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Stephen Colbert valiantly tries to keep a straight face.note 

"Christmas means many things to many people. To some, Christmas means glittering lights, gaily wrapped gifts. That's right, sounds of laughter and good cheer. To the folks at Preparation H– hahahahaha– it means a time to pause for a few– hahaha– a few moments to– HAHAHA– to give thanks to their friends, who've been so... [collapses into helpless laughter] …kind and generous!"
Gary Owens, caught off guard at realizing the sponsor of the ad he was reading was a hemorrhoid cream

"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 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, 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, as corpses don't cry either — usually).

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 Robert De Niro or Meryl Streep 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. And if somebody happens to have Contagious Laughter, you're in real trouble.

A common type of Hilarious Outtakes. On the other hand, can be subject to Throw It In! — if the work is a comedy and the actors are able to recover in time for their next line, it can make for a natural aversion of Tough Room. Opposite of The Stoic; see also Not So Stoic. When this happens In-Universe, it's a subtrope of The Show Must Go Wrong. Compare Angrish, when it's anger that prevents someone from speaking coherently.

When the hapless individual actually is trying to play a corpse, this can overlap with The Living Dead.

Has nothing to do with Joker's laughing gas that makes people laugh to death (although some overlap is surely imaginable).



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  • One GEICO commercial depicts their gecko mascot attempting to do a commercial but repeatedly messing up his lines or laughing.
  • In the Canadian A&W "Two for One Mama Burger" 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 Ozzy Osbourne 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.
  • This is the whole idea behind Twizzler's "You Can't Be Serious With Twizzlers" campaign. Someone is showing keeping a straight face while a Twizzler is used to tickle his or her nose until he or she starts laughing.
  • The infamous Baby Laugh-a-Lot commercial ends with the narrator reduced to hysterical laughter as he announces the toy's name and company.

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  • Tsuruya plays what should be a walking corpse in Haruhi Suzumiya'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 The Idolmaster. For the uninitiated: Chihaya is normally The Stoic, and the entire scene is based on a real event that happened during a net show hosted by the two characters' voice actresses.
  • Played with in one episode of My Hero Academia, in which the corpsing of a seemingly-dead villain (played by All Might) during a training exercise turns out to actually have been a hint that the villain was Not Quite Dead, and not genuine corpsing. The protagonists fail the exercise as a result and are flabbergasted that the faculty would play a trick like that.
    • During one of the OVA, where the students do rescue training, Uraraka is supposed to be "unconscious" while Iida plays a hysterical civilian. Iida's acting is so over the top that Uraraka struggles to hold her laughter in the whole time, Spit Take included.
  • In My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering with My School Romantic Comedy, Joji Nakata plays the Lemony Narrator and sometimes chuckles as he reads his absurd lines. They roll with it, as it reinforces how he mocks the Butt-Monkey protagonist.
  • The Weiß Kreuz Hilarious Outtakes involve the dub actors cracking up midline at the show's ridiculous plot points. Rachael Lillis starts screaming with laughter after witnessing her character's boyfriend's sudden death when a car falls on him from a bridge above, and continues giggling and mocking the incident the whole way through the eye-catch and into the next scene. She actually syncs up her giggling with the character's Big "NO!", as well.
  • Similarly, the outtakes for Berserk (1997) have the dub actors flubbing lines and going along. One instance involves Casca's actress whispering something, then immediately bursting out laughing at her own delivery.

  • 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.
  • Carlos Mencia has a habit of laughing mid-punchline when he's on a roll, nearly ruining the joke on occasion.
  • 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 humiliating situations and Black Comedy 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 here.
  • Eddie Izzard, Vic Reeves and Harry Enfield did a retelling of the "Four Yorkshiremen" skit that more or less devolved into a competition to make the others corpse through improvisation and intentionally terrible Yorkshire accents. By the end, the only one able to keep a straight face was Alan Rickman.
  • On Hudson & Landry's Ajax Liquor Store, the store clerk starts to corpse when the inebriated customer on the phone proceeds to read his address, only the gag there was he was reading his order.
  • Somehow, Jeff Dunham's puppets manage to crack him up while his dummies keep a straight face.

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  • While recording lines for Aladdin, Robin Williams's antics caused Scott Weinger to have to excuse himself from the recording booth to laugh his balls off.
  • Happens in the Blooper Reel on A Bug's Life with Atta unable to keep a straight face while Hopper does his "Are you saying I'm stupid? Do I look stupid to you?" line, resulting in them having to re-take the scene repeatedly and culminating in her shrieking "YES!" before utterly cracking up.
    Hopper: This is the 15th take, I cannot work like this. I will be in my trailer.
    Atta: I need a break.
  • During the live-action scene near the end of Yellow Submarine, you can see Paul McCartney trying to suppress laughter just as John Lennon hammily delivers his first line.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Victor/Victoria: Robert Preston deliberately didn't rehearse Toddy's rendition of "Shady Dame" more than once so it could be as much of a trainwreck as possible, and as such, there are a few moments where he starts giggling.
  • In the Caddyshack extras, Chevy Chase tells a story about Rodney Dangerfield getting increasingly distraught on set. When Chase talked to him between takes, Dangerfield said he was afraid he was ruining the film because he couldn't make anyone laugh and crew were walking away during his scenes. Chase had to explain that the whole damn crew was doing their best to not laugh and ruin every single take Dangerfield did.
  • Citizen Kane. Joseph Cotten stayed up 24 hours so that he could be believably drunk in one scene. When he says "film crimiticism", Orson Welles can't help but grin at the unplanned if realistic flub of the line.
  • 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 The Wizard of Oz. When Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion) makes his first appearance, Judy Garland (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 reason why Wanda isn't onscreen much in the sex scene between her and Otto in A Fish Called Wanda is because Jamie Lee Curtis just couldn't stop corpsing, and eventually they just gave up and decided to only shoot Kevin Kline's face.
  • During the "baseball glove" scene in Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon was supposed to act stoic and introspective, but Casey Affleck's banter with Ben Affleck was so funny, they kept it. And the scene when Robin Williams is talking about his wife waking herself up farting has both actors breaking up laughing. If you watch closely during that scene, you'll notice a bit of shaky cam going on — the cameraman was laughing so hard that he couldn't hold the camera steady.
  • Dr. Strangelove:
    • Peter Bull, playing the sombre Russian ambassador, is shaking with laughter and trying desperately not to laugh out loud at watching Peter Sellers's ad-libbed antics as he fights his Evil Hand. 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 façade 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 Black Comedy 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.
    • Director Stanley Kubrick 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.
  • This was the biggest problem in filming The Fly (the original version, not this one), star Vincent Price couldn't help but laugh at co-star David Hedison's costume in the middle of filming, causing many takes to be cut.
  • Another Kubrick example is in Full Metal Jacket. At the beginning when Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is berating the men, Pyle begins to crack up. This was unintentional on Vincent D'Onofrio's part, but they kept going. This reaction is Truth in Television, as seen in the Real Life section below.
  • Men in Black:
    • In Men in Black, the scene where K is shaking Frank the pug. You can obviously see Tommy Lee Jones struggling to keep from laughing on camera. He's only partially successful. (Quick smile at about 44 seconds in.)
    • In Men in Black II when David Cross's character offers J and K some mini-pizzas only for them to respond with unamused deadpan stares, Jones's mouth can be seen twitching as he struggles not to laugh.
  • In the dinner scene towards the end of Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams is trying his very hardest to make Pierce Brosnan laugh-and you see at one point that Brosnan is at the breaking point.
  • In Austin Powers: 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 throughout the entire scene.
  • The Marx Brothers: 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.
  • Monty Python:
    • In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, watch Eric Idle as a peasant during the "burn the witch" scene. As Cleese stretches an awkward silence out further and further, Idle has to bite down on his scythe at one point to keep from laughing.
    • In Monty Python's Life of Brian, during the "Biggus Dickus" scene, the extras playing the guards were told that the scene would be serious and that they had to keep straight faces or they would be sacked. Michael Palin turned his performance up to eleven to get them to corpse (and even he can barely keep it together in some of the close-ups), and it ended up as one of the funniest scenes in the entire film. The characteristically deadpan John Cleese 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.note 
    • In Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, the oodles of kids from the "Every Sperm Is Sacred" sequence get an unrehearsed laugh from Palin by shouting "You could get them cut off in an accident!"
    • According to Cleese, Palin was "very naughty" on stage in his attempts to get the other Pythons to do this during live performances.
    • Cleese also had this happen to him no less than twice during the farewell show, Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go.
    • 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 Jones (sporting a beard made entirely from lipstick) cracked up at the sight of Chapman with a circle of lipstick drawn around his face.
    • In And Now for Something Completely Different, Idle (as Arthur Wilson) is holding back a laugh when Sir George Head, O.B.E. (Cleese) takes out a dictionary to look up the word "mountaineer" in the Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro sketch.
  • During the (not kidding) twenty straight minutes of rock climbing in B-Movie Lost Continent, as Cesar Romero is pulled up a cliff, 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.
  • A bit of corpsing gets through in Spaceballs, but only slightly. When the Radar Officer tells Dark Helmet, "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 Michael Winslow, the man of ten thousand sound effects. Almost a dozen Police Academy 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 Blazing Saddles when the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder) gives his "common clay of the new West" speech, then Wilder ad-libs, "You know...morons." Cleavon Little (Sheriff Bart) bursts out laughing at that point, but they decided to leave it in.
  • Dee Wallace (Elliott's mother) in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has to stifle an out-of-character laugh as she begins to scold him for calling his brother "penis breath" at dinner, suggesting the insult was ad-libbed.
  • Harry Potter:
    • 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 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Luckily for Mayall, he had experience with that sort of thing.
    • According to Chris Columbus, 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. Rupert Grint was known for being especially bad for corpsing and apparently, he didn't get much better when he grew up.
    • During The Order of the Phoenix, an instance of corpsing became a Throw It In! (when the Trio all laughs after Harry talks about his kiss with Cho). Daniel and Rupert chuckled at Emma's line "just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon", and Emma soon followed suit.
    • Emma Watson herself revealed that her scenes in movie seven with Rhys Ifans, who plays Xenophilius Lovegood, were especially prone to this. According to her, fans nicknamed her "Giggles" since she, in her own words, was "so bad" at keeping a straight face. It was also the first and only time in the entire series that Emma received a "red card", meaning that as in football/soccer, she had to be sent off-set to calm down.
  • In Ghostbusters, when the gang goes to the Sedgewick Hotel and speaks to the man by the elevator ("What're you supposed to be, some kinda cosmonaut?"), you can see Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz) turn his head and look down at Bill Murray'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 Kevin Smith in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back when Jay is trying to pretend he's James Van Der Beek to the security guards.
  • Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams have both said publicly that the filming of Mean Girls was often prolonged by fits of giggles induced whenever Tim Meadows 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.
  • Ace Ventura:
    • Courteney Cox tries and almost succeeds in looking solemn when "Larry" (Jim Carrey) 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 look closely, the doctor with Courteney can be seen chuckling.
    • You can also see Tone Loc trying not to crack up during the ass-talking scene.
  • Young Frankenstein:
    • Watch 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 the cast and crew, the scene took nearly a week to film due to corpsing.
  • A chronic problem on the set of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 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 Batman (1989), one news reporter looks like she is corpsing In-Universe, and then becomes a corpse soon after, due to Joker venom.
  • A whole series of corpsing outtakes play during the Creative Closing Credits of The Cannonball Run.
  • In Star Trek (2009), Simon Pegg (Scotty) ad-libbed the line "can I get a towel" during his character's first meeting with Spock. Although they decided to keep the line, they had to re-shoot the take because both Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Chris Pine (Kirk) started laughing, and they couldn't save the take (the original can be seen in the blooper reel). Even in the final take, if you look carefully, it's clear that Quinto is having to work at not cracking up again.
  • Star Wars:
    • In Star Wars: A New Hope, you can see Harrison Ford grin and look away from the camera to hide his amusement when he says "We're all fine here now. How are you?" over the radio in the detention center. You also briefly hear his voice crack from trying to hold back laughter when he quips "large leak, very dangerous!" Notably this was because he had actually forgotten his lines and was just improvising — he was laughing (and somewhat embarrassed) because he was certain they were going to cut when instead they kept going.
    • In The Empire Strikes Back, after Lando flirts shamelessly with Leia and an annoyed Han says "All right you old smoothie" you can see Carrie Fisher break character and grin. According to Fisher herself in an audio commentary, this was aggravated by the previous night, when Eric Idle (at that point filming Monty Python's Life of Brian) 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 Rogue One, Alan Tudyk improvised K2-SO slapping Cassian in the face - and as a result, while Cassian appears to be in pain, the Face Palm is Diego Luna hiding his laughter. (director Gareth Edwards also said Tudyk making him laugh was not easy for him, as he had to bite his lip hard to prevent the handheld camera from shaking).
  • In Sister Act, 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 Whoopi Goldberg immediately cover her mouth as she starts corpsing.
  • Bryan Singer:
    • While shooting the line-up scene in The Usual Suspects, everyone started laughing, so Singer kept part of it the film (right before Benicio del Toro says his lines).
    • The Blu-ray release of X-Men: Days of Future Past 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 (especially Jennifer Lawrence) couldn't stop laughing at him. It didn't help that Lawrence's line was "You're living a fantasy world!"
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man 2: 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 go with it.
    • Watch Mark Ruffalo in the infamous shawarma scene of The Avengers's 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 beaten up by the Hulk.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy, 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. Kraglin could be seen behind him, trying (and failing) to contain his laughter.
    • The sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, has an in-universe example. The team was just attacked by Killer Robots and is demanding an explanation from Tony... who breaks into a nervous giggle fit. He takes a minute to compose himself, even as Bruce gives him a Dude, Not Funny! warning glare.
  • The "wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world" scene from Dumb and Dumber was not in the script; it was ad-libbed by Jim Carrey. In the final product, 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 Starr.
  • Lost in Translation 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 appears to notice them and goes even further trying to provoke a reaction from them.
  • So I Married an Axe Murderer 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. LaPaglia manages to hold it together for his one line, but that's about it. There's also a scene where the same character is making fun of the large head of a kid, and LaPaglia tells him to be nice, while visibly laughing. Clearly, the director decided to Throw It In!.
  • Eddie Murphy:
    • Murphy was apparently the cause for plenty of this in Beverly Hills Cop, especially because most dialogue was improvised. A good example is the "Super Cops" scene: John Ashton is doing sort of a Face Palm to hide his laughter. (Judge Reinhold, in turn, was pinching his thighs through his pants pockets.)
    • In The Golden Child, when Kee Nang drags off Chandler Jarell in the airport scene, Charlotte Lewis is very visibly on the edge of bursting into laughter.
  • The scene in The Princess Diaries 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.
  • Richard E. Grant broke into laughter delivering his line about putting a jukebox in the Penrith tea rooms in Withnail & I but since he and Paul McGann's character were supposed to be drunks it was kept in.
  • Robert Downey Jr. had a quick moment in Tropic Thunder where he breaks into a grin after his "Book-script" line before snapping back into a stare.
  • Tom Hanks was asked to do this with one of the child actors in Apollo 13 because they were getting a bit bored. Mary Kate Schellhardt (Barbara Lovell) was previously in 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!"
  • Midnight in Paris when F. Scott Fitzgerald introduces his new friend to Ernest Hemingway.
  • A common hazard in most of Christopher Guest's films; due to the almost entirely unscripted nature of the films, combined with the cast being some of the most talented comic actors in the business. In A Mighty Wind, the cutaway immediately after Michael Hitchcock Dope Slaps an increasingly annoying Bob Balaban was necessitated by the entire cast and crew exploding into laughter.
  • In Hitch, watch Will Smith's expression during the "dance lesson" scene. He covers his mouth through the entire sequence, and when you see Kevin James's (incredibly nerdy but excellent) dancing, it's easy to guess why. One of the DVD outtakes shows Smith erupting with laughter the instant "Cut!" is called.
  • Watch Christine McIntyre during Shemp's "death" scene during The Three Stooges short Who Done It. She's obviously struggling to keep her composure during Shemp's seizures.
  • In this scene from Back to School, the script called for Jason to sit quietly and look disgusted at his dad's secretary taking notes in class, but actor Keith Gordon simply could not stop cracking up on-camera at actress Edie McClurg. They decided to Throw It In! since it works just as well that Jason is laughing in frustrated disbelief instead.
  • In 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 Weird Al's nose.
  • The Belching Contest scene in Revenge of the Nerds, 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.
  • Birdemic. Poor Whitney Moore, who played Nathalie, knowing she was in an awful movie, said almost every line with a giggle.
  • Matthew Broderick did a heroic job keeping a straight face around Jim Carrey in The Cable Guy, but simply couldn't do it during the chicken skin scene at Medieval Times.
  • At one point early in White Christmas, 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.
  • A Christmas Story:
    • During the soap poisoning scene, every time the Old Man and Ralphie's mom duck their heads into their hands or bury their faces into Ralphie's chest/shoulder, it's to hide their uncontrollable laughing, when they were supposed to be sobbing uncontrollably.
    • Happens again when the father is trying (and failing) to repair the leg lamp. In the background the mother covers her mouth to hide the big smile and how she's on the verge of cracking up.
  • In This Is the End, towards the end of the extended masturbation 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 Wayne's World, a famously ad-libbed scene between Wayne and Garth takes place as the two of them rest on Wayne's car, watching airplanes take off. 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.
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West: According to both Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron, about three-quarters of the time when Annie laughs on screen, it's actually Theron actually reacting to MacFarlane's improvised dialog.
  • In the 1997 informative video The Kids Guide to the Internet, it's really hard to tell if Peter is trying not to laugh or acting too hard.
  • The Wild World of Batwoman: Katherine Victor is barely holding it together during the Ching Chong seance.
  • Fat Slags: Dolph Lundgren is obviously trying not to laugh when the slags give him mouth-to-mouth.
  • Count Yorga: In the scene where a newly vamped Erica and fellow vampire bride running into Yorga's throne room to attack Micheal. You can see Erica's actress, Judy Lang, laughing a bit. Helps with the scene though to show her newfound bloodlust. Ironic too since Erica's now a vampire, she's a literal walking corpse.
  • In Dracula: Dead and Loving It, during the scene where Harker and Helsing stake Lucy. Steven Weber, who played Harker, was told that he was going to be sprayed with fake blood, but not how much. So when he starts driving the stake in and is hit with it, he's clearly struggling not to laugh when Helsing tells him to hit her one more time to be sure only to refute "She's dead enough!".
  • When filming The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews couldn't resist giggling during the "Something Good" number, as the arc lights made noises that sounded like someone Blowing a Raspberry. Director Robert Wise decided to film Andrews and Christopher Plummer in silhouette to hide her laughter. Some of her chuckling can still be heard in the final film, though it at least occurs at times that make sense for the context.
  • In Plan 9 from Outer Space, when Eros' actor delivers the infamous "Your stupid minds! Stupid! STUPID!" line, you can notice Tanna's actress barely managing to hold back her laughter. Earlier in the film, when zombie Tor Johnson attacks Eros, Tor can be seen straining to maintain his stone-faced expression as Dudley Manlove furiously overacts.
  • In The Fifth Element, during the scene in which Korben outwits the drug-starved mugger at his apartment, Bruce Willis suffers a clear moment of genuine amusement at the mugger's hilarious acting and ridiculous hat, his serious face cracking into a wide smile as he barely keeps himself from laughing out loud before regaining his composure enough to say, "That's...a very nice hat."
  • Billy Crystal was incorrigible during his filming of The Princess Bride, as most of his dialogue as Miracle Max was improvised, meaning that Mandy Patinkinnote  and especially Cary Elwes (seeing as he was supposed to be mostly dead) had to work hard to keep from corpsing. Director Rob Reiner couldn't even be on set during the Miracle Max scene because his laughter was ruining takes and had to watch from a monitor in a separate room.
  • In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, when Ellen's mother tells her that she has haemorrhoids Beverly D'Angelo can briefly be seen struggling to keep a straight face.
  • During Edgar Friendly's expletive-ridden Motive Rant in Demolition Man, his lackeys flanking him can be seen cracking up. A more forgivable example than most as they're probably just as into it all as he is.
  • In Deadpool (2016), Gina Carano can be seen struggling to keep a straight face when Negasonic Teenage Warhead is completing a tweet before the final battle.
    • By the same token, Negasonic's own laughter earlier on when Deadpool tries (and fails, miserably) to beat up Colossus is probably very genuine.
  • In The Wolf of Wall Street, as Donnie has to deliver a briefcase to Brad (and the latter is arrested), Jonah Hill is clearly pushing Jon Bernthal to the extreme, and Bernthal can't hold his laughter as he hears "Oh my God, the emperor of Fucksville came down from Fucksville to give me a pass!"
  • In Dungeons & Dragons, when Jeremy Irons as Profion goes, in typical Large Ham fashion, "My destiny!", you can see Bruce Payne (Damodar) desperately try to contain his laughter. It's priceless. Minutes later when Irons says "Let their blood rain from the sky!", he clearly is laughing while he says it.
    • Payne is also clearly struggling to keep a straight face during the "do not let them escape" scene. At least somebody had a good time with this movie.
  • An In-Universe example occurs in Revenge of the Pink Panther. Dreyfus is giving his eulogy at what appears to be Inspector Clouseau's grave. He cries to cover up his Corpsing, and is only barely successful.
  • In Speed, during in the infamous cradle scene, you can hear Keanu Reeves trying hard to contain his laughter in his voice as Sandra Bullock panics at the thought of hitting a baby and having to reassure her it was just cans.
  • In The Naked Gun 2 1\2, after "Barbara Bush" hits her head on the table, Richard Griffiths first covers his mouth, then turns his face to hide his laughter.
  • Averted by editing for Alien: Resurrection. The blind, one-handed, over-the-shoulder basketball shot that Ripley makes wasn't clever editing or special effects; it took six takes, but Sigourney Weaver made that basket entirely on her own. However, Ron Perlman was so astonished that she actually did it that he instantly, visibly and loudly reacted without thinking, nearly ruining a perfect take. In the finished film, the scene switches to a different camera angle a split second after Ripley makes the basket, just barely managing to cut out Perlman's reaction.
  • In-Universe, in the film Florence Foster Jenkins, Jenkins' accompanist Cosme McMoon is caught off guard when he first hears Florence's Giftedly Bad singing and tries desperately to hold himself together and not laugh. He succeeds but just barely, finally bursting into hysterical giggles when he makes his escape into the elevator. Agnes Stark is less successful at Florence's debut concert, falling over laughing and feebly trying to pass it off as a "coughing fit."
  • In-Universe in Justice League (2017), as Aquaman starts doing some Brutal Honesty confessions and the others struggle not to laugh... until they decide to point out he's accidentally wrapped in the Lasso of Truth.
  • In-Universe in the first Police Academy. After the horse incident with Harris what Mahoney witnessed, he asks Mahoney in the next scene if he had mentioned it to anyone. Mahoney denies it, but everyone else starts snickering as soon as Harris walks past them.
  • In Napoleon Dynamite, when Pedro's cousins scare off the bullies who were trying to take another kid's bike, said kid is very clearly cracking up at the end of the scene.
  • In Kick-Ass. When Mark Strong, as mob boss Frank D'Amico, is talking to the driver in the car, in one of the early scenes. He's describing the specifics of the slushie he wants, and you can clearly see Christopher Mintz-Plasse (sitting next to him) is about to crack up as Mark Strong plays it totally deadpan.
  • In Get Out (2017), after Rod arrives to save Chris from Rose's scheme to sell his body to be used by a blind art gallery owner, he goes on a major I Told You So tirade. As he does, and it's more apparent in the alternate versions, Daniel Kaluuya, who plays Chris, is seen trying really hard not to start laughing.
  • The early Charlie Chaplin installments show some cases of this, as Silent Comedies of the 1910s had a tendency to throw things in as they came along. In the 1915 Movie A Woman, Chaplin shows up in drag, and when Edna Purviance first sees him like this, she cracks up so hard she has to sit down on the floor. The take was kept in the final edit of the movie.
  • It's a Wonderful Life: When a crew-member dropped some props during filming, resulting in a clattering crash, Thomas Mitchell ad-libbed the line "I'm alright! I'm allllrright!" from offstage, causing Jimmy Stewart to crack up. Since it was an appropriate reaction for his character, it was included in the film.
  • Towards the end of Good Burger, the two have become Fire-Forged Friends and Dexter decides to rip up the contract he tricked Ed into signing that is effectively scamming him out of money, only for Ed to ask if the reason the partnership is ending is because he's Black. As anyone who's ever seen All That could tell you, Dexter's very genuine laugh and stammered reply is clearly Kenan Thompson cracking up at Kel Mitchell's response.
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: In the ending credits, we get to see just how much improv humor all the actors have, and the outtakes are at least as good as the rest of the movie. While both John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell make mock commercials that are brilliantly hilarious and wind up corpsing themselves — especially when talking about packs of wild dogs — they also show outtakes from the hospital scene where Will Ferrell is lying in bed. Michael Clarke Duncan gets in a brilliant attempt to corpse Ferrell by talking about dressing up like Donna Summers... and then begins singing Last Chance. It succeeds flawlessly.
  • Louis de Funès:
    • Considering how much this French actor considered humour Serious Business, it was extremely rare for De Funès to crack up at his own jokes. However, there's an infamous instance during the filming of The Sucker: the Citroën 2CV driven by Bourvil's character is hit by Mr. Saroyan's Rolls Royce, which causes it to fall into pieces à la Blues Brothers. Both drivers then proceed to have an argument over the wreckage, during which Bourvil threw the ad-libbed line "Maintenant, elle va marcher beaucoup moins bien, forcément!" ("Now, it will run a lot less well, naturally!"). De Funès had to lower his head to hide his snicker at the unexpected reply in order to not ruin the shot. (Which they couldn't afford, as they had only one self-destructing car available...)
    • His co-stars, now on the other hand... they found it very hard to resist cracking up to his frequent grimaces (sorry, expressions). Especially since he loved having an audience, a habit he got from theater.
  • When filming the 1974 version of Death on the Nile, Olivia Hussey and David Niven found they couldn't get through their scenes together without bursting out laughing. They had to work out an eyeline so they wouldn't look each other in the eye when they had to say lines to each other - looking at the forehead for example.
  • In Fast & Furious 6, when Hobbs arrives at the barbecue, Roman remarks in a sing-song tone that Mia "better hide the baby oil", to which Hobbs instantly replies in the same tone with "you better hide that big ass forehead", followed by Tej immediately spitting out his beer. That Spit Take by Ludacris was genuine, as was Tyrese Gibson being at a loss for words, because Hobb's line was improvised by Dwayne Johnson.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog, you can see Agent Stone struggling not to laugh the entire time Dr. Robotnik is brow-beating Major Bennington while the major just tries to get a word in. It's hidden quite well by some cuts, but you still see Lee Majdoub shifting on his feet, the occasional smirk, and finally ducking out of frame to hide the grin he can't hold back anymore at the "nobody cares" rant. You can see the whole thing here.
  • Zombieland: Double Tap has the scene with Madison and the binoculars, where Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg are clearly wanting to laugh, but somehow valiantly remain in-character in their reactions.

  • 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:
    Van Helsing: 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! 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.
  • In his travel book Letters from England, Karel Capek mentions he unsuccessfully tried to be quiet and grave in a quiet and grave traditional English club, only to burst out laughing at one point. He says it provoked no reaction whatsoever from the other gentlemen in the club, which was a very disconcerting experience.
  • A meta-example for The Eye of Argon: It's a popular game at SF conventions for people to take turns reading from the infamously Narm-filled book out loud, complete with Purple Prose, Rouge Angles of Satin, and Delusions of Eloquence all taken exactly as written, to see who can last the longest before breaking down into laughter. It's considered quite an achievement to last more than a page. Variations of the game may be played with the works of Amanda McKittrick Ros or William Topaz Mc Gonnagall.
  • In Paladin of Souls, Ista is believed by her captors to be dead, with good reason. When she revives, her rescuers decide that the best way to get her out is for her to continue to play dead. At one point, she has trouble suppressing a smile, with a mental note that smiling would be rather out of character for her current role.
  • Wings of Fire: In the first book, as the dragonets reenact the start of the SandWing Secession War, Sunny plays the role of Queen Oasis, whose death started the twenty-year war. She's supposed to just lie there, but the antics of her friends (especially seeing Starflight dully act like Blaze) makes her start laughing.
  • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, during Dumbledore's funeral, Harry began cracking up as he remembered Dumbledore's silly pre-feast speech in Philosopher's Stone.
  • Carrie has a tragic example. When the pig's blood is poured on Carrie at the prom, most of the other kids are horrified. But they start laughing out of nervousness — Norma Watson later writing that it was a form of Laughing Mad from the horror of the situation. Carrie however interprets this as everyone laughing at her misfortune... and does not take it well.

  • When Bruce Springsteen recorded a live performance of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," he was so flustered by the onstage Santa's antics that he was clearly struggling to get the last lines out.
  • Elvis Presley had an epic one during one performance of "Are You Lonesome Tonight", following a deliberate Mondegreen. It allegedly happened because a man in the audience responded to the line by getting up and removing his toupee. Elvis saw this and cracked completely.
    Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
    Do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair?
  • Kid Cudi has one at the end of the Piss Take Rap "Maui Wowie" after someone puts a fart noise effect to cap off the song.
  • Garth Brooks did this several times during the taping of his Double Live album. One turned "Unanswered Prayers" into an Audience Participation Song. Another was on "It's Your Song", a track whose studio version is very hard to find.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic:
    • His song "Albuquerque" contains some strange lyrics, so strange that if you listen carefully at the end of the song's recording, you can hear the guitarist laugh.
    • In the music video of "You Don't Love Me Anymore", a close-up of Al at one point shows he is holding back a laugh.
  • The Beach Boys break into (arguably drug-induced) fits of giggles at the beginning of "Little Pad".
  • Michael Stipe can clearly be heard cracking up on "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite" after the line about Dr. Seuss, reportedly due to his repeated mispronunciation of the name as "Dr. Zeus."
  • Kurt Cobain unsuccessfully suppresses a chuckle during the second full chorus of Nirvana's "Milk It".
  • Paul McCartney stifles laughter while singing the second verse of The Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" because John Lennon 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.)
  • Bob Dylan:
    • He 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 was kept in the final recording.
    • In "Please, Mrs. Henry" by Bob Dylan and 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.
    • Yet another example appears in "All I Really Want to Do", after Dylan says "I ain't looking for you to feel like me, see like me, or be like me."
  • King Crimson's "Indoor Games" ends with vocalist Gordon Haskell breaking into laughter, his explanation is that he thought the lyrics to the song were ridiculous.
  • 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?"
  • David Bowie at the end of "The Laughing Gnome".
  • Mentioned in character in the song "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies.
    "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."
  • New Order sometimes wrote their lyrics collaboratively, with a Round Robin 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 Rod Stewart'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'".
  • Johnny Cash corpses several times during the course of the At Folsom Prison album, most notably during "Dark as a Dungeon" in response to audience laughter.
  • Prince inexplicably laughs while delivering a particularly dark lyric on the title track of "Sign "O" the Times", a Distinct Double Album not short on bleakness and disturbing imagery.
  • Geto Boys, at the very end of "Trophy".
  • De La Soul, "Potholes In My Lawn": Not in the song, actually, but in the music video... Plug 2 (Dave aka Trugoy) cracks up in the middle of lip-synching his first verse.
  • Nelly Furtado 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.
  • P!nk 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.
  • Beck's "Corvette Bummer" ends with a seemingly improvised list of Noodle Implements, which goes unfinished when he's unable to control his laughter.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 The Lonely Island'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 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.
  • This is the conceit in Spike Jones' spoof of "I Went To Your Wedding." The original is a sentimental song about going to the wedding of an ex-lover, but in Jones' version, the singer keeps cracking up into increasingly hysterical laughter at how stupid the ex looked and how glad everyone was to get rid of them.
  • The end of “Faith” by the Mahavishnu Orchestra consists of a brief, extremely fast-tempo bit, followed by laughter from keyboardist Gayle Moran.
  • On Miriam Makeba's self-titled album, Charles Colman can't keep it together at all on "One More Dance". Every single one of his lines tends to have him laughing hysterically.
  • Siw Malmkvist famously could not stop laughing during her performance of the song “April, April” at the 1961 Melodifestivalen. She was replaced by Lill-Babs at Eurovision.
  • The 1975's band member Matty does this (silently) at the end of their "Girls" video.
  • In Bastille's cover of" We Can't Stop", during the randomly-inserted chorus of "Achy Breaky Heart", Dan Smith chuckles slightly and has to stop himself from laughing.
  • In Ella Fitzgerald's live recording of "Mack The Knife", Ella begins to get the giggles when she forgets the lyrics to the song midway through. She quickly recovers and nails the performance by making up her own words and scatting. The result won a Grammy Award.
  • Kesha cracks up at the line "Loosey as a goosey" in her song "Woman".
  • The Monkees had a purposely bad song called "I'm Gonna Buy Me a Dog" on their first album, which they proceeded to ad-lib asides all through the performance and cracked each other up several times in the process.
  • At the beginning of "Roxanne" by The Police, there are some discordant piano notes followed by Sting laughing. The piano wasn't on the music track; it wound up on the vocal track when Sting inadvertently bumped into a piano, and the notes plus his reaction were left in the final recording.
  • Stratovarius: Timo Kotipelto can be heard very audibly and repeatedly cracking up while singing "Vapaus" (a remake of their song "Liberty" translated into Finnish), most likely because of how silly the song sounds.
    • On the demo version of the song "Fantasia", Kotipelto cracks up shortly after singing "We also make delicious lasagna!"
  • Rudy Vallee recorded two takes of "The Drunkard Song" (a.k.a. "There's a Tavern in the Town") in 1934. In the first take, the one originally released, he managed to make it through with only a short giggle halfway through. In the second take, however, at about the same point he broke into uncontrollable laughter and didn't recover for the rest of the song. That version was eventually released on its own, with a special label with a note from E. Wallerstein (executive at RCA Victor, Vallee's then-label) asking for Vallee's OK to release it as "the slip-up makes the record much funnier" and Vallee giving his approval.
  • Brazilian band Mamonas Assassinas was a comedy rock group, but during their only album there's a moment where singer Dinho makes himself laugh: as he saw the producer starting to lower the volume for a fade-out, he coined a weird nickname for him ("Creuzebek") and subsequently cracked up during the rest of the line.
  • Julius La Rosa chuckles in the final verse of "Eh, Cumpari!" during the line "U friscalett".

  • The Co-Optional Podcast:
    • This is often bound to occur, particularly when there have been moments where Jesse Cox would attempt to make the relatively stoic TotalBiscuit crack.
    • An early instance occurred in TGS Podcast #10 where during the middle of the 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.
  • Cox n' Crendor: The two hosts tend to crack up in certain moments. One notable example involves Jesse, who was sick at the time, losing it at the mere mention of goat heads.
  • Heavy corpsing is a signature of productions from the McElroy Brothers, such as My Brother, My Brother and Me, or works that Griffin does with fellow Polygon employee Nick Robinson such as Car Boys.
    • Monster Factory involves hosts Justin and Griffin McElroy screwing with the character editors of video games to make the most ridiculous-looking avatars possible... typically followed by at least one of them losing it over the results.
    • One of the more obvious moments is when the boys are "attempting" to create Bart Simpson in Black Desert Online, and Griffin starts repeating that their super-buff, asymmetrical, boss-eyed, distorted, molten character is "just like Bart" while Justin laughs powerlessly in the background for literally minutes.
    • A more straight example occurs during the Reunion Tour-interlude of The Adventure Zone. Merle (Clint) and Taako (Justin) are tasked with convincing Lucretia to let them into her office unguarded in order to find the second Voidfish. Merle begins a passionate speech about the loss of Magnus (who's still alive), and how many great times they had in Lucretia's office, just the three of them, alone. During the entire speech, Justin can be heard desperately trying not to laugh, eventually interrupting the speech to clarify that he's not laughing in-game before breaking into hysterics. Even then, the next thing Taako says comes out in a fit of giggles.
  • Since the podcast episodes are recordings from a live stage show, The Thrilling Adventure Hour has its share of corpsing during shows. The most famous example would be the episode "The Thing From This Same Planet," a Sparks Nevada episode where faithful Martian companion Croach the Tracker (played by Mark Gagliardi) is being impersonated by Jupiter spy Jib Janeen (voiced by Paul F. Tompkins). Tompkins' comments when Sparks Nevada is singing the theme song causes Sparks' actor Marc Evan Jackson to crack up mid-song.
  • LoadingReadyRun's podcast Qwerpline is mostly improvised, though with edits and re-takes for timing and clarity. (The crew calls it "scriptovised".) If a particular gag makes the crew bust out, they'll keep the take of them cracking up in before cutting back to the show.
  • It's not just Matt Hullum at Rooster Teeth who crack up during production, the rest of staff are particularly prone to breaking and giggling while talking, especially on their podcasts. In fact, if a particular moment on the RT Podcast or Off Topic is particularly hilarious, even the camera crew, especially podcast producer Eric, can also be heard cackling along. Eric has since become a sidekick for the podcasts because of his frequent interjections and hysterical cackle. It's gotten to the point where on Face Jam, audio engineer Nick became a background sidekick because he constantly burst into hysterical laughter during recording.
  • The Letters Page, the lore and backstory podcast for Sentinels of the Multiverse, is mostly pretty improvisational and the hosts cracking up occasionally isn't unexpected, but a particularly notable one happens in the KNYFE episode. When they're talking about the arc in their fictional comics company where KNYFE goes to space in pursuit of the flying head of the monster Progeny, Christopher Badell says that the miniseries is called Headhunter, and the next few seconds of the recording are just Adam Rebottaro quietly losing it.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • An infamous example of corpsing in pro wrestling occurred on an episode of WCW programming where "Macho Man" Randy Savage was having a fit backstage, flipping tables, and whatnot. During this segment, he came across a giggling Torrie Wilson, and to stop her from corpsing, he smacked her across the face. Botchamania turned this clip into a bona fide meme:
  • During Sid's infamous "I have half the brain that you do!" promo in WCW, Scott Hall literally doubles over in laughter while Kevin Nash laughs so hard the mic he's holding at his waist picks it up.
  • The Shockmaster incident. Sid Vicious deserves an Oscar for managing to remain in character during this whole mess.
  • Booker T cuts a promo with "Mean" Gene. At the end of his rant, Booker accidentally "goes ghetto" for a second and refers to Hulk Hogan by the N-word. Not only does Booker barely maintain composure, keep a close eye on Sherri behind him.
    • Happened quite a few times during his "King Booker" run in 2006, as his Ridiculously over-the-top delivery of a Fake Brit accent has caught a number of wrestlers off-guard and lose composure. Two notable instances were during a contract signing for their World Heavyweight championship match at SummerSlam in which Batista struggles to put Booker through a table and had to repeat the spot properly because he was struggling to remain serious the first try, then during Booker and his stablemates William Regal and Finlay giving a beatdown to John Cena in which Cena is glimpsed trying not to chuckle while Booker is delivering his promo.
  • The Rock's rock concert on the March 12th, 2012 edition of WWE Raw, dissing John Cena, Cena's fans who are grown men (calling them all nerds who dress like Kirk and Spock), and even Cena's mom. The Rock clearly almost trips on his own laughter a few times, and even Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole start losing it towards the end.
    • During his "serenade" to Vickie Guerrero. You could see her trying her hardest not to smile.
    • There was also the now-legendary 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 "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, 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.
  • Paul Bearer just barely made it out of the camera's sight before cracking up in this interview before the 1992 Royal Rumble, where he was acting so hammy he made himself laugh. The Undertaker remaining stoic as usual was an impressive feat. Paul Bearer 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.
  • Juventud Guerrera corpsed during an edition of WCW Thunder when Vampiro's blood from the ceiling missed Kevin Nash and landed on fans in the front row.
  • In Ring of Honor, the camera slowly passed by Amazing Phenomenon (AJ Styles, Amazing Red and Alexis Laree) to get their reactions to the nonsensical ramblings of 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 endeavors" for corpsing during the scene where Vince McMahon's limo got blown up at the end of the "Vince McMahon Appreciation Night" Raw, June 11, 2007. Before he was let go Jerry Lawler suggested London was in on it.
    • London wasn't released for over a year after the limo explosion, so it was highly unlikely it had anything to do with him.
  • During John Cena's in-ring promo with Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, and Mike Tyson when Cena starts talking about 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 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. Beth Phoenix is also giggling for a bit.
  • During an in-ring promo between Eve Torres, Beth Phoenix and Natalya, Eve shoves Beth which leads to an unfortunate Wardrobe Malfunction. 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.
  • Kane:
    • On several occasions, he started laughing his ass off when his ring pyro malfunctioned, making his entrance look somewhat... 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 Blackjack Lanza's induction speech for Bobby Heenan into the Hall of Fame when Lance Storm started playing with his tie the same way Lanza does to signal when a match needs to end.
  • During a John Cena promo on the 5/14/12 edition of Raw, GM of both Raw and SmackDown John Laurinaitis could clearly be seen corpsing when Cena starts making faces at him and calling him a "loser".
  • Mick Foley wrote about some examples in his autobiographies.
    • When he, as Dude Love, and Owen Hart faced off against each other in singles matches through 1997 (after Hart had broken "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's neck at SummerSlam), the sole purpose of these So Bad, It's Good 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 Ho Yay-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.
  • John Cena didn't (or couldn't) even attempt to hide his laughter in the middle of his "WWE Star Wars" promo.
  • John Cena also slowly turned to the hard-cam before corpsing after hearing R-Truth tell him that "usedta is a roostah from Brewstah."
  • Judging by this video, it seems Jeff Hardy wasn't fully prepared for his brother's sudden reference to WWE. Broken Matt's delivery of just about everything is amusing enough, but suddenly touching on that megalomaniac in New York: MEEK MAHAN! had Jeff quickly hide his steadily unstraightening face.
  • On SHIMMER Volume 24 during the main event, Cheerleader Melissa boots Sara Del Rey 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.
  • This from the 1000th episode of Raw, in which Michael Cole does an audible Spit Take trying to stifle his laughter. Also doubles as a Callback to one of the most infamous angles in pro wrestling history.
  • Happened during a match on RAW between Team Hell No and Rey Mysterio Jr. and Sin Cara between Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and the Prime Time Players once Cole used the term "washrag." It goes on for the rest of the match. It would later become a mild running gag between Cole and the PTP.
  • "Mean" Gene Okerlund:
    • He famously had to turn his back to the camera during an interview with Ken Patera, because Patera's promo skills... weren't exactly great.
    • He completely lost it during a promo with Doctor D David Schultz here.
    • A promo with The Iron Sheik.
  • The JBL and Cole Show:
  • While on the subject of Bryan Danielson, there's this promo cut by him and Paul London for a Pro Wrestling Guerilla 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. 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. Cesaro, normally The Stoic, finds it impossible not to grin and chuckle. Jack Swagger kept a straight face.
  • InVasion promos:
  • During Stephanie McMahon's introduction of Triple H as "the greatest wrestler of all time" on December 12, 2013, CM Punk completely gave up trying to take it seriously.
  • In 2003, Goldust had come to warn Triple H (with Ric Flair) about getting too confident about his upcoming match at WrestleMania 19 against Booker T; however, he contracted a stutter after his most recent match and struggled to talk continuously. Meanwhile, Triple H and Flair were genuinely muttering with laughter, unable to contain their reaction to Goldust's sincerely hilarious performance.
  • In 2005, Chris Jericho mocked Shelton Benjamin by singing "Shelton is a Little Bitch". Shelton can be seen struggling not to laugh before he composes himself and acts insulted like he was supposed to.
  • Because part of the character of The New Day is to have the three of them be as ridiculous and fun-loving as they can be, they seem to enjoy goading more serious characters into breaking character as part of their promos. This extends to interviews too, such as this one where they attempt to disrupt the WhatCulture Wrestling interviewer Adam Pacitti as much as possible. It does backfire, as only Kofi Kingston is able to survive the entire video without completely breaking down laughing.
  • At Cyber Sunday 2006, Shawn Michaels was trying to vote on who the special guest referee should be for his tag match with Triple H that night. Triple H argued against voting for Mr. McMahon or Jonathan Coachman, leaving Eric Bischoff as the last choice. Shawn wasn't too displeased with that until Triple H informed him that Bischoff had claimed DX didn't understand controversial. This wound up Shawn so much that he picked the first guy he saw (some staffer named "Stan") and proceeded to superkick him. He then continued his tirade and superkicked two other people in the same hallway, loudly ranting all the while. The camera then returned to Triple H who was very clearly on the verge of losing it, only barely able to get his lines out between the giggles.
  • On the Old School Raw episode in 2014, Jake "The Snake" Roberts made a return and by the end of the program, laid his snake, Damien, on top of a beaten Dean Ambrose. Dean must have been a fan of his because he was doing his best not to laugh, he was actually smiling the entire time.
  • On the January 10th, 2017 episode of 205 Live, Cedric Alexander breaks up with Alicia Fox and when he leaves she screams so loudly it causes microphone feedback. She's grinning by the end of it.
  • During the first WWE Mixed Match Challenge, Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch give a post-match interview trying to explain their loss. Sami, playing a heel, blames it on the Philly crowd, while Becky pins it more on the two of them eating too much of her birthday cake. When Sami interjects ("A local place, Philly bakery"), poor Becky is reduced to an uncontrollable fit of laughter.
  • During NXT Season 3's Halloween Episode Naomi came dressed as the Hamburger Helper Hand. When she went into a little dance, her pro Kelly Kelly could be seen burying her face in her hands with laughter.
  • During the in-ring promo-off between John Cena and Roman Reigns on the RAW leading up to their match at No Mercy 2017 Roman told Cena that the fans boo him because he sucks, only for Cena to interrupt, sling an arm around the shoulders of then RAW GM Kurt Angle and counter with "Hey, according to them so does he, but that's OK, he won a gold medal". This not only put an embarrassed grin on Angle's face, but it completely threw Roman off his game so badly he forgot where he was up to in his promo, and when Cena subsequently roasted him for it, in turn, you could see Roman almost smiling as well.
  • Well, how else was Leonard F. Chikarason supposed to respond to Chuck Taylor dropping a "grenade" down Kodama's tights and giving him an Atomic Drop (knee to the tailbone) at CHIKARA Top Banana, December 5, 2015?
  • When Kensuke Sasaki decided to join Dragon Gate and participate in comedy matches with The Florida Brothersnote , his wife Akira Hokuto was extremely opposed to the whole thing, feeling he was just discrediting his legacy. However, she did accompany him several times - and could usually be seen laughing at the Florida Bros' antics, then looking irritatednote  at herself for laughing.
  • A more heart-felt example is when Becky Lynch relinquishes her WWE Raw Women's Championship to Asuka the night after Money in the Bank 2020. Asuka, the winner of the female version of the titular match and at the time an over-the-top heel, came to the ring in character for a segment with Lynch. Lynch then awards the championship to Asuka, who proceeds to celebrate in her usual scenery-chewing Evil Gloating, proceeded to congratulates her and then reveals that the reason she's relinquishing the championship is because of her pregnancy. Upon hearing this, Asuka breaks character and becomes emotional, proceeds to hug Lynch and then cheers for her as the former champion exits the ring.
  • R-Truth made Brock Lesnar of all people howl with laughter when he pulled a Bait-and-Switch during one of his promos and vowed to beat Paul Heyman in the Royal Rumble. Brock lost it again once Paul clarified he wouldn't be competing in the Rumble, and R-Truth withdrew his challenge.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Jim Henson's first major television gig was performing segments as Rowlf the Dog on The Jimmy Dean Show. If you watch the segments now, it's pretty much impossible to find one where Rowlf's antics don't have Jimmy falling on the floor laughing. The funniest instance is one bit where Rowlf is a prisoner and Jimmy has to free him. There's a blackout, supposedly triggered by Jimmy to let Rowlf escape, and the idea was that Jimmy would reappear in Rowlf's cell in prisoner stripes. The lights came back on... and Jimmy hadn't finished putting on the costume. The funny part wasn't just Jimmy burying his face in his hands; it was the fact that Jim Henson clearly couldn't keep it together and was slipping in and out of Rowlf's voice due to laughing so hard.
  • Subverted whole-hog on The Muppet Show where Statler and Waldorf and the cast of "Veterinarian's Hospital" usually laugh at their own wisecracks and you can't help but laugh along.
  • Occasionally happens on Sesame Street: in this bit, you can clearly hear Jim Henson laughing when Kermit tells Grover to pick up the piano.
  • The blooper reel for Muppets Most Wanted consists mostly of Ricky Gervais laughing his ass off. He even gets mocked by Walter.
  • Similarly, a blooper reel for a Wired video starring Cookie Monster and John Oliver as news anchors revealed most of the shoot was just Cookie getting Oliver to lose it. At least once, though, after Cookie remarks that he found a vintage '80s cookie crumb in his fur, Oliver's reply ("That was in the good old days before the FDA regulated it") makes Cookie's performer David Rudman giggle.

  • 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 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 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]
    • Later in the same episode, Mary botches a line ("Carlton Quince was quilled...I mean, killed!"), cracking up and causing Benny to yell "One lousy rehearsal, that's all I ask!"
  • Tom and Ray burst into laughter many, many times in every single episode of Car Talk.
  • The News Quiz 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, 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 an obituary notice.
  • Famous radio announcer Gary Owens memorably lost it completely when reading this ad, upon realizing that the warm and sincere holiday wishes he was delivering were sponsored by Preparation H.
  • A famous example came about between commentators Jonathan Agnew and Brian Johnston on Test Match Special. England's Ian Botham had been given out Hit Wicket after he lost his balance and his desperate attempt to leap over the stumps instead of stumbling into them failed. This led to the accidental Double Entendre that Botham (known for his sexual exploits) "couldn't quite get his leg over". Cue a minute of helpless giggling from both of them, with Johnston, occasionally managing to gasp "Stop it, Aggers, stop it". Legend has it that this incident resulted in a two-mile traffic jam as thousands of commuters listening on their radios were forced to pull over from laughing so hard.
  • On BBC News, the newsreader once made an unfortunate Spoonerism when introducing Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary. This, unfortunately, left him in an inconvenient position to discuss the rest of the news items that followed as he couldn't get a sentence out and tried to pass it off as a 'coughing fit' unconvincingly.
  • On The Goon Show, the entire cast was apt to break into giggles, with Harry Secombe being particularly audible.
  • Common in clips heard in Pardon My Bloopernote , whether the announcer flubbed a line, realized That Came Out Wrong, or just got the giggles.
  • This poor German newsreader. All you need to know is that he's laughing about the name of a man called "Helmut Poppen" ("poppen" is German slang for having sex).
  • This Brazilian singer, while being asked to perform a rock song she's clearly unfamiliar with - clear by the fact one of the last lines makes her laugh.
  • In Hancock's Half Hour, made in the 1950s, many episodes have moments when cast members laugh, primarily Kenneth Williams or Bill Kerr, but the most noticeable is in the episode "Wild Man Of The Woods" where the whole cast break at a flubbed line.
  • On The Ricky Gervais Show, Stephen Merchant was reading an excerpt from Karl Pilkington's Diary about when Karl got a piece of junk mail addressed to a "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.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue has a Running Gag where the "Sound Charades" round is introduced by comparing it to Give Us a Clue, and making an Innocent Innuendo about that show's regular Lionel Blair. On one occasion, the joke in questionnote  caused Sandi Toksvig to corpse. This also caused the audience to fall apart even further, resulting in an entire minute of uninterrupted laughter being broadcast.
  • The Unbelievable Truth:
    • In series 24, episode 4, David Mitchell asks Holly Walsh what kind of shoes she's wearing at the moment (Sara Pascoe was talking about how high heels used to be exclusively for men). Holly starts having a giggling breakdown, saying it's like something from "a weird Radio 4 sex line".
    • At the end of series 25, episode 1, David accidentally refers to Frankie Boyle as "Spanky", causing everyone (Frankie included) to start laughing. That, and joking about it.

  • 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 Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore that was interrupted when a sudden loud orchestral chord in the number "Carefully on Tiptoe Stealing" startled a 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.
    • Green recounted another incident in The Mikado, when he was playing Ko-Ko. Ko-Ko, Pitti-Sing (played by Margaret Philo), and Pooh-Bah (played by Hilton Leyland) had just been knocked for a loop by the revelation that Nanki-Poo was the crown prince in disguise, and now unless they could produce him alive a Cruel and Unusual Death awaited. Leyland very uncharacteristically flubbed a line...
    Leyland as Pooh-Bah: Merely cobbobobative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
    Philo as Pitti-Sing: Cobbobobative detail indeed! Corrolobate... corrolov... Oh! Stiddleficks!
    [Audience starts cracking up]
    Green as Ko-Ko: [unflubbed, and with great deliberation] And YOU'RE just as bad as HE is.
    • And cue Margaret Philo corpsing.
  • A Very Potter Senior Year: Watch Darren Criss as Harry Potter Hagrid bounces him. There are times when he can barely get the words out. In the same play, Joe Walker (Tom Riddle) is watching the dead Moaning Myrtle get dragged offstage. There are three problems with this: One, Moaning Myrtle is played by, um... 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 - 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 infamous for their corpsing in the Bottom live shows.
    Eddie: Oooooo—look at those rocks, amusingly shaped in the form of a woman's breasts!
    Richie: [sits up straight] Bloody hell!
    [Eddie pulls open a door behind Richie, only for "oriental" music to briefly sound off, causing confused looks from both of them]
    Eddie: [to the sound team] That's right, give the fucking game away...
    [Eddie disappears behind the door for a moment, then returns with a medkit, while the door does not shut completely behind him]
    Richie: Eddie! What on Earth is that?!
    Eddie: It's a Japanese army Second World War medical kit, in mint condition!
    Richie: Wow! But Eddie, where on Earth did you— [turns back to see a door was left swinging open, sporting a Japanese WWII war flag]
    [they both stammer, and after being prompted by Richie, Eddie runs over and slams the door shut while the crowd laughs and cheers; you can actually see tears on Rik's cheeks as he curls into a ball to cover his laughter]
    Eddie: [flipping off the crowd while Rik stammers over his next words] There was a little mistake there, wasn't there? Did you spot it? Fucking bastards...
  • With the amount of ad-libbing that goes on in the Tsukiuta plays, this is common. But particularly charming was the completely scripted scene in Kurenai Enishi where they first arrive in the other world. Gaku Matsuda, making his role debut as Haru in that production, broke out laughing during that scene in almost every performance, particularly in response to Shun (Taka, who was also making his role debut).
  • This happened a lot during Kristin Chenoweth's final performance on Wicked.
    • Picture it: a tense scene during the second act of 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.
  • David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the final performances of Much Ado About Nothing 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 was visibly having to stifle their laughter.
  • Jessica Chastain 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 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 The Ring of the Nibelung to corpse is to ask her how she likes her eggs just before the aria "Weiche, Wotan, Weiche". note 
  • Seems to happen in Too Many Cooks 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 Monty Python 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.
    • One performance of the legendary "Parrot Sketch" by Cleese and Palin feature so much corpsing and cue-missing that it practically became a different (albeit still hilarious) skit altogether.
  • A theatre production of Henry V, starring Kenneth Branagh (nonetheless) became hilarious because the whole "glove sequence" went awash at some point, and Branagh/Henry adlibbed a servant to go off stage to retrieve the said gloves. This took some time, and Branagh improvised a mourning session for all the fallen soldiers at Agincourt, one at a time, while every single corpse shook from suppressed laughter. The fact that the servant returned with the wrong pair of gloves didn`t help much.
  • During a Norwegian theatrical presentation of Swedish folk singer Evert Taube and his songs, the lead singer (known comedian Rolf Just Nilsen), was supposed to feel up a Spanish senorita while trying to dance the tango with her. When the show was broadcast, his antics were so over the top that at least one of the background characters breaks completely and has to hide his face.
  • The Farndale Avenue plays, supposedly incompetent amateur productions, contain some scripted instances.
    • The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Operatic Society's Production of The Mikado has a scene where the actor playing Peep-Bo comes in too early with a punchline and then keeps jumping in with it until the right moment for it arrives, having increasing trouble keeping a straight face.
    • In The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery, the actors playing Inspector O'Reilly and Lady Doreen have trouble keeping straight faces when Lady Doreen is required to wax eloquent over a glass of sherry that is quite obviously actually just orange juice, and then lose it entirely when Lady Doreen puts the glass down on a table and the table collapses.
  • A rare Inverted example occurred at a performance of The Fantasticks three days after 9/11. After the musical number "Try to Remember", not only was the entire audience (of only two dozen people or so) in tears but so was one of the actors. Considering the lyrics include "Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow... Try to remember when life was so tender that no one wept except the willow" it is perhaps the most Justified example on this list.

    Video Games 
  • Command & Conquer:
    • Premier Cherdenko in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 barely contains his laughter when uttering this gem. It even kind of fits because a) RA 3 isn't the most serious game to begin with (it has parachuting bears fighting Transforming Mecha) and b) his character is a deranged lunatic even within that context.
      Premier Cherdenko: Commander! You've rrrrrained 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 the ONE PLACE THAT HASN'T BEEN CORRUPTED BY CAPITALISM... *chuckles* -SPACE!
    • Jennifer Morrison had a hard time keeping a straight face through much of her dialogue in Tiberium Wars.
  • In the original Resident Evil, Barry's voice actor is clearly trying not to laugh when delivering the infamous "Jill sandwich" line.
  • The opening cutscene for the mission "Fresh Meat" in Grand Theft Auto V came about because Franklin's VA, Shawn Fonteno, totally lost it when Trevor's VA, Steven Ogg, unintentionally tripped over the fence during the motion-capture session. Ogg's response was so perfectly in-character that they decided to Throw It In!
  • Another Gary Owens example. He was the Lemony Narrator of the Space Quest series, and there are several cases where he's obviously making a valiant attempt not to bust up laughing at the narration he's reading. Most prominent in the sixth game where he remarks "Rats! And you were really hoping to see Tango & Cash 27!
  • Chaos on Deponia: In-Universe, Rufus will break out in giggles if he hears Janosch's lisp, offending the resistance group (of whom Janosch leads); in order to convince them to help him, he has to get through explaining the Organon plot on Deponia without triggering said lisp when Janosch reiterates it.
  • Leonard Nimoy does an excellent job reading the quotes for each discovery in Civilization IV, but as he reads the quote for the "satellites" technology ("Beep...Beep...Beep...Beep..." -Sputnik I), it's clear that he's coming very close to laughter by the end of it.
  • In-universe example happens in Overwatch: in one of Tracer's highlight intros, she puffs her chest and tries to strike a heroic pose, only to lose her composure and start laughing.
  • The famous Combustible Lemon rant from Portal 2 has J. K. Simmons nearly break twice: once after "Do you know who I AM?" and "...that burns your house down!"
  • In the Story Mode of Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Goku can recruit villains such as Frieza, Cell and Nappa; there's also a scene where Goku adds Yamcha to their roster. They all proceed to absolutely roast him. Cell's voice actor is trying and failing to contain his laughter during this scene.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater:
    • During the scene where Snake is spying on Volgin and Ocelot in front of Groznyj Grad when Ocelot walks off, there is an Easter Egg where the player can go into First-Person View and look all the way to the right to see Tatyana imitating Ocelot's signature hand gesture and visibly shaking with laughter. This was Tatyana's motion actress cracking up spontaneously during recording; Hideo Kojima decided to Throw It In!.
    • The scene at the beginning of the game where The Boss finds Jack in the jungle and starts screaming at him to "go home!" has unusual motion acting because the actress performing The Boss's motion capture was crying uncontrollably because of how sad the scene was. Even though The Boss isn't crying in the scene, Kojima kept it in because it hinted at The Boss's true emotions.
  • In The Evil Within 2, there is the transmission from a Mobius operative named Watkins who is pleading for help because "the collapse is happening faster than predicted." Though he's supposed to sound weak and out of breath as he's been coughing from the gas the voice actor can clearly be heard holding back laughter, especially at the line "Those things are trying to breach!" Perhaps it was laughing gas.
  • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, during Claude and Lysithea's B Support, Claude's voice actor cracks up in one line.
    "See, there's a graveyard over here. Might run into some of those ghoooosts you hate so mu-he-he-ch...!"
  • When Warframe unveiled the new Kuva Lich randomly generated named enemy, Rebecca (the voice of Lotus) was asked by Fandom VIP Quite Shy to read off some amusing examples that players had encountered. While this resulted in many predictably inappropriate names, such as "Butt Bagg," Rebecca managed to say most of them with a straight face, using her Lotus voice. She was not able to compose herself when she discovers the existence of Bopp Bipp.
  • Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon: King Harkinian's "I wonder what's for dinner?" line is one of the most quotable ones from a game already riddled with Narm dialogue, but if you listen closely, you can hear his voice actor Mark Berry trying not to laugh as he delivers the line. Even the VAs thought the Zelda CD-i games were silly!

    Web Animation 

    Web Videos 
  • In False Swipe Gaming's video about Regigigas, the usually dry and informative host can barely hold back giggles as they ask: "How GOOD was Regigigas actually?", thanks to Regigigas's horrible Slow Start ability.
  • Furry rant show 2 Sense featured the hosts learning about an Ax-Crazy lunatic writing a Narm-tastic poem called "I Ruined Your Face." The hosts, 2, the Ranting Gryphon 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 here.
  • Aitor Molina Vs.: A brief one in "The Christmas Revenge" when Doctor Pandemia says "Cheer up, it's Christmas!"
  • Stuart Ashen normally keeps a perfect British Stiff Upper Lip, 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 Pop Station was titled "Chanticleer Hegemony." Another time when he discovered that the knockoff iPhone he was reviewing had an old-fashion television aerial, he laughed so hard he had to cut the recording and thank god for this gift to improvised comedy.
    • One violin toy had him laughing so hard at the Engrish description inside the box flap that he had to completely stop the recording and start over in a new video the next day.
    • In the Toy Box, Geek Gear July 2016 video, Ashen jokingly predicts that he'll be getting a copy of the notorious E.T. game in one of the boxes he's reviewing later. And then as it turns out, he does. Cue precision F-strike followed by technical difficulties screen, and when he resumes he was still struggling to regain composure.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd:
    • In his second ever video, his review of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, he gets his face mere inches from the camera and insists with intense determination that he is DEAD FUCKING SERIOUS at how bad the game is... and almost makes it without cracking up as the video fades to black.
    • You can clearly hear him laughing during his review of A Nightmare on Elm Street when he's ranting about smacking around spiders.
    • When reviewing Ghostbusters, he gets to the "Ghost Vacuum" and muses if such a thing exists in real life. Cut to him making a prank call to a hardware store asking for a "vacuum shaped like a funnel that goes on the roof of his car", confusing the hell out of the clerk, and valiantly holding a straight face the entire time until he finally says it's for catching ghosts and cracks up.
    • During his thrashing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III he ultimately cracks up when, ironically enough, emphasizing how the line "Help I'm a turtle and I can't get up" isn't funny.
    • Explaining that something isn't funny is apparently hilarious to poor James, as he does it again in his Castlevania retrospective. He's giggling and grinning when trying to criticize the game's gag of having renamed actors and directors in their credits.
    • He also couldn't keep a straight face during his three-episode long diatribe against the Ghostbusters video game adaptations when he takes to the streets to find a dog turd to compare the games to it.
      Nerd: That! It's dog shit! That's what it reminds me of! This game reminds me [starts laughing] of dog shit!
    • He managed to keep a straight face during his NES Accessories review until he discovered the Konami Laser Scope, a voice-activated zapper that responded to the word "Fire", would actually respond to any word. Then you can hear him struggling not to laugh as he's hurling out various swear words to activate it.
    • James released a Hilarious Outtakes video for Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout where he ends up cackling at both the "head up a unicorn's asshole" and the "Bugs Bunny's Birthday Beating" lines, having to take numerous retakes of both to get it out. Mike also has a lot of trouble doing the Bugs voice with a straight face, though thankfully he gets to wear a mask.
    • And he did it again when he a Hilarious Outtakes video for his Crazy Castle review in which he struggles to keep a straight face during the "muck spread" rant, having to stop and just laugh for a solid 10 seconds at times just to try and get his face straight.
    • 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 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. 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. Take a look. It's also quite clear, based on the outtakes at the end, that he did the odd picture-in-picture edit effect because he simply could not be on screen at the same time as Mike without losing his shit.
    • When he reviewed Toxic Crusaders games, James is visibly struggling to hold back laughing at Lloyd Kaufman's audacious and crude antics.
    • Two outtakes at the end of his 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] Fuck!
    • In the Ikari Warriors review (not the outtakes), he audibly corpses two or three times at Kyle's comments.
    • In the Hong Kong '97 review, he corpses during the game's intro, due to the sheer absurdity of the plot.
    • In the review for Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, he corpses so hard that he starts crying when the "YOU'RE WINNER" screen pops up.
    • In his Atari Sports video, he tries to describe Miniature Golf but is unable to say it without laughing because of how abstract and hard to interpret the graphics are.
    • When utterly slamming the terrible Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure he cracks up at the game's premise of forcing you to buy a hat before letting you on any rides.
      Hey, remember that time you went to Universal and they wouldn't let you on the rides unless you (starts laughing) wear a stupid fucking hat?!
    • When tackling Math on the Move during his Lightspan Adventures review, the nerd mocks a pair of people in the for being nerds and, while he doesn't actually laugh, he's clearly struggling to keep from grinning when he says "Look at how geeky they're dressed! Not all cool like me!"
    • While reviewing Home Alone games and Macaulay Culkin asks him if he's ever had pizza out of a toilet, the Nerd spontaneously ad-libs the line "pizza shit." This makes Macaulay sputter and simply say "I knew I liked you" which in turn prompts the Nerd, who until now has managed to keep his laughter behind a gigantic smirk, to burst out laughing as well.
    • In his review of Life Of Black Tiger you can see him straining not to laugh at one of Fred Fuck's outbursts. Not that we're judging: Having Gilbert Gottfried (who also couldn't help but corpse up a little) yelling this line at you would make anyone want to laugh.
    • He corpses right up when he hears about Raid 2020's drug satellite and tries to say how ludicrous it is that these drug dealers are so over-the-top they're broadcasting their drugs via satellite.
  • Doug Walker:
  • Obscurus Lupa:
    • She of crude humor, made highbrow Oancitizen 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 uncontrollable and it's - I'm never working with you again." "Pinky promise!"
    • Oancitizen and The Nostalgia Chick did a crossover review of Freddy Got Fingered; in the bloopers, he accuses her of "Lupa-ing".
    • Amusingly, he later causes this at his review of Tromeo and Juliet with The Cinema Snob, as the Snob is clearly holding/hiding laughter as Kyle lists some Parallel Porn Titles based on Shakespeare.
    • Kyle gets another turn while watching Mister Lonely. After bringing up a subplot featuring Werner Herzog leading a convent full of nuns in an unspecified country, he "discusses" its connection to the main plot (which is about celebrity impersonators) by staring at the camera for a period while smiling awkwardly. His friend and title card artist Ven Gethenian leans in, comments "A moose once bit my sister," and Kyle's fixed expression dissolves into giggles.
  • The Nostalgia Chick and Todd in the Shadows:
    • In their comparison video of Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally..., you can see her fighting not to crack up when he says "Sleepless In Seattle made my balls shrivel"note  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 From Justin to Kelly review.
    • Their review of Crossroads cuts to the credits just as Lindsay is about to laugh at Todd ordering her to leave his house.
    • In Lindsay Ellis's post-Channel Awesome solo work, while discussing the downfall of the Hollywood movie musical through awkward, overdone trend-chasing, she brings up the "turd in the wind" line from the trailer for Venom (2018), then works it into a parody of the "tears in the rain" speech from Blade Runner. As soon as she finishes, she collapses laughing.
  • Mook on Epic Meal Time is prone to corpsing when Harley is on camera. Examples include the Gentlemen Beef Wellington and Candy Sushi episodes.
  • In the bloopers for a crossover review with other European reviewers, Film Brain starts laughing and cannot stop 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.
  • Retsupurae:
    • During his 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 BillyMC's videos of Super Mario All-Stars, both slowbeef and Diabetus dissolve into laughter on the initial take when Billy mentions his mom getting McDonald's while she was doing Christmas shopping (they had a Running Gag where they assumed Billy was neglected by his family, and Billy's wording about the Christmas shopping made it sound like the McDonald's was the Christmas gift).
    • During Newgrounds Hunt Live! - Where's My Family?, slowbeef completely loses it when the bad writing and poorly drawn art culminate in a ridiculous(-looking) note from the Murderer.
    • Their Kickstarters Nonstarters episode for "Cage Hat" has slowbeef slowly being overcome with snickering while he and Diabetus watch the video and read the description. Then they catch sight of the Kickstarter for its prototype, "Bubble Hat," and slowbeef loses it for 10 minutes.
  • Jack (understandably) does this quite often In Jacks Films' "Your Grammar Sucks" series. 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 turning it into a drinking game.note 
  • On one episode of 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 Game Grumps 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 intentionally bad imitation of The Angry Video Game Nerdnote .
    Arin: Geez, walking chairs?! What's he in a hurry for? To get sit on?
    Danny: [literally crying with laughter] Stop!!!
  • JonTron:
    • During the Clock Tower episode, 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 cameraman.
    • During his Barbie Games review when he remarks that Barbie on the title screen of Barbie: Game Girl looks like "fucking Voldemort" you can see and hear him just barely stifling a laugh.
    • During his Disney Knockoffs review when he gets to the really 'effed up DressUpWho Frozen clickbait games like "Elsa Frozen Brain Surgery" and "Pregnant Elsa Foot Check-Up", he doesn't even attempt to stifle laughter as he describes the increasingly weird and honestly disgusting games the site has to offer.
    • During Nightshade: The Claws of HEUGH after declaring "I AIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN'T HAVIN' THAT SHIT!!!" he looks straight at the camera and you see him just starting to laugh as it cuts away.
    • During one of his mid-review shorts advertising an appearance at MAGFest he absolutely kills it on the harmonica for about 30 full seconds and can't hold in his laughter once he finishes.
  • It's almost ridiculously common for raocow to burst into laughter when something in-game amuses him. This is probably his most famous, where a silly looking boss sprite causes him to spend nearly two minutes laughing uncontrollably.
  • During Yahtzee's Let's Play of Normality, Gabriel says the phrase "Booby-Booby-Bum-Bum"... which sends the normally stoic Yahtzee into crazy laughing fits.
  • Two Best Friends Play:
    • In the Super Best Friends Play Let's Play of Parasite Eve Pat forgot to turn off his notifications, causing a pop-up for the download of Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!!. Pat and Woolie promptly spent a solid thirty seconds laughing uncontrollably.
    • Happens again near the end of their LP of Devil May Cry 3, where a dramatic close up of Vergil is interrupted by the notification that Devil May Cry 4 had finished downloading...they spend the rest of the cutscene laughing.
      Woolie: Now I'm MOTIVATED!
  • Due to it being unscripted, this sometimes happens in Midnight Screenings:
    • When Dave and Brian reviewed Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, Dave referred to a character as "Cunty McMomface". This caused Brian's wife, Leddie, who usually hides quietly in the back seat, to burst into laughter.
    • Jake and Irving's review of Saving Christmas also has a moment where both of them laugh for over a minute straight at the latter calling a character a "negress".
  • The puppeteers of Glove and Boots sometimes get the giggles so badly they have to put the puppets down. The blooper reels show them messing up take after take from laughing so hard, and if you check the original video, they occasionally just leave in a take that ends with them laughing. They literally couldn't find a take that didn't devolve into laughter.
  • In the You Can't Do That on Television fan-pilot, You Still Can't, Kenny can be seen smiling briefly when she gets slimed for uttering the infamous Catchphrase, 'I don't know'. For context, most of the scene is her arguing with Buzz about the responsibilities of being a good host.
  • Outside Xbox has two variations of this. Sometimes, they'll have someone in the scene crack up; about two-thirds of the time, it'll end up in the end-of-year bloopers rather than the episode. Other times, someone just out of the camera's field of view will go into hysterics as a result of a line. For example, 5 Game Movies We Love has Jane delivering a speech about how Silent Hill let Sean Bean go free, then wonder out loud what her point was, again...and Andy, just offscreen, audibly dies laughing. Ellen Rose tends to be particularly bad about it, spending multiple "Show of the Weekend" videos laughing at nearly everything Luke does - although since "Show of the Weekend" is supposed to feel laid-back and friendly, it doesn't get cut and generally makes the videos funnier.
  • The narrator of CinemaSins does a valiant job reading his lines without laughing, but even he lets it slip once and a while:
    • After keeping it together through some of the more absurdly silly things in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie he loses it during the final battle:
      "Frog Boy waits until he gets shot before using his electrocuting tongue, because starting with this would have (starts laughing) way too easy."
    • In "Everything Wrong with Suicide Squad", you clearly hear the narrator stifle a laugh and almost flub the line when he comments on how useless Killer Croc has been up until the point there is a conveniently flooded tunnel for him to swim through. Not thirty seconds later, although he does a much better job hiding this one, you can also tell he's struggling not to laugh when he comments on how misogynistic the film is:
      "This movie is so aggressively misogynistic that it briefly hosted Access Hollywood."
    • He similarly struggles to stifle a laugh during the "suck the pacifier" scene in The Boss Baby, commenting on how it sounds like an Alec Baldwin sex tape or possibly a scene from The Getaway...
      "which was also pretty much an (laughs) Alec Baldwin sex tape, but with James Woods hanging out in the background
    • During the review of The Fate of the Furious, the movie has already broken the sin counter (making it read gibberish like ")(*#3") but then the scene of the cars outrunning the submarine is so over the top that it actually kills the sin counter. The narrator is clearly laughing his ass off when he pleads to Chris to dial 911.
    • The "GIRL! GIRL!"-gag from Inside Out prompts a fit of genuine, hysterical laughter from the narrator, plus the removal of two sins. While the narrator does do a scripted laugh at funny scenes, this classifies as Corpsing because the comments clarify that that was his actual reaction to the scene.
    • He starts laughing off-script when trying to describe Branch's Freudian Excuse in Trolls, ultimately giving up and apologizing for laughing at how hilariously dumb he finds it to be.
  • In John Fassold's How EVERY ______ Song Is Written YouTube series, he cracks up whenever he improvises a lyric the artist would actually use. Like when ending his Lana Del Rey video with "he's my devil in a Marlon Brando mask", a line he can barely even get through without laughing.
  • One vine had a guy doing a Duke Nukem impression with the line " 'I'm here to kick gum and chew ass, and I'm all out of ass.' -Dick Kickem", and utterly failing to keep from cracking up. The vine has been incorporated into some Try Not to Laugh challenges.
  • Jim Sterling has corpsed quite a few times when looking at games on Steam:
    • DEAD TOWN OF WALKING ZOMBIES, a zombie game brought from mobile to Steam, got Jim laughing at its ridiculous store description. The video is even subtitled "In Which Jim Sterling Literally Corpses".
      "See, because 'to corpse' in theatrical terms is to laugh out of character, and this zombie game is so funny I couldn't stop giggling. That's the joke of the video title."
      "That is the joke of it. The video title."
    • WORST CASE Z had him gradually giggling more and more at the silly opening cutscene before he loses it completely when the main character starts dancing.
    • EVE OF DESTRUCTION REDUX, a.k.a. "The Game With Literally No Budget," had Jim chuckling at the overall bad AI and animations, but he was really laughing uncontrollably when the animations for the tanks got all wobbly, especially when they got caught on a particular cluster of trees.
    • Esc: From Planet already had him laughing from the start upon catching sight of pterosaurs bumping back and forth between a truck and a UFO, but a poorly animated snake knocking over boxes made him crack up so badly that he had to pause the recording while he composed himself.
  • During Austin Evans' video "The Best $200 Laptop?":
  • In this video, TB Skyen's discussion of the aesthetics of Pokémon Detective Pikachu is interrupted by frequent bewildered exclamations, but at 11:11 he dissolves into incoherent laughter at the sight of a furious Jigglypuff in a crappy dive bar.
  • Louder With Crowder: Crowder's guests in the "Devil's Advocate" segments can't help cracking a smile at the more inane and outlandish antics of his character Skyler Turden, like slipping in casual accusations of Alt-Right allegiance or nearly choking on his joint.
  • Today I Found Out: In the video How Do We Pee and Why Can't We Do It Anytime? Simmon Whistler cracks up several times. The first time happens because he said "travel urinal" and his accent made it sound funny.
  • The Cry of Mann: As a live show, this was inevitable.
    • Looking closely, Lorelei can be seen trying not to laugh in one scene when doing Berry's funny walk.
    • As a literal example, Ben can be seen struggling to keep his straight face when playing a corpse, outright grinning when Jack hugs Jouglat.
  • Filming of the second episode of The Gumdrops "GBH" had moments where crew members were unable to call for cut because Rebecca Rose Flynn had reduced them to laughter.
  • During the Fact Hunt episode Top 5 Hidden Pi**ed Off Programmer Rants (Japan Edition), he corpses hard while narrating Kaoru Nakajima's obscene message in Ganso Saiyuki and the programmer's flowery diatribe against his maligned co-workers in Erika to Satoru no Yumebōken, having to stop both times to sputter and laugh before continuing.
  • In Roller Samurai Vampire Slayers, Allison is trying everything in her power to not burst out laughing as Darma (Phelan) is screeching Angrish as her.
  • GrayStillPlays: Stays in when something happens in the games that completely takes him by surprise...whether or not it's his own fault.
  • The Weather has this happen twice in "Spooky Fog":
    • One scene had Alan pinching and prodding Ben's "corpse". Ben spent almost the entire time visibly laughing, which made Alan start giggling as well.
    • The final scene, where Alan was speaking to himself in a mirror, ended just as he was starting to laugh.
  • Filthy Frank let plenty of these slide on camera, such as
    • When talking about how Pokémon GO was the end of humanity, and how his German grandfather would tuck him in at night...followed by German-sounding nonsense. Neither he nor the camera crew could keep it together.
  • During Rerez's review of the Worst Plug & Play Console Ever 2 he gets to a game called Magic Jony and can't keep it together while trying to read the game's prologue which is written in hilariously horrible Engrish:
  • One super-cute video is rapper B-Doe attempting a rap battle with his son. Who is a five-month infant. When Quentin starts laughing at his dad, B-doe can't help but break down into giggles.
  • Kitboga is a scambaiter popular on Twitch and YouTube. Kit will often have to turn aside to chuckle at the sheer ridiculousness of something happening on one of the phone calls with the scammers. This is generally easy enough, given that it's a phone call, and the time spent not talking can easily be played off as something like not hearing the scammer, therefore wasting a bit more of their time. That said, in this video about puppy scams, he can't help from busting out laughing at the site's claim that a particular individual puppy is "backordered," though he manages to recover enough to keep the scammer from getting suspicious.
  • Tech Rules, when dissecting the code for Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning, corpses so hard he can't even finish giving a shout out to his sponsor, a hair loss treatment, which just happened to sponsor a video about a character named Baldi.
    After all, you don't want to end up bitter and angry like our hairless friend Baldi (bursts out laughing) For the record I didn't plan this — the video topic and the sponsor just happened to line up.

    Western Animation 
  • Happened to Madeleine Peters (Scootaloo) in episode 18 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic during the 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 Frank Welker and Peter Cullen got in on this during the run of The Transformers, though it was one-sided (and amusingly, instigated by the one who played the evil leader). Apparently one of Frank's goals while playing Megatron was "to get Peter to laugh water out of his nose."
  • Batman: The Animated Series had the memorable episode "The Man Who Killed Batman", where Joker holds a funeral for his rival, complete with Harley Quinn playing Amazing Freaking Grace 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 ThunderCats BlooperReel has several instances of the actors cracking up mid-line, such as Lion-O stumbling over his lines before remarking "What the fuck am I even talking about?!"
  • 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".
  • Rick and Morty: The episode "Rixty Minutes" has Rick tuning the TV so as to get channels from parallel universes. It's quite evident that several if not all of these shows and commercials were improvised by the voice actors on the spot, and they don't even bother to cover the fact that they cracked themselves up with it.
    • As seen in the first clip, the titular characters are even kind enough to lampshade it beforehand.
      Morty: Huh, seems like TV from other dimensions has a somewhat looser feel to it.
      Rick: Yeah, it's got an almost improvisational tone.
    • Happens twice in the 'State of Georgia Vs. Denver Fenton Allen' Rick and Morty parody skit. The first time is when in the middle of the video Justin breaks character out of Morty for a moment when he's unable to contain his laughter over the absurdity of the argument with the accused Rick. Then again with Rick when he threatens to murder the judge's kids and he cracks up right at the end of the line about 'knocking their brains out with a hammer'.
  • In the Clip Show from near the end of The Legend of Korra, when Varrick's fictionalized retelling of the show gets to the part where all the villains get together on a conference call, it's obvious Henry Rollins is struggling not to laugh as he delivers Zaheer's lines, and you can even hear what appears to be someone laughing outright in the background. This was all left in, probably because the scene isn't remotely serious and is in fact very "meta".
  • On episode 41 of Animaniacs, during the "Good Idea, Bad Idea" segment, narrator Tom Bodett (yes, he of the Motel 6 "We'll leave the light on for you" ads) clearly cracks up when delivering the line "Bad idea: Whistling while you eat."
  • A famous Cold Open on Family Guy portrays Osama Bin Laden trying to record an anti-American propaganda video, but breaking up into laughter when he mispronounces a word. He's unable to regain his composure and eventually degenerates into outright clowning. Then Stewie shows up and kicks his ass.
  • You can occasionally hear characters on Bob's Burgers giggle or chuckle a bit while responding to funny dialogue. Those moments are the actual voice actors trying not to laugh and are left in because it feels more natural than having a character respond to a joke without laughing (unless the seriousness is funnier).
  • During recording sessions for The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, it's been said that Paul Lynde (the voice of Sylvester Sneekly/The Hooded Claw) would constantly cause the other voice actors (Janet Waldo, Gary Owens, Mel Blanc, Don Messick, Paul Winchell) to go into fits of laughter with his hammy line deliveries and his over-the-top Evil Laugh.
  • During the commentary version of Mr. Incredible and Pals, you occasionally hear Mr. Incredible stifle laughs when trying to respond to Frozone's outbursts. It was thrown in because it's absolutely in-character.
  • On The Simpsons during the gross-out contest in "They Saved Lisa's Brain", you hear the KBBL DJ Marty (voiced by Harry Shearer) corpse out loud at the punny name of Homer's act, which involves him attempting to dance erotically while popping a bodysuit made of popcorn kernels.
    Marty" Next up, Homer and his amazing Redenbacher Dreamcoat... with a number he calls "Kernel Knowledge."

    Real Life 
  • Ever watch a war movie where there's always the one guy who starts giggling uncontrollably when Drill Sergeant Nasty 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".
    • The United States Air Force has a very ingenious, but equally hilarious way of testing the resolve of their recruits so that they keep composure during public events. The Drill Master walks up behind them with a rubber chicken and squeezes it to see if the recruit will corpse.
    • Indiana University Police Academy also uses the rubber chicken test on their cadets.
    • 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 holding 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.
    • Can also be used, as ironic as it sounds, to actually LIGHTEN the mood during certain parts of boot camp. In some situations (particularly in later phases of boot camp, when the recruits are more respected by the drill instructors), D.Is may increase their use of "comedic" hazing of recruits for nothing more than a brief easing of the mood, and some platoon lore to bounce around among recruits. Can also help to build camaraderie.
    • This is actually known as a "grin of fear" and is believed to be a holdover from early in our evolution since many primates similarly display this characteristic whenever frightened or stressed.
  • Bloodstain 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 to 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.
  • Believe it or not, this is how Elisabeth Sladen 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 "respiration nil, Aston Villa two" into her ear. That actor's name was Brian Miller, and she married him three years later.
  • 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 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.
    • 20/20: Following the verdict in the Lorena Bobbitt case, Barbara Walters, Hugh Downs, and Ted Koppel all completely lost it after Ted's presumably unintentional pun of "It cuts both ways". It got so bad that they had to cut to a commercial. When it came back, they appeared to have calmed down, only for them to barely keep it together during the "goodnights" before losing it again just before it cut to the ending credits.
  • Other times, some news reports are just inherently ridiculous that it's hard for the news anchors to not laugh.
    • 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.
    • This anchor just couldn't hold it together as she reads the story about a rather large cat forced to take swimming lessons.
    • Another anchor is utterly destroyed by a disabled pig's Punny Name that he practically begs someone else to read it.
  • 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 Mission: Impossible, 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 this (particularly when the culprit says she thought the smuggled ecstasy was Viagra). In a bit of Self-Deprecation, a few years later she saw the clip again during an interview.
  • Anyone, 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 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.
      • And you should never listen to a podcast in public. Especially when you're sitting face-to-face with someone in public transport.
  • 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.
  • Isaac Asimov 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 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Katie Couric briefly does this when 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.
  • 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 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 The '60s (as told by a 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 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 NBC Radio News intros. One night there was a local Ford dealer spot which ended with a 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 — 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 as 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...
  • Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Cavaliers, November 2014. "Nothing says college like singing Journey while holding onto a goose." Cue the trope by announcers Joe Tessitore and Brock Huard.
  • Another sports narration moment was an NHL game where the announcers commented that a player was hit in the "wee knee".
  • Mike Judge has said that one of his inspirations for Beavis and Butt-Head was hearing some classmates giggle when the priest said "eat this" during Communion at his Catholic high school's Graduation Mass.
  • Speaking of church, this web posting claims that the author cracked up during a hymn when the words "Very God" reminded them of the Doge meme.
  • Ceremonial guards such as the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace are trained and drilled rigorously to maintain an absolutely stoic demeanor whatever is happening around them. That said, they're only human so it is sometimes just possible to get one of them to break up if you really make an effort, as this guy discovered.
  • At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Tom Hiddleston showed up in full costume and character as Loki, lapping up the attention from his rather vocal fanbase without breaking character... Until a random guy in the crowd yelled: "My wife loves you!" Cue Tom trying desperately not to crack up laughing and instead just grinning like a maniac.
    • Of course, being a maniacal grin, the end result is actually very in character.
    • This guy (or someone imitating him anyway) came back at another panel, shouting "My wife still loves you!" which resulted in the same thing as before.
  • Middle school sex education. It's physically impossible for a room full of 11 to 13-year-olds to keep a straight face when the word "vagina" is mentioned. The fact that (in the US, at least) sex education classes are typically done with the driest, most technical language possible seriously contributes to this.
  • Politician Keith Hill suffered a corpsing fit in the House of Commons whenever he had to say the phrase Short Sea Shipping.
  • When Ellen DeGeneres was interviewing Ben Affleck on her show, a Wonder Woman crossdresser popped out of a box to scare him. When Affleck is shown a replay of his reaction, he collapses into hysterical high-pitched giggles.
  • On a live broadcast Q13 News This Morning in Seattle, anchor Kaci Aitchison demonstrated a drawing app and tried to draw a cannon. It wound up looking too much like... something else. Hysterics ensued. The presenters tried bravely to carry on, but they were helpless.
  • Two anchors on Seattle's local Fox channel were reporting a story on a couple who had called 911 after consuming a large amount of "special" brownies and thinking they had overdosed. Neither anchor can keep a straight face, and one of them starts giggle-snorting when they're playing the recording.
  • One news anchor cracked up while reporting a person arrested for assault. Why? They were arrested FOR FARTING! The news anchor completely loses it as her cohost has to cover for her and then saying that the news story was "unfair".
  • During a broadcast of the NALCS, one of the casters made the comment that one player gave "a little lick in the bush" (while they meant Tahm Kench tentatively checking a bush for hidden enemies with his Overly Long Tongue, the Accidental Innuendo here should be pretty obvious) proceeding to make his co-caster try his best to not laugh at the original caster as he comes to realize what he just said. They both eventually break, however.
  • Unquestionably the most famous case in Cricket commentating history happened on an episode of Test Match Special when, while reviewing the day's play, the commentators were discussing Ian Botham's dismissal where he was given out Hit Wicketnote  after overbalancing and unsuccessfully attempting to awkwardly hurdle the stumps instead. Commentator Johnathan Agnew quipped "He just didn't quite get his leg over,"note  and over the course of the next minute he and fellow commentator Brian Johnston slowly descended into hysterical giggles until they simply couldn't go on. According to The Other Wiki the incident caused a two-mile traffic jam due to drivers listening to the radio in their cars laughing too much to pay the toll at the Dartford Tunnel, and in 2005 BBC Radio 5 Live voted it the greatest sporting radio commentary of all time.
  • This happens all the time during improvised comedy performances. The nature of the format means that literally anything can, and often will, happen on stage. Unlike stand-up, where the comedians are reading from a prepared routine and already know what the jokes will be, improvisers usually have no clue what their scene partner will say or do and so it's much easier to be caught off guard. Often you'll find the performers laughing, both on stage and on the sidelines or backline, as much as the audience.
  • Mika Brzezinski had to leave the studio after she laughed about a gas attack in a furry convention. Her male colleagues also can't help but laugh at the absurdity of the situation.
  • Even the normally unflappable NASA controller Gene Kranz cracks a little at guidance officer Steve Bales' exuberant 'Go!' on the roll call of controllers when the Apollo 11 lunar lander was lining up for descent, despite the fact that Bales's distinctive delivery was known across the controller team.
  • Subverted with "Sober Sue", a woman in the early 20th century who never laughed, ever. Her manager promised a hundred-dollar prize to anyone who could get to laugh (resulting in comedians performing for free in order to get the prize), without ever having to pay out. It's believed she'd suffered from paralyzed facial muscles, meaning she couldn't laugh if she'd wanted to.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, along with their group of friends, would occasionally all get together to host a friendly competition amongst themselves, where they would read aloud Irene Iddesleigh by Amanda McKittrick Ros and see who could get through it the longest without laughing. No easy feat, as Irene Iddesleigh is essentially the older literary counterpart to The Room, being a story about a Destructive Romance featuring some of the most abundant, over-elaborate Purple Prose ever put to paper.
  • These news anchors lose it over a false bomb threat caused by someone telling others in a restroom to leave because he was "fixing to blow it up."
  • The Oath of Office taken by all state and local officials in Kentucky requires them to swear that that have never participated in a duel, and goes into great detail as to what exactly "participating" means, taking up half the oath by itself. Many officials have been seen trying, sometimes unsuccessfully, to stifle laughter when getting to this part of what is supposed to be a solemn ceremony.
  • Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen trying to explain to Parlament that the Government might have to buy a camel named Ali to keep Ramboline the Elephant happy. It Makes Sense in Context.

Alternative Title(s): Corpsed


Debbie Downer

The Debbie Downer skit goes completely off the rails. And the audience is here for it!

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