Audience Gag

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

    Classic Warner Brothers gag in which a member of the audience appears to get up and interact with the characters on-screen. Examples include

Daffy Duck and Egghead (Avery, 1938)

  •     Egghead shoots an audience member, posed by Tedd Pierce

Thugs With Dirty Mugs (Avery, 1939)

  •     An audience member who has sat through the previous showing of the cartoon squeals to the cops about the next job to be pulled

Rabbit Every Monday (Freleng, 1951)

  •     Yosemite Sam stops an audience member from leaving, so as not to tip off Bugs

Cinderella Meets Fella (Avery, 1938)

  •     Cinderella comes up from the audience, where she had been watching the show

The Case of the Stuttering Pig (Tashlin, 1937)

  •     The sourpuss from the third row saves the day

Hair Raising Hare (Jones, 1945)

  •     A doctor answers Bugs’ seemingly panicked query as to whether there is a doctor in the house, triggering a classic example of his “What’s up, doc?” tagline

Cracked Ice (Tashlin, 1938)

  •     W.C. Squeals interacts with an unseen Charlie McCarthy
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