You know when something just strikes you as absolutely hilarious...and you're really not sure WHY...but it's the funniest thing you have ever heard, and you could think about it in the middle of the grocery store and crack-up?
That's exactly how I feel about, "Hey! Get your elbow out of my prosciutto!"
Several years ago, my family was sitting at Easter dinner, and my cousin Anthony turned and said to my (vegetarian self), "Hey! get your elbow out of my prosciutto!"
I filled my mother, who wasn't there, in on the new funniest thing in the world.
My mom asked me, "Why did he tell you to get your elbow out of his prosciutto?"
"Well...because...my elbow was in his prosciutto!"
I recently wrote a play which uses the line, "Hey! Get your elbow out of my prosciutto!" When I told my cousins that this line would be immortalized in theatre, we ended-up having a conversation about it in the car.
The man who gave us that line said, "See, it's only funny in context...it's really not funny if I were to just say, 'Hey! Get your elbow out of my prosciutto!"
His wife said, "No...it's still funny..."
I agreed, "Yeah...it will ALWAYS be funny."
In August, my play will make its world premiere, and part of me is nervous that nobody will laugh at the, "Hey! Get your elbow out of my prosciutto!" line. I will be really disappointed if that happens, and so I ask you, if you do come see the play...
Please laugh at that line.