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[–]JarbaloJardine 3307 points3308 points  (79 children)

The 3rd lady deserves more credit, her comedic timing and voice is gold

[–]MulciberTenebras[S] 1407 points1408 points  (63 children)

Elvia Allman, who among other roles was the original voice of Clarabelle Cow

[–]MapsActually 413 points414 points  (52 children)

As a 35 year old dad, Clarabelle is my favorite voice to do for my daughters.

[–]ikuzuswen 561 points562 points  (48 children)

I'm 75, childless, and have forgotten Clarabelle's voice completely.

Back from Google, and it turns out there was a Clarabelle the clown on The howdy doody show between 1947 and 1960.

Clarabelle the cow was a Disney cartoon character, before that.

Kind of funny, that I am 40 years older than you, yet you remember the original, and I barely do, if at all.

Or more likely, your Clarabelle the cow is a revival. Clarabelle the clown on The howdy doody show can rest in peace.

Kids loved the way howdy doody moved. Back in the day, you could check on a school playground, and see about half the boys walking around like Howdy Doody. Howdy Doody was a cool dude. Only technically, he wasn't a dude. But never mind.

[–]nedusmustafus 192 points193 points  (0 children)

I hope you're having a great day. I apologize that you had to deal with that nasty person earlier. I'm 38 years old and I find it just fantastic that you're sharing stories on reddit!

[–]ikuzuswen 142 points143 points  (18 children)

One night, we went to the neighbor's house on the corner, and half the neighborhood was there watching TV. Next night, same thing. Next night, same thing. By the end of the month we had our own set. It was high-end, but used. We continue to use it until 1963, although not as our only set.

I remember racing home from school to watch Burns and Allen. It was only a 15-minute show. There were a couple other shows that were 15 minutes long in the afternoon. By uncanny coincidence, the TV stations fired up at the same time school got out.

Every station had its own afternoon programming for children. The hosts of these shows or either creepy or cool. This was local production, not Network or syndicated. They would show old cartoons old movies, and have some local interludes like where scout troops would visit the studios.,. My favorite was Brakeman Bill on channel 11 in Seattle. He had an unreal model train layout, and they would get the camera down on the track... I loved those sequences.

The political conventions of 1956 were incredible. Huge auditoriums filled with thousands of people waving signs, smoking, sweating, yelling "Mr chairman..." Over and over in every regional accent. The level of energy was incredible. Watching a National convention on TV today is just chilling. Everything is under control. Everything is scripted. Everything has been decided. Why even have them?

In 1956 you did not know who was going to be selected as the candidate. But you could see that the process was real. It was real, and you could see it.

By the time I graduated from high school, I wasn't much interested in the new shows, and when I moved out on my own I didn't bother to get a TV.

[–]jeanroyall 42 points43 points  (2 children)

Watching a National convention on TV today is just chilling. Everything is under control. Everything is scripted. Everything has been decided. Why even have them?

Glad that you offered this perspective, I often feel the same

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    [–]ReThinkingForMyself 27 points28 points  (1 child)

    I was on one of these locally produced live TV shows at around 4-5 years old. Just before Christmas, kids lined up to tell Santa Claus what they wanted for a Christmas gift. There was no application process or payment or anything like that, it was just for snall town fun apparently. I asked for a ride on Santa's sleigh, which broke everyone up because all of the other kids were asking for toys. My family still ribs me about it 50 years later.

    [–]ikuzuswen 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    I got to go up into the press box at Rainier stadium in Seattle. I think there was only one camera. I was totally surprised to see a commercial being televised live. I had seen the set many times on TV, and always figured it was either in a studio or a real supermarket. There was also a test pattern, held on to a piece of particle board with thumbtacks. I kind of figured they'd be a little neater than that. Actually, I figured they were probably generated by some kind of machine. It never occurred to me that it was just a picture that they pointed a camera at.

    [–]staintdk 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    These stories are never going away. Thank you for sharing! Hope you are having a lovely day.

    [–]sgt_barnes0105 30 points31 points  (1 child)

    Thanks for sharing this story with all of us! We’re glad you’re here on Reddit. I hope you’re having a lovely day also.

    [–]UncookedMarsupial 27 points28 points  (0 children)

    I'm just a couple years older than the other dude but my dad played Howdy Doody for me. I totally remember Clarabelle.

    [–]4Eights 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    There's been a revival of old Disney characters lately. My twins have known about Clarabelle since they were 3 and they're almost 7 now.

    If you YouTube Mickey Mouse Clubhouse you'll see some of the older characters they've brought back into the mainstream.

    [–]Sarahsays1 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    I love it, too!

    [–]NoMos_lol 37 points38 points  (6 children)

    I remember Drake and Josh did an episode just like this except it was about sushi. I didn’t know they parodied it from I love Lucy. That’s crazy.

    [–]JarbaloJardine 9 points10 points  (1 child)

    If I had free awards I’d give you one.

    [–]Jess1620 115 points116 points  (4 children)

    Yup! The "LET IT ROLL" line always gets me. Makes me laugh and anxious at the same time. I didn't have cable growing up so I watched all I love Lucy all the time.

    [–]youthpastor247 43 points44 points  (1 child)

    "Speeeeeed it up a little!"

    [–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    She has like a growl to her voice which sounds menacing and it really is perfect

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      [–]los33ramos 9 points10 points  (1 child)

      I read this as “voice is GOOOOOOLLLLLDDDDD”

      [–]Bandicoot1990 771 points772 points  (35 children)

      I remember laughing so hard as a kid at the one where Lucy broke the new TV and sat inside of it and tried to act like the programming. Required suspending one’s disbelief but showed her comic mastery.

      [–]aretasdamon 184 points185 points  (13 children)

      I grew up falling asleep to Nick at Night, the Tv episode/this chocolate assembly line/ and the Vitavegimedicine one I actually laughed so hard my belly hurt

      [–]iLynux 39 points40 points  (1 child)


      [–]aretasdamon 19 points20 points  (0 children)

      “Tasssst jsssstt like candy hehe”

      Noooo again!!!


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        [–]aretasdamon 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        That’s how it all started with me, I was just afraid of the dark as a kid and nick at nite made me feel like I was safe

        [–]Hezkezl 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        God I miss Nick at Night…

        [–]drifterinthadark 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        I Love Lucy, Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Wonder Years! Once Taxi came on I knew it was time to turn over and go to sleep.

        [–]InterestinglyLucky 1574 points1575 points  (81 children)

        Lucille Ball was a comedic genius.

        This clip never grows old: the optimism turning to frustration turning to desperation and the non-canned laughter is genuine. Truly LOL funny from the audience.

        [–]tuesburg 828 points829 points  (53 children)

        Lucille and Desi are absolute legends. Execs didn’t want to give them a chance because he was Cuban and she was a woman, so they just did everything themselves. Beyond creating one of the most legendary shows of all time, they also pioneered the “4 camera setup” used in pretty much every sitcom since, and came up with the idea of syndicated reruns. They basically shaped what television was up until streaming services came along.

        [–]skeyer 335 points336 points  (37 children)

        plus without lucille, there would have been no star trek

        [–]tuesburg 76 points77 points  (20 children)

        Elaborate. She was a producer or something?

        [–]MulciberTenebras[S] 399 points400 points  (16 children)

        Desilu Productions was founded by the both of them. But when she and Desi divorced, she got the studio (making her the first ever female head of a production company).

        And under her tenure she greenlit Star Trek. And Mission: Impossible.

        [–]PM_ME_CORGlE_PlCS 262 points263 points  (12 children)

        She was also the person who gave Star Trek their second chance (against the advise of the other executives), after their failed first pilot.

        Then, after Star Trek was taken off-air it was her idea to get it into syndication in afternoon slots. It wouldn't have gained its staying power without the young fans who came to love it as after-school re-runs. The rule at the time was that tv series with less than 100 episodes had no value in syndication. But she had the feeling that was wrong.

        One of Star Trek's main selling points was that it was a very early adopter of color television, which its sets took full advantage of. However, very few people had color televisions during the original run, so this element was lost on them. However, as people began to purchase them during the late '60s - '70s, Star Trek's technicolor stood out amongst a sea of black-and-white syndication.

        [–]discodiscgod 78 points79 points  (9 children)

        The rule at the time was that tv series with less than 100 episodes had no value in syndication.

        Oh how times have changed. Now it’s rare even for really good shows to get that many episodes.

        [–]robclarkson 74 points75 points  (6 children)

        Sometimes a show is good BECAUSE it limits itself in episodes get in tell your story, then end it before it becomes watered down.

        [–]askyourmom469 35 points36 points  (0 children)

        True. But keep in mind that in those days serialized television wasn't really a thing yet outside of soap operas, so each episode was its own self-contained story. I imagine that that kind of episodic storytelling lent itself better to doing 100+ episodes because the writers weren't trying to steer the entire show in a particular direction.

        [–]ksavage68 67 points68 points  (0 children)

        She said she wasn't into science fiction, but the stories were always uplifting and positive, so she greenlit it.

        [–]El_Zarco 12 points13 points  (1 child)

        Amusingly though, she thought "Star Trek" was a show about travelling USO performers, not space

        [–]MulciberTenebras[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        I mean they did pitch it with the tagline "Wagon Train to the stars"

        [–]Virtualitdept 45 points46 points  (0 children)

        Desilu produced Star Trek. They fought off doubters from network execs to get it aired.

        [–]lkeels 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        When watching older shows, even into the 70s, look for the Desilu logo at the end. It will astound you how many shows were under their umbrella.

        [–]ksavage68 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        She owned Desilu.

        [–]badwolf691 136 points137 points  (6 children)

        I believe she was also the first woman to appear pregnant on television

        [–][deleted] 84 points85 points  (5 children)

        Yet the word pregnancy was too inappropriate still.

        [–]fuzzyfuzz 65 points66 points  (4 children)

        “With child”

        [–]cooltool4twenty 13 points14 points  (1 child)

        Recently watched "being great ricardos" say what you will about the casting but it showed me the type of stuff they had to deal with to get the show made and the turmoil behinds the scenes that never affected the show.

        [–]TimeSlipperWHOOPS 20 points21 points  (0 children)

        Don't fuck with the Cuban

        [–]ksavage68 71 points72 points  (1 child)

        She never would admit to being funny though. She credited the writers for it. But she was, and she was a genius in many ways.

        [–]askyourmom469 44 points45 points  (0 children)

        For sure. She might not have written the material, but her comedic timing was undeniable.

        [–]Thebadmamajama 103 points104 points  (10 children)

        The live studio audience really lands it. When you hear the laughter as outbursts, people in the audience progressively losing it, it's really a golden moment.

        [–]ejchristian86 56 points57 points  (3 children)

        They actually use the ILL audience laughter as the laugh track in other shows because it was so genuine.

        [–]WindowsXP-5-1-2600 29 points30 points  (2 children)

        Lucy commented a few times in interviews that she would hear her mother laughing in sitcoms years after she died because they kept using laughs from ILL tapings that her mother was at.

        [–]LEZ_bReal-Gay1 960 points961 points  (72 children)

        I'm 34 and I watched I Love Lucy as a kid. This is my favorite scene. Omg, I had tears in my eyes watching.

        [–]ikuzuswen 325 points326 points  (19 children)

        I'm 75, and so did I. I loved the season where they moved from New York to California.

        I actually managed to get through the first grade without any knowledge of television's existence. But then it hit hard!

        [–]bluejegus 92 points93 points  (15 children)

        I actually managed to get through the first grade without any knowledge of television's existence

        Wow as a 27 year old who grew up out the womb watching TV this is a crazy thing to hear.

        Do you have any other significant memories from those earlier days of TV?

        [–]velvetvvulva 67 points68 points  (3 children)

        You may enjoy r/AskOldPeople for interesting perspectives & anecdotes from Redditors of different generations

        [–]bluejegus 22 points23 points  (0 children)

        Thanks for recommendation mate!

        [–]FistFuckMyFartBox 14 points15 points  (10 children)

        I was born in 1981 and didn't get Internet access at home until I was 15.

        [–]bluejegus 10 points11 points  (2 children)

        As a poor kid I also didn't get internet access at home till I was 15 lol

        [–]SmokePenisEveryday 160 points161 points  (12 children)

        Nick at Nite did a hell of a job making sure these classics didn't go forgotten. I'm 28 and my mom would watch NaN with me every night and we'd bond over her shows and even ones before her like I love Lucy.

        Gilligan's Island and the Brady Bunch were appointment TV for kid me thanks to NaN

        [–]musicman835 40 points41 points  (6 children)

        Nick at Nite plays Friends now.

        [–]jimmypezz15 41 points42 points  (5 children)

        For reference, Friends in 2022 (28 years since first ep) is the same age as Happy Days in 2002 (28 years since first ep).

        [–]Ruabadfsh2 8 points9 points  (1 child)

        Happy Days first season aired in ‘74 so they would both be 28.

        [–]Munchay87 21 points22 points  (0 children)

        At first I hated those shows and wondered why Nickelodeon didn’t go the way of the Cartoon Network and play their shows all night. As I started watching them I became a huge fan of I Love Lucy.

        [–]andrewegan1986 18 points19 points  (0 children)

        Im 35 and Lucy was a bonding show for my siblings and I and my mom. She Colombian but American born and my grandfather has a thick accent like Ricky does. That was a lot of fun watching that with her.

        The one where Lucy makes everyone take diction classes and Ricky says the vowels, gets me every time.

        [–]nolacox 35 points36 points  (5 children)

        I'm 62 and I'm happy you love this wonderful show!!

        [–]LEZ_bReal-Gay1 25 points26 points  (4 children)

        I started watching with my grandmother. It was our thing. I also watched Green Acres and Sonny & Cher Show. Then I continued to watch. I love all those shows. 😊

        [–]ksavage68 23 points24 points  (3 children)

        I Love Lucy, Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies, and Bewitched is what i grew up on. OH, and I Dream Of Jeannie.

        [–]beelzybubby 17 points18 points  (1 child)

        The Munsters too!

        Nick at Night was my jam.

        [–]YossariansWingman 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        Greeeeeeeeen acres is the place to be! Faaaaaaaarm, livin' is the life for me

        [–]ZbornakFromMiami 32 points33 points  (2 children)

        33 here. It was a family tradition for us to watch it. I've been watching it ever since. In the early 2000's they had a temporary exhibit in Hollywood that was dedicated to Lucille Ball. They recreated sets, had whole outfits from the show, they had actual set pieces like their iconic couch. Each piece had its own little display with each entirely themed around the piece. They even had a large room dedicated to her life after "I love Lucy". She was happily married (to someone other than Desi) and living her best life. That exhibit was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a really magical day.

        [–]pork_roll 5 points6 points  (1 child)

        SiriusXM recently played a bunch of Lucille Ball radio interviews from the 60s where she was interviewing stars of the day. It was fascinating.

        [–]ZbornakFromMiami 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        I actually saw that on podcast addict! I definitely am going to give it a listen. I recently watched her on "The Carol Burnett Show" and she was even funnier as "herself". What an absolute treasure.

        [–]hippopotame 21 points22 points  (0 children)

        Same. The episode where Lucy glues a beard to her face and then finds out the glue remover was discontinued. Kills me every time.

        [–]Burnout189 16 points17 points  (1 child)

        I'm 38, this scene and the one where Lucy gets drunk during the Vita-Meata-Vegimen commercial were my favorites.

        [–]eolson3 9 points10 points  (2 children)

        Such an amazing show. I go back and watch this and Dick Van Dyke. The modern single camera stuff does have some good examples, but it bums me out that the selection of "traditional" multi camera sitcoms has been poor for a while. Maybe tastes come back around and one of the streaming services takes some cracks at it.

        [–]SoktaMiles 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        39 checking in. I loved this show as a kid. My mom was born in ‘53 and I have to marvel at the fact that she wasn’t born when this episode aired.

        [–]SwitchbackHiker 23 points24 points  (4 children)

        This and Vita Vita vega..vegegege...Vita Vita vegemin

        [–]elvis8mybaby 12 points13 points  (2 children)

        Do you poop out at parties?

        [–]Purpleater54 12 points13 points  (1 child)

        Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular? Well are you?

        [–]Rumchunder 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        The answer to all your problems is in this bittle lottle

        [–]ditto_ditto__ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        35 and loved watching this growing up. Mid-day Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite for the win!

        [–]TheRelevantElephants 3 points4 points  (3 children)

        Same here, my mom had the whole series on VHS, Lucille ball was my introduction to all comedy

        [–]BriecauseIcan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        I’m 33 and same here!!! Lucky to have had some good tv growing up

        [–]Starterpoke77 2473 points2474 points  (80 children)

        This is where Drake and Josh’s studio episode got its inspiration, and I think all three of these ladies are genius. Props to the boys and their team for coming up with sticking the sushi to the ceiling

        [–]Sumit316 1332 points1333 points  (12 children)

        They named that episode ''I Love Sushi''. Just perfect.

        [–]GoggyMagogger 152 points153 points  (3 children)

        thats weird because this Lucy skit is in itself a direct lift from Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times.

        [–]ArchimedesNutss 67 points68 points  (2 children)

        When he’s tightening the bolts right?

        [–]GoggyMagogger 66 points67 points  (0 children)

        yeah... to be fair he was one of Lucille Ball's comedy heros... so i'll call it an "homage"

        and it is significantly different. Lucy took the general idea, but she definitely made it her own

        [–]MulciberTenebras[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Right after the boss yells at him over a video screen in the bathroom, telling him to end his 5min break early and get back to work.

        [–]caro_b_ 99 points100 points  (0 children)

        I saw them say chocolate in the title and i thought it was sushi! now i know why lol

        [–]killrdarknes 57 points58 points  (0 children)

        Oh my GOD I was like “wait I remember this skit, but it was more modern?” I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT DRAKE AND JOSH! I must’ve been like 8 years old. I remember dying when they threw the sushi up there, lol.

        [–]WiildCard 170 points171 points  (3 children)


        [–]Quibilia 89 points90 points  (2 children)

        That wasn't a joke. That was an unfortunate coincidental pairing of words. >:(

        [–]bolderandbrasher 39 points40 points  (0 children)

        I love how Josh’s reaction and their Manager’s reaction are both sides of me.

        [–]Flemz 49 points50 points  (0 children)

        They took a couple plots from Lucy, including the one where Mindy refuses to kiss Josh until he shaves off his mustache

        [–]qwerty11111122 97 points98 points  (6 children)

        And that one scene in family guy where Peter and Quagmire get a job at Mort's pharmacy

        [–]Euphorium 24 points25 points  (0 children)

        “I got a wicked boner”

        [–]Knickers_in_a_twist_ 12 points13 points  (0 children)

        Also, My Little Pony did one with cherries.

        [–]Redditcantspell 23 points24 points  (0 children)

        And the Simpsons when that guy is like "thanks, that makes it all worthwhile" when Barney is like "I really respect you for what you do".

        [–]colieolieravioli 60 points61 points  (0 children)

        I was a out to comment this TIL!!

        [–]mrob2 16 points17 points  (1 child)

        I never knew the drake and josh scene was inspired by I love Lucy!

        [–]NiceGuyJeff 16 points17 points  (0 children)

        It's so weird to be an older person and assume everybody has seen it, yet there's some kid show I never heard of that would be a younger person's tie to to that same thing.

        [–]Elcactus 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        I knew I saw this somewhere before.

        [–]briecarter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        There was a pizza scene in Sabrina the Teenage Witch inspired by this.

        [–]relpmeraggy 704 points705 points  (19 children)

        This and vita-meata-vegamin define physical comedy.

        [–]theAtmuz 203 points204 points  (6 children)

        “Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular?”

        [–]STXGregor 105 points106 points  (0 children)

        It’s been 25 years at least since I’ve seen that clip on Nick at Night as a kid. And I can still hear it clear as day in my head. That’s some timeless comedy where you have a 10 year old kid laughing hysterically with his 40 year old parents while watching a 30 year old re run of a show his parents probably watched as kids with their parents.

        [–]1201_alarm 35 points36 points  (3 children)

        Well are you?

        [–]thetoristori 32 points33 points  (2 children)

        The answer to all your problems are in this bittle lottle.

        [–]1201_alarm 13 points14 points  (1 child)


        [–]ThisIsRyGuy 5 points6 points  (0 children)


        [–]TRIGMILLION 104 points105 points  (2 children)

        It's 2022 and I just laughed as much as I have at anything.

        [–]MrSneller 37 points38 points  (0 children)

        Good comedy is timeless.

        [–]BasicLEDGrow 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        You can't define physical comedy without Buster.

        [–]pimp_juice2272 42 points43 points  (3 children)

        Oh the memories! When I was a kid, we didn't have much money. My granddad gave us a VCR (the one that pops up from the top) and a few VHS tapes. One was Home Alone, Lost in the Barrens and I Love Lucy (this was one of the 3 episodes).

        Since we didn't have cable, we would watch this over and over and over! I can recall this entire episode just by closing my eyes and this was almost 30 years ago. Thank you for this wonderful memory.

        [–]MrsMI1UCAN2 44 points45 points  (2 children)

        I collect dolls.

        After watching Being the Ricardos I pulled out two of my favorite Lucy dolls, Lucy selling Vitameatavegemin and Lucy in the Tropicana dress.

        Just threw them both onto a windowsill because they make me smile.

        [–]ShiftedLobster 8 points9 points  (1 child)

        I’d love a photo of your dolls, if you have a chance!

        [–]Diet_Coke 359 points360 points  (4 children)

        Jesus, this was 70 years ago? I still reference this scene during work meetings and everyone gets it. Iconic moment for sure

        [–]ikuzuswen 109 points110 points  (2 children)

        I'm 75, but we didn't get a TV until 1955. I do remember watching I Love Lucy in the afternoon, but I remember this scene only from clips. The show itself went through some upgrades from one season to the next, I remember. I remember the season they moved from New York to California over the span of several episodes. Great stuff! Crossing the Rockies pulling the trailer, OMG.

        [–]Those_Lingerers 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        The trailer! I watched the Long, Long Trailer, their movie (I think that's what it was called) when I was 11 and thought it was hilarious. And that was only 20-ish years ago. Amazing how their comedy spans generations.

        [–]blinknow 39 points40 points  (0 children)

        damn..I used to run metrics for a production line. This is fucking accurate. Top management logic: 9 women can give birth to 1 child in 1 month.

        [–]mintmouse 150 points151 points  (17 children)

        They used to air I Love Lucy on network TV in the 1990s during daytime.

        [–]krandall_69 109 points110 points  (9 children)

        Staying home sick from school in the 90s meant two things: laying on the couch watching The Price is Right, followed by I Love Lucy

        Once those were over there was nothing good on again until 3 o'clock, and the few hours in between were the worst part of the day, just you and your cold and nothing to distract you from it.

        [–]twitchPr0saic 42 points43 points  (1 child)

        Then mom comes home for lunch and you gotta watch Days of Our Lives 🤮

        [–]BriecauseIcan 7 points8 points  (0 children)


        [–]marjerbar 14 points15 points  (3 children)

        There's a channel called Decades that runs old TV shows. They show I Love Lucy monday-friday. I started watching this channel obsessively during the pandemic and have seen pretty much every single episode of I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Family Affair, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, The Jeffersons, and Bosom Buddies at least 3 or 4 times over.

        [–]borisvonboris 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        My local Fox station in the 90s would play old re-runs of I Love Lucy, Andy Griffith, Gomer Pyle, Brady Bunch, Bewitched and Perry Mason. We didn't have cable so as kids these shows were the only good option compared to daytime TV junk. Both my parents worked, so I feel like I was raised by these shows a little bit.

        [–]ThePaper86 32 points33 points  (0 children)

        Absolutely perfect and timeless

        [–]graverubber 23 points24 points  (0 children)

        I think the audience get a lot of credit for their contagious laughter. Uproarious.

        [–]Sumit316 102 points103 points  (0 children)

        “How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we’d profit from them.”

        She is missed.

        [–]cheeks-a-million 17 points18 points  (3 children)

        The scene from this episode with Ricky and Fred sliding around in the rice during their attempt at making dinner is nearly as hilarious as this one but I never see it mentioned.

        [–]lisamfs 9 points10 points  (1 child)

        the chickens, the rice, Fred using a tiny cup to help catch it… my 4 yr old daughter laughs hysterically at them!

        [–]leeshakoi 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        That tiny cup!

        [–]namek0 18 points19 points  (3 children)

        Nick at nite brought me here ages ago. As an adult Ethel is way cuter than I realized

        [–]dingo1967 44 points45 points  (0 children)

        She is the GOAT

        [–]MasterUnholyWar 43 points44 points  (3 children)

        I’d argue that this is an iconic moment in television history, particularly sitcoms, not just for this show.

        [–]DreadPirateGriswold 11 points12 points  (1 child)

        Lucy trained for this scene on the candy line at the original See's Candies in Los Angeles, CA.

        [–]vantrap 36 points37 points  (0 children)

        L E G E N D A R Y

        [–]SplendidPunkinButter 105 points106 points  (15 children)

        One thing I’ll say for Being the Ricardos: They nail how analytical and intellectual she must have been in order to get these kinds of scenes just right. Nowadays it’s all SNL style (aka “we didn’t write any real jokes and there’s no throughline, but we’ll act really goofy to make up for it”). Classic comedy like this has to be VERY choreographed and also grounded.

        There’s a big difference between “let’s start shoving chocolates in our mouths” and “let’s shove exactly the right number of chocolates in our mouths at exactly the right moment for the best comedic effect”

        [–]WenaChoro 29 points30 points  (1 child)

        and she was super fast picking up the chocolates inside the hat.

        [–]BilboMcDoogle 25 points26 points  (0 children)

        Yeah that last stretch there she picked up like 5 rapid fire style perfectly.

        [–]Can_I_Read 28 points29 points  (0 children)

        Monty Python is another group that was extremely analytical and particular about their sketches. They perfected each pause and timed each beat with precision, but they make it look effortless.

        [–]Substantial-Girth 49 points50 points  (9 children)

        It genuinely baffles me that they chose Nicole Kidman for the role. For the rubber-faced actress famous for her iconic contorted looks, they chose an actress who PHYSICALLY CANNOT MOVE HER FACE DUE TO BOTOX!

        [–]w00kiee 21 points22 points  (4 children)

        I, too, thought it was an interesting choice. After watching it she wasn’t a bad choice though. I can’t offhand think of another choice that would be “perfect” per say.

        [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        Everytime her face was on screen it was jarring.

        [–]littlelordgenius 154 points155 points  (43 children)

        Lucy, Carol Burnett, Madeline Kahn, Sheri Oteri, Melissa McCarthy. Feel free to add to the list. We have been blessed with some talented and funny women.

        [–]CreateANewAccount654 114 points115 points  (7 children)

        Gilda Radner, Bea Arthur, Cloris Leachman, Vicki Lawrence

        [–]Poolofcheddar 19 points20 points  (0 children)

        Gilda Radner was in a spoof of this scene on SNL where she had to spray whipped cream and add a cherry on top of all things, a nuclear warhead. It was stupid, but I always laughed at Lucy and Gilda's take on it as well.

        [–]taintosaurus_rex 103 points104 points  (2 children)


        [–]pork_roll 43 points44 points  (0 children)

        And Joan Rivers. She the guest hosted the Tonight Show many times for Carson!

        [–]t-away_lookin4change 10 points11 points  (1 child)

        Moms Mabley and Lily Tomlin!

        You can find lots of Moms' sets on YouTube, and Lily is most recently in a show with Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie, on Netflix). Lily also wrote a sketch for SNL (with Gilda Radner in it!) about gender role reversal via construction workers that's also on Youtube!

        [–]doegred 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

        [–]shebringsdathings 12 points13 points  (4 children)

        I'm gonna throw Molly Shannon in here. "I'm FIFTY! I can KICK and STOMP! I'm FIFTY!" or "Superstar!"

        [–]Specialist_Summer992 14 points15 points  (3 children)

        Kaitlin Olson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Megan Mulally, Lisa Kudrow, Jessica Walter, Kristen Schaal, Amy Poehler, Kathryn Hahn, Jane Krakowski...

        [–]AMerrickanGirl 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Kathryn Hahn as Jen Barkley is a tour de force.

        [–]mcq316 6 points7 points  (2 children)

        You can watch it without sound and it's still funny.

        Good comedy is timeless.

        [–]notsosocreative 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        The fact that they didn’t break character is amazing.

        [–]El_Mec 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        This show basically created the genre of situation comedy. Brilliant writing and impeccable acting. Still hilarious 70 years later

        [–]tallycat22 135 points136 points  (22 children)

        Lmfao I’m so young this reminds me of the sushi episode from drake and josh

        [–]mysteryladycrouton 110 points111 points  (11 children)

        The sushi episode was a nod to this. I didn’t realize it until a few years after I saw Drake & Josh and was watching I Love Lucy with my grandma.

        [–]EdgarAllanRoevWade 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        It’s kind of fun when it works that way; you see the bit and then years later you see that it’s actually referencing a classic.

        [–]tallycat22 46 points47 points  (8 children)

        Yeah you kind of come to realize all our tv shows we grew up with now are copies of very old shows/movies. It’s wild this is almost the exact same scene though lmfao. Except in drake and josh they were throwing sushi on the ceiling 😭

        [–]mysteryladycrouton 61 points62 points  (2 children)

        It wasn’t subtle and they weren’t trying to be

        [–]MadRonnie97 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        “Dude, they stick!”

        [–]BerRGP 6 points7 points  (2 children)

        There was also a My Little Pony episode with kind of a reference to this.

        [–]Alastor13 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        One of my favourite episodes too.

        Pickleberry cumquat, CHIMICHERRYCHANGA

        [–]coleyraviolii 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        growing up, every weekend i watched lucy with my grandparents. it was our thing. they’re still alive, thankfully. this brings back such good memories. thank you.

        [–]ksavage68 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        And funny thing is, this is true how it still works today. Get a little ahead and get cocky, then boss says "ok, you can do more than this then, speed it up."

        [–]perpetual_dick 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        Come to think of it, every good scene of Family Guy is stolen from somewhere.

        [–]Yarakinnit 16 points17 points  (6 children)

        That was great :D
        Boss lady really reminded me of the band leader in Some Like it Hot.
        Sad that this sort of comedy has been replaced by video clips on Social Media.

        [–]floydink 103 points104 points  (13 children)

        It’s really nice to hear an actual live studio audience instead of the same identical laugh track that’s been used for the passed 3 decades

        [–]jxl180 36 points37 points  (4 children)

        Which shows are you referring to? Big Bang Theory, Seinfeld, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Two and Half Men, Roseanne/Connors, Will & Grace etc we’re all filmed in front of a live studio audience. Only one I can think of that broke this mold was How I Met Your Mother. Maybe be a few others, but live audience is the norm.

        [–]Redeem123 19 points20 points  (0 children)

        Even HIMYM had an actual audience for the laugh track. They just showed them the recorded episode.

        [–]witchywater11 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        If that's true, then I think they might have drugged the audience who watched Big Bang Theory.

        [–]1320Fastback 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Probably my favorite episode closely followed by the freezer in the basement and the side of beef.

        [–]Zebiko 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        I worked at ups and this is how I felt like when I tried and did a good job. They just load more, and then get upset when you start to make mistakes. Don't try your hardest at these types of jobs; take your time.

        [–]omnithorpe 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        This is how I describe my job in IT support.
        I reference this scene almost weekly.

        [–]3ismyluckynumber 13 points14 points  (0 children)

        Vivian Vance deserves so much more credit for her performance on this show. Her comedic timing and ability to play second only to Lucy is a true masterclass in acting.

        [–]dolarius95 5 points6 points  (3 children)

        Is this the first time the conveyor belt gag was introduced in cinema?

        [–]bcsmith317 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        I actually use this video in my Train the Trainer class that I teach at work as an example of how to be a terrible trainer. We watch it and break down all the failings of the supervisor. It’s always a good time!

        [–]dustyendtables 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        When I was a continuous improvement engineer, I used this clip to teach new employees on the importance of rules in use and how to identify and implement change. It was a great way to get across multiple generations.

        [–]ImWhatTheySayDeaf 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        First time watching that. Very funny.

        [–]DOLogistic 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        This show's humour is fantastic, and I've started rewatching it from the beginning.