In memorial of Ramis, I re-watched my DVD Copy of GhostBusters.
It had been a few years since I’d seen it last, but I was instantly reminded of all the “funny lines” which I have shamelessly stolen from this movie (and others Ramis wrote).
While I do have *some* original humor, I’m very prone to rehash lines from movies, books, song, and especially from a movie like GhostBusters.
People who know me, might recognize some of my “off-the-cuff” wit is very similar to Ramis writing:
dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
when I’m vocalizing the idea of a crazy idea.
All right! This [insert item] is TOAST!
when I want something (or someone) out of my way.
And one that needs audience participation:
I blame myself.
So do I.
I don’t get to use this often:
Back off, man. I’m a [insert role here].
Or when defending a very bad idea
That would have worked if you hadn’t stopped me.
When reacting to a warning or prediction of doom,
Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip.
When I’m expressing complete mental fatigue,
Sorry, I’m [insert condition] beyond the capacity for rational thought.
When I sneeze,
Okay, who brought the [cat]?
When I’m commending something someone did,
I’m gonna take back some of the things I said about you.
When someone is comically giving me a hard time:
I don’t have to take this abuse from you, I’ve got hundreds of people dying to abuse me.
When I’m sarcastically getting behind a really bad idea which I have no possibility of changing for the better:
I love this plan! I’m excited to be a part of it! LET’S DO IT!
When celebrating a team success:
We have the tools, and we have the talent.
When I need a speaker to breakdown an idea:
for a moment, pretend like I don’t know anything about [technical subject], [broader subject], or [Absurdly general subject] and just tell me what is going on?
And my favorite:
What did you do, [name]?
Especially when the person’s name is “Ray”.