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一路笑到伯班克

作者: 驻马店翻译公司  发布时间:2017-05-16 14:11:03  点击率:

 曾几何时,我还只是一个爱讲笑话的家伙、别人眼中的小丑。而如今,我大大方方地把它变成了自己的职业——一份很成功的职业……3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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一路笑到伯班克

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By Jay Leno3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

朱珠 选注3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

As a kid, I never did anything unless somebody was watching. Even now that’s true. You can’t be funny all by yourself. I’ve always wondered why I behaved the way I did. Then I read a children’s book called Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel[2].3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

There is one line in the book that fascinated me because it sums up my life.[3] Mike Mulligan, in his old steam shovel named Mary Anne, is digging a hole where a skyscraper[4] will be built. The book says, when people used to stop and watch them, Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne used to dig a little faster and a little better. The more people stopped, the faster and better they dug.” As if the machine was somehow drawing power from the people that were around it. And that made sense to me, a perfectly logical reason to dig a great hole or act like an idiot in public.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

I was in fourth grade when I told my first real joke. My family had just moved to Andover, Mass., and up until then if I was funny it was because I did stupid, obnoxious[5] things. But this was different.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Our class was studying the legend of Robin Hood[6]. Mrs. Alien was telling us how Robin’s merry men were often captured and then boiled in oil. I raised my hand. “They couldn’t boil Tuck!” I said.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Mrs. Alien asked, “Why not?”3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Because he was a friar[7]!”3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The class laughed, and Mrs. Alien smiled just a little. Seeing her smile was such a triumph vastly preferable to being sent to the principal’s office, which was the usual response.[8]3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Then, for the next couple of days, other teachers would ask me, “What was it you said in Mrs. Alien’s class?” Apparently, she had tried to relay my joke in the teachers’ lounge and screwed it up.[9] And I thought, Gee[10], I like this! I hadn’t felt that kind of power before. All because I said something that was actually funny.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

By the time I was in high school, I was a class clown. One teacher who didn’t mind was Mr. Walsh. For whatever reason he was always assigned to oversee detention duty in the library.[11] And since it seemed like I was always in detention, we’d often sit together.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Mr. Walsh was one of those guys who would laugh at anything. Everything was hilarious[12] to this man. So I’d have new stories for him all the time. One day he said to me, “Why don’t you think about going into show business[13]?”3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The idea had never even occurred to me. I didn’t know anybody in show business. But Mr. Walsh’s words ignited[14] something in me. I began telling people I wanted to be a comedian[15]. This didn’t go over[16] well in the neighborhood. Comedy wasn’t a job in New England.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

I went to college in Boston and really burned the candle at both ends[17]. While I was running around at night doing comedy clubs, I kept a day job at a car dealership[18]. By the time I got out of school, the comedy money had begun to exceed the day-job money. That’s when I decided, Well, let me give it a shot[19].3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Comedy became an all-consuming[20] passion. I played one-nighters[21] in every state of the nation. Whenever I called home, I would exaggerate the accomplishments of other people in show business, because I knew my mother would have like to see me in a steadier line of work[22]. I wanted her to understand the possibilities that lay before me.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Once, when Sylvester Stallone[23] had just signed an enormous movie deal, I called home and said, “You know, Ma, Stallone just got $12 million for ten weeks’ work!”3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

And she actually said to me, “Yeah? But then what happens those other 42 weeks? What is he going to do if nothing else comes in?”3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

I spent 300 days a year on the road playing one-nighters, but I had a dream. Not too long ago, I was flipping through[24] some of my early diaries. On a page dated April 28,1972, my 22nd birthday, I found a short entry[25] that said: “Hope to host The Tonight Show.” And finally in late 1986 I was asked to be a guest host[26]. Obviously, this was a great thrill[27].3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

So on the first day I proudly pulled up to the NBC gate in Burbank. The guard looked at me blankly.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Yes?” I said, “I’m Jay Leno.” “Where are you going?” “The Tonight Show”.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“Uh, just a minute.” He picked up the phone, mumbled something about a “Jim Reynolds” into the receiver, then said, “Sorry, your name’s not on the list.”3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

I said, “I think you had the wrong name. It’s Leno. Jay Leno.”3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The guard said, “What do you do?” “I’m hosting The Tonight Show.”3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He looked at me very condescendingly[28] and then let out a long sigh.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I hate to tell you this, son, but Johnny Carson is the host of The Tonight Show.”3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

“I know that. And I’m filling in!”3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He shook his head and picked up the phone again.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Anyway, I got in. And, so far, it’s been a pretty good ride.3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Vocabulary3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

1. Jay Leno: 杰•雷诺,美国脱口秀主持人。1992至2009年在NBC电视台主持脱口秀《杰•雷诺今夜秀》(The Tonight Show with Jay Leno),该节目一直保持着高收视率。杰•雷诺现主持名为《杰•雷诺秀》(The Jay Leno Show)的脱口秀。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

2. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel: 一本儿童读物,译作《迈克•马利根和他的蒸汽铲》。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

3. line: 一行字,一句话;sum up: 总结,概括。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

4. skyscraper: 摩天大楼。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

5. obnoxious: 可憎的,讨厌的。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

6. Robin Hood: 罗宾汉,英国民间传说中劫富济贫的绿林好汉。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

7. friar:(天主教)托钵修会修士,罗宾汉的手下Tuck是一名修士,因friar跟frier“油煎锅”发音相同,故产生幽默效果。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

8. triumph: 胜利,成功;principal: 校长。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

9. relay: 转述,传达;lounge: 休息室;screw up: 弄糟,搞砸。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

10. gee: 哎呀(表示惊讶或强调等)。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

11. assign: 指派;oversee: 监督;detention:(受罚学生的)课后留校。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

12. hilarious: 十分有趣的,滑稽的。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

13. show business: 表演行业。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

14. ignite: 点燃,引发。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

15. comedian: 喜剧表演家,滑稽演员。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

16. go over: 得到赞许。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

17. burn the candle at both ends: 过分猛烈地消耗精力或财资。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

18. car dealership: 汽车销售处。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

19. shot: 机会,尝试。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

20. all-consuming: 消耗一切的,耗时耗力的。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

21. one-nighter:(只上演一夜的)一夜戏剧的人。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

22. line of work: 行业,职业。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

23. Sylvester Stallone: 西尔维斯特•史泰龙,好莱坞著名动作演员。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

24. flip through: 弹开,快速翻开。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

25. entry: 记录。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

26. guest host: 嘉宾主持人。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

27. thrill: 兴奋,激动。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

28. condescendingly: 居高临下地。3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

(来源:英语学习杂志)3tR驻马店翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

 
 

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