Sunday, April 3, 2011

Funny Food

A highlight of Grandma's Boy (1922) is a scene in which Mildred Davis makes an effort to feed Harold Lloyd a piece of candy without realizing that she has in fact picked up a mothball that has gotten mixed up with the candy.  Variations of this routine were performed by a number of comedians.  Routines involving comedians consuming inedible objects or adulterated food is the subject of a Funny Parts chapter entitled "Misadventures in Eating."  The chapter covers classic routines from Chaplin's struggle to eat a boot to Abbott & Costello's "Turkey Sandwich and a Cup of Coffee" fracas.

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