62. “Claude Balls, ladies and gentlemen. Claude Balls.”

The episode:Hercules,” ep. 502 (Steve Reeves is the episode’s resident Herc, if you were wondering.)

The riff: Cheekily said by Tom as a villain is mauled by a savage lion.

The explanation: I have to admit, I didn’t get this one right away, perhaps because I was expecting something really obscure. As it turns out, they’re instead making a very juvenile joke indeed! “Claude” sounds a lot like “clawed”…Tom is saying the dude’s balls got clawed. Hardee har har. Apparently this is an old schoolyard joke as suggested by this Urban Dictionary entry. Claude Balls: author of “The Tiger’s Revenge.” Get it?! Joel’s disgust at the joke confirms its dirtiness–Joel was always too high-minded for that sort of thing.

Novelty factor: I definitely have not heard this joke before, and I’m surprised that it has over 100 upvotes in Urban Dictionary. It must be common parlance somewhere. Anybody know? Unbelievably, the reference even made it into this Adult Swim show, Eagleheart. Oh, Chris Elliot. I’m glad you’ve got something to do, even if it is this show.

2 thoughts on “62. “Claude Balls, ladies and gentlemen. Claude Balls.”

  1. Back in the 1970-80s (possibly earlier, I’d have been too young to remember), there was a sort of running joke-something like what we’d call a “meme” today, centered around the idea of a book title, followed by an author name that humorously reflected some aspect if the title. You’d get things like:

    “The Yellow River” by I.P. Freely or
    “Running with the Tigers” by Claude Balls
    “Under the Bleachers” by Seymour Butts

    There were many more, but I can’t remember them now.

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