Where everybody knows your name.

March 19, 2009

Just a quick doffing of my cap to a piece of comedy genius – Cheers.
The series ran from 1982 until 1993 and was set in a bar (called, unsurprisingly, Cheers) in the US city of Boston. The bar was a hang-out for all sorts of people from all sorts of walks of life. The writing was absolutely stellar and the laughs just kept on coming. My favourite character was always Norm, due to his unique view of the world.

My usual please, barman.

My usual please, barman.

He was always greeted like a long-lost son on his arrival at the bar.
The gags he delivered were almost always superb, like this one below:
Norm enters the bar. He is greeted in the following manner:
Norm: Afternoon, everybody!
Customers: NORM!
Diane: Norman.
Coach: How’s life treating you Norm?
Norm: Like he caught me in bed with his wife.

If you haven’t seen any of it, or if you have and just need reminding how great it was, visit YouTube and get ready to laugh like a drain. If, like me, you’re a fan of Norm then you’ll love this compilation of Norm-isms. Click here and get ready to laugh.
Perhaps the best exchanges were between Norm and his fellow bar-fly, Cliff. Cliff was a down-at-heel kind of a character who seemed to find the downside of any given situation. But together they made for some great comedy.
Like the explanation below, when Cliff tries to explain the Buffalo Theory (basically the theory of Survival of the Fittest for purpose) to Norm. A piece of genius if ever there was one.

It takes a smart man...

It takes a smart man...

So there you have it. If the day doesn’t seem to be going well, try a beer. Your day might not get any better, but you’ll sure as heck think it has. Cheers.

One Response to “Where everybody knows your name.”

  1. Gallusness Says:

    Sam: What’ll you have Normie?

    Norm: Well, I’m in a gambling mood Sammy. I’ll take a glass of whatever comes out of that tap.

    Sam: Looks like beer, Norm.

    Norm: Call me Mister Lucky.

    Love it.

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