Gyros, Gyro, Geero, Yiro, Yyro, Yairo, with so many different spellings, it’s no wonder so many non-Greeks find it hard to pronounce the famous Greek street food that people all over the world love to eat but find hard to say!
Country singing/songwriting sensation and America Idol judge Luke Bryan teamed up with popular comedic talk show host Jimmy Fallon, in a hilarious sketch for The Tonight Show, with an attempt to finally work out how to ask for a Gyros.
The likable duo play out a scene in New York City where Jimmy Fallon offers to treat Luke Bryan to lunch, as they stop at a street corner food stand. A hungry Luke attempts to order his food however, frustrated with the difficulty of verbally requesting his choice, he soon gives up which leaves a concerned Jimmy asking him what’s wrong?
We then see Bryan and Fallon in a studio singing a country style song titled “I Don’t Know How to Pronounce Gyro”. Jimmy sings a line “I wish that they had just called it a lamb tzatzaki wrap”. The musical sketch centers around as per the song title, how to correctly pronounce “gyro” and belt out lots of humorously various ways one can say the word.
It ends with the Greek guy from the food stand advising them it’s “yiro (yee-ro)” and the three excitedly dance and embrace with great delight that Bryan and Fallon can now pronounce Greece’s most popular takeaway food.
Watch the funny video below and be warned as in true country music fashion, it’s a catchy tune!
IS IT GEERO, GYRO, HERO OR YAIRO? 🎶