He Was Just Here A Minute Ago

TVO used to make a show called Polka Dot Door, and if you’re the right age (which increasingly seems to mean “old”) you’ll remember the show’s main gag:

  • There’s one man, one woman on set. Guy has some reason for leaving, and goes off camera.
  • Polkaroo appears, via the magical Polka Dot Door.
  • They horse around for a bit, and then Polkaroo leaves.
  • The guy comes back, is told he just missed Polkaroo, and says “Aw, I missed him again!”

It’s a kids’ show, how much sophistication do you want?

So, I’m sitting in my office here and my boss and one of his colleagues are looking for their boss, who I’ve just seen step out – they’ve been just missing him all day – and my boss turns to turns to the other guy and says “Aw, I missed him again?”

I thought that was just amusing until I found out that he’s never seen Polka Dot Door. He wasn’t making a joke at all, he actually meant it. So this whole skit from my childhood is suddenly playing out in front of me, two floors up from the studio it was originally broadcast from twenty years ago, and entirely by accident.

Then it became hilarious. And I felt like it was all just for me.


  1. Posted February 9, 2007 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    That insidiously catchy theme song is of Canadian origin? I should have expected, I guess, but I just assumed it was the Sesame Street people.

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted February 9, 2007 at 1:31 pm | Permalink


  3. Anonymous
    Posted February 9, 2007 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    “The polkadot door, the polkadot door, see you soon at the polkadot door, with songs and stories and so much more, so come in…the polkadot door” wow, what a flash-back. You forgot to mention the relevant bit that the guy is the one in the polkaroo costume. Otherwise the joke seems extra-special lame.

  4. Melanie
    Posted February 9, 2007 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Hmm. That last comment was me. Not sure why the name didn’t get posted.

  5. Posted February 12, 2007 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Holy crap, this post just made me have a massive flashback to my childhood. Now if only I could find the people from Breaker High.