Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash

Well, would it be all right with you if I just laid down in the street and died? — Grampa

Yes, that would be acceptable. — Lawyer guy, “Lady Bouvier’s Lover”

Abe Simpson’s forlorn farewell to the lady Bouvier recalls a more mysterious sign-off made by comedian Jimmy Durante — the Schnoz himself — on his radio and television programs.

Who was Mrs. Calabash? While theories abound, Durante himself attested in 1966 before the National Press Club that “Calabash” was his pet name for his first wife, Mrs. Jeanne Durante, who died in 1943.

Listen in. Durante enters around 5/6 of the way in, after the “Light My Fire” cover. They don’t make ’em like this anymore.

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4 Responses to Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash

  1. Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo says:

    In the season 5 episode “Cape Feare”, Chief Wiggum says “Well, shut my mouth. It’s also illegal to put squirrels down your pants for the purposes of gambling.” This is a reference to ferret legging. There’s info at wikipedia, videos on youtube, and pics on google, etc. Keep up the great work!

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  4. Courtial says:

    Hi, thank you for this very interesting post. Do you know who composed the music (saxophone) played in the Simpsons scene?

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