I understand that today is Global Belly Laugh Day. Now I haven’t had time to investigate whether or how this might be any official sort of “Day,” so I guess the mail will be delivered and the banks will be open. And you’d best go to work if you’re scheduled to do so today – your employer probably doesn’t support a day of laughter.
Whether official, or merely a delightful concept in the minds of a handful of giggling souls, today I’m spreading the chuckles, chortles, and cackles. I’m sharing vintage comedy. When I was a child there wasn’t quite as much mean-spirited “comedy.” Personally, I don’t understand what’s funny about yelling, or doing spiteful things to another, or watching someone get hurt. But that’s just me.
There were several people who made me laugh. Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Tim Conway… and in my older-youth Robin Williams’ early stuff left me in helpless fits of giggles. For me the most inspirational was Carol Burnett. I remember evenings sitting on the foot of the bed looking up at the TV as she strode confidently onto the stage. She looked so tiny. Yet she dazzled in an incredible Bob Mackie gown.
(Even as a small child I loved beautiful things. The fact that I didn’t have any in no way diminished my appreciation of them. And I loved to look at beautiful clothes, so comedy plus Bob Mackie equaled one transfixed, fascinated little girl.)
The thing that delighted me most about the Carol Burnett shows was how they made one another laugh. So I’m sharing this video and hoping to give you a giggle and a guffaw. Happy Belly Laugh Day!
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