The Last Time I Did a ‘Full-On, Snort-Inducing Belly Laugh.’

The title is taken from WordPress’ 30-days in April of daily prompts for inspiration. I doubt I’ll do a post for each one, but some of them are fun, and if it sparks an idea, why not? Here’s the prompt.

As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, I’ve been making my way through the original run of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on ABC, thanks to HBO Max. It’s one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen because it’s perfectly suited to making me laugh: improvisational comedy can lead to many organic laughs.

That’s the whole premise, if you’re not familiar. The performers are given suggestions from writers or audience members that they haven’t seen before and then have to act them out through the course of a wide array of games, such as Make a Date (spoof on a dating show), Hoedown (where they sing four verses of a hoedown), Sound Effects (one of the performers or an audience member makes sound effects for a scene), and so forth.

The mainstay performers are Colin Mochrie, Ryan Styles and Wayne Brady, with a rotating fourth member, such as Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Chip Esten, Kathy Greenwood, Denny Siegel, and others, including special stars, like Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Stephen Colbert (before he was famous).

Colin, Ryan and Wayne are my favorites, of course, since they are the mainstays. They are so talented at what they do, and hilarious. Colin and Ryan, in particular, are really good at playing off of audience members when they are asked to participate in a scene, or with celebrity guests.

The last time I did a “full-on, snort-inducing belly laugh,” was about a week or so ago when I got to probably the best scene in Whose Line history: when Richard Simmons did a guest spot, and played off of Ryan and Colin mainly (Wayne was also in the scene) for the game Living Scenery. The concept is, Ryan and Colin have to act out a scene of some sort, but they don’t have any traditional props, so Wayne and Simmons act as the “living scenery.”

And by god, it’s hilarious.

Here’s a not so good copy of it from YouTube:

I’m not a comedy expert by any means, but I think what makes this clip so funny is that Colin and Ryan lean fully, 100 percent into the eccentric nature of Richard Simmons. They go full-on with the jokes and quips and funny visuals.

Also, I’m one of those people that when other people are laughing and enjoying something, it helps make whatever is happening even funnier. In this case, Drew Carey, the host, Proops (in the background), the audience (there’s a shot where the crowd is just loosing its mind with laughter in a physical way unlike anything I’ve ever seen), and even at one point, Ryan breaks character and laughs.

It’s not as if I haven’t seen this clip before. When I started re-watching Whose Line, that probably came after a good seven or so years since I last went down the YouTube rabbit hole of Whose Line clips, but I’m pretty much familiar with every episode. I’ve seen the Simmons one a number of other times, and each time, including this time, it gives me that belly-aching laugh.

Hysterical, absolutely hysterical. It may not be everyone’s cup of comedy tea, but it sure hits my spot.

What has given you that sort of uproarious laughter recently? (Small note: When I’m laughing hysterically, it’s actually often quiet, silent hysteria.)

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