Friday Funhouse 20: Holly


Here’s this week’s dose of Phriday Phun, y’all.

That nondescript gentleman up there is Holly, the onboard computer of the British mining ship Red Dwarf.  He has an IQ of 6,000 and an appreciation for the works of Agatha Christie and moons that resemble Felicity Kendal’s bottom.

I’m making him the subject of today’s Funhouse because when the mood strikes, he can choose to appear as an equally deadpan woman without altering his unisex moniker.

Since I just commenced the composition of a saga told from a woman’s point of view, I thought it might behoove me to brush up on Holly’s seamless metamorphosis from male to female (and back again).

Watch as Holly with a pair of X chromosomes and a temporarily enhanced IQ engages in a battle of wits with the ship’s loquaciously monomaniacal toaster:


14 thoughts on “Friday Funhouse 20: Holly

    1. Oh neat — this is another one I think you’ll love, Mer. It’s a British sitcom called Red Dwarf, that first aired in the early 90s. A slacker, stoner, dreadlocked guy named Dave finds himself 3 million years from Earth, the last human being alive, with only Holly, a hologram of his late asshole bunk mate and a self-absorbed fashionista that evolved from his pregnant cat. It used to run on PBS but now I think you just need to Netflix or Hulu or whatever the kids are doing these days. Seasons 1 through 6 were hilarious and frequently mind-bending. After that, it got a little dodgy.

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    1. Hmm…like you, I loved all of the Hitchhiker’s Guide books and didn’t care for any of the movie adaptations. Red Dwarf has similar humor but a FAR smaller cast of characters seeing as how the main protagonist, Dave Lister, is the last human being alive. Aside from occasional aliens and such, Dave is only kept company by Holly, a hologram of a douche bag named Arnold Rimmer that used to be his bunk mate back when the human race still existed, and a stylish and vain dude that evolved from his former pregnant cat over the course of 3,000,000 years.

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      1. You have to be motherfucking kidding me that the dude’s name is Dave Lister… I have had many unfortunate run-ins with a gentleman and “family friend” (to my wife’s family) named Dave Lisker. His name lives in notoriety.

        Anyway, given the randomness (and, perhaps, subtle connection to HHG), I’ll have to give this one a shot.

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  1. Even though I’m two days behind on all the rest of my reading, I jumped forward in time to the present to catch the Phunhouse. I’m tardy, not daft. Some things defy time. Now that I’m caught up on today’s hilarity and tomorrow’s transsexual transistors, I’ll return to my perch in the past. Good show!

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    1. Seeing as how you jumped forward in time in order to communicate with me in present time after which you will go back in time to have a present time experience of reading words composed at an undefined point in the past, and seeing as linear time is relative and inconsistent, especially when acted upon by dark energy….would you like some French toast?

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  2. I love Red Dwarf! Cat and Kryten were the best, I love them all. I guess being Canadian, we get all the British shows, but then it was always on PBS and I just looked it up and it’s still running! (kind of like Coronation Street! ) Cool! Doesn’t matter how long you are away from the show it only takes 5 mins to figure out what’s going on! 🙂

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