Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Funniest Moment In Televsion Sitcom History?

Chuckles Bites The Dust -- Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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From wikipedia...
This episode was ranked #1 on TV Guide's The Greatest Episodes of All Time. It was directed by Joan Darling, and written by David Lloyd, who received an Emmy for "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series."

Chuckles Bites The Dust is an episode of the television situation comedy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show which aired October 25, 1975. In that episode, Chuckles the Clown (the star of WJM's children's show) is hired as the grand marshal for a circus parade, after news anchor Ted Baxter is ordered by Lou Grant to turn it down. Chuckles is to dress in character as Peter Peanut. Unfortunately, Chuckles is spotted and trampled by an elephant, and he dies from his injuries (all off-camera). Mr. Grant announces the tragic death to the newsroom staff. The unusual circumstances of Chuckles's death provokes a wave of jokes, especially by Lou and Murray Slaughter ("thank God he wasn't Billy Banana or a Gorilla would've peeled him to death.")[1] Everyone in the newsroom begins collapsing into laughter, with the exception of Mary, who is appalled by her co-workers' lack of respect for the deceased.

At the funeral, all of the attendees are properly somber. All except one.....

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