I can be a tough nut to crack, humor-wise. Something has to hit me just right to make me laugh out loud. (You know, because my sense of humor is so sophisticated.) But when I saw this out-of-the-blue bit in 30 Rock, it tickled me just the right way:
Watching this, I had a sudden flashback to the spring of 2001, and the first time I ever lived outside of Maryland. I was studying abroad in France with a bunch of girls from all over the country. (All you boys who were too cool for French missed out, for real.) One of my friends there was from New England--Worcester, actually ("Wusta")--and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why she kept making fun of the way I talked. "But, I don't have an accent," I would say. "You have an accent." And in response she would say, "Say it! Say 'boots' again! Say it! What are you going to wear, Rach? Your beeeeewwts?" And then she would crack up like she'd never heard anyone say the word boots before. "Then what, are you going to go heeewme and clean your reeewm?" It got pretty annoying.
"Oh, what," I would say, "you're going to clean your rum?" The fun never stopped.
After watching this video, I can confidently state that at some point during the eight years I have been away from Maryland, I finally lost the accent that I never knew I had. Thank god. 'Cause that accent is idiawtic.