Search: johnny bench
Why: Last night, we re-started Season 1 of "Archer," which you should totes watch if you're not already. When he walks in on his mom ... erm, J-ing O, Archer says, "Johnny Bench called..." and he leaves the room.
Then, in a complete coincidence, I'm sure:
Answer: He was the catcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967-83! And oops, I've totally read about this before - and even blogged about this post, "The Ten Most Obscure 'Archer' Jokes." But anyway:
In the pilot episode, Archer drops the phrase “Johnny Bench called” in order to let his mother know he caught her doing some fuzzy flounder fishing. But where exactly was he going with that?We will keep our ears peeled for this second reference tonight!
Johnny Bench is a Hall of Fame catcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds. According to Adam Reed the joke was to imply the next line: “He wants his mitt back,” thus comparing Malory’s vajayjay to a well worn in catcher’s mitt. Funny. Decent. But the story continues.
After the initial episode aired Adam Reed was informed that Johnny Bench was also known for having giant fingers and was famous for a parlor trick he did where he held seven baseballs in one hand.
This made for a reemergence of the Bench reference aimed at Lana Kane’s monster hands (Truckasaurus!) and her “Johnny Benchian fingers” (S01E04). I feel like the second Johnny Bench joke revises the first, like a humor time loop.
Source: Warming Glow, Urban Dictionary
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