August 11, 2009
THE JOKE'S ON THE CONCHORDS
I've made another breakthrough in my ongoing quest to document every occurrence of S.S. Adams brand pranks and magic tricks in popular entertainment. As you my recall I discovered the Snake in the Peanut Brittle Can on an episode of Bob Newhart earlier this year. This time I've noticed the classic Snake Nut Can in the Flight of the Conchords episode "What Goes On Tour" from Season 1.
Jemaine purchases a pricey peanut snack from the vending unit in his hotel room and the container unmistakably sports the ancient "Fancy Salted Mixed Nuts" graphic from the S.S. Adams gag...
The peculiar thing about this sighting is the fact that there's no snake inside!
They're passing it off as a regular product. I'd love to know if this was a nod to the art of pranking or just the prop master's way of avoiding the use of a brand name. Probably the latter, but it's still cool that they employed the timeless joke on this fantastic television show. It makes sense– the Adams snake nut can has been acting like a regular peanut can for decades.