Season 3 of The Good Place has started and in the primer episode there is a Man who Laughs Reference. Well not so much a reference as it’s right there in the frame.
William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye
Moral philosopher, Chidi, is going through another existential panic. He takes to the University library and takes out a myriad of books one being “The Man who Laughs” by Victor Hugo. Though the main joke of this scene is Chidi holds up a book by The Chocolate Rain guy called Chocolate Book, The Man who Laughs sits front and center. You can’t miss it.
I’m not sure what this means. Could be superficial advice for the character? The production people just like the book? Foreshadowing? Or it good have a deeper meaning? Not sure.
Fred Armisen as Candace, Portlandia Season 6 Episode 5 Breaking up
Season 7 of Portlandia starts tomorrow! I was binge watching it a few weeks ago and found a delightful Hunchback reference. In season 6 episode 5 entitled “Breaking up,” Candace says to Claire “You’re a gypsy and I could be your female Quasimodo, just a Hunchback but who stands up straight for you.”
Anthony Bourdain and Quasimodo
In a recent interview for his new season of Anthony Bourdain:Parts Unknown for Eater.com, Bourdain compared himself to Quasimodo.
“On feeling out of place: “I feel like Quasimodo the hunchback of Notre Dame — if he stayed in nice hotel suites with high thread count sheets, that would be me. I feel kind of like a freak, and I feel very isolated. ”
I used to watch his show No Reservations a lot and I loved that he was in an episode of Archer pretty much being himself but more of a jerk.
You can read the whole interview here
Quasimodo in Animaniacs
It’s another Hunchback of Notre Dame reference from Animaniacs. This one occurs in Season 1 episode 4 called Hooked on a Ceiling. The episode is the Yakko, Wakko and Dot help Michelangelo help painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. During the episode the bells start ringing which annoys Michelangelo and he goes to yell at the hunchback bell ringer who is claiming Sanctuary. You can tell it going to be Quasimodo the second the bells ring.
Sam the Eagle & Janice, ABC’s The Muppets
I love the Muppets, I can’t say I have seen everything they have done but I did watch the new series on ABC The Muppets. It’s sort of a mixed of there old Muppet show mixed with 30 Rock. One thing that I noticed was Sam the Eagle crushed on Janice. Sam the Eagle is uptight and Janice is a free-spirted hippie new age gal.
Now you look at these two and tell me don’t get Frollo and Esmeralda vibes. Sam the Eagle even has a tonsure and Janice has a tan. Sam the Eagle stalks her a little bit and in the Christmas episode waits by the mistletoe from her, he doesn’t get it but he gets a peck later in the episode. I will say that Sam does have more game than Frollo and Janice is nicer to Sam than Esmeralda is to Frollo.
I just loves seeing this type of pairing in the show. They NEED to a Hunchback or Notre Dame de Paris skit with these two.
Le Rebels Notre Dame in Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
I was watching this crappy anime called Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, which means Wolf Girl and Black Prince and I saw in the background Le Rebels Notre Dame. It was really nothing but I have so many question. Like what is it supposed to be? Even my meager French skills knows it poor grammar which the irony of my own english grammar is not lost on me. But is it a play or a cafe or shop?
Maybe it’s a reference? There is a High School in Missouri that is called Notre Dame Rebels but I doubt that is it. Once I figured out how to write it in Japanese I found mostly random pictures of motorcycles and Moomin stuff, which is pretty great. So I have no idea what this means but the fact that saw in the background is pretty good.
And Really this anime was bad, don’t watch.
Recently I became a fan of Modern Family and as I’m watching season 2 episode 6, just named Halloween we are treated to a Hunchback of Notre Dame reference, yay.
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron from the Halloween episode of Modern Family
In the episode Cameron makes mentions to his traumatic Halloween of his youth. At the end of episode as the Halloween is being ruined, Cam shares his story and I’m going off of memory to recount it. He was dressed up as Quasimodo. His friend took a whole bowl of candy as the ran off Cam’s Quasi Hunch got caught on a rose bush as his friend got away but every went after Cam saying ” Get Quasimodo” and them Cam wet his pants. Poor Cam
Also as an added bonus Jay is dressed as a Gargoyle. And the show makes other reference to Hunchback so double Yay!
I was over a friend’s house and we decided to play this game a call Smart Ass. It’s a trivia card game and it’s really fun. So it was mine turn to read one of the cards and the player who guessed the answer right landed a bonus tile, so I had to read a card from the hard-ass pile. On card you have a choice of two questions and I kid you not this is the card I drew to read.
Quasimodo Card from the game Smart Ass
Even though I knew the player knew the answer I had to pick the Hunchback reference. Smart Ass is also really fun, I would recommend it plus it has a Hunchback reference so clearly it’s awesome.
I won the first game, and the next two games I kept getting bad rolls that forced me back three spaces but it’s a really fun game. Photo credit to my pal Jackie ^^.
For those of you who read the blog, you know I like Final Fantasy. I have been playing the franchise’s second MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV; A Realm Reborn. FF14 has a lot of references to a lot of things for titles of quests. I was doing a quest to level up one of my classes and the quest was called Topsy-Turvy Time. For the quest you just have to gather scaffolding logs, hence the name.
Topsy-Turvy Time Levequest
I don’t know about you but when I hear the words “Topsy-Turvy” I go to the Disney song right away. Is it a direct reference to Hunchback? Only the localization team knows for certain but I think it is and that all that matters.
There could be more references to Hunchback in game but I’m sure there are more Disney ones.
Recently I have gotten into Archer, it’s hilarious! In episode 4 of season 5 there was an adorable Hunchback reference.
Pam Poovey carrying Cheryl/Carol Tunt, Archer Vice
In the episode the character try to give Pam an intervention for her addiction to cocaine. They try her up but her breaks free and grabs Cheryl. As Pam carries Cheryl some very Notre Dame-esque stairs Cheryl says “So, please don’t take this the wrong way– because I’m loving being your Esmeralda.”
Cheryl also said when Pam grabbed her “This is only somewhat like that old Gypsy woman said…!” Not quite a reference but whatever