Originally Posted by gentle
As for the suggestions from tomndebb and others that it's older than time itself to brush people off with a "good day" or some variation on this, naturally I realize this; but the quotation I'm chasing is said with a very specific emphasis: Jon Stewart in particular nails the tone in how he puffs himself up first and then puts a little space between each word. It sounds so familiar, I feel like this meme must have originated with some movie and TV show.
Agreed. And I think some people are missing the idea that we are not looking for the origins of the sincere version of the statement way back in the 19th century or whenever it was, but its origins as a comedic, ironic quip delivered with an implicit wink.
And I always thought that was from an episode of Dr. Katz
on Comedy Central that originally aired in August 1998. As it happens, that was the day after the pilot of That 70s Show
aired. I doubt Fez used the phrase that early, and if it was at least a few months later that he first used it, I bet it was inspired by the comedian on Dr. Katz.
Anyway, watch from 20:37 to 21:25. Or if 48 seconds is too much of your time, you can watch the last 10 seconds or so without the context:
John Stewart started hosting The Daily Show
, on the same network as Dr. Katz
, the very next year, 1999. So I would tend to strongly suspect this is where he
got it, anyway.
ETA: It is sometimes frustrating to me that I remember trivial things like this from the 20th century--the last millennium!--when my memory is so poor about what I did yesterday, or five minutes ago, or what I was saying 30 seconds ago...