November 09, 2006

Joseph "Le Petomane" Pujol, the Fartiste. A 19th century Frenchman with "a gift that...[made] him the toast of Paris and one of the most popular and successful performers of his generation." View a clip from a recent film about him here, and a short film about him from 1979 (starring Leonard Rossiter) here.

"For as long as I shall draw breath, you shall never again dally in my nether regions."

  • Okay, now for an unanswered trivia question: what sitcom character was named Le Petomane? I had never heard the story of the real guy, but was instantly familiar with the name, and I am wondering what writer on what show included this character as an inside joke that few would "get". I know I have heard the name somewhere before...
  • Cool story, HW! From Wikipedia: "In Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks named the character he plays Governor William J. Le Petomane." Maybe that's it, RTD?
  • Bingo! Bananas for Fish Tick!!!!
  • Um, an extra "s" appears to have sneaked its way on to the the end of his surname in the post title.
  • I've never cared for flatulence humor, but this guy sounds like a real class act. I wish I'd been around to catch the show.
  • I've never cared for flatulence Are you an Under-Ease Monster?
  • this guy sounds like a real class act This guy was a gas.
  • God has blessed me with an elastic anus Hallelujah!
  • Is his surname pronounced like the baseball player's: "poo holes"? (probably not, what with him being french-- it's more likely to sound like "PĆ¼zhols." But a petomane called "Poo holes" would be downright awesome.)
  • Leonard Rossiter can do no wrong. Especially when he farts.