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Woody Allen's stammer, like Jim Carrey's rubber face or Groucho Marx's eyebrow, is one of the most iconic symbols of American comedy, the kind of thing you can think for three seconds and think "Yup, that's what we do better than anyone else." No half-decent Woody Allen impression can succeed without it, and it's clear that over the years Allen has learned to exaggerate the stammer for its own comedic effect-- compare the way he appears in this incredible mashup, from two genius editors at The Huffington Post, to his real-life demeanor in this press conference.
Watching a mashup like this, which reportedly took editors Oliver Noble and Ben Craw several months to complete, reminds you why Allen's had such a long career in movies despite a weird appearance and, let's face it, something of a speech impediment. His presence is inimitable but completely appealing, and even when his words are chopped up into hypnotic nonsense like this, you're dying to hear him get the words out and probably slay you with a joke. The most recent movie in this video, To Rome With Love, marked the first time Allen had appeared in one of his own movies in six years, and it's probably not a coincidence that his most critically acclaimed movies in the last decade-- Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Match Point, Midnight in Paris-- have him offscreen. But doesn't this make you want to see him back up there again?
Sadly, we probably still have to wait, His upcoming feature, Blue Jasmine, features a seriously impressive cast-- including Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K. and Cate Blanchett-- but Allen isn't among their ranks. Blue Jasmine is set for a June 28 release-- opening opposite the Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx thriller White House Down. Can that stammer behind the scenes compete with patriotic mayhem? Who are we kidding-- of course it can't. But it's fun to have the option anyway.