A casual afternoon of beers and anecdotes has been absolutely rocked by the revelation that a friend’s ‘funny story’ sounds suspiciously close to the subplot of a HIMYM episode.
On a verandah in Auchenflower, surrounded by his mates, Arts/Law student Chris Ellis (21) decided to share with everyone a ‘hilarious’ anecdote about his misadventures the previous weekend. But about two minutes into the tale, it became immediately apparent that Chris probably just fell asleep watching How I Met Your Mother last night, and has somehow absorbed a classic episode into his human memory.
‘It all started when we were down at the bar,’ began Chris’ story, not really raising any suspicions. Indeed, being down at the bar is how most classic stories begin. But when Chris said that a friend of his charged in wearing a suit, dropped a ‘wicked catchphrase,’ and then began talking about their ‘legendary’ plans for the night, the suspicions began.
‘Yeah, the story he was telling seemed weirdly familiar,’ said one of Chris’ friends, Sarah Sinclair (20), in an exclusive with The Obiter.
‘He was talking about this mate who had gone home with a girl, but she’d fallen asleep on the couch, so they all nicknamed him ‘The Sexless Innkeeper.’ That’s literally the title of a great Season 5 episode.’
Not all of Chris’ friends can agree, however, on exactly which HIMYM story he was blatantly plagiarising from. A colleague of Chris’ at Panthera Finance, Marcus Harmon, said that the main part of the story was someone getting Chris’ name wrong, and calling him ‘Swarley’ for the rest of the weekend.
And we’ve even heard reports that Chris agreed with his wife (for a single bachelor, many were shocked to hear he had a wife) that they wouldn’t have children until they saw a doppelganger of everyone in ‘the gang.’
‘He kept talking about the gang, oh the gang, oh you guys I was with the gang,’ Sarah shared with us, her tone a blend of undeniable confusion and bemusement.
‘Like, we are literally his only friends. Where’s this other gang coming from?’
Chris couldn’t be reached for comment, but at press time, we’ve heard that he was on a Friends binge last night. Can’t wait for him to recount a story that is less creative, compelling, and innovative than anything on HIMYM.
Good luck, the Count of Monte Chris-o.
No more to come.