Making Kids Laugh

I enjoy making kids laugh.

One of my go-to gags around the house is sudden falling.

Do you remember the clumsy baker from Sesame Street?

The guy who climbs down a set of stairs, holding a dessert, and declares something like "Five Banana Creme Pies" before falling and launching the pies into the air?

My falling uses that model.

Well, but the Mrs. won't let me use real pies or cakes, so I usually employ papers and/or books.  Wearing a hat that flies through the air as I crash to the floor is a valuable accessory as well.

Anyway, a sudden fall that includes paper, boxes, books, and a hat works for a giggle every time.

Because parents are supposed to be mature and not do such silly things.

I guess I ignored that memo.

This sight-gag also covers my klutziness in that when I really do trip and fall, everyone just assumes it is part of a clever routine I am rehearsing.

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era.  I know I could have made it big in vaudeville.

27 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Had to look up vaudeville, blame my youth..haha. I like that idea, so whenever you really trip no one is the wiser.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Such a fun post! Good for you. I'm not "fun" mom... I don't do stuff like this, but in a way, that makes it more fun when I so suddenly swallow a silly bug... it's so rare! One evening, the children and I were reading Junie B Jones and I got laughing so hard in this one part we had to stop... the children got hysterical just because I was... I need to do that more often! ;-)

Miranda Hardy said...

Clever, covering up your natural clumsiness like that.

Elena said...

I have no idea why, but I picture Red Skeleton when reading this post!

Enjoy falling down now, for when your kids are teens and you really fall down, they won't be laughing anymore, but they will offer you a hand up because they love their dad!

Matthew MacNish said...

My personal comedy routine for the kids involves singing pop songs - badly.

Jax said...

I love the Swedish muppet. My daddy will imitate his silly accent once in a while to get a giggle out of us. Glad to see your not a so serious daddy :)

Hilary said...

You could do far worse than making kidlets laugh. Fun stuff. Watch that step!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Kids always laugh at clumsiness, its something that never fails to evoke the giggles.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

This made me smile! I love making my kids laugh. It's embarrassing, but after I do something really silly, sometimes I end up laughing more than anyone else lol At least I'm honest, right? ;)

Jess said...

Nice :) You sound like a real Chevy Chase (who I think is hilarious and used to be a physical comedy king). My hubby does the same thing for our kids, except he runs into things and makes a smacking sound with his hand. Looks painful, but the 3-year-old finds it to be extremely funny.

Christina Lee said...

hahahaha!! Do you REALLY?!?! Aw that's cute!

terri said...

I had forgotten all about the clumsy baker until I clicked on the link. Good memories!

I'm sure your kids love when you fall. No matter how old they get, your kids love when you make being silly a part of your lives. Don't ever stop. :-) I haven't, and my youngest is nearly 19!

Sarah Ahiers said...

falling is always funny. My brother falls down the stairs a lot. Not on purpose. Funny every time

LD Masterson said...

I got as far as the first comment about someone having to look up "vaudville" and suddenly felt so old, I've forgotten what I was going to say.

Lisa said...

We're all just masquerading as responsible adults. ;-)

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Maybe we should change your nickname (here) to SLAPSTICK, instead?

When I was a LOT younger, I used to fake the prat-falls, especially with a buddy of mine that would always play along (he was even better at it).
These days, I'm always fearful that "physical humor" might hurt a LOT more than my "pride"...LOL!

As long as you're able...KEEP 'EM LAUGHING!
(it is the best medicine)

Good post.
Stay safe out there.

MONICA-LnP said...

your a great pop!Laughter keeps everyone young!
dating myself here,sadly I knew what you meant by "vaudeville", first thing that came to mind was Harpo,the Marx Brothers,I Love Lucy.

julie fedderson said...

Yeah, sure it's accidental! I will do anything to get a giggle--it gives me a high to hear that totally unrestrained laughter from a kid.

JoDee Luna said...

You are a kind soul and a great dad. Your children are blessed!

Maxi said...

Heeey, you could be a Sesame Street star.

Well, maybe not … your kids would probably disown you.

Blessings - Maxi

Theresa Milstein said...

I loved that segment of Sesame Street when I was young. You're the fun one. My husband is too. I'm the "brush your teeth, go to bed, do your homework" parent.

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

I pictured Dick Van Dyke on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Hilarious!

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

Falling down is a normal part of my day, especially when I get bold and don't use my cane. If I ever dropped pies the furkids in our house would start tripping me!

Luisa Doraz said...

You rock in my book! Have fun ...always.

Carol Kilgore said...

I can hear your kids giggling now :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I don't have to fake falling. I'm a natural at it. But after reading this, I might just have to steal your idea, Slamdunks. :D

Ed Pilolla said...

slapstick comedy is an art and a craft. few do it well. put up a video when you have a chance. we'll review:)