So earlier this year I did a post on things I think are funny. I mentioned in the post an episode from the Mary Tyler Moore Show that I liked called Chuckles Bites the Dust. In that entry I gave the following description:
The plot is about the TV station’s clown Chuckles who dies from being stomped on by an elephant after wearing a peanut outfit in a parade. Because of the odd death of the clown everyone at the newsroom laughs and cracks jokes except Mary. She stays serious until the funeral. While listening to the eulogy Mary gets the giggles and everyone can’t believe her rudeness. The more she tries to hold it in the worse it is. Here is the eulogy that gets her going:
“Chuckles the Clown brought pleasure to millions. The characters he created will be remembered by children and adults alike: Peter Peanut, Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo, Billy Banana, and my particular favorite, Aunt Yoo Hoo. And not just for the laughter they provided—there was always some deeper meaning to whatever Chuckles did. Remember Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo’s little catch phrase? Remember how, when his arch rival Señor Caboom hit him with a giant cucumber and knocked him down, Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo would always pick himself up, dust himself off, and say, ‘I hurt my foo-foo’? Life’s a lot like that. From time to time we all fall down and hurt our foo-foos. If only we could deal with it as simply and bravely and honestly as Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo. And what did Chuckles ask in return? Not much. In his own words, ‘A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.’”
I have had many times when I get the giggles and am about to pee my pants with laughing. One time on my mission this lady started playing the piano super loud, in a rather vitriolic fashion- so much so that it made our cute little Chinese investigator jump about a foot in the air. For some reason it made me start to laugh and finally I had to grab my companion and leave to the restroom. Doesn’t everyone have those moments? That’s what makes the episode so relatable.