So Wrong

I checked out this NY Post piece about a man dressed as a clown during the Macy’s parade who was making balloon animals and dropped dead from a heart attack, and the very first comment was so damned wrong, but it still made me laugh:

I saw that, he was acting a little funny before he died..

I told mom about it and she reminded me of the Chuckles the Clown episode on the Mary Tyler Moore show.

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  1. 1
    Eljai says:

    A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.


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    The Conster says:

    And yet, according to a link in that article, the real tragedy is Matt Lauer making 21.5 mil/yr while being universally hated.

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    Spankyslappybottom says:

    God I hate Matt Lauer. I would love to sentence him to shoving his bristled head up Ann Coulter’s rectum, but then I realize that would punish neither.

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    Ben Franklin says:

    Clowns used to scare the crap out of me.

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    Ben Franklin says:

    Lauer had some good lines.

    Back in 2000 after Katie Couric asked him what his Christmas wish was, he looked at her
    and said, “Oh! You’re still here”

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    Leeds man says:

    @Ben Franklin: Tim Curry doesn’t need makeup to scare crap out.

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    Leeds man says:

    Let “what are you laughing at, motherfucker?” be my epitaph.

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    WereBear says:

    Gee, it’s sad, but it was also during something he must have loved.

    Not a bad way to go, all things considered.

  9. 9

    One of the best of the series. FSM only knows how they survived taping it.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Leeds man: My epitaph is going to be, “If you’d asked me first, I would have told you that was a bad idea.”

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Ben Cisco (onboard the Defiant):

    Agreed. MTM nearly weeping while trying to keep a serious face and hold back her guffaws — well, I think we’ve all been there at one time or another, but damn, that was a fine bit of acting.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    As God is my witness, your link is all befucked.

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    Tractarian says:

    I don’t get it.

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    Raven says:

    @Tractarian: He was a clown, he was acting funny. One might say that about someone that was ill.

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    Mike says:

    Absolutely obligatory Simpsons quote:

    John: It’s camp!
    [Homer stares nonplussed]
    The tragically ludicrous? The ludicrously tragic?
    Homer: Oh, yeah. Like when a clown dies.
    John: Well, sort of.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    I’m mostly scoreboard watching tonight and hoping to get some writing done. Wisconsin beat St. Cloud 6-0 this afternoon; maybe the Badgers have finally figured out that they’re supposed to be a really good team. The big game tonight is Duluth @ North Dakota; it’s pretty much the only conference matchup where I’ll root for the ‘Dogs. As a Gopher fan, either one of these teams losing is a good thing. Ohio State @ Princeton is the other game I’m paying attention to.

    The men playing at Vermont is on the TV, reminding me why I don’t miss full checking at all. The pituitaryball team beat a ranked opponent this afternoon, which I guess is a good thing.

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    Violet says:

    Did they have to include the photo of the dead clown on the stretcher being loaded into the ambulance, with his poor wife, also in clown costume, right next to him? Death p0rn. Ugh.

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    Raven says:

    And then there is the wonderful Cortero

    Corteo, which means “cortege” in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

    The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    I saw that, he was acting a little funny before he died..

    That’s fucked up. Funny, but fucked up.

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    Raven says:

    @Soonergrunt: You read “The Things They Carried”? The story of the grunts whistling “Lemon Tree Very Pretty” as they pick pieces of their buddy “Lemon” out of a tree after he steps on a mine is similar. (A mine is what guys call IED’s!)

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    Bill T. says:

    It is my solemn wish that, at the poor man’s funeral, someone would whisper to just one other person, “Whatever you do, don’t laugh.”

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    Schlemizel says:

    Cannibal one to cannibal two:
    Does this clown taste funny to you?

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    Schlemizel says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    Hey Mike! When UMD plays UND there is really one thing to cheer for – a meteor!

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    wasabi gasp says:

    The last thing that guy twisted is a little kid’s mind.

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    Mike in NC says:

    A great Far Side cartoon showed an angry clown looking at a case of handguns and saying “Laugh at me, will they?”.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    So wrong and oh so right at the same time…

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Schlemizel: One of those two teams wears green.

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    How about some new Tunch, Lily, and Rosie pictures?

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    The Buckeyes are in the middle of really damaging their prospects to earn an at-large NCAA berth come March. It won’t help anyone else in the WCHA, either, if they can’t come back to win this game.

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    Narcissus says:

    Laughing at dead clowns is bad karma

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    gbear says:

    @Mike in NC: My favorite clown cartoon shows a clown holding a cream pie in his hand while the shapely female acrobat standing in front of him says: “It’s been a wonderful evening Bobo, let’s not spoil it.”

    It describes my dating life perfectly.

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    General Stuck says:

    Dying is easy

    Comedy is hard

    Doing both at once will get you on Letterman.

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @efgoldman: I’m so old that I remember when someone stole his mailbox in front of his house; it was painted in the same pattern as the checkered jacket he wore.

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    Tata says:

    @Bill T.:

    Ah, the curse of Jack Benny. You can’t go wrong with the classics.

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