James Caan improvised ‘Bada bing’

Bada bing bada boom

The phrase ‘bada bing bada boom’ — Mafia slang for ‘long story short’ — was improvised by James Caan in ‘The Godfather’ —

— and it became a mantra for mobsters. It can also mean ‘it’s finished, taken care of,’ and ‘don’t worry about it, piece of cake.’

Bada Bing was the name of Tony Soprano’s strip club in the HBO mob drama ‘The Sopranos.’

Jimmy Caan didn’t invent the phrase. It was first used by Brooklyn based Italian-American actor-comedian Pat Cooper, who is known for his ‘Brooklynisms’ such as ‘fuhgeddaboudit.’ Cooper, by the way, who was born Pasquale Caputo, is 92 years old and still lives in Brooklyn.


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