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Entry from January 02, 2018
“My wife and I watched three movies back to back. Luckily, I was the one facing the TV”

"My wife and I watched three movies back to back. Luckily, I was the one facing the TV” is a joke that has been printed on many images.

English comedian Milton Jones has told the joke since at least February 2009, and he told it on the satirical celebrity panel show Mock the Week on July 15, 2010. Jones’s version is:

“Recently we bought the box set of Doctor Who and watched it back to back, Unfortunately, I wasn’t the one facing the screen.”


Wikipedia: Milton Jones
Milton Hywel Jones (born 16 May 1964) is an English comedian. His style of humour is based on one-liners involving puns delivered in a deadpan and slightly neurotic style. Jones has had various shows on BBC Radio 4 and is a recurring guest panellist on Mock the Week. He won the Perrier comedy award for best newcomer in 1996. Jones tours the UK periodically and is a regular performer at The Comedy Store in London and Manchester.

The Guardian (London, UK
Milton’s Paradise Jones
3 / 5 stars
Leicester Cathedral

Brian Logan
Tue 17 Feb ‘09 09.07 EST
(...)
But there is something inspired (divinely or otherwise) about Jones’s one-liners. He’s Britain’s Emo Phillips - or Demetri Martin without the maths. Listening to him, the English language reveals unsuspected depths of ambiguity and imprecision. “My wife and I recently bought a box set of Doctor Who, and watched them back to back. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the one facing the screen.”

Twitter
Louisa Benbow‏
@louisa__
terry pitcher and i just watched both series of the office back to back.. unfortunately i wasn’t the one facing the tv..
7:13 AM - 19 Jun 2009

Springfield! Springfield!
Mock the Week (2005) s09e04 Episode Script (Air date July 15, 2010—ed.)
Seann Walsh, Zoe Lyons, Milton Jones

(...)
Recently we bought the box set of Doctor Who and watched it back to back, Unfortunately, I wasn’t the one facing the screen.

YouTube
Milton Jones - Mock the Week Compilation
DelphicForeigner
Published on Dec 23, 2015
A compilation of all of Milton Jones’ stand-up round performances on Mock the Week from series 7 through to series 14. Enjoy!
7:10
“Recently we bought the box set of Doctor Who and watched it back to back, Unfortunately, I wasn’t the one facing the screen.”

Twitter
Sosh‏
@SoshDragon
#QOTD: “Recently, we bought the box set of Doctor Who, and watched it back-to-back. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the one facing the TV.”
4:18 PM - 15 Jul 2010

Twitter
James‏
@James_kmp
Replying to @SeanTGSimmons
@backtoseanio I watched the mock the week, Milton jones is brilliant, back to back but I was the one facing the tv, hahaha
12:54 PM - 18 Jul 2010

Twitter
Iraaj Majumdar‏
@Iraaj
Me and a friend watched the entire box set of The Sopranos back to back. I wish I’d been the one facing the TV…
10:34 AM - 22 Jul 2010

Twitter
Skyskape‏
@Skyskape
My girlfriend convinced me to watch all the Glee DVD collection back to back.
Fortunately I was the one not facing the TV.
4:35 PM - 25 Aug 2010

Twitter
matt lambert‏
@mattlambert
Milton jones is the funniest guy on tv this week. We’re watching ‘24’ dvd’s back to back. Unfortunately....I wasn’t the one facing the tv.
5:48 PM - 10 Jun 2011

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
Edited by Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
Recently we bought the box set of Doctor Who and watched it back to back. Unfortunately I wasn’t the one facing the screen. Milton Jones

Google Books
Dad Jokes 2
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
2015
Pg. ?:
Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the TV.

Reddit—Dad Jokes
My girlfriend and I were watching Harry Potter back to back (self.dadjokes)
submitted September 11, 2016 by command_613
Luckily I was the one facing the TV.

Reddit—Jokes
Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back
submitted October 17, 2016 by i_post_jokes
Luckily I was the one facing the TV

Google Books
The Great Book of Dad Jokes:
So Bad and Corny Jokes, They’re Good!

By Jim Hogan
Pronoun
2017
Pg. ?:
Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily, I was the one facing the TV.

Reddit—Jokes
My girlfriend and I watched 3 movies back to back on Netflix
submitted August 14, 2017 by darthaditya
Good thing I was facing the TV.

Reddit—Dad Jokes
Your mom and I watched 6 movies last night back to back (self.dadjokes)
submitted January 3, 2018 by Lee_Hey_pat
Luckily I was the one facing the TV

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRadio/Television • Tuesday, January 02, 2018 • Permalink