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dear language and/or comedy people: when and how did the phrase "is this anything" become a thing

@lifning I would love an answer to this. But I think it might require an invasive dataset from social media to trace the spread of. In order to find the origin place.

@lifning Hmmmm. My awareness of it doesn’t, but that doesn’t mean much.

@lifning I don't know if he started it, but it was one of David Letterman's standard segments several years (maybe longer). Kind of a three-minute gong show where 90% of the time was Letterman and Schafer speculating followed by some sort of sideshow, clown, or burlesque performance.

youtu.be/TcQqxTSqMKY

Eventually, grinder girl and hula hoop girl became regulars, and almost always they were better than the performers in chicken suits clucking Wagner.

@lifning To be entirely honest, Grinder Girl and Hula Hoop Girl were often more entertaining than Letterman and Shaffer's banter.

@lifning oh.

I think it started as a David Letterman segment. Intro, curtain lifts on a strange whatever; Dave and Paul debate whether that was, in fact, something.

Fun segments. Hamsters in habitrails; women taking angle grinders to their steel-plated nethers. Just whaaaaatever some producer found to go on-stage with five hours' notice.

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