Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Season 1 Episode 2

The Tale of Laughing in the Dark

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Aug 22, 1992 on Nickelodeon
out of 10
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Episode Summary


After a clown, Zeebo, stole some charity money from the circus, he ran from authorities and hid in the funhouse. After it caught fire, killing Zeebo, it was believed that he started the fire on accident because he loved to smoke cigars. A teenager named Josh decides to prove that the funhouse isn't haunted by stealing Zeebo's nose. He learns that the story isn't fiction when Zeebo comes back to collect.


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  • Exciting and in Vancouver?

    Well, Kristen was freaked out no duh! At first there were a lot of screaming going on especially in that spookhouse. Freaky wasn't it? In Vancouver and Playland was pretty much exciting but when I went there, my parents didn't leave me be but were with me there and I couldn't ditch them. Josh was so cocky and yeah, the Carney, was freaky enough. The house inside itself had nasty things going on. Weegee finally stepped up and dared Josh to do it. the legendary Zeebo made me suspicious. Zeebo's voice creeped me out big time and Josh is finally scared at last. He returned it and no harm done. The dinner and pudding was scary.moreless
  • This is one of the episodes I remember most from my childhood.

    In my most honest opinion I believe this should have been the first scary story to be told by the kids. " The Tale of the Phantom Cab " was pivotal and this episode, though it had its flaws, was amazing. This is one of the few episodes I actually remembered watching when I was five years old or so. The only reasoning this episode doesn't get above 9.1 is because of some not so amazing acting, and because it was more of a suspense than a thriller. Overall, this is the episode you want to begin with. Forget the stupid tale of the phantom cab. Laughing in the Dark will be the only " pilot " episode you need.moreless
  • Absolutely chilling!

    This is one of my all time favorites of the AYAOTD Series. It is simply, great. I loved how the cast and the story sets up the mood. Especially when the viewers can see him snatching up the Clown's nose, we KNEW that something was about to happen.

    I am a bit too old to get afraid of this episode, but the fact that The Clown can seek revenge is a pretty scary thought.I also liked the part when he offers the clown to stop scaring him with cigars, I guess he learned his lesson?

    Either way, it is one of the best things that Nickelodeons could have produced.moreless
  • Creepy! First episode I ever saw.

    This was pretty good. Zeebo the Clown was the best. This punk kid Josh says to his friend Weegee and his sister that he ain't afraid to go into this creepy fun house that is heard to be haunted by a ghost of a clown named Zeebo. I'm glad that little brat learned his lesson. I liked the acting of Josh and Weegee, but the best actor was Carney. He was brilliant with his line: "It's the most fun in the park when you're laughing in the dark." Brava!moreless
  • An amusement park, a dare, a time to be scared.

    This eisode wasn;t one of my favourites but thats because im deathly afraid of clowns. I have to admit, I had nightmares after watching this episode again. It was vry exciting and one of the resons I watch this show. The stories these kids tell are supposed to be scary, this episode sure was!

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