90's tv show skit about deviled eggs?
March 24, 2009 10:48 PM   Subscribe

Mystery TV show segment - in the early 90's (I think) there was an American cable television show which had a cutaway gag about the history of movie theater popcorn. The joke was that before popcorn was invented, concession stands sold deviled eggs. Help me find it!

I'm pretty sure I saw this on cable in the early to mid-90's as a kid, most likely on Nickelodeon. My first thought was Pete & Pete, or maybe a Bill Nye the Science Guy skit, but Google is failing me. If I remember correctly, the actual gag featured a 1950's era concession stand with a popcorn machine stuffed full of deviled eggs, which an employee was hurriedly shoveling into paper trays for a crowd of customers. Am I crazy?
posted by azuresunday to Grab Bag (7 answers total)
I remember seeing this, but I thought it was in a movie theater as the "don't you want some popcorn?" reel. You are not imagining it. I can't find it anywhere.
posted by aubilenon at 11:32 PM on March 24, 2009

According to a 1999 Usenet discussion, it was a Moviefone ad, and as such was in theatres (although I suppose nothing prevents it from having been shown on TV as well).
posted by dhartung at 12:44 AM on March 25, 2009

Not a skit I remember, and a cursory glance at the fan-page didn't turn up anything that looked a likely hit, but this sounds like the sort of gag that would be on Good Eats.
posted by kxr at 5:51 AM on March 25, 2009

aubilenon and dhartung are correct. This was shown in movie theaters (although it may also have appeared on television). I remember it clearly.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:16 AM on March 25, 2009

I remember it myself. It was definitely an ad, as mentioned, and almost certainly for Moviefone. Good Eats does silly things, but they also make a point of historical accuracy when they talk about the past.
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:16 AM on March 25, 2009

I'm pretty sure you mean the Moviefone ad. If you do, it was produced for Ryan Drossman and Partners, which is now part of MARC USA, so you may be able to get a clip from them.
posted by Sidhedevil at 4:48 PM on March 25, 2009

Response by poster: Wow, my memory was pretty far off. Thank you for the great answers, everyone - I have to see if I can find the actual clip now!
posted by azuresunday at 12:19 AM on March 26, 2009

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