Global Belly Laugh Day

Carol Burnette TVGuide

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 Bob Mackie w-Stetchconfidently 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!

And now…

As the Stomach Turns

8 thoughts on “Global Belly Laugh Day

  1. Great post on BGLD. Albeit, a little late to comment now, but I just wanted to mention that I used to *love* The Carol Burnett show as a little girl. Her combination of energy, glamour, and goofiness had me stuck to the telly, too. 🙂


    1. Here it’s never too late for a comment Shirley. 🙂

      I agree completely about Carol Burnett. Do you think her comedy influenced your sketching any? I had not thought of it until just now when I looked at your page showing several sketches at once. ( ) A couple of them sort of make me think of her skits.

      Thanks for stopping to comment.


    1. Oops — my bad. That is the same link I was using… I thought I had included the link, but I see that it didn’t show up. Thanks for taking a moment to look it up, Ishita. 🙂

      I’m delighted that you commented.


  2. I adored the Carol Burnett show, and I also loved when they made each other laugh. I loved Lucille Ball and Robin Williams. I think silly is much more funny than mean. More innocent, too. Thanks for bringing me wonderful memories!


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