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1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 4:08 am UTC
by Quicksilver
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http://xkcd.com/1059/
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'."

I don't get the appeal for Adele.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 4:11 am UTC
by rhomboidal
Maybe royalty will seem refreshing compared to our current representative democracy.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 4:28 am UTC
by Eternal Density
This cheese is at room temperature.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 4:32 am UTC
by brakos82
Eternal Density wrote:This cheese is at room temperature.


Warmer than mine.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 4:45 am UTC
by Linux0s
And ultimately seeking a congressional seat along with senator Blutarsky.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 5:11 am UTC
by Djehutynakht
Wait, Will Smith is running for some type of office?

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 5:47 am UTC
by karanj
I take it Randall's not a big fan of The Fresh Prince?

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 5:58 am UTC
by NotAllThere
The only reference I can find is http://www.ksl.com/?sid=20517366&nid=1017 Randall obviously watches BBC1.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 6:06 am UTC
by glasnt
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..

Hi joee

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 6:39 am UTC
by ijuin
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.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:20 am UTC
by DarsVaeda
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

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:30 am UTC
by The Moomin
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..

Hi joee


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.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:43 am UTC
by Technical Ben
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:

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 8:47 am UTC
by nigenet
Will there be prints of this comic available in the XKCD store? Then we can have some fresh prints of Bel-Air...

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 9:03 am UTC
by Pfhorrest
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.

Some day your prints will come...

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:13 am UTC
by nathanmacinnes
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.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:15 am UTC
by Nyerguds

Well, that was properly epic :)

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:22 am UTC
by AvatarIII
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:

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 12:36 pm UTC
by Deeblite
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.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 12:36 pm UTC
by RogueCynic
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.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 12:38 pm UTC
by 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?

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 12:54 pm UTC
by rjsteg
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?

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 1:26 pm UTC
by dexeron
PA also has a Will Smith themed comic today.

Am I missing something?

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 1:30 pm UTC
by twmcneil
I'm missing how this relates to a Reverse Bel-Air.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 1:37 pm UTC
by psu256
dexeron wrote:PA also has a Will Smith themed comic today.

Am I missing something?


Probably related to the MIB 3 release.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 2:19 pm UTC
by DiamondBack
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?

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 3:08 pm UTC
by da Doctah
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".

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 3:09 pm UTC
by cmkeller
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.

"Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 3:09 pm UTC
by xkiQ
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.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
by cellocgw
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.

Nope, 'cause what really knocks them it is the cheap sunglasses

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 3:35 pm UTC
by cellocgw
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.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 4:24 pm UTC
by cmkeller
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)

Re: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 5:01 pm UTC
by darkwombat
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."

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 5:03 pm UTC
by Sprocket
Jazzy Jeff goes to Washington.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 5:07 pm UTC
by gnoitall
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.

Oh, well, it's still better than working.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
by Pfhorrest
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.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 6:17 pm UTC
by dimochka
Officially my first GOOMHR!

It all happened once a coworker pointed our another's shirt as "funky fresh". Don't ask.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
by billybobfred
Not sure if based on current events I don't know about...

or just kind of stupid.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:52 pm UTC
by zAlbee
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.

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 9:36 pm UTC
by Jimothy
Did anyone else at first read the third panel as "So KKK back, relax..."?