Thursday, May 31, 2007

Luther: Physical Comedian

I think that the guy who played Luther was pretty skilled at physical comedy. This fact would often manifest itself in plenty of hilarious situations, like probably when he was trying to grab his coffee or something while he was also on the phone, the phone chord would be just a little too short and then Luther would get all wound up in the chord and then maybe he'd knock over a chair or some trophies or whatever. Then Coach would come in and be all: "On the phone again?" in a perfect dead-pan. This probably brought the house down.

But as often as Luther's physical comedy was used deftly, I seem to remember times when it was employed in totally improbable situations. Like, I think probably there was some episode where Luther was at a fancy cocktail party and someone walked by with a tray of hors d'oeuvres. As soon as he went to grab one a different waitress would come by and then another and eventually he would get all tangled in hors d'oeuvres and probably knock a waitress over and also maybe a bus table. Then I think he would make some comment like: "The bruschetta tastes great!" while he was lying on a waitress on the floor or something.

Hmmm... I actually set out to use the hors d'oeuvres example as an illustration of when they misused Luther's physical comedic talent, but the more I think about it the more I realize that this was probably just as funny as when he would get all caught up in the phone chord.

I guess when it comes to Luther's flailing around and knocking stuff over, you can never have too much. I suppose that is why this device was utilized so frequently.