Roberto Luongo cracks wise, discusses a certain popular local Twitter account on HNIC After Hours [VIDEO]

Roberto Luongo was the guest on Hockey Night in Canada After Hours Saturday night, and as you might have guessed, it was must-watch television.

This interview had three things going for it from the start. First, the Canucks won, so Luongo was guaranteed to be in a good mood. Second, Luongo spent the entire night sitting on the bench, so you know he was ready for a little banter. And third, Scott Oake is notorious for awkwardly asking the questions you’re not supposed to ask. Typically, if he’s been told he’s not supposed to ask something, he just asks it like this: “I know I’m not supposed to ask this, but I have to ask.” It’s super subtle.

Sure enough, it all came together, resulted in what one might argue was the best of many great Canuck performance on After Hours. Watch and enjoy.

Part 1

Part 2

Done? Then please join me in a standing slow clap. I don’t care that Bieber is hosting SNL tonight. As live television goes, this wins the night. Maybe the year.

A few quick notes: We are quite pleased for our buddy Wyatt Arndt, aka The Stanchion. As it turns out, if someone made a Venn diagram of our buddies and Luongo’s buddies, Wyatt would be where the two circles overlap.

While we’re handing out the kudos, a healthy congratulations to the Shap Crew, who continue to find new ways to infect the world with their made-up words. You had to know their moment was coming, since Oake’s been downright spammed with requests to ask about Luongo’s Shappy award all day, but Luongo made the moment when he wryly called Oake a milt to his face. A triumph, both for the shap crew and for live television, especially since I’m pretty sure “milt” (which typically refers to a bad shapper or some such nonsense) is actually a really dirty word, and the grown-ups in that crew giggle every time someone says it.

Anyway. Enough about everyone else. Luongo is the star here, as he should be, since his lines tonight were off the charts.

When Scott Oake suggests that, at 34, Luongo might be fairly old in athlete years, he quips, “I’ve got still 8 more years on my contract.” 34 years young, that Lu.

When asked why he’s suddenly so beloved, Luongo cracks, “”They love their backups in Vancouver, so that’s why I’m a fan favourite right now.”

But, of course, the real reason he’s a fan favourite is discussed in the greatest segment of the interview, when Oake and Luongo spend a good five minutes breaking down things he’s tweeted. Oake tries to be diplomatic, as we once were, coyly pretending he doesn’t know it’s Luongo in the most obvious way, but Luongo doesn’t even bother. He explains everything. He speaks in first-person. It’s hilarious and great. If you were still among those doubting that @Strombone1 is Luongo — in which case, you are one of the world’s most skeptical people — this oughta do it.

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20 comments

  1. Warpstone
    February 9, 2013

    I’m surprised Luongo was so forthright about Strombone1. I thought he’d at least preface all the commentary with “if that was my tweet…” or something similar. :D

    Plausible deniability, ya’know? :P

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  2. zolltan
    February 9, 2013

    Am I the only one who thought it was pronounced /strom’boni/ (Strom-BO-nee) ? Am I the only one who still thinks so?

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    • obituary mambo
      February 9, 2013

      You certainly aren’t alone. I’m going to continue pronouncing it that way until I know for certain we’ve been wrong. I think Oake is actually the mistaken party here.

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      • Kit Leroux
        February 11, 2013

        It’s a play on “strumpet” : s-trombone instead of s-trumpet. So it should be pronounced like the instrument.

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  3. primetime
    February 9, 2013

    One of the funniest moments in the second video was when Vigneault passes by and mentions that he Luongo should mention something good about AV if he wants to play.

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  4. obituary mambo
    February 9, 2013

    So, #BobbyLu just totally outed himself as @strombone1 . That’s a surprising development. Never thought he’d actually fess up to it.

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    • sarah
      February 10, 2013

      I thought we were all being cat-fished…guess not

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  5. Nee
    February 10, 2013

    Luongo rules. I hope he gets a ring someday. He deserves it.

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  6. Colin Schmidt
    February 10, 2013

    The only thing this interview was missing was a Keslurk.

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    • TeeJay
      February 10, 2013

      I think coach V. got that covered for Kes for the box of bubble gum Kes got from working in Save-On-Fods.

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  7. obituary mambo
    February 10, 2013

    I meant to say this earlier but forgot. After Hours was particularly fantastic tonight. BobbyLu was delightfully amusing while Bieksa was subdued and introspective. It was wonderful to hear him talk about his close friendship with Rick Rypien and the importance of addressing mental health issues. I will never understand why a team full of so many amazing personalities has become one of the most reviled teams in the league.

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  8. TeeJay
    February 10, 2013

    The Fact is this was already been said which is true…….
    ” And they too will become DIFFERENCE MAKERS”
    (Rck Hansen)
    And these guys should been given The Rick Hansen Difference Maker Medal cause that is what it is for.

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    • obituary mambo
      February 10, 2013

      I’m trying to understand this, really I am, but I’m afraid I can’t make any sense of it. What, exactly, are you trying to say?

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      • TeeJay
        February 13, 2013

        Let me say this in one phrase “Vancouver Canucks:The Men In Motion Of Hockey”
        Because it resonates with this team. so Lead With Your Heart guys.

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        • TeeJay
          February 13, 2013

          And there is MYSTERY for this TEAM.

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  9. TeeJay
    February 10, 2013

    “Frienship” will be a big part of this Journey between two Canuck Goalies tested by all these controversies and adversities the true Test of the Heart Of A Canuck.

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    • TeeJay
      February 10, 2013

      Wow, I could listen to THE TENORS “LEAD WITH YOUR HEART” and this is exactly what it is.

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  10. Lenny
    February 10, 2013

    Lu is more relaxed this year. This interview proved it.

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  11. Dogoddeday
    February 10, 2013

    Great show last night. Luongo’s play has improved because he has relaxed. He has accepted the fact that his time in Vancouver will soon be over. Pressure has shifed to Schneider (who I think can better handle it). Hope he goes to a contender. I will root for him.

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  12. bihari
    February 11, 2013

    why not jordan tooto

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