints of this comic available in the XKCD store? Then we can have some fresh prints of Bel-Air...


I hope you wore your best sunglasses.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Nyerguds » Wed May 23, 2012 10:15 am UTC


Well, that was properly epic :)

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby AvatarIII » Wed May 23, 2012 10:22 am UTC

They always used to used the abridged theme tune for airings in the UK where it goes right from "uncle and auntie in Bel-Air" to "I whistled for a cab"

Which as a kid, made me think that Bel-Air and Philadelphia were cab driving distance away from each other, because I never saw the opening sequence which has the plane flight in between :lol:

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Deeblite » Wed May 23, 2012 12:36 pm UTC

AvatarIII wrote:They always used to used the abridged theme tune for airings in the UK where it goes right from "uncle and auntie in Bel-Air" to "I whistled for a cab"

Which as a kid, made me think that Bel-Air and Philadelphia were cab driving distance away from each other, because I never saw the opening sequence which has the plane flight in between :lol:


To make things even more confusing, Bel-Air Maryland IS within driving distance of Philadelphia.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby RogueCynic » Wed May 23, 2012 12:36 pm UTC

I've never seen the part of the airplane in the opening credits and I live in Boston. The comic is funny, though I can't understand why someone would leave Bel Air for Philadelphia.
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby perlhaqr » Wed May 23, 2012 12:38 pm UTC

So, is there some "thing" I don't know about May 23rd and Will Smith? Or is it just the universe being really wierd again that both XKCD and Penny Arcade both made strips about him today?

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby rjsteg » Wed May 23, 2012 12:54 pm UTC

perlhaqr wrote:So, is there some "thing" I don't know about May 23rd and Will Smith? Or is it just the universe being really wierd again that both XKCD and Penny Arcade both made strips about him today?

According to the all knowing Wikipedia, the last episode of Fresh Prince aired on May 20, 1996.

Is that close enough for you?

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby dexeron » Wed May 23, 2012 1:26 pm UTC

PA also has a Will Smith themed comic today.

Am I missing something?
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby twmcneil » Wed May 23, 2012 1:30 pm UTC

I'm missing how this relates to a Reverse Bel-Air.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby psu256 » Wed May 23, 2012 1:37 pm UTC

dexeron wrote:PA also has a Will Smith themed comic today.

Am I missing something?


Probably related to the MIB 3 release.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby DiamondBack » Wed May 23, 2012 2:19 pm UTC

I am somewhat amused that the remote goes "CLICK". My remote control has not clicked since 1985.

also, did anyone else think the Beverly Hillbillies theme while reading through this?

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby da Doctah » Wed May 23, 2012 3:08 pm UTC

I did, but mainly because Fresh Prince of Bel Air was always a ripoff of The Beverly Hillbillies. Before it aired, the network even had commercials where Will Smith was shown asking advice from "Uncle Jed".

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby cmkeller » Wed May 23, 2012 3:09 pm UTC

perlhaqr:

So, is there some "thing" I don't know about May 23rd and Will Smith? Or is it just the universe being really wierd again that both XKCD and Penny Arcade both made strips about him today?


A pitcher named Will Smith is scheduled to make his major league debut for the Kansas City Royals today.

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"Bel-Air"

Postby xkiQ » Wed May 23, 2012 3:09 pm UTC

Is anyone else slightly bothered by the fact that "Adele for ya" doesn't even rhyme with "Philadelphia"? Maybe he wasn't going to say Philadelphia, I guess.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby cellocgw » Wed May 23, 2012 3:34 pm UTC

nathanmacinnes wrote:
nigenet wrote:Will there be prints of this comic available in the XKCD store? Then we can have some fresh prints of Bel-Air...


I hope you wore your best sunglasses.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby cellocgw » Wed May 23, 2012 3:35 pm UTC

DiamondBack wrote:I am somewhat amused that the remote goes "CLICK". My remote control has not clicked since 1985.


I saw it as the power supply(s) in the TV clicking off, not the remote.
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby cmkeller » Wed May 23, 2012 4:24 pm UTC

xkiQ:

Is anyone else slightly bothered by the fact that "Adele for ya" doesn't even rhyme with "Philadelphia"?


But it echoes the somewhat spurious rhyming that is present in Adele's song "Set Fire to the Rain." (Though her singing makes it work, IMHO)

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Re: "Bel-Air"

Postby darkwombat » Wed May 23, 2012 5:01 pm UTC

xkiQ wrote:Is anyone else slightly bothered by the fact that "Adele for ya" doesn't even rhyme with "Philadelphia"? Maybe he wasn't going to say Philadelphia, I guess.


Depends on your accent, I think.

"Adele for ya" doesn't rhyme, but if you slur the words (as is common in rap) you get "Adele f'ya" which does pretty much rhyme with "Philadelphia."

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Sprocket » Wed May 23, 2012 5:03 pm UTC

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby gnoitall » Wed May 23, 2012 5:07 pm UTC

This is possibly the most absurd and convoluted reach just to make the semi-pun at the end of the Title text ("...Mr. Smith Goes to Washington") that I could possibly imagine. It's so obtuse that the entire comic qualifies as a shaggy dog story, and those 5 words the entire punchline.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed May 23, 2012 6:02 pm UTC

AvatarIII wrote:They always used to used the abridged theme tune for airings in the UK where it goes right from "uncle and auntie in Bel-Air" to "I whistled for a cab"

Which as a kid, made me think that Bel-Air and Philadelphia were cab driving distance away from each other, because I never saw the opening sequence which has the plane flight in between :lol:

Oh, wow, there is an extended intro.

Despite living much closer to Bel-Air than Philadelphia, as a child watching this show I had always assumed Bel-Air was somewhere in the nebulous "back east" that places like Philadelphia constituted, for the same reason: it's obviously within cab-driving distance! The TV implied so!

Having been to (or at least driven through) Bel Air many times since then, it probably should have occurred to me how incorrect that was, but I honestly haven't thought about that show in over a decade. (Well, except maybe this one time).

I guess this makes me realize that young master Smith was not only moving on up in the world... it was also to the WEST SIDE ( \X/ )... of the country, as well as LA itself.
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby dimochka » Wed May 23, 2012 6:17 pm UTC

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby billybobfred » Wed May 23, 2012 7:00 pm UTC

Not sure if based on current events I don't know about...

or just kind of stupid.
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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby zAlbee » Wed May 23, 2012 7:52 pm UTC

You guys are hard to please. This is the first comic I've laughed at in a week... IMHO, it's the first good one since the Every Major's Terrible comic.

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Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Postby Jimothy » Wed May 23, 2012 9:36 pm UTC

Did anyone else at first read the third panel as "So KKK back, relax..."?


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