History FunnyAneurysmMoment / Theatre

8th Jun '17 11:29:17 AM PrincessGwen
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* Pretty much all of ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' after Jonathan Larson's AuthorExistenceFailure (and he died on ''the night of the final dress rehearsal'' Off-Broadway.

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* Pretty much all of ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' after Jonathan Larson's AuthorExistenceFailure (and he died on ''the night of the final dress rehearsal'' Off-Broadway.Off-Broadway).



* In the song "Dancing Through Life" from the musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', the character Fiyero sings, "Life's more painless for the brainless." This line is nonchalant and humorous the first time around, until later on in the play when [[spoiler:Elphaba removes Fiyero's brain to prevent him from feeling pain while he is tortured, turning him into the Scarecrow]]. Suddenly the line isn't so fun anymore. Also in this song, "woes are fleeting, blows are glancing" becomes cringe-worthy listening a second time, after you know[[spoiler: Fiyero gets beaten within an inch of his life]]

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* In the song "Dancing Through Life" from the musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', the character Fiyero sings, "Life's more painless for the brainless." This line is nonchalant and humorous the first time around, until later on in the play when [[spoiler:Elphaba removes Fiyero's brain to prevent him from feeling pain while he is tortured, turning him into the Scarecrow]]. Suddenly the line isn't so fun anymore. Also in this song, "woes are fleeting, blows are glancing" becomes cringe-worthy listening a second time, after you know[[spoiler: Fiyero know[[spoiler:Fiyero gets beaten within an inch of his life]]



* A combination of this and HilariousInHindsight, depending on your sense of humor: a line in "96,000" in ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' has Benny claim that one day, he'll be so rich that Donald Trump will be his caddy. A decade later, and we have ''President'' Donald Trump, well known for his anti-immigration policies (many of the citizens of the Washington Heights are immigrants or immigrant born), tenuous race relations with Hispanics, Latinos, and African-Americans (Benny is African-American, which is notable because ''every other person'' in the Washington Heights is Latino), and playing lots and lots of golf on weekends.
4th Jun '17 10:19:10 AM Sapphirea2
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* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{KA}}'' has some black humor in its NoTalkingOrPhonesWarning when the "audience member" who breaks the rules is pushed into a seemingly bottomless pit (that the show's moving stages emerge from) by the villains. On June 29, 2013, a performer fell 50+ feet into that space during the climactic WireFu "Battlefield" sequence; her resultant death is Cirque's first [[FatalMethodActing onstage demise]]. Between the investigation into the disaster and the HarsherInHindsight concept of a show where characters are constantly tumbling into the void (sometimes to their doom), the show went on hiatus for a few weeks before reopening without "Battlefield". Eventually, the sequence began to find its way back: first with the performers being projected onto the wall as a safer alternative. Now, as of late 2014, the entire "Battlefield" sequence has been reinstated completely.

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* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{KA}}'' has some black humor in its NoTalkingOrPhonesWarning when the "audience member" who breaks the rules is pushed into a seemingly bottomless pit (that the show's moving stages emerge from) by the villains. On June 29, 2013, a performer fell 50+ feet into that space during the climactic WireFu "Battlefield" sequence; her resultant death is Cirque's first [[FatalMethodActing onstage demise]]. Between the investigation into the disaster and the HarsherInHindsight concept of a show where characters are constantly tumbling into the void (sometimes to their doom), the show went on hiatus for a few weeks before reopening without "Battlefield". Eventually, the sequence began to find its way back: first with the performers being projected onto the wall as a safer alternative. Now, as of In late 2014, 2014 the entire "Battlefield" sequence has been reinstated completely.was reinstated.
28th May '17 12:00:38 PM jtierney50
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* Played with in ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone''. In-Universe, the Man in the Chair mentions that it's very hard to watch or listen to anything with Roman Bartelli in it, knowing that after he died, he was partially consumed by his poodles. There's nothing in the first scene with Bartelli's character (or ''any'' scene) remotely relating to poodles, but it squicks him out nonetheless.

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* Played Parodied with in ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone''. In-Universe, the Man in the Chair mentions that it's very hard to watch or listen to anything with Roman Bartelli in it, knowing that after he died, he was partially consumed by his poodles. There's nothing in the first scene with Bartelli's character (or ''any'' scene) remotely relating to poodles, but it squicks him out nonetheless.
28th May '17 12:00:25 PM jtierney50
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* A combination of this and HilariousInHindsight, depending on your sense of humor: a line in "96,000" in ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' has Benny claim that one day, he'll be so rich that Donald Trump will be his caddy. A decade later, and we have ''President'' Donald Trump, well known for his anti-immigration policies (many of the citizens of the Washington Heights are immigrants or immigrant born), tenuous race relations with Hispanics, Latinos, and African-Americans (Benny is African-American, which is notable because ''every other person'' in the Washington Heights is Latino), and playing lots and lots of golf on weekends.

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* A combination of this and HilariousInHindsight, depending on your sense of humor: a line in "96,000" in ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' has Benny claim that one day, he'll be so rich that Donald Trump will be his caddy. A decade later, and we have ''President'' Donald Trump, well known for his anti-immigration policies (many of the citizens of the Washington Heights are immigrants or immigrant born), tenuous race relations with Hispanics, Latinos, and African-Americans (Benny is African-American, which is notable because ''every other person'' in the Washington Heights is Latino), and playing lots and lots of golf on weekends.weekends.
* Played with in ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone''. In-Universe, the Man in the Chair mentions that it's very hard to watch or listen to anything with Roman Bartelli in it, knowing that after he died, he was partially consumed by his poodles. There's nothing in the first scene with Bartelli's character (or ''any'' scene) remotely relating to poodles, but it squicks him out nonetheless.
28th May '17 11:38:18 AM jtierney50
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* A major plot element in ''Theatre/TheBookOFMormon'' is how Kevin finds Orlando, Florida the best place in the world and wants to go there on his mission. As of June 2016, that city is now associated with the most deadly shooting in American history, at a gay nightclub. Worse in that Kevin was originated by a gay actor.

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* A major plot element in ''Theatre/TheBookOFMormon'' is how Kevin finds Orlando, Florida the best place in the world and wants to go there on his mission. As of June 2016, that city is now associated with the most deadly shooting in American history, at a gay nightclub. Worse in that Kevin was originated by a gay actor.actor.
* A combination of this and HilariousInHindsight, depending on your sense of humor: a line in "96,000" in ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' has Benny claim that one day, he'll be so rich that Donald Trump will be his caddy. A decade later, and we have ''President'' Donald Trump, well known for his anti-immigration policies (many of the citizens of the Washington Heights are immigrants or immigrant born), tenuous race relations with Hispanics, Latinos, and African-Americans (Benny is African-American, which is notable because ''every other person'' in the Washington Heights is Latino), and playing lots and lots of golf on weekends.
29th Jan '17 8:42:53 PM justafangirl
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* In the song "Dancing Through Life" from the musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', the character Fiyero sings, "Life's more painless for the brainless." This line is nonchalant and humorous the first time around, until later on in the play when [[spoiler:Elphaba removes Fiyero's brain to prevent him from feeling pain while he is tortured, turning him into the Scarecrow]]. Suddenly the line isn't so fun anymore.

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* In the song "Dancing Through Life" from the musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', the character Fiyero sings, "Life's more painless for the brainless." This line is nonchalant and humorous the first time around, until later on in the play when [[spoiler:Elphaba removes Fiyero's brain to prevent him from feeling pain while he is tortured, turning him into the Scarecrow]]. Suddenly the line isn't so fun anymore. Also in this song, "woes are fleeting, blows are glancing" becomes cringe-worthy listening a second time, after you know[[spoiler: Fiyero gets beaten within an inch of his life]]
17th Jun '16 12:55:06 PM mightymewtron
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** "The Double Bubble Duchess", the IAmSong for ShamelessSelfPromoter Violet Beauregarde and her {{Slimeball}} dad, is built around a HurricaneOfPuns involving gum and the word "pop" (pop culture, BubblegumPopping, etc.), with her declaring "I'm never gonna stop/Pop!" in her rise to superstardom. TheVillainSucksSong for her downfall, "Juicy!", uses that HurricaneOfPuns to a darker end, culminating in her actually popping -- that is to say, ''exploding'' -- offstage as the result of her helplessly swelling into a giant blueberry.

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** "The Double Bubble Duchess", the IAmSong for ShamelessSelfPromoter Violet Beauregarde and her {{Slimeball}} dad, is built around a HurricaneOfPuns involving gum and the word "pop" (pop culture, BubblegumPopping, etc.), with her declaring "I'm never gonna stop/Pop!" in her rise to superstardom. TheVillainSucksSong for her downfall, "Juicy!", uses that HurricaneOfPuns to a darker end, culminating in her actually popping -- that is to say, ''exploding'' -- offstage as the result of her helplessly swelling into a giant blueberry.blueberry.
* A major plot element in ''Theatre/TheBookOFMormon'' is how Kevin finds Orlando, Florida the best place in the world and wants to go there on his mission. As of June 2016, that city is now associated with the most deadly shooting in American history, at a gay nightclub. Worse in that Kevin was originated by a gay actor.
5th Apr '16 1:35:02 AM PaulA
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* Creator/{{Aristophanes}}' play ''The Clouds'' poked fun at Socrates. A few years later, Socrates was executed for pretty much the exact things Aristophanes made fun of, even though some of them were things which Aristophanes made up for RuleOfFunny.

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* Creator/{{Aristophanes}}' play ''The Clouds'' ''Theatre/TheClouds'' poked fun at Socrates. A few years later, Socrates was executed for pretty much the exact things Aristophanes made fun of, even though some of them were things which Aristophanes made up for RuleOfFunny.
5th Apr '16 1:33:42 AM PaulA
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* {{Aristophanes}}' play ''The Clouds'' poked fun at Socrates. A few years later, Socrates was executed for pretty much the exact things Aristophanes made fun of, even though some of them were things which Aristophanes made up for RuleOfFunny.

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* {{Aristophanes}}' Creator/{{Aristophanes}}' play ''The Clouds'' poked fun at Socrates. A few years later, Socrates was executed for pretty much the exact things Aristophanes made fun of, even though some of them were things which Aristophanes made up for RuleOfFunny.



* ''TheVaginaMonologues'' features one monologue wherein a girl is raped by her father's friend, her father kills the guy, and her mother won't let her father see her anymore. Then her mother took her to an older woman who [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale taught her to masturbate]]. After Abu Ghraib, Eve Ensler admitted she couldn't see women as brutalizers before that.
* ''BillyElliot'' has a good example in the song "Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher", which contains the lyrics "We all celebrate today,'Cause it's one day closer to your death.". Upon the day of the death of Baroness Thatcher it was put to an audience vote as to whether the song ought to be performed or not. Although the previously humorous song seemed to be in bad taste, the audience decided to keep the ironic song in the show anyway, mainly because [[ItMakesSenseinContext it made sense in context]].

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* ''TheVaginaMonologues'' ''Theatre/TheVaginaMonologues'' features one monologue wherein a girl is raped by her father's friend, her father kills the guy, and her mother won't let her father see her anymore. Then her mother took her to an older woman who [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale taught her to masturbate]]. After Abu Ghraib, Eve Ensler admitted she couldn't see women as brutalizers before that.
* ''BillyElliot'' ''Theatre/BillyElliot'' has a good example in the song "Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher", which contains the lyrics "We all celebrate today,'Cause today, 'Cause it's one day closer to your death.". " Upon the day of the death of Baroness Thatcher it was put to an audience vote as to whether the song ought to be performed or not. Although the previously humorous song seemed to be in bad taste, the audience decided to keep the ironic song in the show anyway, mainly because [[ItMakesSenseinContext it made sense in context]].



* Pretty much all of {{Rent}} after Jonathan Larson's AuthorExistenceFailure (and he died on ''the night of the final dress rehearsal'' Off-Broadway.
* The song "Try to Remember" from the musical comedy ''{{The Fantasticks}}'' took on a new meaning after 9/11 due to its lyrics reflecting on the innocence of September. It was actually sung at numerous 9/11 memorials, including one at Ground Zero in December 2001, just three months after the attacks. This one was particularly poignant due to the mentions of December in the lyrics.
* The now-classic "I Am What I Am" from LaCageAuxFolles became even more poignant when it became so connected to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, and sung at dozens of memorials.

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* Pretty much all of {{Rent}} ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' after Jonathan Larson's AuthorExistenceFailure (and he died on ''the night of the final dress rehearsal'' Off-Broadway.
* The song "Try to Remember" from the musical comedy ''{{The Fantasticks}}'' ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' took on a new meaning after 9/11 due to its lyrics reflecting on the innocence of September. It was actually sung at numerous 9/11 memorials, including one at Ground Zero in December 2001, just three months after the attacks. This one was particularly poignant due to the mentions of December in the lyrics.
* The now-classic "I Am What I Am" from LaCageAuxFolles ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'' became even more poignant when it became so connected to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, and sung at dozens of memorials.



* In the song "Dancing Through Life" from the musical {{Wicked}}, the character Fiyero sings, "Life's more painless for the brainless." This line is nonchalant and humorous the first time around, until later on in the play when [[spoiler:Elphaba removes Fiyero's brain to prevent him from feeling pain while he is tortured, turning him into the Scarecrow]]. Suddenly the line isn't so fun anymore.

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* In the song "Dancing Through Life" from the musical {{Wicked}}, ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', the character Fiyero sings, "Life's more painless for the brainless." This line is nonchalant and humorous the first time around, until later on in the play when [[spoiler:Elphaba removes Fiyero's brain to prevent him from feeling pain while he is tortured, turning him into the Scarecrow]]. Suddenly the line isn't so fun anymore.
5th Apr '16 1:31:04 AM PaulA
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* In Dylan Thomas' ''Under Milkwood'', the character Bessie Bighead puts flowers on the grave of Gomer Owen, who "kissed her once by the pigsty when she wasn't looking, and never kissed her again, although she was looking all the time." That line always gets a laugh. Later on we learn that Bessie was Down Syndrome or something similar, and that Gomer only kissed her because she was dared. At this point there is usually a gasp from the audience when they realize what they had earlier laughed at.4

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* In Dylan Thomas' ''Under Milkwood'', ''Theatre/UnderMilkWood'', the character Bessie Bighead puts flowers on the grave of Gomer Owen, who "kissed her once by the pigsty when she wasn't looking, and never kissed her again, although she was looking all the time." That line always gets a laugh. Later on we learn that Bessie was has Down Syndrome or something similar, and that Gomer only kissed her because she he was dared. At this point there is usually a gasp from the audience when they realize what they had earlier laughed at.4
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