“Funny, funny girl”

LORELAI: Okay. I need a pan.
RORY: And a fire extinguisher.
LORELAI: Funny, funny girl.

Lorelai may be alluding to the 1968 biographical musical film Funny Girl, directed by William Wyler and based on the 1963 stage musical of the same name with book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill.

Funny Girl stars Lorelai’s favourite actress Barbara Streisand, reprising her Broadway role to portray actress and comedian Fanny Brice (1891-1951), a star of vaudeville, film, radio, and television who rose to fame as a Ziegfield Follies girl in the 1920s.

Funny Girl was the #2 film of 1968, and acclaimed by critics; Streisand won a Best Actress Award for her role in the film at the Academy Awards. Regarded as one of the best musical films of all time, it is notable for being the first film where a Jewish woman is portrayed as smart, funny, talented, and beautiful.

We later learn that Funny Girl is Lorelai’s favourite film.

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