Another Crime Scene Invesigation investigation

Posted by Gary on March 12, 2003

A little time ago the US TV show CSI asked for help with a phrase. I've had another request from them. Can anyone help with this:

"I was very much hoping to get your assistance with another question. We are trying to find the origins of the term "getting the hook" or "give 'em the hook." An upcoming CSI episode takes place in a comedy club. A rather awful comedian is "given the hook" and kicked off stage. We were wondering where this phrase or action comes from. One of the writers speculated that it may have started in vaudeville."