2Geeky w/ Bunny: How to be a Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle

Just WTF is a Yankee Doodle, anyway?

Welcome to 2Geeky, a web series where comedian Bunny Themelis explores all the odds and ends that are just too geeky for the streets, or comedy club.

In this episode of 2Geeky, Bunny tackles a mystery: just what the eff is a Yankee Doodle?

A Yankee Doodle Dandy?

Why macaroni? Did they even have noodles during colonial times?

It’s a rhyme we learned as children, that we were never taught what it meant.

All these questions and more answered in this weeks episode. Did you know that Yankee Doodle is actually based on a British drinking song? It’s something British soldiers used to sing to pass the time. Eventually, they changed the words to be about the colonists. But it needs some decoding.

Yankee Doodle went to town,
Riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his hat,
And called it macaroni.

Most Americans have sung these words without any idea what their context is. Which, if you think about it, is very American of them.

Another fun fact, is that there was a 1900s musical about a jockey who rides a horse named Yankee Doodle. Then in the 1940s there is a movie about the man, George Cohen, who wrote that musical called “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” The lyrics to the song “I’m a Yankee Doodle Boy” create the patriotic cultural idiom “born on the 4th of July.”

Fun facts, we are full of them on 2Geeky.

Bunny explore some men’s fashion history and colonial British snobbery, which predictably are not mutually exclusive topics.
What do feathers in hats have to do with being super American?

The term Yankee is often employed by Southern USians about Northerners, but outside of the US the name is used to refer to all the people of the United States. And it’s outsiders opinions about the American colonists that went into the creation of the Yankee Doodle song. Tune in.

Enjoy!

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Bunny Themelis

Bunny Themelis is a Canadian-born, Baltimore-raised comedian, actress and writer. Her favorite topics include being Greek, pop culture and nerdy history facts. She lives in Baltimore with her hubby and dogs, Miss Toni and Zeus.

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