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->''"You enjoyin' that sandwich, are you?"''
-->-- '''[[Series/NotOnlyButAlso Peter Cook]]''', as '''Dudley Moore''' tries to hide his laughter with one.

"Corpsing" (also called "breaking") is actor-speak for having an unscripted fit of laughter onstage, so-called because the worst time to have the giggles is when one is [[TheLivingDead playing a corpse]]. Corpsing doesn't necessarily mean that the material is especially funny (though, of course, it can be), or that the actors aren't taking it seriously; it just ''happens'', and even excellent actors can corpse. Many actors try to cover this by covering their mouth and muffling the sounds they make. When this is done, [[CryLaughing a fit of laughter can rather haphazardly be turned into violent sobbing]], with varying levels of success. Of course, that only helps if violent crying is appropriate for the scene (again, playing a corpse leaves you in trouble).

Some actors, of course, will try their level best to make other actors corpse. It seems to be a feather in one's cap of some sort, to either be the guy who never corpses, or the guy who can make even the guy who never corpses corpse. Bonus points if you're working in a scene with a very seasoned and well-respected actor. Even if they have a great sense of humor in real life, getting someone the caliber of Creator/JeremyIrons or Creator/MerylStreep to get the giggles is a big achievement.

At other times, it is just mean to tell an actor to keep a straight face on camera while watching a character bounce off the walls.

A common type of HilariousOuttakes. On the other hand, can be subject to ThrowItIn -- if the work is a comedy and the actors are able to recover in time for their next line, it can make for a [[EnforcedMethodActing natural]] aversion of ToughRoom.

When the hapless individual actually is trying to play a corpse, this can overlap with TheLivingDead.
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!!'''Examples:'''

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* One Geico commercial depicts their gecko mascot attempting to do a commercial but repeatedly messing up his lines or laughing.
* From Canada: A rare television commercial version happens in an A&W commercial. In the "Two For One Mamaburger" commercial with helium balloons, the balloon the employee releases at the end flies around and manages to hit the manager in the face and stay there as it deflates. You can tell the actor playing the employee is barely containing his laughter.
* In the Pepsi commercial with ''Music/OzzyOsbourne'' where his kids Jack and Kelly turn into Donny and Marie Osmond, if you look closely Donny can be seen trying to contain his laughter, that part was removed in some airings.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Tsuruya plays what should be a walking corpse in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'''s budget-free alleged film, barely struggling not to laugh as she shambles at Mikuru.
* This is Chihaya's reaction to Haruka's epic failure at opening a cardboard box, as depicted in ''Anime/TheIdolmaster''. For the uninitiated: Chihaya is normally TheStoic, and the entire scene is based on a real event that happened during a net show hosted by the two characters' voice actresses.
* In ''LightNovel/OreNoNounaiSentakushiGaGakuenLoveComeOZenryokuDeJamaShiteiru'', Creator/JojiNakata plays the LemonyNarrator and sometimes chuckles as he reads his absurd lines. They ThrowItIn, as it reinforces how he mocks the ButtMonkey protagonist.
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[[folder:Film]]
* While recording lines for ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Creator/RobinWilliams' antics caused Scott Weinger to have to excuse himself from the recording booth to laugh his balls off.
* ''Film/CitizenKane''. Joseph Cotton stayed up 24 hours so that he could be believably drunk in one scene. When he says "film crimiticism", Creator/OrsonWelles can't help but grin at the unplanned if realistic flub of the line.
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. Just after the subway scene, when the camera is smudged, Hud is clearly grinning while he's cleaning it.
* A famous example occurs in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. When Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion) makes his first appearance, Creator/JudyGarland (Dorothy) hides behind Toto. This looks like it's because she's frightened, but in actuality she was just trying to cover up the fact that she was laughing at Lahr.
* The commentary of ''Film/{{Juno}}'' points out Creator/EllenPage spent an entire filming of one scene doing this.
* During the "baseball glove" scene in ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', Creator/MattDamon was supposed to act stoic and introspective, but CaseyAffleck's banter with Creator/BenAffleck was so funny, they kept it. And the scene when Creator/RobinWilliams is talking about his wife waking herself up farting has both actors breaking up laughing.
* ''Film/DrStrangelove''
** Peter Bull, playing the sombre Russian ambassador, is shaking with laughter and trying desperately not to laugh out loud at watching Creator/PeterSellers' ad-libbed antics as he fights his EvilHand. He regained his composure quickly enough that the scene could still be used.
** One scene showing Bull ends just seconds from the actor corpsing as seen when his stoic facade cracks.
** Another scene was not so lucky--originally the movie was to end with a pie fight. Seriously. Unfortunately, the characters had to be totally earnest about it to fit with the BlackComedy tone of the movie. That was a bridge too far; the entire cast corpsed within the first few pastry volleys, and the set (not to mention wardrobe) was too trashed for a second take.
** The director Creator/StanleyKubrick had so much trouble containing his own laughter on set that he would direct scenes by simply setting up cameras from every angle he could, then sitting against a wall on the far side of the set where his laughter wouldn't be heard in the film before calling action.
* Another Kubrick film example is in ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. At the beginning when Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is berating the men, Vincent D'Onofrio begins to crack up. This was unintentional but they kept going. This reaction is TruthInTelevision as seen in the RealLife section below.
* In ''Film/MenInBlack'', the scene where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRcUcxtaX-Q K is shaking Frank the pug.]] You can obviously see Creator/TommyLeeJones struggling to keep from laughing on camera. He's only partially successful. (Quick smile at about 44 seconds in.)
* In ''Film/MenInBlack II'' when Creator/DavidCross's character offers J and K some mini-pizzas only for them to respond with unamused deadpan stares, Tommy Lee Jones's mouth can be seen twitching as he struggles not to laugh.
* In ''[[Film/AustinPowers The Spy Who Shagged Me]]'', Dr. Evil calls Number Two out for his interrupting him during his evil plan explanation, asking him if he wants to run things and "wear the daddy pants". He then bounces a giant rubber ball representing Earth at his head repeatedly, taunting him the whole time. Despite the fact that Dr. Evil is making fun of him for crying, Rob Lowe is laughing through the entire scene.
* The Creator/MarxBrothers: Groucho Marx was such a hilarious actor that Margaret Dumont could hardly ever keep a straight face when she was on screen with him.
** Groucho has this effect with other actors, some trying more valiantly than others not to laugh.
* Creator/MontyPython:
** In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', during the "Biggus Dickus" scene, the extras playing the guards were told that the scene would be serious and that they [[EnforcedMethodActing had to keep straight faces or they would be sacked]]. Creator/MichaelPalin turned his performance up to eleven to get them to corpse, and it ended up as one of the funniest scenes in the entire film. The characteristically deadpan Creator/JohnCleese gets one scripted laugh in this scene, but exits before Palin really gets the guards rolling, leaving it undetermined whether he may have broken as well.
** In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', watch Eric Idle as a peasant during the "burn the witch" scene. As Creator/JohnCleese stretches an awkward silence out further and further, Idle has to bite down on his scythe at one point to keep from laughing.
** In ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' the oodles of kids from the "Every Sperm Is Sacred" sequence get an unrehearsed laugh from Michael Palin by shouting "You could get them cut off in an accident!"
** According to John Cleese, Michael Palin was "very naughty" on stage in his attempts to get the other Pythons to do this during live performances.
*** At one point during the live tour, Terry Jones and Graham Chapman decided to try and make each other corpse when walking on to do a sketch about pepperpots; since they did their makeup separately and came in from opposite sides of the stage, there was a ready-made battlefield. They gradually got more and more absurd with their makeup, climaxing when Terry (sporting a beard made entirely from lipstick) cracked up at the sight of Graham with a circle of lipstick drawn around his face.
* During the (not kidding) ''twenty straight minutes of rock climbing'' in BMovie ''Film/LostContinent'', as Cesar Romero is pulled up a cliff, [[WardrobeMalfunction his trousers begin to slide down]] and the actors hoisting him grab him by the back of his belt to prevent it. Behind them, Hugh Beaumont is visibly snickering at this and making a half-hearted attempt to hide it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJcY-tDqVvM&feature==related#t=9m28s You can see it here in the MST3K version.]]
* A bit of corpsing gets through in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', but only slightly. When the Radar Officer tells Dark Helmet, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcArnepkhv0 "I'm having trouble with the radar, sir,"]] there's a bit of a chuckle at the end. It should be noted that the officer was played by Creator/MichaelWinslow, man of ten thousand sound effects. Almost a dozen ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movies and ''this'' was the point where he almost loses his composure? Hilarious. (You can also see him covering his mouth as Helmet proclaims the jam to be "Raspberry!")
* A more obvious bit of corpsing happens in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', when the Waco Kid (played by Creator/GeneWilder) gives his "common clay of the new West" speech, then Wilder ad-libs, "You know...morons." Cleavon Little (who played Sheriff Bart) bursts out laughing at that point.
* In a scene from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', the Broker tries to explain to Yondu why he can't help him find the Orb, only for Yondu to belittle him by interrupting him with gibberish and babbling. Yondu's underling could be seen behind him, trying (and failing) to contain his laughter.
* ''Film/HarryPotter''
** Rik Mayall claims some of the child actors tried to do this to him during his (cut from the final film, sadly) scenes as Peeves in ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''. Luckily for Mayall, he had [[Series/{{Bottom}} experience]] with that sort of thing.
** According to Creator/ChrisColumbus, the first ''Potter'' film is filled with rapid cuts to compensate for how often the child actors would smile or laugh in the middle of takes. Creator/RupertGrint was known for being especially bad for corpsing and apparently he didn't get much better when he grew up.
** On the fifth film, an instance of corpsing became a ThrowItIn (when the Trio all laughs after Harry talks about his kiss with Cho). Creator/EmmaWatson was reportedly terrible for doing this during the filming of the final film. They set up a [[TheSwearJar corpsing jar]] on set because of it.
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', when the gang goes to the Sedgwick Hotel and speaks to the man by the elevator ("What're you supposed to be, some kinda cosmonaut?"), you can see Creator/DanAykroyd (Ray Stantz) turn his head and look down at Creator/BillMurray's (Peter Venkman) comments about roaches. ("Must be a big cockroach." "Bite your head off, man.") Justifiably understandable, because the "Bite your head off" line was improvised right there and then, so nobody saw it coming at all.
* Happens to Creator/KevinSmith in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' when Jay is trying to pretend he's James Van Der Beek to the security guards.
* Creator/LindsayLohan and Creator/RachelMcAdams have both said publicly that the filming of ''Film/MeanGirls'' was often prolonged by fits of giggles induced whenever TimMeadows was on set. It apparently became his mission for the duration of his work on that film to make Lindsay laugh on-camera as often as possible.
* ''Film/AceVentura'': Courtney Cox tries and ''almost'' succeeds in looking solemn when 'Larry' (Creator/JimCarrey) acts out "a button-hook pattern in super slo-mo". She nearly cracks when he does an "instant replay" and 'bounces' off the doctor's shoulder. Additionally during those scenes, when Ace slams his head into a chair after drinking from a fountain, if you looks closely, [[ThrowItIn the Doctor with Courtney can be seen chuckling]].
* Watch ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' and count the number of scenes where Gene Wilder is inches away from completely losing it. Igor's "take the bags" scene had to be filmed multiple times--not because the cast corpsed, but because the ''crew'' was laughing so hard that it was messing up the takes.
** The scene with Gene Hackman was supposed to be a one day shoot; between cast and crew the scene took nearly a week to film due to corpsing.
* A chronic problem on the set of ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein,'' and indeed, Lou was infamous for going out of his way to crack up his costars, both with his performance and with unexpected pranks. The scene where Lou sits on Glenn Strange's (the Frankenstein monster) lap had to be reshot so many times that even Lou lost his patience. Strange replied: "I can't help it. Somehow I can tell just from the back of your head what you're doing up there." Even in the finished scene you can observe the corners of Strange's lips twitching.
* In the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie, one news reporter looks like she is corpsing InUniverse, and then [[DieLaughing becomes a corpse]] soon after, due to Joker venom.
* A whole series of corpsing outtakes play during the CreativeClosingCredits of ''Film/CannonballRun''.
* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' after Lando flirts shamelessly with Leia and an annoyed Han says "All right you old smoothie." you can see Carrie Fisher break character and grinning.
** According to Fisher herself in an audio commentary, this was aggravated by the previous night, when Eric Idle (at that point filming ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'') had held a party, with a drink he called "Tunisian Tabletop Cleaner." The resulting buzz apparently lasted well into the following day's filming, giving everyone on set a tendency to sport a big grin.
* In ''Film/SisterAct'', when Mother Superior is raging at Deloris for turning the choir into a sideshow, the priest knocks on the door. Maggie Smith literally squeaks a loud "Come in!" that is so out of character (both for Mother Superior and for Maggie Smith) that you can clearly see Creator/WhoopiGoldberg immediately cover her mouth as she starts corpsing.
* While shooting the line-up scene in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', everyone started laughing, so Creator/BryanSinger [[ThrowItIn kept part of it the film]] (right before Benicio Del Toro says his lines).
** From the same director: the ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' Blu-Ray includes a deleted scene along with a few takes that went wrong because while filming it, Singer had injured his vocal cords and "sounded like Mickey Mouse", so everyone (specially Jennifer Lawrence) couldn't stop laughing at him.
* Watch Mark Ruffalo in the infamous [[spoiler:shawarma scene]] of ''Film/TheAvengers'''s [[TheStinger second Stinger]], Chris Hemsworth can be seen briefly smiling when he sees Ruffalo holding back laughter. Also, in the bloopers, this happens to Tom Hiddleston/Loki while he's trying to film his pained reaction to being [[spoiler: beaten up by the Hulk]].
* The "wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world" scene from '' Film/DumbAndDumber'' was not in the script; it was ad-libbed by Jim Carrey. During this scene in the movie you can see actor Mike Starr (who plays the hitman Mental) visibly trying not to laugh. Jeff Daniels starts corpsing too, briefly before the camera cuts to a close-up of Mike Starr.
* ''Film/LostInTranslation'' features a scene with Bill Murray "talking" to an elderly Japanese woman in a hospital waiting room. Nearby are two extras who are nearly bursting from trying not to laugh. Murray (the actor) appears to notice them and goes even further trying to provoke a reaction from them.
* ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' has a scene where Mike Myers (as the father of his other character in the movie) tries to teach Anthony Lapaglia's character about a secret society known as "The Pentaverate," but quickly goes off topic and starts ranting about Colonel Sanders. Anthony Lapaglia manages to hold it together for his one line, but that's about it. There's also a scene in the film where the same character is making fun of the large head of a kid, and Anthony Lapaglia's character tells him to be nice, while visibly laughing. Clearly, the director decided to ThrowItIn.
* Creator/EddieMurphy apparently caused plenty of this in ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', specially because [[ThrowItIn most dialogue was improvised]]. Good example is the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGXMBt64MVM#t=50s Super Cops]]" scene: the guy on Murphy's right is doing sort of a FacePalm to hide his laughter.
* The scene in ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' where Mia slips and falls off the bleachers was not scripted and was a complete accident but the director kept it in anyway. Heather Matarazzo breaks character briefly but Anne Hathaway is too busy laughing her head off (which is in character) to affect the scene.
* Creator/RobertDowneyJr had a quick moment in ''Film/TropicThunder'' where he breaks into a grin after his "Book-script" line before snapping back into a stare.
* Creator/TomHanks was asked to do this with one of the child actors in ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' because they were getting a bit bored. The actress playing the Lovell's oldest daughter was previously in ''[[Film/FreeWilly Free Willy 2]]'', and Hanks used this to his advantage. He, as Lovell, started talking about the astronauts' freeze dried food and then suddenly switched to "No, it isn't...that's...that's *whale*! It's a 'Free Willy' sandwich!" Unfortunately, it's not evident in the final product.
* ''Film/MidnightInParis'' when Creator/FScottFitzgerald introduces his new friend to Creator/ErnestHemingway.
* A common hazard in most of Creator/ChristopherGuest's films; due to the [[{{Improv}} almost entirely unscripted nature of the films]], combined with the cast being some of the most talented comic actors in the business. In ''Film/AMightyWind'', the cutaway immediately after Michael Hitchcock {{Dope Slap}}s an increasingly annoying Bob Balaban was necessitated by the entire cast and crew exploding into laughter.
* ''Film/IronMan2'': Robert Downey Jr. cracks up when asking the DJ for "A phat beat to beat my buddy's ass to." Since Tony is supposed to be drunk, they ThrowItIn.
* In ''Film/{{Hitch}}'', watch Creator/WillSmith 's expression during the "dance lesson" scene. He covers his mouth through the entire sequence, and when you see his co-star's (incredibly nerdy but excellent) dancing, it's easy to guess why.
* Watch Christine [=McIntyre=] during Shemp's "death" scene during Film/TheThreeStooges short ''Who Done It''. She's obviously struggling to keep her composure during Shemp's seizures.
* In ''Film/{{UHF}}'', when Billy spits in Uncle Nutsy's face, you can see the child actor start to crack up as his loogie hangs perfectly from [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Weird Al]]'s nose.
* In the Belching Contest scene in ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'', keep an eye on John Goodman as the coach. He keeps studying his shoes while simultaneously making sure his hat doesn't come off, all to keep from laughing out loud on camera from the antics of actors Donald Gibb and Curtis Armstrong.
* ''Film/{{Birdemic}}''. Poor Whitney Moore, who played Nathalie, knowing she was in an awful movie, said almost ''every'' line with a giggle.
* Creator/MatthewBroderick did a heroic job keeping a straight face around Creator/JimCarrey in ''Film/TheCableGuy'', but simply couldn't do it during the chicken skin scene at Medieval Times.
* At one point early in ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye dress in drag and perform an act lip-syncing to a record of the female leads singing. While Danny keeps a straight face all the way through, Bing repeatedly flubs his lip-sync and almost cracks up, especially when Danny hits him in the face with a feathered fan. It works in context, since the characters were ''supposed'' to be improvising an act to keep the police distracted while the singers escape out the back, and apparently it was filmed all in one take with only minimal rehearsal so it wouldn't look too polished.
* Right before the closing minutes of ''Film/AChristmasStory'', when the family goes out to a Chinese Restaurant to eat some Roast Duck. If you look closely at Mrs. Parker when she is pretending to be horrified by the sight of the Duck, [[ThrowItIn there are times when she appears to be laughing]]. One of the more evident moment is when she holds Ralphie by the back of his head mere seconds before the Duck's head gets cut off. If you listen closely as well at that exact moments, one of the kids cracks up loudly as well.
* In ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'', towards the end of the long masturbating argument between James Franco and Danny [=McBride=], Seth Rogen has to turn the side and is visibly seen chuckling as their banter gets more ridiculous.
* In ''Film/WaynesWorld'', a famously [[ThrowItIn ad-libbed]] scene between Wayne and Garth takes place as the two of them rest on Wayne's car, watching airplanes takeoff. Dana Carvey (Garth) can briefly be seen snickering to himself as he suddenly thinks up the line, "Did you ever think it was attractive when Bugs Bunny dressed up as a lady bunny?". Mike Myers (Wayne) manages to stammer out "No...!" while desperately trying to hold a straight face, before completely losing it and cackling madly. The reaction was so funny, the creators decided to leave it in the final cut.
* ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'': According to both Creator/SethMacFarlane and Creator/CharlizeTheron, about three-quarters of the time when Annie laughs on screen, its actually Creator/CharlizeTheron actually reacting to Creator/SethMacFarlane's improvised dialog.
* In the 1997 informative video ''Film/TheKidsGuideToTheInternet'', it's really hard to tell if Peter is trying not to laugh or acting too hard.
* ''Film/TheWildWorldOfBatwoman'': Katherine Victor is barely holding it together during the ChingChong seance.
* ''Film/FatSlags'': Dolph Lundgren is obviously trying not to laugh when the slags give him mouth-to-mouth.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Bram Stoker's "Dracula," Van Helsing suffers a case of this thanks to unintentional irony at Lucy Westenra's funeral. He just barely holds it together until he makes it into a carriage, when he breaks out into hysterics in front of a grieving Dr. Seward, who is decidedly not amused. As he explains the phenomenon:
-->"Keep it always with you that laughter who knock at your door and say, 'May I come in?' is not the true laughter. No! he is a king, and he come when and how he like. He ask no person; he choose no time of suitability. ...even at such a moment, King Laugh he come to me and shout and bellow in my ear "Here I am! here I am! ...it is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles; and yet when King Laugh come he make them all dance to the tune he play.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Tim Conway was the ''master and archetype'' of sending his cast members into bouts of unscripted laughter on ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow''. He was so good at it, they didn't even try to hide that they were laughing. All it took was him to come out in some ridiculous outfit, flash his trademark smirk at them, and the others would be falling over laughing.
** Harvey Korman was particularly a victim whenever he did a skit with Tim Conway. Conway may well be the Crown Prince of causing other people to corpse. Note that Conway rarely actively tried to make it happen. The other cast members reportedly placed bets to see how long it would take Korman to bust out laughing.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9T8i4FkNVo The best example of this is one sketch in which he played a dentist]]. Conway's character accidentally shoots himself (multiple times) with an anesthetic. Poor Harvey Korman was literally stuck in the dentist chair and had to watch the entire thing.
** Other times, the other members, especially Carol, would get even with Tim. Like in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT9jmEUNxtk&NR=1 The Flasher]]" skit, which (judging by the nature of ''what it was'' that cracked him up) was more of a conspiratorial plot to break Tim than an actual sketch.
** Vicki Lawrence was very good at resisting corpsing, but could even make Tim fall out laughing, as at the very end of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY Elephant story]]. She was also fond (while playing Mama) of coming up with ad libbed insults to crack up Carol.
*** On the other hand, there was one skit with her, Lyle Waggoner, and Harvey Korman where she breaks down laughing ''after her character dies''. Harvey eventually solves the situation by burying Vicki's head with hay.
* In ''Series/TheNanny'' episode "Close Shave", Fran, [[ItMakesSenseInContext disguised as a nurse]], is told to shave an unconscious Maxwell's pubic hair. Both Fran Drescher and Charles Shaughnessy began giggling uncontrollably -- it was funnier in the latter's case, since Maxwell was supposed to be passed out.
* The cast of NBC's ''Series/{{Undateable}}'' frequently throw in strange line readings and ad-libs to try and get the others to break. The corpsing is often included in the final cut because it works for the scene.
* J-Rock on ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' is ''infamous'' at sending his cast members into corpsing fits. Jonathan Torrens, the guy who plays him, goes off-script often and comes out with truly hilarious statements that the cast just aren't ready for. If you're looking for it, you'll frequently see Bubbles or Julian abruptly duck out of frame to keep from having a laughing fit on camera.
* All the time in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' judging from the special features videos. Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan) especially mentions a kissing scene in which Tom Welling ([[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]]) would keep bursting out in laughter and they had to do it over and over again.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus was heavily prone to corpsing based on the out-takes, [[Creator/JerrySeinfeld Jerry]] almost as bad, with Creator/JasonAlexander occasionally breaking. Michael Richards on the other hand is practically immune and pretty much never breaks first, and is extremely focused on getting his lines out, ''while'' playing the hardest character on the show, he gets quite frustrated with the other members of the cast.
** After getting stuck in a parking garage in "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Parking Garage]]", the car refuses to start. You can see Creator/JasonAlexander and Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus cracking up inside. This is because the car failing to start was unplanned, but, seeing how funny the scene turned out to be, the producers figured to keep the scene in the episode
** This trope [[ThrowItIn is also seen in]] "The Contest" with Elaine after George explains how his mother ends up in the hospital (hint: she caught him masturbating). Staying in character, Creator/JasonAlexander (as George) ad-libbed, "It's not funny, Elaine. She's in traction," making Julia (as Elaine) laugh even more.
** The penultimate scene in "The Little Kicks" had Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus and Jerry Stiller arguing in a police station. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVLOjBSQ-G0 Stiller made her laugh so many times that the crew was starting to think they'd be there all night by the time they got it done.]]
* Peter Cook, a master of improv, liked to get his partner Dudley Moore to corpse during filmings of ''Series/NotOnlyButAlso''.
-->'''Pete:''' ''[as Dud tries to hide his laughter by eating]'' You enjoyin' that sandwich, are ya?
-->'''Dud:''' ''[weeps with laughter]''
* On the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' LiveEpisode, Tracy tries to corpse on purpose to get a laugh. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Tracy being Tracy]], he does it [[BadBadActing badly]].
--> '''Tracy:''' Uh oh, I'm doing something called 'breaking' Blahahahaha. Snort. Heehee. Giggle giggle. The audience loves this!
** Also a stealth TakeThat; Tracy Morgan was one of the few ''SNL'' cast members who publicly called out Jimmy Fallon for [[SpotlightStealingSquad his frequent corpsing.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** InUniverse:
*** In "Robot", Sarah has to stand still and look serious while the Doctor interrogates Kettlewell about the robot he thinks is killing people. Their conversation is serious but the Doctor is pulling [[ComicalOverreacting ridiculously intense, bulging-eyed faces]] in order to make Sarah laugh, which she can't resist, and which he clearly gets a lot of pleasure out of.
*** Strax's Field Report played in cinema releases of "Deep Breath" has him, while sending a video message to the Sontaran battle fleet, make a comment about the Ninth Doctor being "all ears" and subsequently crack up. He then mentions the Eleventh Doctor having 'learned to take it on the chin', which causes him to suddenly crack up when he realises what he's said. Then the more images of the Eleventh Doctor's chin that appear on the screen, the worse his composure gets, until he's screaming "CHINS ARE NOT FUNNY" while barely able to stand upright from laughter.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber "The Mind Robber"]] at one point the Doctor and Zoe are attempting to get through a door. Watch Zoe as the Doctor hides her under his cloak and you can ''just'' about tell that Wendy Padbury is laughing underneath it.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E5TheSeedsOfDeath "The Seeds of Death"]], watch Zoe when the Doctor is swept off his feet by the foam at the beginning of Episode Six. Or, if you've got the DVD, watch the EasterEgg, which shows the commentary being filmed for that scene.
** In "Spearhead From Space", when the Doctor turns up the charm and swaggers across the room to Liz, Caroline John gives a rather helpless little giggle.
** During the famous Tom Baker ad-lib in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil "The Face of Evil"]] where he [[OnceKilledAManWithANoodleImplement threatens to kill someone with a Jelly Baby]] and then [[CrazyAwesome dramatically bites its head off]], the extra holding him hostage is shaking with the effort of not cracking up.
** Whatculture pointed out that during the scene in "The Creature From the Pit" where the Doctor has to approach a monster that looks like a giant green penis and scrotum and "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar communicate]]" with it, Tom Baker, normally very good at keeping a straight face during such things, is clearly about to crack up and even has to hide his smile with his hand at one point.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E4NightmareOfEden "Nightmare of Eden"]], Tom Baker is obviously in intense pain trying not to crack up at the ridiculous, [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent completely made up]] accent used by the character Tryst.
** Graham Crowden, who plays Soldeed in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E5TheHornsOfNimon "The Horns of Nimon"]] did this during his death scene. However, it actually comes across as being perfectly in character as EvilIsHammy, so he gets away with it by turning it into some kind of crazy chortle.
** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]], watch Mickey's face from the point that the Doctor staggers out of the TARDIS to the point that he collapses at Mickey and Jackie's feet. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF2EmKdTbsc Poor Noel Clarke could barely keep a straight face.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]]: When Lady Cassandra takes over the Doctor's body and turns up the camp, you can see Creator/BilliePiper trying not to crack.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]], corpsing was used as EnforcedMethodActing -- to get authentic laughter from Piper and Creator/ElisabethSladen, Creator/DavidTennant scribbled on his face with a marker when he entered. The laughter from Rose and Sarah Jane is them corpsing over how ridiculous Tennant looked.
* Quite often during the presenter interludes on ''CBBC'' (BBC childrens television) this is often because of mistakes made by other presenters or puppeteers, or unrehearsed lines, especially the puppeteer of 'Hacker. T. Dog' as seen[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjEBxRk-9j4 in one of the funniest links made in CBBC history]]
* A segment on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' regarding a sex scandal involving Prince Charles produced [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-november-10-2003/prince-charles-scandal one of the greatest corpses of all time]] between [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] and Creator/StephenColbert. A few of the more notable times involved the writers and other actors [[EnforcedMethodActing changing things up on Jon between rehearsal and recording]] (such as when John Oliver [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-3-2008/britain-s-fallen-soldiers reads the names of Britain's Fallen Soldiers]]). Oliver starts cracking too when he gets to a soldier named "Incestishire".
** Colbert's site has a video compilation for when he [[http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/erpk54/on-topic---stephen-cracks-up loses it on camera.]]
* Several times on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''. Most of the time, the four "players" and Drew are great at keeping straight faces, but sometimes you get moments like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpmvw7ZJwD4 this]].
** Colin can sometimes set it off with a single word, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVpyhwuzFJY "Tapioca!"]] or an already breaking down [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ki02SYxoow "Meow"]].
*** "Meow" gets special credit because not only did he get Wayne, Drew and Ryan to break, he even made Laura Hall playing the piano to crack, the music faltering and just stopping because she was laughing so hard.
** So far, only three people have managed to get Colin to corpse: Creator/RobinWilliams, Richard Simmons, and Colin himself.
*** The case where Colin got himself? A "Greatest Hits" where he said the following. The entire ''studio'' stopped cold for laughing.
-->'''Ryan''': We don't know what you're watching, so we're not gonna return you to it!
-->'''Colin''': We're watching [[BestialityIsDepraved animal porn]]! ''*{{beat}} and laughter*'' "[[DiggingYourselfDeeper Mary Had a Little Lamb]]" will be right back...
*** Ryan Stiles ''almost'' gets Colin to crack during a Let's Make a Date, with Colin having to take a second to get back into character because he's chuckling at Ryan.
** A pure case of corpsing (in that he is actually meant to be a corpse) occurs for Drew in one of the outtakes.
** The two most common corpsing events involve Colin going off on tangents during the "Greatest Hits" as a spokesman with Ryan (Leading to such gems as the "Tapioca" outburst and "We're watching animal porn!" bit) and during the Irish Drinking Song skit where Colin was always the one to finish the song with a rhyme and does it in such a way that everyone else loses it, leaving him as the sole person literally standing.
** Colin gets another one during Greatest Hits when Ryan asks him what bird says the name of their next band (meaning an owl, which says "who". Colin's guess? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBzwv057GPs Just watch]]. Everyone else on stage loses it for about a minute.
** Ryan actually manages to break both Wayne Brady and Drew in an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3uAismSOxk Irish Drinking song]], though Colin's "[[RunningGag Meow]]" broke him too.
*** Really, most Irish Drinking Songs end with most of the cast laughing--a direct consequence of Colin having the last line.
** A [[http://youtu.be/Zf99E7WssCE round of Party Quirks]] ended up with Ryan accidentally breaking the neon light around Drew's desk with his head while playing Carol Channing (whose head keeps getting stuck to things). He stayed in character while asking if his head was bleeding and even managed to make Colin corpse.
* Most of the bloopers on the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' [[HilariousOuttakes Poopie Reel]] (available on the ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E24ManosTheHandsOfFate "Manos" The Hands of Fate]]'' episode's DVD) consist of corpsing, which is made extra funny because most of the actors manage to stay completely in character even after blowing a take. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sMSzF_HD48#t=4m52s This example in particular...]]
** In the completed ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'' [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E21MonsterAGoGo episode]], you can see Frank crack during the "Johnny Longtorso" song. As seen in the Poopie reel, it's fairly impressive that he could get through it at all.
*** Frank Conriff was very bad at these. It's amazing he could get through ''any'' of them.
** Portrayed in-universe with the Mads' invention exchange for ''Film/TheHumanDuplicators'', in that they could not stop laughing at the absurdity of their William Conrad Fridge Alert. One has to wonder just how much of that was simply Trace and Frank rolling with it, though.
** It's also common among the movie segments, Joel/Mike and the 'Bots frequently chuckle and crack up at each others riffs.
** ''Film/SamsonVsTheVampireWomen'' just has Tom utterly ''lose it'' when ElSanto suddenly shows up at the beginning of the film.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P382JkLXRqA Very common]] in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' due to the live comedy nature of the show. A handful of performers, including producer Creator/LorneMichaels, were virtually immune to it and any time they do corpse is a rare treasure.
** On a sketch from the original cast era (1975-1980), Gilda Radner plays a dumb woman who embarrasses her friend played by Candace Bergen. Bergen then calls her "Fern" (which is actually her character's name) instead of "Lisa" which is Gilda's character's name. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6o3qTykxKU Bergen completely cracks while Gilda turns the sketch around and makes it look like "Fern" is the dumb one in the sketch.]]
** Creator/ChrisFarley was a master at inspiring this in his castmates. This was the most enjoyable part of the Zagat's sketches. Creator/AdamSandler plays a grumpy DeadpanSnarker husband, and Farley is his over-enthusiastic wife. His performance is so over the top that watching Sandler try to keep his miserable expression (and fail) is far funnier than a straight take would have been.
*** The "Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker" sketch had the other actors in the skit rolling, especially Creator/DavidSpade, who tried(and failed) to hide his smile by cupping his face with his left hand(as his left side was facing the audience). Episode host Creator/ChristinaApplegate was reduced to pulling some of her hair out of her ponytail and draping it across her cheek to try and hide her laughter. In particular, the rehearsal had Farley say the "living in a van down by the river" in a fairly normal tone of voice. In the live performance he made it legendary with "[[LargeHam living in A VAN... DOWN BY THE RIVER]]!!!" and that is what killed the others in the skit.
*** In his autobiography, Jay Mohr talks about how it was often impossible not to laugh in Farley's presence. He notes that in one scene, Farley simply crossed his eyes whenever he knew the camera couldn't see it, prompting his co-stars to crack up.
**** Another element that makes the skit so legendary is how Farley breaking the table was completely unscripted. You can see how shocked the other actors are before they make a valiant effort to keep straight faces.
** After leaving the show, Spade would later host ''SNL''. He was featured in a sketch with Creator/WillFerrell, who played a DrillSergeantNasty. Ferrell apparently tried his damnedest to make Spade crack up during the sketch. It worked.
** Another sketch with Ferrell, known as "The Bad Doctor". The setup is that a couple of recent parents are consulting a [[BunnyEarsLawyer dubiously qualified doctor]], and it only goes downhill from there. Right around the time Ferrell says "we misplaced your baby", he and Molly Shannon are both cracking up.
** In the famous Creator/PhilHartman sketch where he visits a UsefulNotes/McDonalds as Bill Clinton, he starts eating the customers' food as he talks. At one point, he literally chokes for a second and needs Tim Meadows to supply him with water. Being the professional that he is, Phil plays it off.
** Another Phil Hartman [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLyJ4QMj-5M crackup here]] when he is playing Frankenstein's Monster. There's actually a story with this in which Phil was sitting there and suddenly realized how absurd the situation was and then giggled a bit. He stopped for a few and then thought about how Frankenstein's Monster would've sounded laughing, which set him off all over again.
** Horatio Sanz often couldn't keep a straight face and neither could Creator/JimmyFallon. On the 2011 Christmas episode hosted by Jimmy Fallon, he even stated that his cracking up on-camera ruined a lot of good sketches.
*** Tracy Morgan said in an interview with ''Penthouse'' that Fallon's tendency to corpse wasn't [[SpotlightStealingSquad always appreciated]] among the cast, adding that Fallon knew better than to not do it in a sketch involving Tracy.
*** On the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode, "Don't Make Me Over," Peter beats up Jimmy Fallon for his constant corpsing, stating that he hasn't earned the right to do it like Carol Brunett (and apparently forgetting the fact that Fallon had sex with Meg as part of the show's cold opening).
** In the first Debbie Downer sketch, '''nobody''' could keep a straight face.
*** Perhaps the only person in this particular sketch who didn't break down into hysterics was Fred Armisen, who was clearly doing all he could to keep from corpsing along with his castmates. He was successful...kinda.
*** So prevalent was this in the sketches that the syndicated version of the Downer sketch with Ben Affleck (from season 30) contains the dress rehearsal version in which the cast corpses; it comes with a disclaimer that it was funnier than the original live version in which everyone kept it together.
** Ever since Bill Hader's Stefon character (who was originally a OneSceneWonder in a sketch about a screenwriter whose effeminate, deranged brother reunites with him to pitch a family-friendly sports movie on the season 34 episode hosted by Ben Affleck) became a Weekend Update character (the segment's "city correspondent"), Hader has not gotten through a segment without laughing [[note]]He ''did'' manage to do it on the season 36 Christmas episode hosted by Jeff Bridges and the season 36 finale hosted by Music/JustinTimberlake, but those two moments were very limited speaking roles; the former was a performance of "O, Christmas Tree" as sung by Stefon, Bobby Moynihan's Snooki Polizzi from ''Series/JerseyShore'', and Fred Armisen's David Paterson -- the blind former New York governor who trashes New Jersey, the latter was SethMeyers announcing that he's leaving for the summer with Stefon and walking off-set[[/note]]. [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki]] and many a late-night talk show interview confirm (from both Hader and ''SNL'' writer, John Mulaney -- Hader's co-writer for the Stefon segments on Weekend Update) that this keeps happening because John Mulaney changes jokes at the last minute (not out of malice; just to be funny) and Hader doesn't see them until he's actually on-camera. Also not helping is the absurdity of the descriptions (which have grown with every passing segment) and Hader seeing the cue-card man and others behind camera cracking up first. According to Hader, it's gotten to the point where even the man putting on his mike has told him, quote, "You are dead, buddy. You're gonna laugh first thing out of the gate."
*** It got to the point that by the time Bill Hader left SNL, it had become not only permissible, but an expected part of the sketch, for him to corpse.
*** Seth Meyers is also usually ready to crack the moment Stefon rolls in.
*** Hader developed the "mouth-covering" character quirk to hide the laughter.
** Another Bill Hader example happened during an SNL skit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czLXk2ttp_M The Californians]], which managed to mildly crack up Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig. Granted, that was the dress rehearsal, but this fit of giggles made its way into the skit during the live taping as well.
** There's the famous "I have a ''fevah''! And the only prescription...is '''more cowbell'''!" Line delivered by Creator/ChristopherWalken, which made ''everyone'' in the scene crack up.
*** According to interviews, Will Ferrell changed shirts between rehearsal and taping, going with one that was hilariously undersized for the live take. As a result, Jimmy Fallon spends most of the sketch ''completely'' unable to hold a straight face.
** For all this, SNL also has the ''über'' anti-corpsing example: Alec Baldwin, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, and [[http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/nprs-delicious-dish---schweddy-balls/2846 Schweddy Balls]].
** In a season 3 episode, during Weekend Update, Creator/JohnBelushi was reporting about a recent oil spill complete with a toy boat that's filled with oil. Belushi accidentally tilts the boat over causing his hand and the desk to be covered with oil. Belushi sees Creator/DanAykroyd, who was beside him, miserably trying to hide his laughter and takes advantage of it by making Aykroyd laugh, teasing Aykroyd that he's gonna put oil on him, causing Aykroyd to corpse more.
** Don Rickles went OffTheRails and broke Joe Piscopo within 20 seconds into their sketch. Piscopo's giggles were infectious enough to break Rickles in return.
** For a more recent example, check out Weekend Update from the Lady Gaga-hosted episode in season 39. Taran Killam as Jebediah Atkinson just kills Seth Meyers the entire time he's on-stage, eventually cracking Killam himself. As the Update segment ends and the camera zooms out, Meyers can be seen still laughing like a jackal with Killam.
** One Will Forte sketch example was a skit with guest star Peyton Manning. Forte is a coach trying to inspire his team, and it culminates in Forte dancing like a complete idiot for almost the entirety of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPHogQ02DFw the main theme from the original Casino Royale]] while the team including Manning stare and cover their mouths.
* ''Series/FastForward''
** Cast corpsing was often left in to beautiful comic effect, as in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP1Y-tIJ370 Kung Fu]] parody sketch.
--->'''Steve Vizard:''' [corpsing so hard he can't speak]
--->'''Peter Moon:''' [also corpsing] It's your line.
** Just when you thought the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yEYQ16jy80 Brides of Satan]] sketch couldn't get any funnier, Magda Szubanski launches into a singong summoning of the devil that has Jane Turner losing it briefly, but completely.
** This series also has this trope being subverted with Gina Riley's absolutely deadpan delivery as the SBS anchor announcing a late-night line-up that should have had the most seasoned anchor in stitches.
* In one episode of ''{{Series/Sliders}}'', Professor Arturo gets more and more irritated at being mistaken for Luciano Pavarotti, until he finally loses it. In the scene in which he grabs someone by the shirt to deliver a rant on the subject, Jerry O'Connell can be seen in the background not even bothering to hide his laughter.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''
** The corpse coughs and the film crew cracks up while Scully delivers her lines: "It's true, John. She's gone. There's no measurable electrical activity in her brain."
** This happened a ''lot'', particularly when props didn't work. One outtake reel includes what's supposed to be a burning book failing to catch fire three times. When it finally works, Creator/DavidDuchovny and Creator/GillianAnderson try really hard to keep straight faces, but when they look at one another they both burst out laughing.
* In the Penguin scene from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', Creator/GrahamChapman's exclamation of "Oh, intercourse the penguin!" is clearly an ad lib. How can you tell? Creator/JohnCleese obviously trying to stifle his laughter and get back in character...
** It's hard to find an episode of Monty Python without a scene of Michael desperately trying not to corpse. And being utterly adorable as he does.
** Creator/JohnCleese's truly ''EPIC'' attempts to get Creator/MichaelPalin to corpse -- at which he succeeds repeatedly -- arguably make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubVBK3cKanw this version]] of the Dead Parrot Sketch the best one ever made.
-->'''Palin''': He's just...pining for the fjords.\\
''([[{{Beat}} long, poignant pause]])''\\
'''Cleese''': PAYEINING FOR THE FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYORDS?\\
'''Palin''': ''(straightens up and smiles, clearly trying not to laugh as the audience laughs and cheers)''\\
'''Cleese''': PINING FOR THE FJOOOOOORDS? What kind of talk is that?!\\
''(Audience cheers and applauds loudly)''\\
'''Cleese''': This is nothing to laugh at!\\
'''Palin''': ''(shakes with suppressed laughter)''
* Creator/MorecambeAndWise were known for their very loose "rules" on corpsing and they practically smiled through every single thing they did and openly laughing at their jokes, it added to their charm. The people they were always trying to crack up were the serious actors, such as Oscar-winning Glenda Jackson failing to stop herself from laughing during their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtHNrRk3lQM Anthony and Cleopatra]] skit.
** Another example is during the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7GeKLE0x3s Grieg's Piano Concerto]] skit, the background orchestra are laughing so hard and so constantly they might as well be in the audience. Hilariously averted in the same skit by their guest, renowned conductor/musician André Previn, who shows impeccable comedic timing and acting as a StraightMan despite not having acting experience. So straight in fact, he never corpses for a second during Morecambe's antics, even when the latter menacingly pulls Previn up close by his collar due to him criticizing Morecambe's performance.
** This is even funnier when you learn that Morecambe and Wise were professional as hell during rehearsals and complained at people who ad-libbed. They of course ad-libbed during the actual recordings...
* ''Series/TheTonightShow''
** In the famous "Sis Boom Bah" joke from Carnac the Magnificent, Johnny and Ed can't keep a straight face before they deliver the joke. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And who could blame them?]] Then they lose it completely after delivering the joke ("Describe the sound made when a sheep explodes").
** Another sketch features Johnny and Joe Friday (Jack Webb) reviewing a case. The entire skit was designed solely to make Friday crack up. it finally happens at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjquGpmgwOo this clip]]
** And of course, of can forget when in 1965, the record for longest continual laughter in live TV when Johnny's guest was actor/singer Ed Ames, who claimed that in the course of his work he had learned how to throw a tomahawk. Carson produced a human outline on a board, and Ames lobbed the tomahawk at it. It hit the board successfully, but slammed in right at the [[GroinAttack figure's crotch]], starting the thunderous laughter. When the laughter started to die down, Carson quipped "I didn't even know you were Jewish!" starting it all up again. (Even funnier still was Carson's followup remark: "Welcome to Frontier Bris!")
* In one ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' episode homaging ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife,'' Mork is supposed to be invisible and inaudible as he observes Mindy's life without him. Pam Dawber makes a valiant but ultimately futile effort to keep a straight face to Robin Williams' antics. Apparently, Robin liked to do this deliberately. In an interview, Pam mentioned one time where he stood offstage completely naked just to mess with her.
** Before that, there was Mork's first appearance on ''Series/HappyDays''. Henry Winkler later commented how difficult it was working on that episode because not only was Williams so funny, but he also never did anything the same way twice.
* Anne Robinson, the unflappable host of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'', suffered a few facial twitches during a celebrity edition when RobSchneider mentioned that he'd like to find out who "the sexy link" was, and stating his belief that: "Anne, I think it's you." Later, when voted off, Rob rushes the podium and wraps Anne in a giant bear hug, lifting her and spinning her around. Any semblance of a straight face is immediately lost.
** Especially impressive given that Anne managed to keep a completely stoic expression before, during, and after being passionately kissed by William Shatner in an ad-libbed Captain Kirk shout out.
** They also had one episode with all hairdressers; the contestants were basically eight blokes and one DumbBlonde. The men all voted each other out for tactical reasons - or because they fancied the blonde - while Blondie was pretty much continually stupid. Until she [[DarkHorseVictory pinched a victory from nowhere]] on the head-to-head showdown. Anne was visibly struggling to keep it together by the end.
** On the WWE Edition when Wrestling/TrishStratus was asked a question about Richard Nixon, she replied "I'm from Canada, I don't know" and a few chuckles from Anne seep through when she's trying to continue.
* ''Series/MrsBrownsBoys'' has this in spades. Though it's usually because writer and series star Brendan O'Carroll is ''very'' good at making things up, usually just to make the rest of the cast laugh.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' apparently one of the aspects of filming is that certain jokes, monologues and one-liners are not told to the cast as a whole and just to the one saying it. This almost guarantees a chuckle by the others in the scene, which is supposed to be in character anyway. At other times they just go [[{{Improv}} off the walls]] and just ThrowItIn.
** Creator/NeilPatrickHarris was chuckling when Creator/JasonSegel was singing "Happy, Happy Lily-day," however, it's not that noticeable.
** Also Cobie Smulders is clearly struggling to contain herself when Barney explains [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3xKKDkljWQ The Three Day Rule]]
** Neil also made Wayne Brady crack up when he [[ThrowItIn ad-libbed]] "Popozao!" after an exchange, in the latter's introductory episode. Wayne's back is turned to the camera but you can see him break down, and Neil himself points it out in the episode commentary.
** When Barney was butting in on the bonding session of "Stand By Me" between his half brother, James and his newly reunited father, Sam, Colbie Smulders (Robin) was having a very hard time staying in character and is visibly trying not to completely lose it (it's not meant to be that funny InUniverse).
** In the blooper reel Jason Segel was doing a scene where Marshall finds an old Mad Libs booklet and Cobie Smulders started laughing during his dialogue (every word was FART). As Segel and Josh Radnor start teasing her for it she tried to justify it as being in character for her to laugh at the gag, which they replied with "Not BEFORE the joke!"
* For a man known for being a DeadpanSnarker, Richard Dawson has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNoV_kSe7Dk absolutely epic fit of uncontrollable laughter]] during the infamous "September" Fast Money round of ''Series/FamilyFeud''.
** Richard probably never guessed an answer of "mutual friends" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Nvud4-cpU would have him on the floor in laughter]].
** The tradition continues as Steve Harvey has also been shown to break down in bouts of laughter every once in a while when a contestant says something outrageous for an answer.
*** On [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/LateNight?from=Main.LateNight Late Night]], Steve even said that one answer made him laugh on the floor for 15 minutes straight, but most of it had to obviously be cut due to time constraints.
* A sketch of Brazilian TV show ''Zorra Total'' had a drunkard psychiatrist. He always opened the window to check the "no health plan" patients' line outside, which even had a barbecue salesman. Said salesman was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5P-jhyJjhg?t=213s always shot from the back to hide his corpsing]] (in one episode, the psychiatrist dragged the salesman inside the office, just to show he was laughing his ass off).
** The psychiatrist was also part of the show with the most corpsing ever in Brazilian TV, ''Sai de Baixo''. It was performed in a theater, with plenty of HamToHamCombat and [[ThrowItIn improvisation]], and thus the cast [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7COQLIWiICU were]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8zIcFtGMyk frequently]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcZErRvwhRk#t=71s losing]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jouIfVcO3Q4 it]] (and the editors always kept the takes with flubs and corpsing, even after a HilariousOuttakes reel was added for every episode). An actress, whose career that far was mostly of dramas, even complained to the director that she thought of leaving because she couldn't keep a straight face - and the reply: [[EnforcedTrope "If you want to laugh, laugh!"]]
* Happened on ''[[http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/17/the-ridiculist-gerard-depardieu/?hpt=ac_t3 Anderson Cooper 360]]'' during a "Ridiculist" segment talking about Gerard Depardieu peeing on a plane (as in peeing on the floor in the ''aisle'' of the plane). Anderson Cooper starts laughing uncontrollably after reading the many ''many'' puns.
** [[http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c2#/video/us/2012/04/12/ac-ridiculist-giggle-fit-2.cnn He did it again]] during a report on [[InherentlyFunnyWords Dyngus Day.]] He held it together pretty well through all the mentions of Dyngus Day, but it seems like mentioning the use of Pussy Willow branches that set him off.
** [[Series/TheColbertReport Colbert]] attempted to out-doo him by reading off a list of celebrity name poop puns with a completely straight face. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He made it all the way through the list.]] [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/395002/august-18-2011/anderson-cooper-s-kryptonite Then broke into laughter.]]
** Wolf Blitzer {{Lampshaded}} this one time while sitting in for Anderson. The Ridiculist for that episode referenced a friendly rivalry between the two anchors. Wolf said that one skill he had and Anderson lacked was an ability to say anything with a straight face. He then showed a {{Montage}} of Anderson corsping. Then to illustrate his point, he rattled off a sentence consisting almost entirely of InherentlyFunnyWords, including the afore-mentioned Pussy Willows, as well as Lake Titicaca, all with a completely straight face.
* Happens quite a bit on ''Series/MADtv'', especially in the Stuart (Michael [=MacDonald=]) sketches. His mom (Mo Collins) often has trouble keeping a straight face.
* In ''Series/NecessaryRoughness'' one client turned to Dani after suddenly breaking into laughter during a live news report on an on-going war.
* [[Series/InLivingColor Tommy Davidson]] guest-stars on ''Series/{{Martin}}'' as a former radio jockey turned Hollywood star. It's clear that the scene is a mix of script and ad-libs. At one point in the scene, Davidson says "the catfish are delicious," and Martin can't help but start laughing to himself and tries to turn his head from the camera. Tommy tries to continue, but also has to turn away and you can hear him guffawing his way through the line. Martin doesn't speak again, until he stops laughing. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8Kpue8duGA I mean just watch]]
* ''Series/HappyDays'': Mr. Cunningham trying not to laugh as his wife fires off every one of Fonzie's catchphrases straight to his face.
* On ''ProjectRunway'', the usually stoic Michael Kors memorably [[http://youtu.be/QYEsuzRLpXQ lost it]] during one runway show when a model did a super sexy pose at the end of her walk. Everyone else on set proceeds to crack up as well. This also happens frequently when a designer's look is being critiqued, with cuts to the other designers trying desperately to hold back church giggles.
* ''Series/DickAndDomInDaBungalow'' would feature certainly Dick, and often Dom, cracking up at least once an episode. Brilliantly infectious. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt_farHgMfM&t=2m28s In this clip]] they seriously disturb the peace in a library.
** There's also the infamous moment [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avGamJ3_9GI where a child rang in, apparently not realizing who they were phoning]]. The phone is quickly transferred to the child's grandmother...who is equally clueless. By the time the grandmother explains that they "only have channels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6" (the show was on the digital channel CBBC), the presenters are collapsed on the floor in absolute hysterics.
* Happens in a season one episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', but is only revealed in the DVD commentary. Creator/BruceCampbell, playing Sam Axe, says "It's only photoshop," causing Jeffrey Donovan, playing Michael Westen, to laugh for ''seven hours''.
** A blooper had Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar (Fiona) having a hard time keeping a straight face during a serious scene. Every time "action" is called they would start to giggle. Eventually the actor playing a client of the week yelled out "You're laughing?! My mom was *[[SoundEffectBleep bleeping]]* kidnapped!"
* In ''Series/AllThat'', it was something of a tradition for Kenan and Kel to break out laughing at some point when they're playing off each other in the Good Burger sketches: they do it at least twice during the show itself, and when they came back for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5hO3RWXh38#t=7m58s Tenth Anniversary Special]] they did it again.
* The title of King of Corpsing might very well go to Ricky Gervais, co-writer and star of ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'', ''Series/{{Extras}}'' and Life's Too Short. He not only ruins many takes with his very boisterous laugh, but will actively try to make his fellow cast members corpse. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vdygxDagpI And he]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoVF8f-sahc always succeeds.]]
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr9_5uZn6ds this outtake]] from a guest spot on ''Sesame Street'', Kevin Clash is obviously cracking up at Gervais' jokes (and vice versa), but he impressively manages to stay in character (as Elmo) the whole time.
* One blooper from ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' shows John Krasinki, who plays Jim, being unable to contain himself after watching Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight, deliver the quote "May you fight with the strength of ten full-grown men".
** Rainn Wilson corpses around ten times trying to deliver the line "I will pray to Thor himself" on the season 2 reel.
*** According to the DVD commentary on Season 2, Creator/MindyKaling was the worst for this. During the episode "Drug Testing," the blooper reel shows her breaking up several times while Dwight interrogates her.
* One particularly infamous episode of ''Series/LostInSpace'' features a [[http://www.uncleodiescollectibles.com/bruce/LiS_TGVR%203/index.html vegetable villain]] who is so ridiculous some of the cast can be seen turning away from the camera to hide their corpsing.
* This would occasionally happen on ''Radio/HelloCheeky'', and whenever there was corpsing, there would be ThrowItIn. It's especially noticeable in a sketch in the first episode of the TV series, in which Barry has been playing himself for a while, then literally ducks under the table and re-emerges with a hat. John asks "Who are you?", at which point Barry cracks up with the sheer bizarreness of the situation, the audience goes into hysterics, and the sketch stops for fifteen seconds while the performers improvise and crack up.
-->'''John:''' I demand to know!
-->'''Tim:''' I demand to know also!
-->'''Barry:''' I know no fear! I don't know my lines, but I don't know fear as well!
* Marg Helgenberger's scene with William Petersen at the end of the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode 'Inside The Box' likely counts. Petersen did the pre-surgery scene with Grissom in his hospital gown without wearing anything underneath. Marg/Catherine is seen smirking at the end and you can probably guess why.
* On one episode of the game show ''Series/TheChase'' one of the questions was "In what sport did [[UnfortunateNames Fanny Chmelar]] compete for Germany?". Cue Bradley Walsh desperately trying not to laugh. Seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmwGFX5pgXw Here]].
** The question writers actually try to get Bradley on a regular basis. He, in turn, tries to corpse the chasers. It was, however, a Contestant who got Shaun Wallace to break character. Seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8yVKFLhxVA&feature=player_detailpage#t=1115s here]]
** Then there was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxKbDXRHESc this moment of corpsing]], where the contestant was the only one keeping it together for long enough to call an advert break.
** And of course Bradley [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL3q7uJWwoA made himself corpse]] on occasion.
** Watch a compilation [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk_s3r4MVg0 here]].
* Speaking of Bradley Walsh, the Season 2 DVD of LawAndOrderUK includes a 10 minute gag reel. Many of the clips involve him causing this to happen to his co-stars--in one bit, he specifically asks, "Did he go?", referring to JamieBamber, indicating that he intentionally said something to make him laugh, while in another, Bamber is clearly struggling not to lose it before finally giving up, declaring, "I'm sorry, I can't fucking do this."
** A straighter example within an actual episode when DS Matt Devlin laughs at another character's idiotic comment. It becomes obvious that it's really JamieBamber himself cracking up when he laughs far more than is necessary and eventually turns completely away from the camera to compose himself while his straight-faced partner Ronnie continues questioning the witness.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples:
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Masks", there is a scene in which Picard and Riker discuss how to address the corruption of the ship's main computer by an alien archive. For part of the scene, actor Jonathan Frakes has an inappropriate grin on his face, and is apparently attempting to resist laughing.
** Frakes was very likely reacting not to the scene, which wasn't written to be funny, but to the way Patrick Stewart was [[FreudWasRight holding a prop]], and the way he emphasized the word 'enormous' in his line.
** Riker can be seen on the verge of cracking up in several other scenes, including Picard's declaration of love for Lwaxana Troi and Worf's request that Q die to prove his mortality. However, this fits with Riker's personality as a fun-loving guy, who can switch from "serious and stolid" to "not at all" in a moment.
** In the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]] episode ''Return to Grace'', Major Kira is demonstrating the differences between the Starfleet and Cardassian phaser rifles, concluding that the Cardassian rifle is the better field weapon. That's not hard to believe, because midway through the lecture the prop's power pack [[SpecialEffectFailure falls out]] and dangles by a wire for the rest of the scene. Nana Visitor visibly struggles to keep a straight face.
** And in [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]], Nana Visitor related the story of how in the episode ''Forsaken'', the actors could just ''not'' keep straight faces when she (as Major Kira) had to give the line "If he doesn’t make it to his pail on time", so the director ended up resorting to some very fast cuts and reaction shots to complete the scene.
** In the season 2 episode "Elogium" of [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]], Tuvok--a Vulcan--has to utter the sentence "It appears we have lost our sex appeal, Captain" in complete seriousness. For a brief moment, a giant smile can be seen on Captain Janeway's face, but she quickly hides it. It's hard to tell whether this is actress Kate Mulgrew corpsing or the character herself failing to keep her composure.
** In the TNG episode "Q-Pid", when Worf smashes Geordi's lute in homage to ''Film/AnimalHouse'', Creator/GatesMcFadden visibly struggles to not laugh, covering her face with her hand.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** The [[TrueCompanions cast]] were pretty well known for this. Check out this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQicfUjVVqU clip]].
** Also, take a look at guest Creator/BradPitt in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvw-G4J4Y2c this]].
** It even became a RunningGag during the filming. Whenever someone slipped up and corpsed during the scene, in the next take Matthew Perry would make the same mistake, making everyone laugh again.
** Perry was known for pulling other pranks, like the scene where Richard is declaring his love for Monica (Matthew's character's girlfriend) and Matthew storms onto the set yelling "What the fuck are you doing?" The audience went crazy and none of the actors could keep a straight face for the redo.
* Apparently, the ladies of ''Series/HotInCleveland'' had a running contest to see who would be the first to make Creator/BettyWhite corpse. Of course, since Betty is a sitcom vet who has been doing this for fifty years, this is a rather tall order. Nothing made it into the actual episodes, but the blooper reel shows that Jane Leeves won.
* In-universe example in ''Creator/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''. Mary is at the funeral for Chuckles the clown, and keeps having to suppress laughter, even after she warned the others to stay serious. Becomes a simultaneous CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and CrowningMomentOfFunny when she is told that it is all right, that Chuckles lived for making people laugh, and that even at his own funeral, he would want her to laugh. Mary stares for a second and starts bawling.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was not immune to this. In season three Faith is moping that she wasn't able to turn Angel evil, and her parental figure BigBad suggests miniature golf to cheer her up. Seeing as she is at the time an AxCrazy psychotic either the character or [[Creator/ElizaDushku her actress]] can't help but laugh.
** Something similar happens at the end of season six. Willow has gone completely off the rails, as has the lives of Buffy and her friends. She details this to Giles, who reacts to the somber news by cracking up laughing. After a moment Buffy does as well.
** A famous series of bloopers happened in the fourth season of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' when the characters were mentally reverted to their teenage self and Angel, being a 250-year old vampire, was shocked by the appearance of things like cars. Going outside, freaking out and running back into the main room, whenever David Boreanaz (Angel) made eye contact with Alexis Denisof (Wesley) they could not keep a straight face. In the episode proper you can see them avoid eye-contact very deliberately and even still Wesley glances towards the ceiling with a slight smirk before walking off camera.
** Discussed in the commentary to one ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode, where the writers ask Adam Baldwin how he manages to ''not'' corpse during one particular scene. The experienced actor replies, absolutely stonefaced...
-->'''Adam Baldwin:''' You take. Your job. ''Seriously.''
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' {{Gag Reel}}s:
** Creator/AdamBaldwin continues to show just how seriously he takes his job. When Nathan Fillion screws around, the entire cast laughs at his antics, but Baldwin simply stays in character and even ad-libs lines occasionally.
** One blooper has Fillion spontaneously burst out laughing for no apparent reason then stop. Then he goes, "Okay. ''({{beat}}, turns his head)'' What's my line?" and sets off Gina Torres.
* Subverted whole-hog in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' where JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf usually laugh at their own wisecracks and you can't help but laugh along.
* Very frequently on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'', and it usually got left in (much like what would happen on ''SNL'' years later). Most spectacularly when Dan Rowan was playing a Mexican and Sammy Davis Jr. cracked up laughing, saying "[[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent That's the worst accent I've ever heard!]]" then got back into character and carried on with the skit.
* From ''Series/{{Community}}'': Look very closely at Jeff's face in [[Recap/CommunityS3E16VirtualSystemsAnalysis "Virtual Systems Analysis"]] when Dean Pelton approaches as the "Duali-Dean of Man". A couple of camera angles hide the fact that Joel [=McHale=]'s about three seconds away from losing it.
** In "[[Recap/CommunityS5E9VCRMaintenanceAndEducationalPublishing VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing]]", [[ItMakesSenseInContext the dean enters dressed as a peanut bar and performs a freestyle rap. It quickly goes off the rails before he runs out of the room crying.]] When he exits, Gillian Jacobs has a smile on her face that is clearly hiding laughter.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had a scene in one episode where Blanche gives the other girls calendars with erotic pictures. There really were some nude pics in the calendar, and you can tell by the reactions.
** When Rose tells the story about [[http://youtu.be/ZDdQazXi2bA?t=1m37s The Great Herring War]], they all burst out laughing.
** One episode featured an event which said that ''Series/MiamiVice'' star Don Johnston was unable to host, but he had sent his suit along. In a commentary, screen veteran Bea Arthur recalled she was unable to make it through the scene without bursting into laughter.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' had an example that was left in the ep. The director got distracted at the end of one episode and didn't yell "cut" as soon as the actors expected. Adrian Paul and Stan Kirsch cracked up, possibly thinking he *had* yelled "cut" and could come out of character, and the effect went well with the tone of the scene, that they kept it.
** "The Modern Prometheus", where Methos and Amanda talk in Methos's place. Peter Wingfield turned his line in one take into a joke, responding to Elizabeth Gracen's line "He might die, Methos" with "Maybe we'll get our own show!". Elizabeth had an extremely hard time getting through her lines straightfaced as shown in the commercial blooper reel release, and was probably close to losing it even in the shot that did make it.
** Adrian Paul actually is quite a prankster on his series, as the Highlander blooper reel shows a few examples of.
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Phil and Will prepare to board an elevator at the hospital. A hot girl walks out of it before they walk on and Will, of course, flirts with her and barks like a dog while doing it before Phil drags him into the elevator. Although he's not seen, you can definitely hear Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) laughing like crazy.
* On ''Series/That70sShow'', Kitty, Donna and Jackie go to a male strip club. Kitty enthusiastically starts dancing along with one of the strippers and slowly everyone loses it. It reaches its boiling point when the stripper himself can't keep dancing and collapses on the stage.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9KtERtl6LI this scene]] from ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Tommy and Harry are trying (unsuccessfully) to feed Mrs. Dubcek's grandson. You can see Tommy start to crack after Harry spits food back at the baby/camera.
* Roy Walker and a male contestant famously couldn't keep a straight face during the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJQdEY82zs0 "Snake Charmer" puzzle]] on ''Series/CatchPhrase''. It's made even funnier if you watch the full version of that scene and see that the female contestant genuinely has ''no idea'' what they're laughing at.
* Occurred once or twice in the John Bird / John Fortune dialogues in ''Bremner, Bird and Fortune''. One discussion centered around making the Queen Mother the centrepiece of the Millennium celebrations; this led to the thought of a gigantic hot-air balloon in the shape of the Queen Mother drifting across London, which reduced both of them to helpless laughter.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' 'False Witness' had a scene at the end with Nick and Natalie watching ''Film/KingKong'' in Nick's loft. Nick startles Nat near the end of the scene by showing his fangs and she responds by throwing popcorn at him. This was actually a prank by Geraint Wyn Davies, rather than a planned part of the scene. The giveaway is that any other time Nick vamps, his eyes go golden, but the actor wasn't wearing the contacts that time, leaving his eyes their usual color. Also, the fangs are slightly crooked. The popcorn throw was probably, rather naturally, Catherine Disher's own reaction.
* During the episode of ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' in which Danny and Stacie play strip poker, Stacie's reaction to Danny being nude and Ash walking in is Jaime Murray's actual reaction. It's also said that during the filming of the first season, Robert Glenister (Ash) would try to get Murray to laugh, which could explain why Stacie doesn't start full on laughing until Ash walks in and looks at Stacie.
* Happens a few times during ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', usually thanks to Laurie Metcalf. One instance comes during the episode where Roseanne and Jackie's father dies, and Jackie is forced to call their extremely old and deaf Auntie Barbara and break the news to her. It goes about as well as expected ("HE'S FINE. HE SENDS HIS LOVE."), and Roseanne hangs her head at one point to hide her face, though her shoulders shake visibly.
** Another episode has Roseanne, Dan, and Jackie smoking some old pot they found. Cut to Roseanne and Dan in the bathroom, stoned out of their gourds, when suddenly Jackie speaks up from behind the shower curtain. Repeated a few seconds later when Jackie goes off on an emotionless rant about how her life sucks, and holds up a joint: "It's just me. Just me and my ganja." Cue Roseanne and Dan cracking up.
* You can hardly blame Desi Arnaz for doing this so often on ''Series/ILoveLucy'' -- would ''you'' have been able to hold yourself together watching Lucy practice the vitameatavegamin commercial any better than he did?
* In a 1965 episode of ''The Dean Martin Show'', Dean plays a shop assistant dealing with a customer, played by Bob Newhart, who is returning a toupee. While Newhart is his usual deadpan self (for the most part), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwka39mAxlY Dean cannot stop giggling.]]
-->'''Dean:''' ''(trying not to laugh)'' Now, do you want a... full exchange? ''(starts laughing again)''\\
'''Bob:''' Well, I... [[PaintingTheMedium I'd like a straight man who didn't laugh!]]\\
'''Bob:''' ''(Dean has a huge grin)'' You're sure you worked with Creator/{{Jerry|Lewis}}?\\
'''Dean:''' Yeahaha! ''(cracks up again, wiping tears from his eyes)'' But our stuff wasn't this funny, I'll tell you that!\\
'''Bob:''' Can I use your phone to...\\
'''Dean:''' ''(Looking forward to this)'' Ooooh, for heaven's sake, yeah!
** There's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO3121xuToY this sketch]] with Foster Brooks as a drunken airline pilot. Martin's giggles break out at about 1:30, and by 2:20 he's lost all control.
* In the ''Series/NewsRadio'' epiode "Complaint Box", the cast are visibly and audibly fighting the urge to laugh at the facetious complaint cards which Dave is reading in a completely deadpan voice. Everyone, including Dave, finally loses it at "Help, I'm being held prisoner in a complaint box."
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' had Creator/NathanielParker, playing Agravaine, in series 4. Agravaine is pure evil, which makes watching the [[MeanCharacterNiceActor good-natured and utterly charming Parker]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAUPq4oFlxw lose it repeatedly]] in the gag reel ''even funnier''.
* Former Creator/{{ESPN}} Series/SportsCenter anchor Charley Steiner was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko8qNUNpm3k notorious for doing this on-air]]. His most infamous moment came when [[DreadfulMusician Carl Lewis']] awful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was shown on [=SportsCenter=]. After the clip was finished, the camera cut to Steiner, who looked as if he was ready to explode with laughter and struggled to even speak. (His co-anchor, to be fair, was losing it as well.)
** Steve Levy underwent [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-cq0WG_qSA a slow breakdown]] after mentioning a football player with a bulging disc in his neck (only, at first, he didn't ''say'' the word "disc", [[ThatCameOutWrong but something else]]), then struggling through the rest of the injury report. The co-anchor at the time, Keith Olbermann, later stated that Levy was actually the calmest person in the room; everyone else (Keith himself included) were completely losing it. Keith, by his own admission, wasn't any help; he set Steve off further by mentioning that first player's injury again.
* One episode of ''Loose Women'' had the ladies complaining about their messy husbands. Brambles made a sly remark about [=McDonald's=] husband ("[[AccidentalInnuendo do you have to take him in hand?"]]) which prompts the poor woman to burst out laughing, unable to continue for the next two minutes. Brambles even pulls out the tissues before they can go on. And "I did get the vac out" probably wasn't much better.
* Charlie in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' frequently [[OffTheRails meanders into improv]] too good not to ThrowItIn. Unfortunately the spontaneous takes are lost if a co-actor breaks on camera, so they have to struggle not to corpse during it.
* Dagmar Berghoff had [[http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/berghoff100.html joked beforehand]] “should I say ‘[[ToiletHumor WC]]’ instead of ‘WTC tournament’?”. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG0wmXNllQE Oops.]]
* An episode of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' has the team stalling for time by convincing Kyoryu Gold to pretend he has a DangerousForbiddenTechnique...which involves a lot of butt-wiggling and chanting "Nin nin nin!", made even funnier by Gold being a dorky FishOutOfTemporalWater. While he's doing it, Kyoryu Black's actor doesn't even bother trying to hold in his laughter, but obviously his character has a perfectly valid reason for busting a gut.
* In the ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' episode "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble", Elizabeth Montgomery cracked up after Dick York gave her a PieInTheFace. She dubbed over the scene in post-production, but if you look closely, you can still see her laugh.
* Happened several times on ''Series/InLivingColor'', but possibly the most memorable time was during the two-parter ''Men On Television'' skit when Blaine, played by Damon Wayans was hit by a falling piece of debris and squeaks out a yell right before falling to the floor. David Alan Grier's, who plays Antoine, laughter was ''very'' apparent. ("Blaine? Bla-a-a-aine? Call a doctor! I think he needs mouth-to-mouth resuscitation!")
* In the ''Series/OnceUponATime'' episode ''Red Handed,'' Granny snarks to Ruby that she dresses like a crossdresser. Ruby snarks back Granny dresses like [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates when he dresses like Norman Bates' mother.]] August is trying not to laugh, and the writers chose to ThrowItIn.
* In the episode "Urgo" on ''Series/StargateSG1'', Dom [=DeLuise=] guest stars as the titular character, and ad-libbed most of his lines. Few scenes in this episode show Urgo and Teal'c in the same frame, because Christopher Judge could not keep a straight face around Dom. If you pay attention you can also occasionally see the extras trying not to crack up.
* An in universe example occurs in ''Series/{{Outnumbered}}'', in the episode appropriately named "The Funeral". During the titular funeral service, Sue's grief manifests itself as hysterical laughter, to the shame of the family and annoyance of the other people at the funeral. Unlike many other things on the show, this does not appear to have been improvised (i.e. following the actor corpsing): it is foreshadowed and referred to throughout the episode, with the characters expressing concern that she'll do the same thing as "at [the last] funeral they went to".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSFWgKl-O-A This clip]] from a Belgian sketch show is all about corpsing. A talk show host is interviewing people who have had operations go wrong, including a woman in a wheelchair and a man who had his tonsillectomy botched. Unfortunately, the procedure affected his vocal chords, giving him an extremely high-pitched voice. The host desperately attempts to keep it together as the man tells his sad story, only to repeatedly break down in laughter whenever he talks. The high-voiced man is offended, but whenever he tries to complain, the host only laughs more. Finally, a man from the audience decides to speak up in protest...it turns out that a botched operation gave ''him'' a deep, gravelly voice. Cue the host completely losing all composure and shaking with laughter.
* A weird but amusing one from ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' has Creator/DrakeBell laughing at his own [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAcfwv0sNjk monologue.]]
* A Norwegian comedy duo know as "Wesensteen"(Rolv Wesenlund & Harald Heide Steen jr.) once did a sketch about "The Norwegian Soup Council". The whole point of the sketch is that Harlad Heide Steen jr. is unable to keep a straight face. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHeHsfwI0dk Here it is. Subtitled in English]]
* In one ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode Garibaldi and Bester on a stakeout. Garibaldi's still irritated at having to work with the Psi-Cop (who was a villain in two previous episodes) and tells him to [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon shut up or he'll string him up so they can play piñata]]. Bester [[InsultBackfire turns the threat on its head]] by innocently asking if that means Garibaldi thinks he's colorful and full of gifts for small children. Creator/JerryDoyle (Garibaldi) opens his mouth but then snaps it shut and is visibly struggling not to burst out laughing. The best part is, ''it completely fits'' because a sudden laughing fit would've ruined the stakeout!
* On ''Series/{{ER}}'', Kerry Weaver storms into the lounge to chew out Carter, startling him into knocking several things over. Laura Innes promptly did a rapid 360° turn that had most viewers speculating that she was trying to hide her laughter and not ruin the take.
* On ''Series/TheITCrowd'', you can see Chris O'Dowd start to break into laughter near the end of the scene where Roy is conducting Moss's sexy photo shoot.
* In the ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show'' sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKFJupMjMmY "Plain Clothes Police Women"]], Tim Brooke-Taylor as the police sergeant tries (with only limited success) to suppress his laughter when PC Staveacre (Creator/GrahamChapman) announces his drag name as "Philippa". The laughter soon spreads to the other actors.[[note]] Tim later confirmed in an interview that he broke down laughing because they had been using different names during rehearsals, but Graham, Creator/MartyFeldman, and Creator/JohnCleese decided to go off script as a prank on Tim.[[/note]]
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* Music/ElvisPresley had an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGhmn2i4DBU epic one]] during one performance of "Are You Lonesome Tonight", following a deliberate {{Mondegreen}}:
-->Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
-->Do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair?
* Music/KidCudi has one at the end of the PissTakeRap "Maui Wowie", after someone puts a fart noise effect to cap off the song.
* Music/GarthBrooks did this several times during the taping of his ''Double Live'' album. One turned "Unanswered Prayers" into an AudienceParticipationSong. Another was on "It's Your Song", a track whose studio version is [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes very hard to find]].
* Music/TheBeachBoys break into (arguably drug induced) fits of giggles at the beginning of "Little Pad".
* [[Music/{{REM}} Michael Stipe]] can clearly be heard cracking up on ''The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite'' after the line about Dr. Seuss.
** This is reportedly due to his mispronunciation of the name as "Zooce" instead of "Soice", despite having been informed by bandmate Mike Mills of the correct form.
* Music/KurtCobain unsuccessfully suppresses a chuckle during the second full chorus of "Milk It".
* Music/PaulMcCartney stifles laughter while singing the second verse of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", because Music/JohnLennon mooned Paul in the recording studio as he sang the line "so he waits behind". (The other Beatles ''hated'' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" because of all the time they spent working on it, and Lennon had called it "Paul's granny shit" at one point.)
* Music/BobDylan cracks up at the start of "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" because the rest of the band misses the cue and had to start again, and this [[ThrowItIn was kept in the final recording]].
** In "Please Mrs. Henry" by Bob Dylan & The Band, Dylan cracks up for unknown reasons at the start of the last repetition of the chorus, then quickly recovers in time for the song's ending.
** In "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35", Dylan breaks out into fits of giggling several times, possibly due to shouting in the background from the band.
* Music/KingCrimson's "Indoor Games" ends with vocalist Gordon Haskell breaking into laughter, his explanation being that he thought the lyrics to the song were ridiculous.
* [[Music/TheClash Joe Strummer]] cracks up in the middle of "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" as he starts to sing "They got Burton suits, Ha! You think it's funny?"
* Music/DavidBowie at the end of "The Laughing Gnome".
* Mentioned in character in the song "One Week" by Music/BarenakedLadies.
--> "How can I help it if I think you're funny when you're mad, tryin' hard not to smile though I feel bad. I'm the kind of guy who laughs at a funeral, can't understand what I mean, you soon will."
** Literally happens in "If I Had $1,000,000" by the same band during the line about fancy ketchups.
--> "And we could buy these really expensive ketchups... / (cue giggling on this line) Dijon ketchup! Mmm!"
* Music/NewOrder sometimes wrote their lyrics collaboratively, with a RoundRobin approach where each member would contribute a line. The presence of "I think you're a pig/You should be in a zoo" in "Every Little Counts" caused Bernard Sumner to crack up, and he struggles for the rest of the verse to regain his composure.
* The Revolting Cocks did a cover of Music/RodStewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" with some altered lyrics - vocalist Chris Connelly was unable to stifle a chuckle at the addition of the line "He says 'I'm sorry but I'm out of KY jelly'".
* Music/JohnnyCash corpses several times during the course of the ''At Folsom Prison'' album, most notably during "Dark as a Dungeon" in response to audience laughter.
* Music/{{Prince}} inexplicably laughs while delivering a particularly dark lyric on the title track of "Sign "O" the Times", a DistinctDoubleAlbum not short on bleakness and disturbing imagery.
* Music/GetoBoys, at the very end of "Trophy".
* Music/DeLaSoul, "Potholes In My Lawn": Not in the song, actually, but in [[http://youtu.be/NLV52qmsqfE the music video]]... Plug 2 (Dave aka Trugoy) cracks up in the middle of lip-synching his first verse.
* Music/NellyFurtado bursts out laughing a few times on her song "Saturdays", due to the enthusiastic and campy backup singing Jarvis Church provides... in a goofy falsetto.
* Music/{{Pink}} causes this on the title track of M!ssundaztood, constantly grunting and groaning at the end, prompting one of the producers to ask her if she's filming an Ex-Laxx commercial.
* {{Music/Beck}}'s "Corvette Bummer" ends with a seemingly improvised list of NoodleImplements, which goes unfinished when he's unable to control his laughter.
* [[Music/{{Devourment}} Mike Majewski]] missed close to half of an entire song while trying to hold back laughter when Chris "Captain Piss" Andrews first wore the infamous horse mask onstage.
* [[Music/SteamPoweredGiraffe Bunny Bennett]] pulled a ''spectacular'' bout of corpsing when doing the intro sequence for Captain Albert Alexander, accidentally switched the lines with the intro to another song and ended up with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN1JSWEcsbs&feature=share this beauty]]:
--> '''Bunny''': Show of hands! It's ''pretty wet'' huh? Oh that's not the right song! Boy, I'm just turning Steam Powered Giraffe into an R-rated show! I'm sorry! Gotta keep it PG, family friendly! Alright? Alright...Oh... *doubles over laughing*
* In Music/TheLonelyIsland's "The Old Saloon", Akiva laughs during his first line, "Cheat at cards and get thrown out! Right out the saloon door and on your butt!"
* In the song ''Rockit'' by {{Music/Gorillaz}} you can hear Damon Albarn stifling a laugh on the line ''I pulled myself together...''. Probably kept in because it's a song about how the music industry is all about looks now and lyrics don't matter anymore, so it could be seen as a sarcastic chuckle at the line.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* An infamous example of corpsing in pro wrestling occurred on an episode of Wrestling/{{WCW}} programming where [[Wrestling/RandySavage "Macho Man" Randy Savage]] was having a fit backstage, flipping tables and whatnot. During this segment, he came across a giggling Wrestling/TorrieWilson, and to stop her from corpsing, he slapped her. ''{{Website/Botchamania}}'' turned this into a [[Memes/ProfessionalWrestling meme]]:
--> ''X CORPSING?'' *cue [[Music/MichaelJackson Beat It]] from the video game [[VideoGame/MichaelJacksonsMoonwalker Moonwalker]]*
--> *footage of Macho Man's backstage rampage*
--> ''SEND FOR THE MAN!''
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] rock concert on the March 12th, 2012 edition of ''Wrestling/{{WWE Raw}}'', dissing Wrestling/JohnCena, Cena's fans who are grown men (calling them all [[BasementDweller nerds who dress like Kirk and Spock]]), and even [[YourMom Cena's mom]]. The Rock clearly almost trips on his own laughter a few times, and even Wrestling/JerryLawler and Wrestling/MichaelCole start losing it towards the end.
** During his "[[TheVillainSucksSong serande]]" to Wrestling/VickieGuerrero. You could see her trying her hardest not to smile.
** There was also the now-legendary [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiozRNbqufM Rock concert]] in Sacramento in 2003, where The Rock was sitting in the ring and dissing Sacramento (with his classic "when the Lakers beat the Kings in May") line. At the time, he was in a fierce rivalry with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, who was seated outside in his truck. Stone Cold was supposed to be reacting with bitter anger to the Rock's songs, but each time they cut to him in the truck he was struggling harder and harder not to laugh. By the time The Rock started dissing Austin himself, he had to roll up the truck's window so the camera wouldn't catch him cracking up.
* Wrestling/PaulBearer just barely made it out of the camera's sight before cracking up in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTxmjud_IwM this interview before the 1992 Royal Rumble]], where he was acting so [[LargeHam hammy]] he made ''himself'' laugh. Wrestling/TheUndertaker remaining [[TheStoic stoic]] as usual was an impressive feat. Wrestling/PaulBearer has stated in interviews that he often tried to make Undertaker give in and laugh on camera, though it is unknown how many times he succeeded.
* In Ring Of Honor, the camera slowly passed by Amazing Phenomenon (Wrestling/AJStyles, Amazing Red and [[Wrestling/MickieJames Alexis Laree]]) to get their reactions to the nonsensical ramblings of [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] but quickly panned away when reaching Laree who had a huge grin on her face.
* Paul London was allegedly "Wished the best in his future endeavours" for corpsing during the scene where Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's limo got blown up at the end of the "Vince [=McMahon=] Appreciation Night" ''Raw'', June 11, 2007.
* During John Cena's in ring promo with Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/KofiKingston and Mike Tyson when Cena starts talking about ''[[Videogame/PunchOut Mike Tyson's Punch-Out]]'' Orton can be seen crouching down and leaning on the ropes clearly trying not to laugh. Bear in mind he was playing a psychotic villain at the time.
* At ''Survivor Series'' 2007 Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez went to perform her normal splits entrance but slipped and fell off the apron. She was playing a heel at the time but burst out laughing straight away and was trying her best to keep a straight face when she performed them again. Wrestling/BethPhoenix is also giggling for a bit.
* During an in-ring promo between Wrestling/EveTorres, Wrestling/BethPhoenix and Wrestling/{{Natalya|Neidhart}}, Eve shoves Beth which leads to an unfortunate WardrobeMalfunction. The camera tries to stay off Natalya who is desperately trying to keep a straight face. She tries to hide it with a look of outrage but some chuckles seep through.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}}
** On several occasions, he started laughing his ass off when his ring pyro malfunctioned, making his entrance look somewhat... [[{{Narm}} less dramatic than intended]]. Making this worse (or better, depending on how you look at it), Kane is supposed to be a sadistic Demon coming straight from Hell.
** Kane had to hide his laughing during [[Wrestling/TheBlackjacks Blackjack Lanza]]'s induction speech for Wrestling/BobbyHeenan into the Hall of Fame when Wrestling/LanceStorm started playing with his tie the same way Lanza does to signal when a match needs to end.
* During a Wrestling/JohnCena promo on the 5/14/12 edition of ''Raw'', GM of both Raw & [=SmackDown=] Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis could clearly be seen corpsing when Cena starts making faces at him and calling him a "loser".
* Wrestling/MickFoley wrote about some examples in his autobiographies.
** When he, as Dude Love, and Wrestling/OwenHart faced off against each other in singles matches through 1997 (after Hart had broken Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin's neck at Summerslam), the sole purpose of these SoBadItsGood bouts (including antics such as making snow-angels using popcorn) were to get Austin to break character by corpsing. If the book was any indication, it worked.
** At one point Foley worked out a HoYay-themed gag with the Rock (in which the Rock would deny being gay in such absurd ways that it started to seem pretty gay) that involved a series of hilarious pantomimes. Unfortunately, it was so funny that in the ring Foley couldn't even get through the first sentence without cracking up. The Rock tried to come to his rescue, but soon he was cracking up too. At this point they threw the whole bit out and just tried started ad-libbing, including a series of send-ups of the Godfather's "Pimpin' ain't easy" punchline that was so funny even Stone Cold got in on it.
-->All of this got me thinking, maybe it's true. Maybe The Rock really does suck after all.
* Wrestling/JohnCena didn't (or couldn't) even attempt to hide his laughter in the middle of his "WWE Star Wars" promo.
* On ''Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}'' Volume 24 during the main event, Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa boots Wrestling/SaraDelRey right in the face prompting a massive corpsing fit from both Portia Perez and Dave Prazak on commentary. They even replay the spot twice to have a good laugh at it and Portia keeps asking to see it more times.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqQ8x9Fjp5w&feature=youtube_gdata_player This]] from the 1000th episode of Raw. Also doubles as a Callback to one of the most infamous angles in pro wrestling history.
* Happened during a match on RAW between Wrestling/TeamHellNo and Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Wrestling/SinCara between Wrestling/MichaelCole, Wrestling/JerryLawler, and the Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers once Cole used the term "washrag." It goes on for the rest of the match. It would later become a mild [[{{Narm}} running gag]] between Cole and the PTP.
* Mean Gene Okerlund
** He famously had to turn his back to the camera during an interview with Wrestling/KenPatera, because Patera's promo skills... weren't exactly great.
** He completely lost it during a promo with Doctor D David Schultz [[http://youtu.be/D11H_sWxJtk here.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KHsNztphWQ A promo]] with Wrestling/TheIronSheik.
* The JBL & Cole Show
** One episode features Wrestling/WilliamRegal and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext dressed up as ninjas]]. In it, Bryan demands that Regal [[GroinAttack kick him in the groin]] to show off his "''Iron Testicles''", Regal obliged and can be clearly seen covering his mouth in a poor attempt to hide his laughing. Bryan's reaction certainly doesn't help either. [[http://youtu.be/GIoBF3l6M6I?t=5m1s It can be seen here]]
** In another episode, Cole visibly cracked up when Wrestling/DamienSandow was singing and insulting Rosa Mendes
* While on the subject of Wrestling/BryanDanielson, there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSh2s_lmthI this]] promo cut by him and Paul London for a Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla event. London has clearly jettisoned his connection with reality when he starts talking about walking on the beach before the event; at the :55 mark is when Danielson can't keep it under control. To his credit, they work through their giggles. Especially when...
-->'''Paul''': I need a pod. [[BackToBackBadasses A two-person pod]]. Say hello to my pod partner...\\
''(The camera pulls back to allow Bryan back into frame, whereupon he stares at the camera for a long moment)''\\
'''Bryan''': Hello.\\
'''Paul''': ''Hello''. ''(Bryan starts cracking up again)'' That was good.
* ''Survivor Series 2013'' Zeb Coulter demonstrates what twerking is. [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Cesaro]], normally TheStoic, finds it impossible not to grin and chuckle. Wrestling/JackSwagger kept a straight face.
* During the Invasion, Wrestling/KurtAngle cut a promo from the stage on the Alliance in the ring, and said the he was going to kick [[Wrestling/SteveAustin Steve Austin's]] "tex-ass", which made Austin bury his face in the turnbuckle for a few seconds.
* During Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon's introduction of Wrestling/TripleH on 12/9/13, Wrestling/CMPunk [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/ea3616b52bf33eb3a250cf2176a508c0/tumblr_mxkqquV7xk1rnjfjfo1_400.gif completely gave up trying to take it seriously]].
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The hosts of ''The Mark & Brian Program'' made it a point not to pre-record their sketches precisely because they understood the entertainment value of their frequently corpsing as they performed live on the air.
* Getting [[Radio/TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]] to corpse was easy. In one instance, it may have resulted in one of the contenders for "longest audience laugh" on the show (the other one being the legendary "Your money or your life?" "I'm thinking it over!" exchange). Don Wilson early on in the episode in question flubbed the name of famed newscaster Drew Pearson, calling him "Dreer Pooson". Later, during an unrelated murder-mystery sketch, Frank J. Nelson (otherwise known as [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons the "yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees?" guy]] ad-libbed during the following exchange:
--> '''Benny''': Are you the doorman?
--> '''Nelson''': Who do you think I am -- '''Dreer Pooson?''' (Benny collapsed in a heap laughing, falling off the stage in hysterics.)
* Tom and Ray burst into laughter many, many times in every single episode of ''Radio/CarTalk''.
* ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'' has a tradition of getting Radio 4 newsreaders to sit in and read out newspaper cuttings sent in by listeners, which regularly leads to this, the best and most frequent example being Charlotte Green. This will often be far funnier than the actual cutting in question, as there is something inherently funny about hearing one of the most precise, measured voices on radio breaking into fits of uncontrollable giggling. This would often cause Green to start laughing all over again leading to 5 minutes plus (on a 30 minute show) just of Charlotte laughing.
** If we are to speak of Charlotte Green corpsing, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKBWsy5A2bA this]] must be heard. Someone on her talkback compared the sound they were playing to "a bee in a jar", which set her off. The next story was [[TheFunInFuneral an obituary notice]].
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[[folder:Stand-up Comedy]]
* Ironically, part of the charm of Pete Holmes' stand-up is that he allows himself to laugh at his own jokes, and invokes this trope multiple times per show, and in most non-standup things he does. Most people would think this would detract from their effect, but it only adds relatability.
* It's also a standard of Jeremy Hotz's routine. He uses odd posture and his right hand to stifle his laughter at his own jokes. It works because his routine is filled to the brim with [[CringeComedy humiliating situations]] and BlackComedy it makes him look less like he's laughing and more like he's about to cry.
* Red Skelton was also famous for laughing at his own jokes. See an example [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W-lQXcGdkg here]]
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[[folder:Theater]]
* [[{{Pantomime}} Panto]] traditionally features at least one scene where the Dame or the Villain (usually) will try and force each other, or the rest of the cast, to corpse. This frequently becomes the subject of backstage score-keeping too.
* Martyn Green recounted a performance of Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'' that was interrupted when a sudden loud orchestral chord in the number "Carefully On Tiptoe Stealing" startled a [[ThatPoorCat theater cat]], which ran screaming across the stage. The cast ''might'' have been able to recover and carry on with the show, if only the next two lines hadn't been:
--> CHORUS: "Goodness me, why what was that?"
--> DICK DEADEYE: "Silent be, it was the cat!"
** And cue complete cast corpsing.
* [[Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical A Very Potter Senior Year]]: Watch Creator/DarrenCriss as Franchise/HarryPotter Hagrid bounces him. There are times when he can barely get the words out.
** In the same play, Creator/JoeWalker (Tom Riddle) is watching the dead Moaning Myrtle get dragged offstage. There are three problems with this: One, Moaning Myrtle is played by, um... [[http://imlovedandalive.tumblr.com/image/46563174206 this guy.]] Two, Madam Pomfrey isn't able to drag him off so he has to push himself around with his feet while pretending to be dead. Three, his wig ''falls off'' and he has to crawl back onstage to get it. While being dead. Poor Joe can't hold back a grin.
* The play ''Oblomov'' is based on a Russian novel about a character who almost never leaves his bed, briefly has a romantic attack, finds out he's incapable of love and goes back to bed. Theatrical presentations would have necessarily been grim had it not been for the most famous presentation casting Spike Milligan as the lead. Milligan proceeded to act up to such an extent that they renamed it ''Son of Oblomov'', and apparently considered it his job to try and corpse his fellow actors whenever possible. Only one - [[TheStoic Joan Greenwood]] - managed to keep her dignity intact despite Milligan doing things like rowing the bed offstage with an imaginary oar or - on one occasion - conscripting the Boulting Brothers (twin filmmakers) to sit in the bed with him for the entire play.
* Rik Mayall and Ade Edmonson are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZVkLF7UbR8&feature=player_detailpage#t=390s infamous]] for their corpsing in the ''Series/{{Bottom}}'' live shows.
* This happened a lot during Kristin Chenoweth's final performance on ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''.
** Picture it: a tense scene during the second act of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', when Fiyero has his gun trained on the Wizard, Glinda and Elphaba are both telling him to flee, and he admits he loves her and is going to go with her. Cue a little girl in the audience going "Yay!"—clear as a bell and quite loud in the silence. Everyone in the theater busted up—and while the actors were quite professional and did not break character or the scene, the actress playing Elphaba was visibly struggling not to burst out laughing, and giggles were in fact audible. Unsurprisingly, the same was true of Glinda's actress.
** The "toss-toss" near the end of "Popular" usually has the actresses breaking down into laughter with the audience.
* Creator/DavidTennant and Creator/CatherineTate in the final performances of ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' seemed to make it their mission to get each other to do this. At one point, during Benedick's monologue following the scene in which he is tricked into believing Beatrice is in love with him, a member of the audience said "Yes!" following the line "Love me? Why it must be requited". David Tennant stopped and laughed before walking over and performing the rest of the speech to the audience member, pausing to allow him to answer "Yes" or "No" to the questions. When Catherine Tate walked on stage, she was clearly trying not to laugh. Later in the play when Beatrice agrees to marry Benedick, the two actors kissed for so long and in such an over the top fashion that the entire cast were visibly having to stifle their laughter.
* Creator/JessicaChastain told a story about while performing ''The Heiress'' on Broadway, during a kissing scene with Dan Stevens an audience member's cell phone went off right at the moment they kissed, with a ringtone that sounded uncannily like a musical cue. Jessica had to grab Dan and extend the kiss because she was shaking from having to hold back her laughter.
* It seems to be the mission in life of the actors in the London version of ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'' to get each other to do this.
* This supposedly happened in Lunacharsky State Institute for Theater Arts in Moscow, Russia around 1980. After some conflict students decided to prank their tutor, who combined teaching with acting in theater. He was reading a long and serious monologue in some 19th century drama, at some point opened a wardrobe (the insides of which were not visible to the audience) and saw a naked butt of a student. Being a seasoned professional the tutor continued his monologue without a flinch. But the students were persistent and started taking turns mooning him from the wardrobe. A month later they gave up. When the tutor did not see a usual naked butt during his next performance, he broke his monologue with laughter and could only say "Where's the ass?!"
* A much repeated joke about how to get a singer in Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung to corpse is to ask her how she likes her eggs just before the aria "Weiche, Wotan, Weiche". [[note]]Which can be translated as ''"Softboiled, Wotan, softboiled"''[[/note]]
* Seems to happen in ''Theatre/TooManyCooks'' where Micky is scripted to get up at the end of the first act, before the lights go down. Of course, this happens because he isn't actually dead...
* The final performance of the 2014 MontyPython show ''One Down (Five to Go)'' saw a fair bit of corpsing, but the topper was probably Gilliam, Cleese and Idle all losing it during the Crunchy Frog sketch.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[Creator/TimCurry Premier]] [[DirtyCommunists Cherdenko]] in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' barely contains his laughter when uttering [[HamAndCheese this gem.]]
-->-- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZQUysir9uE#t=173 Commander! You've rained on my glorious parade! For this, I'm sending everything I got at you, but I won't let you have the satisfaction of catching me. I'm escaping to ONE PLACE THAT HASN'T BEEN CORRUPTED BY CAPITALISM... '''SPACE!''']]
** Jennifer Morrison in the Tiberium War had a hard time keeping a straight face through much of her dialogue.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* {{Furry|Fandom}} rant show ''[[TwoSense 2 Sense]]'' featured the hosts learning about an AxCrazy lunatic writing a {{Narm}}-tastic poem called "I Ruined Your Face." The hosts, 2 and Jibba, couldn't stop laughing about it, and jokes about it through the rest of the episode sent them both into hysterics. If that wasn't enough, footage from after the show was over proved that they'd actually been ''holding back''. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h3qx3UnOmc here]].
* {{Ashens}} normally keeps a perfect British StiffUpperLip, but he has lost it on camera quite a few times when something incredibly absurd catches him by surprise. One notable time was when he discovered that one of the games in his [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct Pop Station]] was titled [[BlindIdiotTranslation "Chanticleer Hegemony."]] Another time, when he discovered that the knockoff iPhone he was reviewing had [[http://youtu.be/CSO1KWLGd50?t=5m26s an old-fashion television aerial]], he laughed so hard he had to cut the recording and thank god for this gift to improvised comedy.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd
** Creator/{{James|Rolfe}} released a HilariousOuttakes video for his ''Crazy Castle'' review in which he struggles to keep a straight face during the "muck spread" rant.
** In episode three of Cinemassacre Mailbag, he received a letter from a writer on the blog ''Fight Hard Yeah!'' As is the case on the blog, the letter was filled with [[TranslationTrainwreck horrible Engrish]]. The last line of the letter was ''so'' terrible that it caused James to burst into laughter. He couldn't say the line without laughing. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGZri15rD-U See here.]]
** His review of ''The Wizard of OZ on SNES''. When Mike Mattei shows up in a lion costume hyper-actively ranting about things like 'wiping his ass with his tail', you can see James literally ''straining'' to keep from laughing. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTLUOgP21UY#t=5m51s Take a look.]]
** When he reviewed ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' games, James is visibly struggling to hold back laughing at Creator/LloydKaufman's audacious and crude antics.
** Two outtakes at the end of his ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' review have him bursting out with laughter after a couple of Kyle's spontaneous lines.
--> '''Nerd:''' Battletoads is not a--
--> '''Kyle:''' I'm going behind the couch!!!
--> '''Nerd:''' Well good then you (starts laughing) [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck!]]
** In the ''Ikari Warriors'' review (not the outtakes), he audibly corpses two or three times at Kyle's comments.
* ''[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Doug Walker]]''
** During the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3yiSgv3SeQ Top 10 Movies He Hates but Everyone Else Loves]]. As he describes the [[{{Narm}} increasingly ridiculous]] plot of ''Film/{{Signs}}'', he continues to grin more and more until he finally admits that he needs to watch the movie again [[SoBadItsGood as he might actually like it.]] [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/35585-signs Turns out he doesn't.]]
** During his review of ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'', you hear him stifle a laugh when he comments on Drake's evil lair.
* WebVideo/ObscurusLupa, she of crude humor, made highbrow [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]] [[http://blip.tv/OLPresents/hamletthevampireslayerbloopersfinished-5896369 corpse constantly]] in their crossover review of ''Hamlet The Vampire Slayer''. This led to her mocking him over having been in film school but not being able to keep a straight face, her giving him ''tips'' on it, and him begging her to stop being funny and at one point exclaiming "This person! This person is just like hitting me at certain points in my - neurons and just making me burst out laughing and I don't know ''how'' she's doing it, but it's pinpoint! And it's [[MilkingTheGiantCow uncontrollable]] and it's - I'm never working with you again." "Pinky promise!"
** Oancitizen and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick did a crossover review of ''Film/FreddyGotFingered''; in [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/35397-freddy-got-fingered-bloopers the bloopers]] he accuses her of "Lupa-ing".
** Amusingly, he later causes this at his review of ''Film/TromeoAndJuliet'' with WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob, as the Snob is clearly holding/hiding laughter as Kyle lists some ParallelPornTitles based on Shakespeare.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows :
** In their comparison video of ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'' and ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally'', you can see her fighting not to crack up when he says "''Sleepless In Seattle'' made my balls shrivel" and later ranting at a ''Sleepless'' character who just lets his fiancee break up with him.
** You can also see her fighting off a smirk at the end of Todd's "NOW KIIIIIIISS!" bit from the ''Film/FromJustinToKelly'' review.
** Their review of ''Film/{{Crossroads|2002}}'' cuts to the credits just as Lindsay is about to laugh at Todd ordering her to leave his house.
* Creator/LittleKuriboh did a [[Theatre/TheVaginaMonologues Vagina Monologue]] remake of the first episode of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. He did it all in one cut and makes it about half way through [[http://youtu.be/cJ6WzYckVmo before he broke into a fit of laughter.]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has an in-universe example of this in "Videography." Strong Bad is trying to create an advertisement for his video editing service with a straight face, but when he starts listing occasions that would make good videos, and gets to "droopy drawers", accompanied by a picture of his younger brother's low-riding underwear, but cannot continue without chuckling.
* Mook on ''WebVideo/EpicMealTime'' is prone to corpsing when Harley is on camera. Examples include the Gentlemen Beef Wellington, and Candy Sushi episodes.
* In almost every set of HilariousOuttakes for ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', there's at least one of Matt Hullum (Sarge, Doc, and Wyoming's voice actor) cracking up in the middle of his lines, not only because they're usually hilarious, but also because he often doesn't read them before recording.
* In the bloopers for a crossover review with other European reviewers, [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]] starts laughing and cannot stop ''[[UpToEleven for over four minutes]]''. Eventually the others have him cover his eyes and pretend he's crying, so they can keep filming while he's in utter hysterics.
* During ''WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}'s'' [[DramaticReading Crappy Pasta]] videos, slowbeef and Diabetus are both prone to cracking up during the worst parts. In ''Slowbeef's House of Horror: Recipe of Death'', there's a couple of outtakes where slowbeef burst into laughter when trying to read it.
** There's one incident where, while reviewing one of Creator/BillyMC's videos of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioAllStars'', both slowbeef and Diabetus dissolve into laughter on the initial take when Billy mentions his mom getting McDonalds while she was doing Christmas shopping.
* Jack (understandably) does this quite often In WebVideo/JacksFilms' [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA6687CF25DE17420 "Your Grammar Sucks"]] series. [[AudienceParticipation People are ''supposed'' to send him]] comments that are filled with horrible grammar, and as one can imagine, they're often pretty darn funny on their own, even without Jack's dramatic reading of them. He even ended up [[UpToEleven turning it into a]] ''[[UpToEleven drinking game.]]''[[note]] Once every 10 episodes, starting with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el5rMq0TMUM YGS 21]].[[/note]]
* On [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x94zXO02VPU one episode]] of Creator/RedLetterMedia's "Best Of The Worst", none of the panelists can get through a list of Nick Millard's films without cracking up.
* Even though it's common for the ''WebOriginal/GameGrumps'' to burst into laughter, Danny pretty much spends the entire episode of ''Mickey Mousecapade'' laughing so hard he's actually heaving in pain and begging Arin to stop doing his [[StylisticSuck intentionally bad]] imitation of the ''WebOriginal/AngryVideoGameNerd''.
--> '''Arin:''' Geez, walking chairs?! What's he in a hurry for? ''To get sit on?''
--> '''Danny:''' (Literally crying with laughter) Stop!!!
* On TheRickyGervaisShow, Stephen Merchant was reading an excerpt from Karl Pilkington's Diary about when Karl got a piece of junk mail addressed to a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8rlkeQgbtU "Mr. K Dilkington".]] It's not shown in the animated version, but in the original podcast Stephen spends nearly two minutes beforehand trying to compose himself to actually say the word "Dilkington" because he was laughing so hard.
* During the ClockTower episode of ''WebVideo/JonTron'', Jon sees a weird purple... thing, which causes him to vomit candy corn... and immediately he starts laughing, clearly out of character. Soon joined by the camera man.
* It's almost ridiculously common for LetsPlay/{{raocow}} to burst into laughter when something in-game amuses him. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErXL1DkJgLQ This]] is probably his most famous, where a silly looking boss sprite causes him to spend nearly ''two minutes'' laughing uncontrollably.
* ''Podcast/TheCoOptionalPodcast'':
** This is often bound to occur, particularly when there have been moments where WebVideo/JesseCox would attempt to make the relatively stoic [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit]] crack.
** An early instance occurred in TGS Podcast #10, where in the middle of discussion a woman enters Jesse's room and starts cleaning the shelf behind him. Jesse promptly loses it (albeit silently) and points her out causing TB and Dodger to start dying with the latter leaning out of frame to compose herself while [=JonTron=] sits there oblivious to it for a good fifteen seconds. He finally notices and starts laughing just after Dodger gets a hold of herself and leans back into frame causing her to start again. Finally after the woman leaves only to come back moments later causing Jesse to turn his webcam off and the others start laughing all over again.]] It's a full minute and a half of continued laughter from all four of them and a shining example of how contagious TB, Jesse, and Dodger's laughter can be.
--> '''[=JonTron=]:''' [[http://youtu.be/pvZWyDnvtaY?t=29m33s I think this is the best moment of my life!]]
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* Happened to Madeleine Peters (Scootaloo) in episode 18 of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' during the [[DreadfulMusician cringe-worthy rendition of the Cutie Mark Crusaders' Theme Song]]. It's hard to catch because it's somewhat covered up by a fan.
* Voice actor giants Creator/FrankWelker and Creator/PeterCullen got in on this during the run of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', though it was one-sided (and amusingly, instigated by the one who played the evil leader). [[http://animatedtv.about.com/od/dvdandvideoreviews/fr/Transformers-Prime-Interview.htm Apparently]] one of Frank's goals while playing [[BigBad Megatron]] was "to get Peter to laugh water out of his nose."
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had the memorable episode "The Man Who Killed Batman", [[TheFunInFuneral where Joker holds a funeral for his rival, complete with Harley Quinn playing]] AmazingFreakingGrace '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkkwpldMhGc on a kazoo]]'''. Harley's voice actress Arleen Sorkin actually did the kazoo herself, and reportedly they had to do this bit (and Joker's follow-up line "Well that was fun! Who's up for Chinese?") in one take because the entire cast was laughing too hard to try again.
* The legendary ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' BlooperReel has several instances of the actors cracking up mid-line, such as Panthro's actor breaking down during a long string of TechnoBabble to remark "What the fuck am I even saying?!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' had a moment which didn't occur in the show itself, but on one of the six answering machine message tapes given to fan C.E. Forman during MTV's Cool Crap Auction in 1999, which were personalized and read by Daria herself. The third one ("Hey, it's Daria Morgendorffer. Whenever I'm in Peoria, I like to answer Chris's phone calls. It's how I get my jollies. How do you get yours?") had Tracy Grandstaff (Daria) laughing while saying "Peoria".
* Happens in the BlooperReel on ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' with Atta shrieking "YES!" in response to Hopper asking "Are you saying I'm stupid?" before utterly cracking up.
* During the live action scene near the end of ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', you can see Music/PaulMcCartney trying to supress laughter just as Music/JohnLennon [[LargeHam hammily]] delivers his first line.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': One episode has Rick tuning the TV so as to get channels from parallel universes. It's quite evident several of these shows and commercials were improvised by the voice actors on the spot, and they don't even bother to cover the fact they cracked themselves up with it.
** The titular characters thoroughly lampshade it.
*** Morty: Huh, seems like TV from other dimensions has a somewhat looser feel to it.
*** Rick: Yeah, it's got an almost improvisational tone.
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* Ever watch a war movie where there's always the one guy who starts giggling uncontrollably when DrillSergeantNasty is in his face? That happens in real life. ''All the time.'' Inappropriate laughter is a fairly common reaction to stress. There's a reason many scoldings will include the line "wipe that smile off your face".
** Marine Corps Drill Instructors will actively TRY to get recruits to corpse, typically by shouting incredibly outlandish threats, to either a) help the recruit practice to hold their bearing, or b) give the DI an excuse to punish the recruit or platoon. They also aren't immune to corpsing themselves. That's why they wear such big hats.
** This is actually known as a "grin of fear" and is believed to be holdover from early in our evolution, since many primates similarly display this characteristic whenever frightened or stressed.
* Blood stain pattern analysis classes (or sometimes, Interview and Interrogation classes) involving photos of actual, altogether gory crime scenes. Fits of giggles all around. Though some students might be expecting to be told that the entire spiel regarding the background of that particular crime scene was made up, and are just waiting for the teacher to break character (they don't; Interview and Interrogation students then get to watch the video of the killer's interrogation).
* Anyone who's ever done live theater can attest to this. It's not that something is funny, it just ''happens.'' One of the points of rehearsals is try and get it all out of your system so you don't do it during the show itself. Of course, getting it out of your system during rehearsal only helps so much. Sometimes the audience reaction only makes things worse. Especially if you have someone especially loud in the front row who cackles like a chicken at every joke. And, of course, things can still go hilariously wrong during the performance....
* Multiple times, this happens at band rehearsal. When you're standing at attention for five minutes while one squad is fixed, someone's bound to break out in hysterics.
* Anyone who's ever been in a silent classroom - perhaps doing an exam or having to work without speaking.
** Or a church during the sermon or silent prayers/meditation.
*** There's an especially critical part in German when the parson says "And he took bread, and gave thanks" which in German is "Und er nahm das Brot, dankte". The problem is that "dankte", meaning "thanked", sounds exactly the same as "dunkte", meaning "dunked", leading many kids to remember the old joke of Jesus being the first basketball player in the most inappropriate moment.
** Or, if you’re Israeli, you've probably seen some ''[[LowerClassLout arsim/frekhot]]'' laughing at your school’s memorial service for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_Hazikaron Israeli Memorial Day]][[note]]Israel treats its Memorial Day as a much, much more solemn day, with depressing ceremonies and nothing on the television but sad films and programmes related to fallen soldiers.[[/note]] or for the Holocaust during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_HaShoah Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day]]. School staff is often very unamused.
* Believe it or not, this is how Creator/ElisabethSladen [[MeetCute met]] her husband. She was making her first stage appearance at the Liverpool Playhouse - as a corpse, naturally - when a certain young actor, playing the doctor, whispered "[[{{Pun}} respiration nil, Aston Villa two]]" into her ear. That actor's name was Brian Miller, and she married him three years later.
** That joke style works very well. Colin cracked Drew on an episode of Whose Line by saying "Beverly Hills 90210, Cleveland Browns 3."
* You'll occasionally run across a news anchor who can't keep a straight face while delivering grim and gory news reports. Although in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc-CgzTkyF4 case of this news story]], it'd be hard for ''anyone'' not to laugh after seeing the crazy-eyed picture of the accused murderer. This one must have been particularly embarrassing for the anchor, who started giggling at his picture while describing how he dismembered his victim.
** On that note, it's often very hard for anchors to keep a straight face when a suspect has a funny mugshot. Something similar happened during a news report on the Aurora Colorado movie theater shooter, whose mugshot was seen grinning dementedly like something out of a cartoon.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDV6_FlRais This]] famous Russian (subtitled) video. Of course, it's nigh-impossible to read "a marijuana plantation guarded by 13 black bears (along with a dog, a pig and a raccoon)" without going into a fit of laughter.
* Amongst skippers on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland, this is a game called "Drop the Mic": try to get someone to break so badly that they can't continue spieling and have to put down the microphone. Occasionally results in people falling into the river if you do it to someone on the dock who isn't paying enough attention.
* During the absolutely silent, very tense sequence where Ethan breaks into the vault at Langley in ''Film/MissionImpossible'', many a crowded cinema had one small noise of stifled laughter set off most of the audience.
* A Brazilian news reporter started laughing while reporting [[http://www.policeone.com/news/48924-81-year-old-charged-with-ecstasy-smuggling this]] (particularly when the culprit says she thought the smuggled ecstasy was Viagra). In a bit of SelfDeprecation, a few years later she saw the clip again during an interview.
* ''Anyone'', [[BreakingTheFourthWall maybe even you]], who has heard that really good joke the other day, and now remembers it when they are in public, waiting for the bus or walking down the road. Cue every other passerby staring at them as they try to hide a sudden inexplicable burst of giggles and/or grinning.
** Human nature being what it is, this is also especially likely to occur during quiet or solemn moments such as [[TheFunInFuneral funerals]].
** Similarly, if you listen to a funny song on your iPod and start grinning/laughing, people will look at you weird, especially if they don't realize you have headphones in.
* Try playing "Park bench," in which the entire point is to sit beside one of your friends, and act out a routine or do shenanigans, all in order to make the subject laugh, or even just smile.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov did this while defending his Ph.D. dissertation when one of his examiners asked a question relating to one of his fictional stories (written as a parody of a peer-reviewed journal article). The story was supposed to be published under a pseudonym, but the publisher slipped up and attached his real name to the piece.
* During the 2003 UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade, Katie Couric briefly does this when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGkNtmA_7uI she spots her own daughter on one of the floats]]. ("Who is that cute little girl?") This is followed by the other presenters breaking into audible laughter.
** The parade has had its share of this, depending on the number of wisecracks the hosts pull at each other. For instance, Katie had to go through this literally ''all the time'' when trying to put up with Willard Scott's antics when they hosted together from 1991-97. Nowadays, the corpsing only happens when Al Roker is in the booth.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rexLQIpuxpA This poor weatherman]] had the misfortune to fart just before coming back from commercial, setting him giggling helplessly and the other newscasters snickering. After enduring some ribbing from the other anchors, he managed to regain his composure just long enough to read the forecast: "Winds coming out of the south with cloudy skies the rest of the day." At which point everyone in the entire studio collapsed in hysterics.
* In a similar vein, future ''Series/{{Today}}'' weatherman Willard Scott once went into a fit of laughter due to an unfortunately timed audio clip when he was about to introduce a radio news broadcast in TheSixties (as told by a [[http://www.thejoyboys.com/tales2.htm radio person who used to work with him]]).
-->There was an engineer, Arthur Semmig, who would put together sound effects and crazy audio-sketches at his little home studio before he came in to work the Joy Boys [Willard's popular radio comedy with Ed Walker] in the evening. Arthur had a tape of [[UsefulNotes/KentuckyFriedChicken Colonel Sanders (KFC)]], and on occasion Arthur would play parts of the tape as a reaction to what was on the air at the time.\\
In those days Willard was the announcer for the Creator/{{NBC}} Radio News intros. One night there was a local Ford dealer spot which ended with a [[MsFanservice sexy female voice, saying "and tell them I sent you."]] The engineer (Arthur) was then supposed to open Willard's mike for the NBC Network Radio News intro -- [[EpicFail instead he opened a switch where the Colonel's tape was still running]], and (heard only locally following the sexy voice) was: "And it's finger-lickin' good, folks!"\\
Now Willard was trying to introduce the news and he was laughing like you have never heard him laugh. Then newsman Dave Rush begins to laugh, because he also heard the local audio. If you were anywhere else in the country listening to NBC news, you hadn't heard the local spot or the Colonel, all you heard was Willard and Dave laughing almost out-of-control. They never did regain any composure. It was the funniest newscast I had ever heard...
* [[Usefulnotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Cavaliers]], November 2014. "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU6rJX-mChM Nothing says college like singing Journey while holding onto a goose]]." Cue the trope by announcers Joe Tessitore and Brock Huard.
* Creator/MikeJudge has said that one of his inspirations for ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' was hearing some classmates giggle when the priest said "eat this" during Communion at his Catholic high school's Graduation Mass.
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