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The humorous counterpart to the MeaningfulBackgroundEvent, and sometimes overlaps with DistantReactionShot.

Sometimes, a scene contains something funny going on in the background. Very often it is used during a conversation and if you are paying ''too much'' attention to the foreground, you may even miss the scene, especially if (as is often the case) the characters are looking away from it. The event can contain simple slapstick humor, or be an inside gag.
It doesn't ''have'' to be subtle, sometimes it is obvious while the conversation is unimportant. The important thing is that it is played in the background and is at least somewhat funny or cool.

Despite the name, sometimes this can actually be in the foreground, but the important point is that the audience has their attention directed elsewhere.

Occasionally, this might be a result of ArtificialAtmosphericActions.

* FunnyBackgroundEvent/AnimeAndManga
* FunnyBackgroundEvent/{{Comics}}
* FunnyBackgroundEvent/AnimatedFilms
* FunnyBackgroundEvent/LiveActionFilms
* FunnyBackgroundEvent/{{Literature}}
* FunnyBackgroundEvent/LiveActionTV
* FunnyBackgroundEvent/VideoGames
* FunnyBackgroundEvent/WebComics
* FunnyBackgroundEvent/WebOriginal
* FunnyBackgroundEvent/WesternAnimation
* FunnyBackgroundEvent/RealLife



* An advertisement from about 10 years ago (probably for an Internet search engine or some such) has as its tagline, "There's fun stuff everywhere. You just need to know where to look." In the immediate foreground we see a dour-faced man stepping out of a subway car while further back in the subway station, almost too far away to be seen, the doors to another subway car are opening and several circus clowns are stepping out! Made even funnier by the fact that [[SadClown the clowns have dour facial expressions, too]].
* State Farm has a commercial out now (2011) featuring a guy claiming the money he saved on insurance bought him a falcon. The end of the commercial draws attention to a guy who used his savings to buy samurai armor, but throughout the commercial there are people walking by with all sorts of things, including a cockatoo, a clown car, a stuffed moose head, etc.
* During the Advertising/CompareTheMeerkat advert "The Battle Of Fearlessness" there are two soldier meerkats throwing sandballs at each other near the start.
* One of the commercials for Mio Energy involves every scene having something different. The only thing that doesn't change is an older worker pushing a cart.
* A series of commercials for Food Lion (a regional grocery chain in the southeastern US) features the Food Lion mascot, a [[TalkingAnimal talking]] [[CaptainObvious lion]]. In one of the commercials, the lion talks with a stereotypically embarrassing [[MyBelovedSmother smother]] who makes snacks for a sullen teen's GarageBand. She and the lion make snack choices that embarrass her son("[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Mom! Fishsticks. Do Not. Rock!]]"), but almost imperceptibly, one of his bandmates actually agrees with the mom, and is excited about those snack choices.

[[folder: Fanfics]]
* In ''New Chance'', Konoha's council is still reeling from finding out Naruto's father is alive. All while Inuzuka Tsume is trying to stop her dog from eating the human heart (ItMakesSenseInContext) in the dustbin near them.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', in episode 9, Quick Man was still running when the black hole shut down, resulting in him crashing through a wall with EfficientDisplacement.
* ''FanFic/MonstersInParadise:'' In Chapter Six, Yukari's Ninetales tries to squeeze into a booth next to her while the youkai carries on a serious conversation with someone, oblivious to it all.
* In the story [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8649007/9/Kitsune-s-Power Kitsune's Power]], Kakashi and Anko have a discussion about how Anko has been training her apprentice and how bad Kakashi's team is while in the background, Naruto and Zabuza decimate the local forest as they battle.

* These are seen in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', most often in their television or film parodies.

* Vanity Police's video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il0F3eGDzos "Things You Don't Mean"]] has a rather hilarious moment where someone's cat walks onto the set in the middle of the video and starts nudging the scenery. You have to wonder who didn't make sure that the cat couldn't get in while they were filming it...
* In Music/TheBeatles song "Girl," the word "tit" gets repeatedly chanted in the background of the the middle eight.
** The video for "Day Tripper". [[JohnLennon John]] and [[PaulMcCartney Paul]] sing blissfully with their guitars, seemingly oblivious to the fact that RingoStarr is destroying parts of the set with a saw. To cap it off, only [[GeorgeHarrison George]] notices.
** A black-and-white performance video of The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" has John sitting at the harmonium making goofy faces, sometimes playing one note at a time, and [[NoFourthWall peering mischievously towards the camera]], while Paul does his best [[{{Corpsing}} not to lose his composure]].
* In the music video for Music/FallOutBoy's song “Just One Yesterday”, guest singer Foxes decides to climb halfway out of the car she's driving to sing her verse with the wind dramatically blowing her hair. Meanwhile, we see Patrick desperately trying to control the car from the passenger seat.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Not as frequent as MeaningfulBackgroundEvent, which generally occur when wrestlers run in without any music announcing, but every now and then you have something hilarious going on in the background.
* Famously, during a match that ended up backstage between Wrestling/BookerT and Wrestling/TheBigShow, Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/RicFlair seemingly randomly drove a forklift by the match.
* While [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] was doing a walk to his limo (where he would eventually be "killed" in an explosion), you could see him pass by [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] who, in contrast to the serious mood the production was attempting to set, was visibly trying not to crack up. (This incident was rumored to be why he was fired later.)
* An unintentional one happened at the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFse308SneE WWF Free For All (a pre-game show) before the first No Way Out]]. Wrestling/{{Vader}} was being interviewed by [[Characters/WWEDivas Sunny]], and near the end, a nearby door opens and [[Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors Road Warrior Hawk]] steps out, looks around, and quickly backs away. The look on his face was priceless.
** Something similar happened on an episode of ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'' once during the invasion when [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] was being interview by Kevin Kelly in front of his "personal dressing room." The door opened and Pat Patterson comes out and quickly goes back in.
* During the in-ring introductions for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html ECW World Television Champion]] [[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} Taz]] vs. Wrestling/BamBamBigelow match at ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Living Dangerously'', March 1, 1998, a fan in the crowd was able to get a "[=TAZ=] FEARS [[Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} GOLDBERG]]" sign positioned right above and behind Taz's head.
* July 7, 2014: During a match between Wrestling/BoDallas and El Torito, someone in the crowd yelled, "Motherfucker!" The rest of the crowd starts looking around trying to find who said that.
* October 20, 2014: Someone in the crowd held up a sign with Madoka Kaname from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' on it. It has gone viral.
* Wrestling/DeanAmbrose attacks Wrestling/TheAuthority and a hotdog cart is involved. During the attack, Wrestling/RandyOrton hides and munches on a hotdog from the cart.

* Sadly, 99% of the funny background events get edited out of the final versions of ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}'' roleplays, but every now and then an observant player will send a screencap into the [[http://outofcontextajco.tumblr.com/ out of context blog]]. The best examples tend to feature players abusing Minecraft's weapon and animal naming features.
** Pi-TEC was slain by A_J using a rather sharp rock I found on the ground
** All of the Deserters [[YouMakeMeSic was]] slain by Krauzer using The State
** Auditor was slain by A_J using [[OneBadMother Mother's hand]]
** Blue was slain by Krauzer using a sword made of her own teeth
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': is full of them. What is relevant to the plot isn't always what attracts the attention of the players...
** [=TT2000=] recently declared war on Minor's fly armies.
*** Then in the off-topic thread Opel and [=TT=] started arguing over how stupid it was.
** engie and piono introduced each other to their split personalities.
*** Followed by eye rolling and sarcastic remarks from other posters and the forum equivalent of a facepalm from Twinbuilder.
** Some of the mini-flame wars that occasionally start between the players.
*** Made funnier by the rest of the players telling them to shut up, and once even the godmodder stepping in to shut it down.
* ''Roleplay/FaithTesters'': Any time Matias's Staff is given any mention in the text 90% of it is funny background events. [[http://imgur.com/gallery/PEOxu1u/]]
** That little tidbit of text isn't nearly as funny without the context of ''all'' of the said staff is female and was fawning over one of the party being yelled at (''ie. Miximac'')... which caused the mess above to happen.

* MixedMartialArts: During UFC 182, two of Joe Rogan's male comedian friends sitting at cageside waited until they were both on-camera in the background of an ongoing fight and then made out.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' features a few. Ekundu Cyclops features a cyclops jumping on a tree branch that looks like an erect, circumcised penis. A female is straddling the branch, with several mushrooms aimed at her butt. FreudWasRight.
** The monkeys in the background of the art of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=14690 Uktabi Orangutan]] are in a rather...interesting position. Also the monkeys in the background of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=73976 Uktabi Kong]].
* The StarWarsCustomizableCardGame loves these. Mostly they're ones from the movie, but they sometimes hide things like superimposing a price tag that reads [[TheSixMillionDollarMan "$6,000,000" on Luke's hand, with the flavor text "...better, stronger, faster."]]

* In at least one Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', when Scrooge is in the future listening to the businessmen discussing his funeral, [[TheFaceless the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come]] stands calmly in the background, reading the newspaper.
* In {{Theatre/Wicked}}, while the focus is on Elphaba, Nessarose makes some fairly hilarious hand gestures when she sings "Munchkin boy". (Poor Boq.)
* In ''Haunted'' by Eric Chappell, the ghost of LordByron haunts a writer going through a mid-life crisis. The woman he's having an affair with (another writer) comes in brandishing a newspaper review, which she tells him to read, but says not to look at her quoted age. Byron's ghost, being present at the time and only visible to the protagonist has a great opportunity to look over her shoulder at the review, double-check how old the female writer is, and react with some degree of incredulity.
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', during the Dark Reprise of "You And Me and Pokemon", Professor Oak is banging on the bars of the cage he's locked in and climbing on them.
** During "Double Trouble," Giovanni nurses a migraine as Jessie and James sing.
* In ''Theatre/AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder'', during the last part of the beautiful song "Inside Out," we see Henry D'ysquith helplessly running [[spoiler: from the [[EverythingsWorseWithBees killer bees]], lured by a magical dose of English lavender sprayed on the beekeeping helmet, that lead to his tragic demise]].

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Jim Henson's Ride/MuppetVision3D at [[DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]] has this at least twice. It's fairly obvious that while Dr. Bunsen is explaining his invention, Beaker is getting [[AmusingInjuries heavily pounded by said invention.]] But most viewers of the 3D film are too busy watching Kermit give a tour of the inside of Muppet Labs to notice that in one scene, Scooter and Janice ride across the hallway in the background on a double-seat bicycle. Especially notable since it's one of the very few times you can see Muppets' legs.