Spoon your way to health!

The sixty (!) posts I’ve made thus far have focused on artistic moments, largely in music, that I find meaningful in some way: they’re beautiful, inspiring, comforting, thrilling.  But moments of laughter, of outright hilarity, are no less important in life; indeed, sometimes they’re most important.   So today I thought I’d post one of my all-time favorite laugh-out-loud moments.  As with music, I know the experience of comedy is subjective: what one person finds truly funny may lead to head scratching, eye rolling, or utter indifference in others.

But I share nevertheless.

I Love LucyThis is from an episode of I Love Lucy called “Lucy Does A Commercial”; it was broadcast for the first time on 5 May 1952. Lucy, as was her wont, has finagled her way into a show business tryout; in this case, it’s doing a commercial during a television special that Ricky is hosting.  The product being hawked is a nutritional elixir called Vitameatavegamin, which contains vitamins, meat, vegetables and minerals….in a base of 23% alcohol (the latter fact of which Lucy is blissfully unaware).  This entire clip is priceless (ignore the Cyrillic subtitles!) but for me, the very best moments begin at 1:49, when Lucy tastes the product for the first time, and then a second and a third.  Ball was a genius at physical comedy, which you generally think of in terms of body movements and pratfalls, but in this case her facial contortions are hilarious, as are her attempts to deliver the sales pitch as she gets increasingly sozzled.  It never gets old.


Trivia tidbit: The viscous liquid in the bottle is apple pectin.

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4 comments

  • I loved this, I confess that I never really “got” Lucy. She was a generation before me, but when I was growing up in Ireland, the national TV channel still showed her TV series which I think was called “Here’s Lucy” which, if memory serves, was in colour and featured Lucy with Desi and their, by then, teenage or adult children.I didn’t dislike it but it didn’t appeal greatly, I have to say. But then, this clip made me laugh like an idiot. Priceless. Thank you for sharing. I’m going to watch it again now.

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  • Thanks, GHB! I’ve been laughing like an idiot at this clip for years. About a decade ago, I was on a plane that, much to my delight, had this episode included as part of its ‘in flight entertainment’; I guffawed so loudly I turned a few heads. An yes, your memory serves you well. “Here’s Lucy” (in color) ran from 1968-73 and “The Lucy Show”, which was earlier, from 1962-68. Neither could hold a candle to the zaniness that often reigned on “I Love Lucy”.

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  • Oh, Lucy! I remember enjoying the show every weeknight on WNEW in the ’60’s & ’70’s. My grandfather couldn’t understand how I could watch those “same old reruns” over and over. Like a lot of people, I think I can recite the lines right along with Lucy, Ricky, Fred & Ethel. My favorite episodes (how can you pick?!) Job Switching, Lucy’s Italian Movie, and Lucy Raises Chickens. I believe the chicken episode had the longest sustained laugh of the series, or ever…I don’t know, I just know I’m laughing thinking about it now. Thanks JDB.

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