Dancing with the cars

Another pun committed by the Bizarro/Wayno collaborative:

(#1)

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.)

ballet, valet, what’s the difference? And who can resist a man in a tutu? (Cue Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.)

The Bolshoi Ballet crossed with valet parking.

On the Bolshoi, from Wikipedia:

(#2) Bolshoi first soloist Jacopo Tissi, aloft in Etudes (music by Carl Czerny, choreography by Harald Lander)

The Bolshoi Ballet is an internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russian Federation. Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi is among the world’s oldest ballet companies. It only achieved worldwide acclaim, however, in the early 20th century when Moscow became the capital of Soviet Russia. Along with the Mariinsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg, the Bolshoi is recognised as one of the foremost ballet companies in the world.

NOAD on valets:

noun valet: 1 [a] a man’s personal male attendant, responsible for his clothes and appearance. [b] a hotel employee performing valet duties for guests. [c] US a rack or stand on which to hang clothing. 2 North American a person employed to park cars. ORIGIN late 15th century (denoting a footman acting as an attendant to a horseman): from French; related to vassal.

More detail on sense 2, from Wikipedia:

(#3)

Valet parking is a parking service offered by some restaurants, stores, and other businesses, particularly in North America. In contrast to “self-parking”, where customers find a parking space on their own, customers’ vehicles are parked for them by a person called a valet. This service either requires a fee to be paid by the customer or is offered free of charge by the establishment.

Dancing with the cars. I’ve compounded the dance parking pun in #1 with this allusion to the tv show Dancing with the Stars. From Wikipedia:

(#4) A study in cleavage

Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition television series that premiered on June 1, 2005, on ABC. It is the US version of the UK series Strictly Come Dancing. The show is hosted by Tom Bergeron, alongside Erin Andrews, who became co-host in season eighteen.

… The format of the show consists of a celebrity paired with a professional dancer. Each couple performs predetermined dances and competes against the others for judges’ points and audience votes. The couple receiving the lowest combined total of judges’ points and audience votes is eliminated each week until only the champion dance pair remains.

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