Series / The Big Comfy Couch

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Are you ready? Are you ready?
Are you ready to clown around?
With Loonette and Molly, a clown and her dolly,
On The Big Comfy Couch!
The theme song to the show

The Big Comfy Couch was a Canadian show that aired on children's networks such as PBS and YTV in the 1990s. It featured a female clown named Loonette (portrayed first by Alyson Court, then by Ramona Gilmour-Darling) with her doll, Molly. Both of them lived in a house with an enormous couch and a rug shaped like a clock, where Loonette would engage in a bizarre "clock stretch". Besides playing on the couch, they would visit Loonette's Granny Garbanzo and her cat Snicklefritz, and get packages from the delivery clown Major Bedhead, usually sent by Loonette's world-traveling Auntie Macassar or Uncle Chester.

The series originally lasted from 1992 to 1996, five seasons. It debuted in the U.S. in 1995. It was revived for a 6th season in 2002. A 7th season was added in 2006 (with Ramona replacing Alyson as Loonette.) It has been the last so far. A total of 100 episodes were completed.

This show provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Jewish: Granny Garbanzo comes from "the old country," with an Eastern European accent, exclaims "Oy!" when she's stressed or surprised, and has a lighted menorah in her wagon during the Longest Night of the Year.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Loonette is a Non-Ironic Clown living in a clown world with a living doll, but refuses to believe that Dustbunnies live under the couch.
  • Aside Glance: Loonette does this in "Lettuce, Turnip and Pea." and "Ping Pong Polka".
  • Bag of Holding: Or rather, a couch of holding.
  • Big Storm Episode: "The Big Blow Hard" has a storm of the same name hit. The characters take shelter together in Granny's cart who is well prepared for the storm. In the end, the garden is a mess but Granny tells everyone to go fly a kite and that they can clean up later.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Package for Loonette the Clown!" from Major Bedhead and "Hey, Who made this big mess?!" from Loonette.
  • Clucking Funny: Loonette pulls a rubber chicken out of the couch in a lot of episodes.
  • Crossover: The Dustbunny and Foley Family segments both crossed over when Loonette mistook one of the Dustbunnies for a doll and put it in the dollhouse.
  • Cute Mute: Molly.
  • Death Is a Sad Thing: Loonette experiences this with a caterpillar in the episode "Full of Life."
  • The Doll Episode: Done almost every episode in the first 5 seasons with a family in a dollhouse named The Foleys.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In several episodes of season 1, the background color behind the couch was either orange or blue, instead of the traditional pink.
    • In four episodes of the same season ("Upsey Downsey Day", "Something's Fishy Around Here", "Ping Pong Polka", and "Snug as a Bug"), as well as the original intro sequence for both seasons 1 and 2, Molly wears yellow instead of her trademark blue dress.
  • Every Episode Ending: "And the clown jumped over the moon!"
    • In the episode "Gesundheit", Loonette sneezes instead of saying her usual line. In the episode "Hiccups", Loonette hiccups during her line ("And the clown 'HICCUP' over the moon!")
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: And how. The show was about a . . . big comfy couch. The clock stretch rug was a rug shaped like a clock for doing stretches.
  • Genki Girl: Loonette.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • A line from a song Major Bedhead sang is "Squirmin' squirmin' pants are burnin'"
    • An episode has Granny Garbonzo and Loonette making their own club. In one scene, they're blowing bubbles out of what looks like a hookah. Here's a video of the scene (Skip to 00:24 for it.).
    • Episode titled 'Clownus Interruptus'. Welp.
    • Another title: 'Lettuce, Turnip and Pea" - the episode where Molly wets the couch.
    • We reiterate: The clock stretch.
    • In "Rude-I-Culous", Loonette and Molly are playing a rhyming game. Loonette says "soup", and Molly's thought sound can be heard, but no picture can be seen. Loonette then yells at her for thinking of the word she thought of.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Loonette's signature hairstyle.
  • Hammerspace: Major Bedhead's bag in a couple episodes, and the couch in pretty much every episode.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: The episode "Hiccups."
  • Hypno Fool: In one episode, Molly refuses to take a nap. Loonette decides to try and hypnotize her, but ends up hypnotizing herself instead.
  • Living Toys: Molly and the Foley Family.
  • Medium Blending: When Loonette told a story, she was the only live-action character. The rest of the story was often told with story-page backdrops and puppets.
  • Nice Hat: Uncle Chester's pith helmet, which has a weather vane on it.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. Heck, even the sun had a clown nose, and so did the dust bunnies (which were alive).
  • Not Me This Time: Most of the time, Loonette is the one who made the big mess at the end. Though there are a few times it's Molly.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Hey...WHO. MADE. THIS. BIG. MESS?!!!"
  • Punny Name: Auntie Macassar, which is a take on "antimacassar" that is laid on the arms and back of a couch.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Dust Bunnies, of course.
  • Rummage Fail: Loonette searching for the thing she needed in the couch always led to this, with her saying "nope" every time she pulled out the wrong thing, which was about 3-4 times. All of the rejected items stayed on the floor for the duration of the show, until Loonette realized the mess she made. And then...
  • Screen Shake: Used every now and then but abused in "Gesundheit".
  • Shout-Out: A couple episode has a reference to the show's production company Radical Sheep.
    • At the end of "1-2-3 Dizzy Dizzy Me" Loonette finds a sheep abacus and gasps: "Oh, wow! Radical...Sheep!"
    • At the beginning of the Dance Academy segment "Limbo Go Sheep" the announcer introduces "Little Bo Beep (Loonette) and her pals the Radical Sheep!"
  • Sneeze of Doom: The episode "Gesundheit" revolves around this trope.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Boy howdy.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Uncle Chester replaced Auntie Macassar in Season 6.
  • Under Crank: During the "10-Second Tidy".
  • Vague Age: Loonette is played by a young woman, but acts like a goofy, hyperactive child in every way, though she apparently lives alone with Molly and has no parents in sight.
  • Visual Pun:
    • The biggest by far are the Dustbunnies, actual dusty rabbits that live under the couch.
    • Molly's belly button is an actual button sewn onto her belly where a naval would be.
    • In one episode Major Behdhead complains that a pair of shoes give him corns, and proceeds to pull an ear of corn out of his shoe.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Loonette did this a couple times. Once she did it to prank Major Bedhead.
  • You Mean "Xmas": The show's holiday episode entails the entire cast pulling an all-nighter in Granny Garbanzo's wagon (including Auntie Macassar) and exchanging gifts and wishes on the Longest Night of the Year, which in real life is also known as the Winter Solstice and falls on December 20 or 21.


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