Before the screening began, Ron Moore got up and made everyone promise to keep the secrets they were about to learn a full two days before the official broadcast. He had everyone raise their right hands and repeat an oath beginning, "I, state your name...". So everyone, of course, said, "I, state your name..." As he knew they would. It was a sweet moment of shared smart-assery, as Ron knew it would be.
It made me think about some things, that moment. How often does a crowd get a chance to be funny? Being funny as a group with no prior planning is ridiculously difficult. ...So why does the "state your name" joke work? Because the audience knows the bit. I am not coming up with where exactly I've seen the bit before, but I certainly have. Taxi, perhaps? Perfect Strangers?
I know where I've seen that bit before:
[RIP Harvey Korman]
Meanwhile, check out this other interesting post by Jane, wherein she explains how the BSG writer/producers move back and forth between LA and Vancouver to work on eps. Cool behind the scenes stuff.