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It's a quote from The Marvelous Mrs.Masel

A-See that guy over there in the gray suit? Marty Segal. Yesterday, he scored his first Copa gig. Big, big deal.

B-He just spilled coffee on his suit. Does the Copa know about that?

A-That may be his opening bit.

I have 2 questions:

  1. What is a COPA? I checked the dic it says something like football games but still confused me.

  2. What's the meaning of opening bit?

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    The definite article in "the Copa" gives you a hint that it is a proper noun. – ColleenV Dec 14 '18 at 11:37
  • Thanks! I checked... It's a vedio(Copacabana ) all dancing and singing... I'm still kinda miss because of this line: Does Copa know about that? Sounds like Copa is lively. – scarlett Dec 14 '18 at 11:47
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  • You have set a very difficult task for yourself, trying to understand this particular TV show. Not only does it use a lot of specialized vocabulary and slang, but it is full of mid 20th century cultural references that many young people in the US today would not understand. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 14 '18 at 12:19
  • Thankyou Tᴚoɯɐuo! You always help me with the questions, and YES this drama is quite unfriendly to foreigners but since it's also so interesting and hilarious, I wanna try to understand the culture behind it. Thank you again for the wiki link, I guess I have understood the meaning of COPA in this line. – scarlett Dec 15 '18 at 8:09
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The "opening bit" is the first story or joke of a "stand-up" comedian's routine. If the opening bit involved him spilling coffee on his suit, it would be a "slapstick" routine, one in which the comedian acts like a bumbling fool or stooge.

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