Posted ByOld Abe on August 05, 2002 at 21:16:19:
In Reply to: Re: Doo-wa-diddy/Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga comment posted byJim Hilliker on July 08, 2002 at 21:18:33:
Just look at a map.
There is no way a train leaving from Union Station
in downtown LA would ever go to Anaheim, Azuza,
and Cucamonga, and that's a small part of why the
audience laughed the very first time. They were,
after all, an LA audience, and most of them had
at least a notion of where these then small towns
That you may have been able to go on the same
train to all three via a routing fluke in the
early 40's is perhaps more bizzare than
enlightening (once you look at the map), but
if you ever look at European train schedules,
you'll still see very similar things, with
slow trains wandering from East Overshoe to
West Nowhere whithout hitting a major city.
This is probably due to the same stange notion
that even the US had back in the 40's that
public transportation had to serve everyone.
The major part of why the audience laughed the first
time is among the oldest and simplest of comedy
reasons - the names sounded funny.
As time went on, it became a beloved running gag,
but at its heart, the names sounded funny and
that's why the audience laughed. Isn't that
why all of us living outside LA laughed the
first time we heard it?
Yours in Benny