Lunch at the Gotham Cafe

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  1. GuesssWho
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    GuesssWho New Member

    Every time I read that story I burst out laughing. Is it just me, or is there something innately hilarious about lines like 'all the radios on Coney Island don't measure up to dat dog, you motherf***er'?
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  2. AchtungBaby
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    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    Sai King definitely has a way with words. It's rare that I don't find myself cracking up at least once or twice while reading one of his stories. :lol:
  3. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    And I think his wife Tabby loves playing the straight man to his Groucho!
    (excellent sense of humour!)
  4. GuesssWho
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    GuesssWho New Member

    I just about died laughing with that one, though. The way that the couple make Guy look sane, the total babble, all of it.
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  5. mustangclaire
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I really enjoyed this tale. He reminded me of Basil Fawlty. (For my American friends, google. Very funny).
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  6. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    That waiter guy...or is it the maitre-d?...is a bit like the Crimson King, no? That eeeeeee-exclamation? That's all I got. :(
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  7. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...King has always had a knack for assimilating current vernacular into his tales...
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  8. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    We got Basil over here - it was called Fawlty Towers and one time they rearranged the letters on the sign to read "Farty Towels" - I love John Cleese! (and the woman who played his wife was a perfect foil for him).

    [​IMG]
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  9. Bev Vincent
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    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    This is one of my favorite shots from the filming of our Dollar Baby adaptation:

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  10. booklover72
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    booklover72 very strange person

    Hey mustangclaire, i remember that too. going back a few years. BBC saturday night. Loved the spanish waiter que que. p.s i fancied Sybil??????????????????
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  11. mustangclaire
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Just re-read this. King really DOES nail the quitting tobacco symptoms. I totally get what he meant by the two phases, the second period of mental withdrawal being much longer, including forgetfulness and a feeling of mild unreality. I totally suffered that big time! Cracking story.
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  12. Sunlight Gardener
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    Great story, with many lines that crack me up.

    F*%k Cousin Brucie, F*%k you!

    You Boinker! Or maybe it was Boinger that he called me. It doesn't matter, I know that. But late at night the little questions haunt me as much as the big ones.
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  13. Kurben
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    Kurben Well-Known Member

    Yeah. That waiter was great. But it almost ruined his career. Noone saw Andrew Sachs anymore, they only saw Manuel, the waiter from Barcelona. I only have to think of some the scenes in fawlty Towers to start laughing. For me it is the funniest TV-series aired.
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  14. doowopgirl
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    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Fawlty Towers is hilarous. But the waiter in Gotham Cafe was just scary. I never saw the dollar baby adaptation and I'm kind of glad. It might ruin both of them for me.
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  15. staropeace
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    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Whenever I was a chef in a high-end eatery and wanted to kick some snooty french waiter in the arse, I would think of this story and laugh.
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  16. rudiroo
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    Great story, but I can't get past my inner (too-scared-can't-move) wuss to get into the humour.
    But I can see the humour.

    And I do ask myself 'what would I do, if this was really going down?'
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