My dear friend Janet, aka Country Mouse, mentioned the candy, Chuckles, in a comment recently on our companion blog, Brittle. It stuck in my mind, like Chuckles can do to one’s teeth, only I forgot the name, which is one of many things that don’t stick in my mind these days. Tom and I chatted about Chuckles over dinner, which lead to another posting on Brittle. The mere mention of Chuckles, once I remembered it, made me smile, then giggle, then laugh as I remembered one of the funniest episodes of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Chuckles the Clown Bites the Dust.
Like Carol Burnett’s “Went With the Wind” scene, where she descends the staircase in a little something she saw hanging in window, the Chuckles the Clown episode makes me laugh just thinking about it.
Chuckles the Clown was a multi-faceted character of a children’s’ show on the MTM series. We rarely saw Chuckle on screen, even though we knew who he was. He was the host of a children’s show on the same station as the newsroom that featured Ted, the hapless newsman, Mary, Mr. Grant, and Maury. The sad news comes to the newsroom that Chuckles the Clown has died. He was dressed in the clown character of Peter Peanut when he was crushed by a rogue elephant and killed during a parade. Maury and Mr. Grant, in spite of themselves, start making jokes, expending nervous energy, over Chuckles’ untimely demise, much to Mary’s disapproval. At the funeral, Mary has a few giggly moments herself.
Then, there is Penny, who has what has been called a wicked sense of humor, and a stream of thoughts that take her from insulin reactions, to Chuckles candies, to this funny scene.
Have you ever had a bout of giggles at an inappropriate time; a bout where you can’t stop laughing and feel as if you have a little seltzer down your pants?