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Wednesday, July 7   >>


On Monday I went to visit some family with my mom. My aunt moved to the States in her 20s so her El Salvadorian accent is still present even in her keen awareness of pop culture. Her husband, my uncle John, is as apple pie American as you can get: Midwestern good-boy with a military background and a deep resentment for all my offensive jokes. Their kids--my cousins--are typical early 20somethings.

Cut to the table discussion:
COUSIN ANDY: I hope Conan comes to TBS with the lever.

COUSIN DAN: The Walker Texas Ranger lever?

HUGO: I doubt that. I bet there's all these stupid clauses about gags being proprietary and stuff.

AUNT: What is the lever?

COUSIN DAN: It's a lever that came up behind Conan's desk. When it was pulled, a clip from "Walker Texas Ranger" would play.

MOM: ...Why?

HUGO: Because it's Chuck Norris. There's a whole subculture of jokes that came from that lever.

COUSIN ANDY: No it was before.

COUSIN DAN: No it was aft--

UNCLE: So a clip played?

HUGO: Yeah.

UNCLE: Of Chuck Norris saying a joke?

HUGO: No. A clip of Chuck Norris in "Walker Texas Ranger."

AUNT: But why?

HUGO: Because it's ...ironic.

COUSIN ANDY: Not really.

HUGO: Yeah it is. It's kitsch. To like kitsch for being kitsch is to be ironic.

AUNT: But if the clip of the show isn't funny, then why is it on Conan?

COUSIN DANIEL: Because the acting is bad.

HUGO: And it's on CBS. Old people shows.

MOM: Que?

HUGO: Well, like I said, there's a whole subculture of Chuck Norris jokes that deal with him being super-human.

UNCLE: Like what?

COUSIN ANDY: 'Chuck Norris doesn't do push-ups. He just pushes the world down.'

AUNT: Well that isn't very funny.