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Entry from June 04, 2016
“Boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography and the dancers hit each other”

Boxing is sometimes called a violent ballet. Dr. Michael Dinoff, a professor of psychology at the University of Alabama, said in 1978:

“To me, boxing is like a ballet, with opponents counterpunching and sparring around the ring.”

American comedian Jack Handey skewered this in his book Deep Thoughts (1992):

“To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.”


Wikipedia: Jack Handey
Jack Handey (born February 25, 1949) is an American humorist. He is best known for his Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, a large body of surrealistic one-liner jokes, as well as his “Fuzzy Memories” and “My Big Thick Novel” shorts. Although many people assume otherwise, Handey is a real person, not a pen name or character.

Google News Archive
18 May 1978, Tuscaloosa (AL) News, “Boxing: a misunderstood bloody ballet” by Al Browning, pg. 17, col. 2:
“To me, boxing is like a ballet, with opponents counterpunching and sparring around the ring.”
(Dr. Michael Dinoff, a professor of psychology at the University of Alabama.—ed.)

Amazon.com
Deep Thoughts:
Inspiration for the Uninspired

By Jack Handey
New York, NY: The Berkley Publishing Group
1992
Pg. ?:
To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.

Twitter
Humourous QotD
‏@hqotd
Jack Handy: “To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.”
3:00 AM - 18 Nov 2007

Google Books
The 2,320 Funniest Quotes:
The Most Hilarious Quips and One-Liners from AllGreatQuotes.com

Compiled by Tom Corr
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2011
Pg. 375:
To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.—Jack Handy

Google Books
Biteback Dictionary of Humorous Sporting Quotations
By Fred Metcalf
London: BIteback Publishing Ltd
2013
Pg. ?:
To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
Jack Handey, wit

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Saturday, June 04, 2016 • Permalink