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No Laughing Matter

Posted by LOTGK on December 13, 2007

laughing box

The Ultimate Church Gag

The Laugh Box, (Laugh Bag, Laughing Bag) has been around for many years. It is a favorite gag toy. The laugh box was a simple plastic box that when you pressed the laugh button, it would of course start laughing at a loud pitch and volume. The sound it made, a person laughing uncontrollably, was infectious and all around would begin to laugh. Great fun at dinner parties, get togethers, and school cafeteria’s. But not a good idea for Sunday mass.

My brother Jack had a laugh box. He would conceal it in his jacket pocket and turn it on when the time was right. Which was just about all the time for him. I loved it. But, he would rarely let me use it, saying I would break it because I was rough with it. I was 10 years old, of course I was going to be rough with it. Anyway, I would have my revenge one day.

Jack and I would usually go to church each Sunday morning at St. Dominic’s church instead of St. Charles because St. Dom’s was a quicker mass and you could stand in the back. I never quite understood the attraction of standing in the back of the church when there were perfectly good seats all over the church. Maybe Jack thought the priest would have a pop quiz on Catholic religion and call on the people sitting in the pews during mass. Anyway, Jack thought it was cool, and the grown up thing to do, and so did I.

Of course, we arrived a little late for mass, (We averaged about 5 minutes late each week) and took our place against the back wall of the church. I noticed that Jack had the laugh box in his jacket. He always carried it with him supposedly so that I wouldn’t break it, but I cannot confirm that.

Mass went as most masses go. Stand, sit, stand, sit, stand, kneel, procession, communion, kneel, sit, stand, leave. A few readings, a sermon, a few hymns, and a lot of Amens. All that within a 45 minute time frame.

Right around the middle of the mass, the sermon part, where the priest stands on his pulpit and tells us Catholics how bad we are and that we need to give the church more money so they can continue to tell us how bad we are, I exacted my revenge. Leaning in to Jack, I elbowed him slightly in his side, right where the laugh box was. (The beauty of the laugh box is that once it begins, it has to cycle completely through. There is no off switch. If you hit the laugh button again, it merely starts at the beginning again. Once you press the button, there is no turning back.)

Immediately, the laugh box went into action. People began craning their necks looking for where the laughter was coming from. I merely stepped a few feet away from Jack allowing him to bask in all his glory.

The entire church was looking back at Jack. Even the priest stopped talking, (And that is a feat in itself) and stared at my brother. Jack, who was trying to look like it wasn’t him making the noise, looked around like everyone else but no one was buying it. Thirty seconds later. Silence! The laugh box stopped. Jack attempted to make a discreet exit but an usher blocked his path to the street. That was a mistake on the usher’s part. Jack called him an asshole or something like that and left. I followed a few steps behind.

We skipped out on mass early that day. After we got in the car, we started laughing, and continued to all the way home. We didn’t realize it at the time, but Jack and I were banned from attending mass at St. Dominic’s. We were wanted men by the parish. We were marked men. That was so cool.

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16 Responses to “No Laughing Matter”

  1. sara said

    i am interested in purcashing “the laugh box” as shown on your website any idea where i can find this????

    please contact me via email asap.its a christmas gift

  2. LOTGK said

    Sarah, check your email.
    This website has the updated version of the laugh box.
    Merry Christmas

  3. I’m not laughing…see my latest post on an internet and youtube fraud…

    falkie is pissed !!!

    and hurt and feels like he got taken…


  4. Heather said

    I am interested in buying a laugh box like the one on the web page. I am also interested in finding other laugh boxes just like the one on your website. Will you please contact me ASAP.

    Thank you!


  5. LOTGK said

    Heather, the laugh box I had, or my brother had, was from 1970.
    I do not sell them. I would do a search on Google for laugh box or laugh bag.
    Hope that helps.

  6. dadre said

    My dad had one of those laughing boxes he brought back with him from the orient (probably during vietnam) and he used to love it. He is 82 years old now, a veteran of 3 wars and has Alzheimers disease. I like to find little trinkets from the past to jostle his memory. I sure wish I could find an authentic one (not the laughing bag) but the one like the photo on the right. If anyone sees one for sale contact me at

  7. steve said

    wair can i by a laughing box. i hade one when i was 8 i will never forget how its sound.

  8. said

    Any idea of where I can download the original laughter?

  9. Anonymous said

    I have one of the old old boxes, intact, but doesn’t spin anymore. Anybody want?

  10. John younger said

    I have a laughing box just like that but it needs a special type of bans inside of it to drive it. If you could tell me where to it or a new box it would be appreciated. Thank you

  11. David Usher said

    If you find one of these you are very lucky. I have not seen one for sale for years. The ones out there now are cheap digital devices that sound terrible. If it costs less that $25 bucks is the modern junky one. I have one and I will never sell it!!

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