Matt LeBlanc's new show, Joey, has started airing in the UK. I initially wasn't planning on watching it because Joey was was not exactly my favourite character on Friends, and I thought a whole show about him might be a bit much.
However I'd heard, via a post in the online speedcubing group, that there was a speedcubing joke in the first episode, so I decided to give it a go.
I was surprised to find myself laughing at various scenes. I had pretty low expectations so it can't have been too difficult to exceed them.
The funniest scene, to me, was the one that involved the speedcubing comment. Before I run through the scene I should point out a few statistics about speedcubers so you can appreciate why I found it so amusing. The vast majority of speedcubers have the following three things in common: (i) they are male, (ii) they are in their teens or twenties, (iii) their profession (or course of study if still at school/university) is related to maths, engineering, IT or some other area of science.
The background to the scene is that self-confessed ladies' man Joey and his highly intelligent, but socially awkward, nephew are getting ready for a night out. Joey is offering advice about how to talk to girls...
Michael: Great, let me just make sure I’ve got everything. I’ve got some money. I got my fake ID...
Michael: Yeah, these are cool. Some guys at CalTech made these. They’re impossible to tell apart from the real thing. But, I did have a little fun with it. Check out the name. (Shows Joey)
Joey: Neils Bohr?
Michael: The famous physicist. He developed the -
Joey: No thanks, nope. Look, uh, Michael, as your teacher, I feel like we should talk a little bit about your rap. Okay? Now, we have to take your greatest weakness, your intelligence, and turn that into a strength, okay? Now, what kind of stuff are you smart about?
Michael: Uh, I know physics.
Joey: No. Next.
Joey: No. Next.
Michael: Uh, I enjoy cubing.
Joey: What’s cubing?
Michael: That’s when people share different strategies to solve Rubik’s cubes.
Joey: Ehh. Next.
Michael: Uh, also, speed cubing.
Joey: Ehh! Ehh! Ehh! Next!