Sep 062007

So goes Jerry Seinfeld’s description of hack comedian Kenny “the best, Jerry!” Bania’s act during season eight of Seinfeld (episode:  The Fatigues).

I remember enjoying this phrase tremendously during the show’s first run most of 11 years ago, and having forgotten about it in the interim, it was hilarious all over again when I caught it on DVD.  (I’m really looking forward to more frequently enjoying jokes over and over again as my memory progressively worsens.)

So here’s what I want to know:  did this phrase originate with this occurrence in Seinfeld?  When you Google “beaten with a bag of oranges,” there are only 80 hits.  Did Jerry or one in his employ write it in 1996?  Did you hear it before then?

I’m really looking forward to more frequently enjoying jokes over and over again as my memory progressively worsens.  Did I mention that already?

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  3 Responses to ““Like getting beaten with a bag of oranges””

  1. In the movie The Grifters – a mob ringleader had one of his con people beaten with a bag of oranges as a punishment for withholding his %. It didn’t leave the same marks as fists, yet could do severe internal damage. That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that. Not too funny, though.

  2. I’ve never heard of the saying. Can you check the online OED?

  3. I’m also a fan of the phrase “so-and-so looks like he was beaten in the face with a sack of hot nickels.”

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