History Funny / ILoveLucy

11th Mar '18 3:39:03 PM mlsmithca
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*** Ricky isn't fooled for a moment; his suspicions are first aroused when Fred tells him the show is about to begin, even though it's only 4:23. When he gets his first look at Lucy on (or, rather, in) TV dressed in the bellhop costume of [[ProductPlacement Philip Morris cigarette ad frontman Johnny Roventini]] and holding a pack of said cigarettes (apparently they don't just sponsor ''I Love Lucy'', but also the ShowWithinAShow), Ricky snarks, "I can't get over how clear the picture is." When Lucy accidentally drops the pack of cigarettes and has to pick it up, he adds, "Well, what you know? Third-dimensional television."

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*** Ricky isn't fooled for a moment; his suspicions are first aroused when Fred tells him the show is about to begin, even though it's only 4:23. When he gets his first look at Lucy on (or, rather, in) TV dressed in the bellhop costume of [[ProductPlacement Philip Morris cigarette ad frontman Johnny Roventini]] and holding a pack of said cigarettes while shouting Roventini's catchphrase, "CALL FOR PHILIP MORRIS!" (apparently they don't just sponsor ''I Love Lucy'', but also the ShowWithinAShow), ShowWithinAShow),[[note]] As with most references to Philip Morris, this part of the scene was cut in syndicated re-runs, although it appears in some home video releases.[[/note]] Ricky snarks, "I can't get over how clear the picture is." When Lucy accidentally drops the pack of cigarettes and has to lean out of the hole where the screen usually is to pick it up, he adds, "Well, what do you know? Third-dimensional television."
26th Feb '18 5:06:03 PM mlsmithca
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*** Ricky isn't fooled for a moment; his suspicions are first aroused when Fred tells him the show is about to begin, even though it's only 4:23. When he gets his first look at Lucy on (or, rather, in) TV wearing a cigarette girl's cap and holding a pack of cigarettes (made by ''I Love Lucy'' sponsor [[ProductPlacement Philip Morris]], naturally), Ricky snarks, "I can't get over how clear the picture is." When Lucy accidentally drops the pack of cigarettes and has to pick it up, he adds, "Well, what you know? Third-dimensional television."

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*** Ricky isn't fooled for a moment; his suspicions are first aroused when Fred tells him the show is about to begin, even though it's only 4:23. When he gets his first look at Lucy on (or, rather, in) TV wearing a cigarette girl's cap and holding a pack dressed in the bellhop costume of cigarettes (made by ''I Love Lucy'' sponsor [[ProductPlacement Philip Morris]], naturally), Morris cigarette ad frontman Johnny Roventini]] and holding a pack of said cigarettes (apparently they don't just sponsor ''I Love Lucy'', but also the ShowWithinAShow), Ricky snarks, "I can't get over how clear the picture is." When Lucy accidentally drops the pack of cigarettes and has to pick it up, he adds, "Well, what you know? Third-dimensional television."
19th Feb '18 5:34:17 PM mlsmithca
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** In the first act, Lucy, with Fred's help, tries to persuade Ricky to cast her in a commercial by pretending to be on TV… inside their TV.
*** Ricky isn't fooled for a moment; when he gets his first look at Lucy on (or, rather, in) TV holding a pack of cigarettes (actual series sponsor [[ProductPlacement Philip Morris]], naturally), he snarks, "I can't get over how clear the picture is." When Lucy accidentally drops the pack of cigarettes and has to pick it up, he adds, "Well, what you know? Third-dimensional television."

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** In the first act, Lucy, with Fred's help, tries to persuade Ricky to cast her in a the commercial for his television special by pretending to be on TV… inside their TV.
*** Ricky isn't fooled for a moment; his suspicions are first aroused when Fred tells him the show is about to begin, even though it's only 4:23. When he gets his first look at Lucy on (or, rather, in) TV wearing a cigarette girl's cap and holding a pack of cigarettes (actual series (made by ''I Love Lucy'' sponsor [[ProductPlacement Philip Morris]], naturally), he Ricky snarks, "I can't get over how clear the picture is." When Lucy accidentally drops the pack of cigarettes and has to pick it up, he adds, "Well, what you know? Third-dimensional television."



*** Ricky eventually ends the bit by ''plugging the TV in'', electrocuting Lucy (his malicious grin before he does so is hilarious). He then asks where the chassis is; turns out Lucy didn't know it all slid out as one piece, so ''she disassembled the entire TV.''
** Then there's the episode's timeless second act, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwkzNclZR4s Vitameatavegamin]] -- the single funniest sketch in the history of television. So funny even the other actors can't contain their laughter. If you look closely you can see Desi and the actor playing the director biting down on the insides their cheeks to avoid cracking smiles. Desi even went on record saying the inside of his cheeks were sore after shooting that scene.

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*** As Lucy continues to ignore his insistence that she stop the charade, Ricky eventually ends the bit by ''plugging the TV in'', electrocuting Lucy (his malicious grin before he does so is hilarious). He then asks where the chassis is; turns out Lucy didn't know it all slid out as one piece, so ''she disassembled the entire TV.''
** Then there's the episode's timeless second act, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwkzNclZR4s Vitameatavegamin]] -- the single funniest sketch in the history of television. So funny even the other actors can't contain their laughter. If you look closely you can see Desi and the actor playing the director director, Ross Elliott, biting down on the insides their cheeks to avoid cracking smiles. Desi even went on record saying the inside of his cheeks were sore after shooting that scene.



*** Then Ricky enters to discuss the evening's performance with director Ross Elliott, not initially absorbing the presence of someone else...

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*** Then Ricky enters to discuss the evening's performance with director Ross Elliott, Ross, not initially absorbing the presence of someone else...



*** Ricky is persuaded to let "Miss [=McGillicuddy=]" do the commercial when Ross points out that it's too late to find a replacement, and she goes through a flawless rendition of the sales pitch... apart from a very loud AlcoholHic a few seconds after she finishes. Once Ricky leaves again, things rapidly go downhill on the next take as [[IntoxicationEnsues Lucy's body starts absorbing the alcohol]]. It starts with the {{Spoonerism}} "bittle lottle", and although she corrects herself immediately, the alcohol visibly hits her ''hard'' seconds later, and her speech slows down considerably as she tries to avoid stumbling over the words, only to end by telling the audience to buy "a great big bottle of Mitameatamidgamin... remember that name! Mitavattameatymat!"
*** Finally, Joe tells Ross the sound man wants to get a level check on Lucy's voice (during which conversation Lucy stares vacantly at Joe, unnerving him), and another take is prepared, this one on a timer. Although it takes two attempts to get Lucy going - and once she does get going, well...

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*** Ricky is persuaded to let "Miss [=McGillicuddy=]" do the commercial when Ross points out that it's too late to find a replacement, and she goes through a flawless rendition of the sales pitch... apart from a very loud AlcoholHic a few seconds after she finishes. [[note]] Watch Desi's face throughout Lucy's performance and you can see how much self-control he is exercising to keep from doubling over in hysterics.[[/note]] Once Ricky leaves again, things she attempts to re-start the pitch from when she takes a spoonful, but is struggling to concentrate and asks to start from the beginning. Things rapidly go downhill on the next take as [[IntoxicationEnsues Lucy's body starts absorbing the alcohol]]. It alcohol]]; it starts with the {{Spoonerism}} "bittle lottle", and although she corrects herself immediately, the alcohol visibly hits her ''hard'' seconds later, and her speech slows down considerably as she tries to avoid stumbling over the words, only to end by telling the audience to buy "a great big bottle of Mitameatamidgamin... remember that name! Mitavattameatymat!"
*** Finally, Joe tells Ross the sound man wants to get a level check on Lucy's voice (during which conversation Lucy stares vacantly at Joe, unnerving him), and another take is prepared, this one on a timer. Although it It takes two attempts to get Lucy going - and once she does get going, well...



** In the third act, Ricky goes out for his performance... but Lucy, who still hasn't sobered up, stumbles into the middle of it and tries to recite the sales pitch as she is forcibly escorted off set.

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** In the third act, Ricky goes out for his performance... but Lucy, who still hasn't sobered up, stumbles into the middle of it and tries to recite tunelessly sing along with Ricky (who gamely struggles through the rest of the number) before reciting the sales pitch as she is Ricky forcibly escorted off set.carries her backstage again.
19th Feb '18 10:54:37 AM mlsmithca
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Given that Lucille Ball is often ranked and considered the funniest comedienne in television history, and ''I Love Lucy'' is still to this day lauded as one of the greatest Sitcoms of all time, expect quite a few legenday examples on this page.

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Given that Lucille Ball is often ranked and considered the funniest comedienne in television history, and ''I Love Lucy'' is still to this day lauded as one of the greatest Sitcoms of all time, expect quite a few legenday legendary examples on this page.
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** In the first act, Lucy pretends to be on TV… inside their TV. Here are some of the highlights.
*** Ricky's first look at Lucy on TV: "You know, I can't get over how clear the picture is."
*** When Lucy accidentally dropped something and she had to pick it up: "Well, what you know? Third-dimensional television."
*** Fred's clapping is pretty good.
*** And of course, "For our first offering this evening, we— STOP THAT NOW! Go back and sit down!"
*** Ricky eventually ends the bit by ''plugging the TV in'', electrocuting Lucy. He then asks where the chasis was; turns out Lucy didn't know it all slid out as one piece, so ''she disassembled the entire TV.''

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** In the first act, Lucy pretends Lucy, with Fred's help, tries to persuade Ricky to cast her in a commercial by pretending to be on TV… inside their TV. Here are some of the highlights.
TV.
*** Ricky's Ricky isn't fooled for a moment; when he gets his first look at Lucy on TV: "You know, I (or, rather, in) TV holding a pack of cigarettes (actual series sponsor [[ProductPlacement Philip Morris]], naturally), he snarks, "I can't get over how clear the picture is." When Lucy accidentally drops the pack of cigarettes and has to pick it up, he adds, "Well, what you know? Third-dimensional television."
*** When Fred tries to sustain the illusion by applauding Lucy accidentally dropped something as she introduces "''The Lucy Ricardo Show''", while Ricky decides to get up and she had to pick it up: "Well, what you know? Third-dimensional television."
*** Fred's clapping is pretty good.
*** And of course, "For
change the station...
---->'''Lucy:''' For
our first offering this evening, we— STOP THAT NOW! Go back and sit down!"
down!
*** Ricky eventually ends the bit by ''plugging the TV in'', electrocuting Lucy. Lucy (his malicious grin before he does so is hilarious). He then asks where the chasis was; chassis is; turns out Lucy didn't know it all slid out as one piece, so ''she disassembled the entire TV.''
13th Feb '18 8:47:04 PM mlsmithca
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*** Then Ricky enters to discuss the evening's performance with director Ross Elliott, and casually greets Lucy as he arrives. It takes a few seconds before it occurs to him that she isn't supposed to be there, and when it does...
---->'''Lucy:''' ''[as Ricky gives her a DisapprovingLook]'' Hi.\\

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*** Then Ricky enters to discuss the evening's performance with director Ross Elliott, and casually greets Lucy as he arrives. It takes a few seconds before it occurs to him not initially absorbing the presence of someone else...
---->'''Ricky:''' Hiya, Ross.\\
'''Ross:''' Oh, hello, Ricky.\\
'''Ricky:''' Hiya, Lucy. Listen, I wanna see about
that she isn't supposed to be there, number- ''[[[DelayedReaction finally notices Lucy]] and when it does...
---->'''Lucy:''' ''[as Ricky
gives her a DisapprovingLook]'' DisapprovingLook]''\\
'''Lucy:''' ...
Hi.\\



'''Ricky:''' What did you do to the girl that was supposed to be here? ''[Lucy edges away from Ricky and avoids eye contact with him]'' Now Lucy, I told you you couldn't do the commercial. Now what's the big idea? Lucy, what have you got to say for yourself?\\

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'''Ricky:''' What did you do to the girl that was supposed to be here? ''[Lucy edges away from Ricky and avoids eye contact with him]'' Now Lucy, I told you you couldn't do the commercial. ''[Lucy doesn't answer]'' Now what's the big idea? ''[Lucy still doesn't answer]'' Lucy, what have you got to say for yourself?\\
13th Feb '18 8:42:31 PM mlsmithca
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---->'''Lucy:''' It's so tasty, too! ''[takes a spoonful - and immediately makes a face that practically screams "WHAT did I just drink!?" before finally swallowing and shuddering involuntarily, then taking a few seconds to get her breath again]'' [[BlatantLies It's... just like candy!]]



*** Ricky is persuaded to let Lucy do the commercial when Ross points out that it's too late to find a replacement, and she goes through a flawless rendition of the sales pitch... apart from a very loud AlcoholHic a few seconds after she finishes. Things rapidly go downhill on the next take as [[IntoxicationEnsues her body starts absorbing the alcohol]]. It starts with the {{Spoonerism}} "bittle lottle", and although she corrects herself immediately, the alcohol visibly hits her ''hard'' seconds later, and her speech slows down considerably as she tries to avoid stumbling over the words, only to end by telling the audience to buy "a great big bottle of Mitameatamidgamin... remember that name! Mitavattameatymat!"

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*** Ricky is persuaded to let Lucy "Miss [=McGillicuddy=]" do the commercial when Ross points out that it's too late to find a replacement, and she goes through a flawless rendition of the sales pitch... apart from a very loud AlcoholHic a few seconds after she finishes. Things Once Ricky leaves again, things rapidly go downhill on the next take as [[IntoxicationEnsues her Lucy's body starts absorbing the alcohol]]. It starts with the {{Spoonerism}} "bittle lottle", and although she corrects herself immediately, the alcohol visibly hits her ''hard'' seconds later, and her speech slows down considerably as she tries to avoid stumbling over the words, only to end by telling the audience to buy "a great big bottle of Mitameatamidgamin... remember that name! Mitavattameatymat!"
13th Feb '18 6:54:52 PM mlsmithca
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Given that Lucille Ball is often ranked and considered the funniest comedienne in television history, and ''I Love Lucy,'' is still to this day lauded as one of the greatest Sitcoms of all time, expect quite a few legenday examples on this page.

* From "Lucy Does a TV Commercial", Lucy pretends to be on TV… inside their TV. Here are some of the highlights.
** Ricky's first look at Lucy on TV: "You know, I can't get over how clear the picture is."
** When Lucy accidentally dropped something and she had to pick it up: "Well, what you know? Third-dimensional television."
** Fred's clapping is pretty good.
** And of course, "For our first offering this evening, we— STOP THAT NOW! Go back and sit down!"
** Ricky eventually ends the bit by ''plugging the TV in'', electrocuting Lucy. He then asks where the chasis was; turns out Lucy didn't know it all slid out as one piece, so ''she disassembled the entire TV.''

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Given that Lucille Ball is often ranked and considered the funniest comedienne in television history, and ''I Love Lucy,'' Lucy'' is still to this day lauded as one of the greatest Sitcoms of all time, expect quite a few legenday examples on this page.

* From "Lucy Does a TV Commercial", Commercial" is one of TV comedy's all-time classic half-hours.
** In the first act,
Lucy pretends to be on TV… inside their TV. Here are some of the highlights.
** *** Ricky's first look at Lucy on TV: "You know, I can't get over how clear the picture is."
** *** When Lucy accidentally dropped something and she had to pick it up: "Well, what you know? Third-dimensional television."
** *** Fred's clapping is pretty good.
** *** And of course, "For our first offering this evening, we— STOP THAT NOW! Go back and sit down!"
** *** Ricky eventually ends the bit by ''plugging the TV in'', electrocuting Lucy. He then asks where the chasis was; turns out Lucy didn't know it all slid out as one piece, so ''she disassembled the entire TV.''



*** The seeds of mayhem are sown early on when technical assistant Joe notices that Vitameatavegamin is 23% alcohol. Lucy, who uses her maiden name to avoid arousing suspicion, is more concerned with the taste; the first few times she takes a spoonful after declaring "It's so tasty, too!", Lucille Ball's disgusted face is a masterclass in FacialDialogue.
*** Then Ricky enters to discuss the evening's performance with director Ross Elliott, and casually greets Lucy as he arrives. It takes a few seconds before it occurs to him that she isn't supposed to be there, and when it does...
---->'''Lucy:''' ''[as Ricky gives her a DisapprovingLook]'' Hi.\\
'''Ricky:''' And what, may I ask, are you doing here?\\
'''Ross:''' Well, she's gonna do the commercial!\\
'''Ricky:''' ''[pointing to Lucy]'' She's gonna do the commercial??\\
'''Ross:''' Yeah!\\
'''Ricky:''' What did you do to the girl that was supposed to be here? ''[Lucy edges away from Ricky and avoids eye contact with him]'' Now Lucy, I told you you couldn't do the commercial. Now what's the big idea? Lucy, what have you got to say for yourself?\\
'''Lucy:''' ''[rapid-fire, a wide-eyed forced smile on her face]'' Hello friends, I'm your Vitameatavegamin girl, are you tired, rundown, listless, do you poop out at parties-\\
'''Ricky:''' ''[putting his hand on her arm]'' Never mind, never mind, never mind!
*** Ricky is persuaded to let Lucy do the commercial when Ross points out that it's too late to find a replacement, and she goes through a flawless rendition of the sales pitch... apart from a very loud AlcoholHic a few seconds after she finishes. Things rapidly go downhill on the next take as [[IntoxicationEnsues her body starts absorbing the alcohol]]. It starts with the {{Spoonerism}} "bittle lottle", and although she corrects herself immediately, the alcohol visibly hits her ''hard'' seconds later, and her speech slows down considerably as she tries to avoid stumbling over the words, only to end by telling the audience to buy "a great big bottle of Mitameatamidgamin... remember that name! Mitavattameatymat!"
*** Finally, Joe tells Ross the sound man wants to get a level check on Lucy's voice (during which conversation Lucy stares vacantly at Joe, unnerving him), and another take is prepared, this one on a timer. Although it takes two attempts to get Lucy going - and once she does get going, well...
---->'''Lucy:''' ''[leaning over the table]'' Weeell, I'm your Vitaveatyvidgyvat girl. Are you tired, rundown, listless? [[{{Spoonerism}} Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular?]] ''[{{Beat}}]'' Well, are you?? ''[picks up the bottle]'' The answer to all your problems is in this li'l ol' bottle. Vitameatavegamin. ''[checks the label, surprised she got it right]'' That's it. Vitametavegamin contains... vitamins, meat, [[{{Spoonerism}} megetables, and vinerals.]] ''[she grins, then lets off an AlcoholHic]'' So why don't you join the thousands of happy, peppy people, and get a great big bottle of, uh... Vitaveataveanymeenyminymoe. ''[tilts the bottle sideways, emptying the contents onto the studio floor, then rights it again]'' I'll tell you what'cha have to do, you have to take a whole tablespoonful after every meal. ''[she picks up the spoon, but puts it under the body of the bottle instead of the neck as she pours. She tries again, but this time the spoon is over the bottle. Finally, she puts the spoon on the table and empties the bottle toward it, then sets the bottle down... before grinning, picking up the bottle, and chugging from it directly]'' It's so tasty, too! ''[picks up the spoon, downs its contents, and licks the back, then swirls her finger in the spilled liquid and licks it off as well]'' Just like candy. ''[picks up the bottle]'' So everybody get a bottle of... ''[tries to remember the name, but can't]'' this stuff.
** In the third act, Ricky goes out for his performance... but Lucy, who still hasn't sobered up, stumbles into the middle of it and tries to recite the sales pitch as she is forcibly escorted off set.



-->'''Lucy''': You know this is pretty sickening.
-->'''Ricky''': I liked it better when they were mad!

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-->'''Lucy''': --->'''Lucy''': You know this is pretty sickening.
-->'''Ricky''': --->'''Ricky''': I liked it better when they were mad!



-->'''Fred''': ''[pointing at Ricky]'' It's your serve.

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-->'''Fred''': --->'''Fred''': ''[pointing at Ricky]'' It's your serve.



* The entire episode "Sales Resistance." The funniest moment is probably a tie between Lucy trying to sell the vaccuum cleaner:
-->'''Lucy:''' That's funny, I can't imagine why it doesn' work.
-->'''Woman:''' I can. The electricity's turned off.
-->'''Lucy:''' What?!
-->'''Woman:''' We didn't pay our bill.
-->'''Lucy:''' Why didn't you tell me?
-->'''Woman:''' [[YouDidntAsk You didn't ask me]].
-->'''Lucy:''' Oh, dear... I'm sorry I made such a mess on your floor. I don't know how you're gonna clean it up.
-->'''Woman:''' ''I do!''
-->'''Lucy:''' [[CatchPhrase Eeeeew...]]

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* The entire episode "Sales Resistance." "
**
The funniest moment is probably a tie between Lucy trying to sell the vaccuum vacuum cleaner:
-->'''Lucy:''' --->'''Lucy:''' That's funny, I can't imagine why it doesn' work.
-->'''Woman:'''
doesn't work.\\
'''Woman:'''
I can. The electricity's turned off.
-->'''Lucy:''' What?!
-->'''Woman:'''
off.\\
'''Lucy:''' What?!\\
'''Woman:'''
We didn't pay our bill.
-->'''Lucy:'''
bill.\\
'''Lucy:'''
Why didn't you tell me?
-->'''Woman:'''
me?\\
'''Woman:'''
[[YouDidntAsk You didn't ask me]].
-->'''Lucy:'''
me]]. ''[puts the money from Lucy's wager with her down the front of her dress]''\\
'''Lucy:'''
Oh, dear... I'm sorry I made such a mess on your floor. I don't know how you're gonna clean it up.
-->'''Woman:'''
up.\\
'''Woman:'''
''I do!''
-->'''Lucy:'''
do!''\\
'''Lucy:'''
[[CatchPhrase Eeeeew...]]



-->'''Ethel:''' Lucy, where's your other shoe?
-->'''Lucy:''' Stuck in the door at 310 East 69th Street. I was kicked down stairs, bitten by a dog, and chased three blocks by a policeman who wanted to see my peddler's license. One more hour, they'd have reported [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman the death of another salesman]].
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1M91x-Go6c closing show]] from "Ethel's Home Town".
** Not to mention that Ethel didn't notice anything until THE VERY END??

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-->'''Ethel:''' --->'''Ethel:''' Lucy, where's your other shoe?
-->'''Lucy:'''
shoe?\\
'''Lucy:'''
Stuck in the door at 310 East 69th Street. I was kicked down stairs, bitten by a dog, and chased three blocks by a policeman who wanted to see my peddler's license. One more hour, they'd have reported [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman the death of another salesman]].
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1M91x-Go6c closing show]] from "Ethel's Home Town".
**
Town". Not to mention that Ethel didn't notice anything until THE VERY END??



** Then there's Wayne's disbelieving reaction when Fred comes in doing ''very'' bad imitation of the Duke.

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** Then there's Wayne's disbelieving reaction when Fred comes in doing a ''very'' bad imitation of the Duke.
14th Jan '18 9:14:41 PM dsneybuf
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** The singing exercise that the tutor makes the group do, and suggests they perform [[TastesLikeDiabetes as flowers]] in Ricky's show:

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** The singing exercise that the tutor makes suggests the group do, and suggests they perform performs [[TastesLikeDiabetes as flowers]] in Ricky's show:
14th Jan '18 12:21:14 PM dsneybuf
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** The singing exercise that the tutor makes the group do:

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** The singing exercise that the tutor makes the group do:do, and suggests they perform [[TastesLikeDiabetes as flowers]] in Ricky's show:



*** The tutor actually suggested Ricky work this into his show, with all the singers dressed as flowers!
14th Jan '18 12:20:22 PM dsneybuf
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*** The tutor actually suggested Ricky work this into his show, with all the singers dressed as flowers!
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