Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cri de Comedy

McNeil is teaching a class about the 1980s, research for which led him to the happy reminder that the Beastie Boys mention Jerry Lewis by name in their song "Hold It Now Hit It." I was happy to remind McNeil in turn that the Beastie Boys number "Hey Ladies" takes its name - and the particular delivery of its refrain - from Jerry's well-known if slightly apocryphal catch phrase, or what Manohla Dargis calls "his trademark cri de comedy" and which she traces to its roots in THE STOOGE.