The Vine: June 11, 2014
Sometime around 2005 or 2006, a friend set me a silly animated video — it may have been from the early days of Funny or Die, but I can't guarantee that (it could've also been College Humor or just some random MySpace page).
I don't even remember the plot, but there were two guys (I think maybe mad scientists?) talking about some plan they had.
At one point, one of the guys summoned their monkey butlers. And he did so in a very distinctive "MONK-EY BUTLERRRRS!" way that my husband and I still quote/reference regularly. This phrase has so thoroughly seeped into our stupid household lexicon that it was only a few months ago that one of us wondered, "Hey, what's that even from?" And since then, my attempts to track it down have been futile. (Shockingly, there doesn't seem to be an archive where internet videos are cross-referenced with their random throwaway jokes — and of course, the friend who originally sent it to me has no idea what I'm talking about when I ask him.)
So I'm hoping someone in the Nation might've seen the same video, and perhaps remembers its broader context better than I do. Or maybe you even know what I'm talking about. Either way, it would be awesome to rediscover the origin of this dumb inside joke.
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