Created By: TMOverbeck on April 30, 2012 Last Edited By: TMOverbeck on September 4, 2012

Been Caught Singing

The act of catching someone pretending to be performing on stage.

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You're all by yourself, going about your usual routine, maybe at home or in the office. Suddenly, a song comes on the radio - or perhaps just a song stuck in your brain - and all of a sudden you feel like dancing around and/or singing at the top of your lungs! You might even grab your Air Guitar and let The Power of Rock move you. You're the big star shining on stage in front of your adoring fans! You're lost in the music and the movement! You're...'re suddenly staring at the roommate, relative or significant other who's been watching your every move with amusement.

Dejected and embarrassed to no end, you try to slink away. Maybe you need to put some clothes on. You hope and pray there was no video camera capturing all the action. You may even try to explain that it's Not What It Looks Like.

However, it's PRECISELY what it looks like... you were all caught up in letting your inner pop star loose. And there was at least one person either shocked, dumbfounded, or hey, even applauding.

Closely related to Sorry to Interrupt. A non-sexual variant of Caught with Your Pants Down.

I can provide an example from my own webcomic... where Matt sings the Ting Tings while an amused Cassie watches inconspicuously.

I'm also open to other examples (I KNOW they're out there, especially in sitcoms) and a better name for this.
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  • April 30, 2012
    In the first episode of Murphy Brown Eldin catches Murphy singing along to "Natural Woman." Not only does she not know he's there at first, she doesn't even know who he is because she hired him as her housepainter without meeting him first. Happens again in the final episode.
  • May 1, 2012
    I finally found that Bloom County strip that I wanted to include as an example. :)
  • May 22, 2012
    A film example - Dead Man On Campus: Cooper catches Matt singing a showtune in the bathroom. "You can't be suicidal if you're singing showtunes!"

    Maybe Real Life examples could be included if they involved famous people on You Tube?...
  • May 23, 2012
    ^^ If this gets launched, that picture (suitably shrunk down) should be the page picture.
  • May 23, 2012
    Can't reproduce a full comic for use as a trope image. Absolute rule.
  • May 23, 2012
    Also, trope names aren't supposed to sound like dialogue, so it may be an idea to change the name of this one.
  • May 24, 2012
    Would "Accidental Audience" sound better? (That's the original name I went with.)

    Another example: Banana's video in "The Amazing World of Gumball". "Bananaaanaaaabanananaaananaaa... DAAAAAD!"
  • May 29, 2012
    Commercial: The haircolor 'Nice 'n Easy' (I think), the song 'Natural Woman' (like above), and I think it's Debra Messing .
  • June 1, 2012
    Live-Action TV: I think there's an episode of That Girl where Anne has been told to be sexier and is playing at doing a striptease in front of the mirror, before being interrupted by Donald and her father.
  • August 27, 2012
    Changed it to another more brief suggested title (formerly Sorry To Interrupt Your Performance).
  • August 27, 2012
    I know I've Seen It A Million Times.

    • Angel; there's a late S5 episode ("A Hole In The World", maybe?) where Gunn is joyously singing "Three Little Maids" from The Mikado; until Wesley walks in on him. Then he tries - and fails - to switch to gangsta rap.
  • September 3, 2012
    This could just be part of Risky Business Dance
  • September 3, 2012
    ^No it isn't, because getting caught is not a requirement for that trope. There can be some overlap, though.
  • September 4, 2012
    Should a reference be added to the Mad Libs Trope Namer?