Roberto Luongo can get a bad rap for the way he deals with the media, but he’s not nearly as bad as you’ve heard. Sure, he’s never going to match Cory Schneider’s “well-spoken and friendly ginger” schtick (I think it’s a ruse, by the way), but Luongo actually has a great, dry, sense of humour and is quite comfortable making fun of himself in the right situation. Unfortunately, this dry sense of humour tends to show itself at the wrong times and, coupled with Luongo’s mumbled, straight delivery, often leads to misunderstanding and controversy.
But in the right situation, Luongo’s comic ability really shines, such as in segments with James Duthie, Cabbie, and, recently, comedian Gerry Dee.
Here are the highlights for the blind and deaf, who must be commended for reading this blog despite their obvious disadvantages:
- Luongo and Dee open with a great discussion about how Luongo’s won everything. “Almost everything,” Luongo says, referring to a certain Stanley Cup that got away. But Dee instead brings up the Lady Byng. “You don’t want to win that,” he says. “No, that’s embarrassing,” says Luongo.
- Dee goes right for the gusto: “So, at your home games, they boo you.” “That’s my nickname,” Luongo responds. “Boo Luongo.”
- “How many did you save last game?” Dee asks. “Thirty-nine,” Luongo responds. “But how many were scoring chances?” Dee asks. “Thirty-six,” Luongo responds. Yes, Luongo is aware the Canucks have been hanging him out to dry recently.
- But the best numbers riff comes when the two debate how much weight Luongo will gain when he retires. Luongo: “20 pounds.” Dee: “40. You’re Italian? 40.”
- And finally, Kevin Bieksa once mentioned that a number of Canucks have secret Twitter accounts that they use primarily as readers. It would appear that Luongo is one of them. We found Keith Ballard’s. First person to find this one gets an oatmeal cookie.
s/t to pretty much every other Canucks blog. Seriously, we’re the last ones on this.
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