The O.P. » Articles » Entertainment
Meet the Banana Stand
2004 Banana Stand World Tour
8/19: The Grove, Los Angeles
8/20: Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco
8/21: Alderwood Mall, Seattle
8/22: Mall of America, Minneapolis
8/23: Woodfield Mall, Chicago
8/24: Roosevelt Field, New York
8/25: Tyson’s Corner, Washington, D.C.
8/26: Aventura Mall, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
8/27: Stonebriar Center, Dallas
8/28: Arizona Mills, Phoenix
Please check with your mall for the exact times the stand will be available.
The malls have hired extra security guards to protect the banana stand, especially after the Dept. of Homeland Security picked up chatter indicating terrorists willing to die in Arizona. Fans are advised to refrain from flickering candles as the stand is extremely flammable.
The banana stand is hitting the road. Here’s a chance for you to see
it in person at a mall near you. Plus, a refresher course on the history
of The Stand.
Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand opened,
on the Balboa Island boardwalk
a tasty treat: a frozen banana dipped in creamy milk
chocolate and covered with chopped nuts.
People loved it, in the way one would love Saddam Hussein.
In the 1970’s, however,
the banana stand became convenient meeting place due
to the stand’s resemblance to a marijuana cigarette.
Jimmy Jane immortalized the stand with the song
Big Yellow Joint:
A Big Yellow Joint, a Big Yellow Joint
Iíll meet you down at the Big Yellow Joint...
In the 1980’s, George Bluth, Sr. sought to teach his son Michael
a valuable life lesson by having him work summers at the family business.
Despite strict supervision,
Michael never learned his lesson about the value of money in the banana
stand that summer.
The banana stand burned down in late 2003, and the Bluth family
When Michael Bluth delivered the news to his father,
George, Sr. was a complete mess, taking all his anger out
on the messenger. George, Sr. was seen grabbing his son by the lapel,
muttering incoherently about money within the banana stand.
Today, the Bluth family has recovered, and
competition from a nearby candied apple propietor and
the public’s increasing distaste for high-carb foods,
the rebuilt banana stand is thriving again on the
Observers credit the savvy business leadership
of George Michael (a.k.a., Mr. Manager), and judicious use of his hiring and firing power.
But critics charge his willingness to employ ex-cons and allegedly
underaged immigrants takes away American jobs and poses
a public safety risk, pointing at
the sharp increase in the number and severity of the stand’s
health code violations.
The public disagrees, and
dozens of locals still say
frozen bananas are a delicious summertime treat.
The lineup has
now expanded to six flavors at the Bluth family stand:
On the Go-Go Banana, Double-dipped, Giddy-girly,
Simple Simon, and the Original Frozen Banana.
No word yet on whether the “G.O.B.”, which has tested
well with the scooter demographic, would be available as a
full-time menu item.