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.