Thursday, September 15, 2005

Clap your hands say yeah.

It's high times for sarcastic or slow claps. Here in the USA we've got Bill Simmons devoting precious space in his column towards it:

Q: Can we all agree that the slow-clap in "Lucas" was the best executed slow-clap in cinematic history?-- David Snipes, Seoul, Korea

SG: Obviously you haven't seen "Brubaker" with Robert Redford -- that movie put the slow-clap on the map (one of the most underrated movies of the '80s). And while we're here, the funniest slow-clap ever happened when Phil Hartman returned to host "SNL" in 1996, then he wouldn't come out of his dressing room for the monologue before Tim Meadows finally convinced him to come out ... and when he finally emerged, Will Ferrell was standing there, made an emotional face, waited two beats, then started the slow-clap. Not only was it a great moment, but it carried a little extra weight because Ferrell and Hartman were on the screen together, almost like the torch was being passed. All right, I put way too much thought into this.

Then we have his readers follow up in the More Cowbell:

For "best slow clap," I feel somewhat betrayed by the fact that a self-confessed "Can't Buy Me Love" fan would neglect to mention Big John's inspired slow clap following Ronnie Miller's passionate lunchtime speech to Quint. I imagine I feel somewhat like Kenneth did after he caught Ronnie in the net on Halloween. I'm going to the arcade now to play a motorbike racing game. -- Mike, Chicago

You missed a big moment in your discussion of the slow-clap. There was an entire SNL skit built on it -- it was a fake soap opera called "The Sarcastic Clapping Family of Southhampton."
Here's the link to the transcript.-- John M., St. Louis

But there was no mention on perhaps the best sports related slow clap in history, or at least since every single call that goes against Gregg Popovich (and that's probably the last NBA reference I ever drop).

Wayne Rooney.