Just Remember That The Last Laugh Is On You

| Ohio, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Movies & TV, Musical Mayhem

(I used to work in the kitchen at a small restaurant, and we had a stereo system where you could plug in your iPod to play music. I discovered that Coworker #1 also loves the Monty Python musical “Spamalot,” so I put on the cast recording to listen to while we cooked. Coworker #2 is famous for not having much of a sense of humor, and being a bit slow on the draw. This happened while listening to “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.)

Coworker #2: “What does he mean when he says, ‘the last laugh is on you?'”

Me: “He’s saying that you should try to make people happy while you’re alive, but to remember that at the end, you die.”

Coworker #2: *horrified* “That’s awful! Why is the music so happy for that?”

Coworker #1: “It’s a comedy; they’re just poking fun.”

Coworker #2: “What a terrible thing to say! Why would people ever watch this?”

(Coworker #1 and I just kind of blink at her, but she doesn’t say anything else. The next day, my manager pulls me aside.)

Manager: *to me* “[Coworker #2] has made a complaint about you and [Coworker #1]. She said that you might be a danger to customers because you think death is funny. Can you explain this?”

(Instead of explaining, I simply played the Monty Python song for me manager. After listening…)

Manager: *smiles* “Can I have a copy of the album? I love Monty Python!”

(We listened to it about once a month after that, ignoring Coworker #2 as she glowered at all of us singing along.)

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