Community Summons Beetlejuice

In the world of comedy there’s a technique known as a “brick joke.” As TV Tropes describes it, a brick joke is two seemingly unrelated jokes that actually form one larger gag. “At the end of the first joke, a brick is tossed away, leaving the confused listener without a punchline. At the end of the second joke, the brick returns and the listener falls on the floor laughing. ”

Well, it should come as no surprise that our friends at Community hid an ongoing brick joke throughout the series’ first three seasons. According to Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, saying the title bio-exorcist’s name three times will summon him. Now, observe as over the course of the three seasons the characters of Community makes three unrelated references to Beetlejuice…and nothing happens. Oh, wait, what was that in the window behind Annie in the last clip?

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About Michael Darling
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