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Make ’Em Laugh

LYRIC

Make 'em laugh!
Make 'em laugh!
Don't you know everyone wants to laugh?
Ha ha!

My dad said, "Be an actor, my son
But be a comical one!"
They'll be standing in lines
For those old honkytonk monkeyshines

You might study Shakespeare and be quite elite
And you might charm the critics and have nothing to eat
Just slip on a banana peel, the world's at your feet
Make 'em laugh! Make 'em laugh! Make 'em laugh!
Make 'em laugh!
Don't you know everyone wants to laugh?
My grandpa said, "Go out and tell 'em a joke
But give it plenty of hoke!"
Make 'em roar!
Make 'em scream!
Take a fall, butt a wall, split a seam

You start off by pretending you're a dancer with grace
You wiggle till they're giggling all over the place
And then you get a great big custard pie in the face
Make 'em laugh! Make 'em laugh! Make 'em laugh!

(comedy break)

Make 'em laugh!
Don't you know everyone wants to laugh?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Make 'em laugh! Make 'em laugh! Make 'em laugh!
Make 'em laugh! Make 'em laugh! Make 'em laugh!

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About "Make ’Em Laugh"

This song was composed for Donald O'Connor to perform in the 1952 musical film Singin' in the Rain. O'Connor performed an acrobatic dance routine to it of extreme difficulty, allegedly having to spend several days in bed recovering from the exertions of filming it.

The song is extremely similar to Cole Porter’s comic song “Be a Clown”. Reported reasons for why Porter did not sue despite having grounds to do so range from his gratitude toward songwriter Arthur Freed for hiring him on the 1948 film The Pirate to simply being amused by the copy. Stanley Donen, the co-director of Singin' in the Rain, reportedly called this song “100 percent plagiarism.”

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