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Old 03-13-2007, 11:51 AM
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Who are Larry, Darryl, and Darryl?

Having run into these in Baldur's Gate II, I've often wondered who the heck they were. I can't have every bit of pop culture under my belt! And the other day I actually found myself referring to them iin a joke...and the other person laughed, even though I didn't really know what I was talking about.

Upon googling I found some stuff about a Bob Newhart show in the 80's? God I must really sound like a rube, but I barely know who Bob Newhart is.

Any Dopers care to enlighten me? Was it a show? Why are they funny? And why are they referenced in BG?
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Old 03-13-2007, 11:53 AM
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Newhart look under 'Cast'. They were three brothers on the show.
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Old 03-13-2007, 11:57 AM
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Larry was the only one who spoke and he always said "Hi, I'm Larry and this is my brother Darryl and my other brother Darryl." He introduced themselves pretty much everytime they appeared.
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Old 03-13-2007, 11:58 AM
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They were three yokel brothers in the (very surrealistic) 80's Newhart show. Originally one-off characters, they struck such a chord that they were written into the show as the owners of the restaurant next door to the Newhart character's inn. Larry was the spokesman. Darryl and Darryl never spoke except in the classic final episode. No matter how many times Larry met you, he always started off by saying "Hello. I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl." Although good hearted, they obviously lived a strange, strange life, and clubbed weasel was their idea of good eatin'.

Why they're in BG, I couldn't say, other than the fact of how freakin' cool they are.
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I believe their company was called "Anything for a Buck." Which they would do.
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:20 PM
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William Sanderson, who played Larry, is probably best known among genre fans as replicant designer J. F. Sebastian
in Blade Runner .

Larry's totally deadpan delivery of some very bizarre lines was always a highlight of any Newhart episode.

"We went to the bakery 'cause they were advertising 'bear claws', but it turned out to just be a come-on."
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:27 PM
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William Sanderson, who played Larry, is probably best known among genre fans as replicant designer J. F. Sebastian
in Blade Runner .
Also, he is absolutely fantastic as E.B. Farnum on Deadwood.
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:30 PM
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William Sanderson, who played Larry, is probably best known among genre fans as replicant designer J. F. Sebastian
in Blade Runner .
He also did a fine turn recently as hotel proprietor E. B. Farnum in Deadwood
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:36 PM
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He also did a fine turn recently as hotel proprietor E. B. Farnum in Deadwood
"This is my brother Cocksucker and my other brother Cocksucker"
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:40 PM
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"Now Darryl, don't be givin' me that 'I told you so' attitude."
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:41 PM
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Although "Newhart" didn't get the ratings that a show like "Cheers" did, I think it was better written on the whole. And this series had the hands-down best "Final Episode" ever done. If it ever becomes available on DVD, I'd definitely Netlix 'em.
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I think the one that put me on the floor was when Larry only showed up with one Darryl. He said
"Hi my name is Larry (pause) and this is my other brother Darryl."
I think one of the Darryls spoke in one other episode when the brothers found out (or thought they found out) that Darryl was the oldest, not Larry.
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:48 PM
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Although "Newhart" didn't get the ratings that a show like "Cheers" did, I think it was better written on the whole.
It was weird. When it first came out, it was a real snoozer. I watched maybe 3 episodes and gave up on it. I accidentally tuned in years later, and found it to be the funniest thing I'd ever seen. When Michael went crazy then became a guru, that was when the show was at its peak.

I loved the two guys who always were together, where one would say something tactfully, and the other would repeat it tactlessly.

"Gee, Dick, this room is untidy."

"It's a real sty!"

Something like that. It was all in the delivery.
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:03 PM
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They must have done more with the characters than simply the Newhart show, because I never, ever watched it, and I saw 'em. Did they do commercials or something?

Often when watching My Name Is Earl, I think the Hickey boys owe at least a passing nod to Larry, Darryl and Darryl. Not only because of their "bear claw" moments, but the cadence and pacing of the monologue seems rather Larryish, although not quite as monotone.
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:18 PM
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Also, my goldfish (until one of the Darryls up and died).
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:21 PM
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Weren't the brothers claiming to be best freinds with Johnny Carson, which cause Bob to chide them for telling tall tales, then to have Johnny Carson show up at the hotel and threaten him?
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:23 PM
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They were three yokel brothers in the (very surrealistic) 80's Newhart show.
"Surrealistic" is a particularly apt way to describe it.

In the late 1980s my friend Manfred had two roommates, both named Jeff. When the three went out together he'd often introduce them all with "Hi, I'm Manfred. This is my roommate Jeff, and this is my other roommate Jeff."
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:41 PM
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Well, thank you all. The one about showing up with only one and saying "This is my other brother Darryl" even made me chuckle. I can see the humor there.

So what exactly did they do?

As to BG, I forget the roles they were in exactly. I mean, a bit part, but it was amusing.
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:55 PM
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They were 3 kobold adventurers, if I recall correctly. You could get them to give you their autograph if you used the right conversation path. I don't think they had anything useful on them if you killed them.
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:59 PM
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They were 3 kobold adventurers, if I recall correctly. You could get them to give you their autograph if you used the right conversation path. I don't think they had anything useful on them if you killed them.
Yeah, that's it! Now I remember...and I think I did get the autograph.
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Old 03-13-2007, 02:05 PM
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If I'm not mistaken, the only word they ever spoke was "QUIET!"

They yelled it during the final episode.

I remember an episode once where they were trying to test the theory "if a tree falls in the woods. . ."

So, they put a video camera in the woods, and released a couple beavers to chew down the tree. They were watching the video tape excitedly back at Newharts. . .then everyone started tilting their head to the side in unison.
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Old 03-13-2007, 02:15 PM
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So what exactly did they do?
Pretty much anything the plot required. Originally they were odd job men, then, as I mentioned, they were the world's worst restaurant owners. Mostly though they just showed up when it suited what one might loosely call the "plot". They might know a spell to make snow fall, they might threaten a bully.

"Hi. I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl."

"What's that to me?"

"I just thought you might like to know the names of your assailants."
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Old 03-13-2007, 02:47 PM
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So what exactly did they do?
One time they had the Loudens over to their "home" for a dinner party. Larry asked if anyone would enjoy a cocktail. He then handed each person a feather.
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Old 03-13-2007, 04:29 PM
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Of course, the finale of Newhart was classic. But not mentioned (maybe because nobody remembers it, or even saw it. I don't know) is that that episode itself spun off into a Bob Newhart Show episode. In 1991, CBS broadcast a reunion special that started off like the Newhart finale with Bob waking up in bed and telling Emily about his dream. The next day at the office, Bob is joined by Emily, Howard, Jerry, and Carol and all comment on Bob's dream and offer reminiscences of their own as clips are shown. Howard tells of a dream he had about being an astronaut in Florida whose best friend had a genie. (Howard, of course, was played by Bill Daily, who used to be Roger on I Dream of Jeannie.) At the end of the episode, everybody goes downstairs for lunch together. Carol, Emily, Jerry, and Howard get in one of the elevators. Bob decides it's too crowded for him and tells the others he'll take the other elevator.

SPOILER:
Bob pushes the button and the elevator opens. The interior of the elevator is in disarray. There is a stepladder in the elevator, wires are hanging from the ceiling and tools are scattered about. There are three workmen in the elevator. They slowly turn around. "Hi. I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl."

Bob screams, "EMILYYY Y!" and dashes down the stairs.

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Old 03-13-2007, 04:36 PM
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They must have done more with the characters than simply the Newhart show, because I never, ever watched it, and I saw 'em. Did they do commercials or something?
Yeah, they used to turn up occasionally in other places. I remember seeing them at least once on some really bad variety show--one of those things like "Super Stars at the Super Bowl", or some such shit. The thing is, their whole routine depended on timing and delivery, but they were trying to interact with some host who hadn't rehearsed and wasn't in character, and it was really, really awkward.

I don't remember them doing any commercials, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did.
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:02 PM
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So what exactly did they do?
I liked the one where they took their vacation on the Riviera.
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:43 PM
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I think one of the Darryls spoke in one other episode when the brothers found out (or thought they found out) that Darryl was the oldest, not Larry.

No, they'd just take off their hats and nod, and then Larry would speak up, "And I'm their brother, Larry."
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Old 03-13-2007, 07:51 PM
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One of the Darryl's majored in British genealogy at Oxford, the other Darryl went to Cambridge. Larry: "You can imagine the ribbing I get for graduating from Vermont Tech."

On a Bob Newhart interview he said the brothers were supposed to be one-shot deal (the episode involves a witch buried in the basement of the Stratford). Their roles were almost scrapped because the writers thought the intro line ("I'm Larry etc.") was too silly and surreal. When the brothers actually walked on and Sanderson finished with "...my other brother Darryl" they had to edit the footage because the audience laughed so long. That's why they wrote them into another episode (the Stephanie Goldilocks episode) then another until they were regulars.
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I know a married couple. It's the second marriage for each of them. They each had a son named Sean by their first marriage. I tried to persuade them to have a child together named Larry so that some day he can introduce himself and his brothers by saying, "Hello, I'm Larry. This is my brother Sean, and this is my other brother Sean."
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:07 PM
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Wikipedia says that they were also on Coach. But that's something I will never, ever, ever verify.
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:08 PM
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Here's a couple of YouTube clips:

Dick's Dream
Larry, Darryl, and Darryl come in at 2mins20secs.
This clip's maybe a little confusing if you didn't watch the show, because the "jokes" are that all the characters are not themselves- they don't display any of the attributes that usually annoy Dick.

Larry's Dream in which he hosts the Tonight Show
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:19 PM
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[Hijack]Obligatory self reference.[/Hijack]

CENTURION:
Where is Darryl of Nazareth?!
DARRYL:
You sanctimonious bastards!
CENTURION:
I have an order for his release!
DARRYL:
You stupid bastards!
MR. CHEEKY:
Uh, I'm Darryl of Nazareth.
DARRYL:
What?!
MR. CHEEKY:
Yeah, I-- I-- I'm Darryl of Nazareth.
CENTURION:
Take him down!
DARRYL:
I'm Darryl of Nazareth!
VICTIM #1:
Eh, I'm Darryl!
MR. BIG NOSE:
I'm Darryl!

apologies and copyright to Monty Python
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:31 AM
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Here's a couple of YouTube clips:

Dick's Dream
Larry, Darryl, and Darryl come in at 2mins20secs.
This clip's maybe a little confusing if you didn't watch the show, because the "jokes" are that all the characters are not themselves- they don't display any of the attributes that usually annoy Dick.

Larry's Dream in which he hosts the Tonight Show
Excellent! I'll watch these tonight at home.
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:39 AM
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I don't remember them doing any commercials, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did.
I vaguely remember them doing a commercial. I think it was for A & W Root Beer, but can't confirm it.
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Here's a couple of YouTube clips:

Dick's Dream
Larry, Darryl, and Darryl come in at 2mins20secs.
This clip's maybe a little confusing if you didn't watch the show, because the "jokes" are that all the characters are not themselves- they don't display any of the attributes that usually annoy Dick.

Larry's Dream in which he hosts the Tonight Show

Wow, thanks for that link! I think I saw that Larry dream scene about, what, 20 yrs ago? And even reading this thread, I wasn't really remembering what the Darryl's looked like!!! The blond one always reminded me of Harpo Marx.

"Did'ja ever play 'Let's See if This is Edible?'...(snort)
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I always loved this bon mot from Larry: "Women! Can't live with 'em, can't stuff 'em in a sack." I'm often heard to repeat it.

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I vaguely remember them doing a commercial. I think it was for A & W Root Beer, but can't confirm it.

I'll confirm that. Sanderson ("Larry") was the spokesman for A&W Root Beer.
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William Sanderson has his own website where, among other things, you can hear him say his famous line (sound, of course).
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I think one of the Darryls spoke in one other episode when the brothers found out (or thought they found out) that Darryl was the oldest, not Larry.

No, they'd just take off their hats and nod, and then Larry would speak up, "And I'm their brother, Larry."
I loved that one! And then they found out that it was actually Darryl who was the oldest, not Darryl, causing Larry to ask "I wonder how we could have made that mistake?!"
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"Well, I'm for it. Darryl? Darryl? Two to one. We'll do it."
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:58 AM
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I liked the one where they took their vacation on the Riviera.
Well, since no one's bothered to ask, it went something like this...

LARRY: Darryl was wondering if you'd watch our cafe while we take our vacation on the Riviera.
DICK: You, uh, you guys are going to the south of France?
LARRY: No, we just go out in the woods and lay on the hood of an old Buick.
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Well, since no one's bothered to ask, it went something like this...
Ah. And I was wondering what the joke was about them laying on a car in the woods.
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