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  1. If they’re very good, maybe they’ll get to perform at the Oscars, where the orchestra plays louder and louder to get long-winded actors to leave the stage. Playing them off the stage.

  2. Yes dvandom has it. When someone gives an acceptance speech at the Oscars and goes on and on, the orchestra plays the “Okay you’re done” music.

  3. As Phil has already confirmed, the link provided by Susan and Max is correct. For convenience, I will drop in the direct image link in embeddable form, so that (hopefully) the image will show up here.

    Those who are having trouble seeing the image in the main post here, if you happen to revisit this thread and can take a moment to help us with diagnostics, please let us know:

    — is there any difference between visibility in the main post and as embedded in this comment?
    — when the image in the main post does not show for you, what is your platform? (e.g. phone, tablet, laptop/desktop for regular browser web interface, Word Press Reader view, RSS feed)

  4. And for the actual content here, I think pretty clearly the “Oscars” answers must be correct. (I might want to generalize to “awards ceremonies”.)

    I think the sticking point for those objecting to this reading was just unfamiliarity with the construction “play him/her off [the stage]” for the situation as described. There are a couple other uses of “play off” that may be causing interference, for those readers.

  5. In the hope that “negative” reports are just as useful as “positives”, I tested all four devices that I (at least occasionally) use to read CIDU, and the image at the top of the post appeared normally on all of them: Firefox on a Mac desktop, and Safari or Firefox on my iPhone and two different iPads. There is no recognizable difference between the posted and the comments image, as far as I can tell.

  6. And it’s funny, or at least odd, that the band teacher is using that idea of one day “playing off” actors at the Oscars as some kind of incentive for working hard in the present day.

  7. The staves on the blackboard are too even to have been done freehand. But we don’t see that painful device with a handle and five grips for pieces of chalk. Maybe its blocked from view, or just not stored on the erasers ledge. OR if this is permanently a music classroom, maybe those staves are permanently embossed on the board (or whatever would be the technique.)

  8. “Seventy years I worked in this business to get here tonight! This is going to take a lot longer than 90 seconds!” Fivash Finkle

  9. “I’ve known him since he was Fourysh!”

    I forget who to credit for that. Regis maybe?

  10. @Dannyboy, at least back in the days of actual blackboards (or greenboards), there were indeed music class versions with permanent staff lines, which were plastic, glued on. Which could peel off over time. I suppose there’s a whiteboard version, but I haven’t been in a music classroom in a long time.

    And while the “explanation” is playing off people at awards ceremonies, @deety has the “joke”, which is that the highest aspiration for a band kid is not to win awards, but to be near the winner, and force them offstage.

  11. @Daniel, Jay Leno invited Fyvush on the Tonight Show, promising he could speak as long as he wanted. Fyvush came on and opened with, “Welcome to the Fyvush Finkle Show!”

  12. With regard to the display problem, none of the comics that I read at Arcamax showed up with an image today (see Macanudo, for example). The bug appears to be at Arcamax, because King Features does display the image. Unfortunately, the strip wasn’t very funny.

  13. Playing someone off shouldn’t be too obscure. It’s been a decade or so since it was really in, but the “Play him off, Keyboard Cat” meme was very popular for a while, starting around 2009 or so.

  14. Wasn’t that a thing in live shows too? Somebody is . . . .under-performing so they get played off to clear the stage for the next act.

  15. @Mitch4 – yes, I can see the embedded comic. Using Google Chrome on my laptop (Dell Inspiron 15 3000 to be precise).

  16. I see the comic at the top also – presume that is the embedded one.

    When I was in school the music teacher had a wire device with handle which held 5 pieces of chalk in separate holders and when the teacher needed a staff he would start the device on one side of the blackboard and run it across to the other end. Music teacher did not have separate room for music classes when I was in elementary school – he came to our classroom as did the art teacher. Did have a gym for gym class.

  17. Meryl, I share the memory of that chalk musical-staff drawing tool with you and the person who brought it up (Danny?). It was a solution of a sort, but (at least in the hands of my schools’ music teachers) kinda sloppy and dusty. And then once you start putting notes on it, you can’t erase and change them without erasing some of the staff lines too.

  18. The easy answer of putting the staff permanently on a whiteboard is to use a permanent marker rather than a dry-erase marker to draw it on.

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