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



  • Trivia

    • This story is told by Betty Ann.

    • Kristen is afraid of clowns.

    • At the end of the episode, Josh returns to the haunted funhouse at the carnival with Zeebo's nose and a box of cigars. He should not, as a minor, be able to purchase a fresh, new box of cigars.

    • Josh manages to easily get into the park, even though it is closed, and the entrance to the Spook House should probably be locked.

    • The size of Zeebo's nose changes through out the episode.

    • The size and shape of the spilled pudding changes in the second shot.

    • When Josh enters the funhouse, he gets the nose, and when he leaves he puts it on his middle finger and sticks it up with the clown's nose on it. This is an obscene gesture and its appearance on a children's show is very odd.

    • Throughout the rest of the series many of the character's call each other a variation on the name Zeebo such as "Zeeb". It's usually used in a negative way.

    • Aron Tager, who plays Zeebo and the Carney, is best known for his role as Dr. Vink in many other episodes. This is the only time that he plays someone aside from Dr. Vink in the series.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • The funhouse of this episode was filmed in La Ronde which is an amusement park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is currently owned by Six Flags.

    • Though the second episode of the season, this episode is third on the season one DVD.

    • Eric teases Kristen about her fear of clowns, calling it "Bozo-phobia." The fear of clowns is actually called Coulrophobia.

  • Allusions

    • Bozo the Clown
      Zeebo the Clown sounds very similar to the popular, Bozo the Clown.
      Eric jokes that the fear of clowns is called "Bozo-Phobia," which is another reference to the famous clown.