What Makes You Laugh, Bonnie Agan?

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Editor’s Note: For the 2021 edition of duPont Registry Tampa Bay’s Health & Happiness Issue, we asked an assortment of funny people “What makes you laugh?” Bonnie Agan is one of Tampa Bay’s best actors, a favorite at freeFall, American Stage and The Studio@620, to name a few. She’s also a voiceover artist whose soothing tones have graced ads for everything from Empath Hospice Care to Sonny’s BBQ. And, as anyone knows who’s worked with her at The Studio@620’s Radio Theatre Project, she has a great laugh, ranging from sly “Heh-heh” to glorious “HA!” So for this final online installment of “What Makes You Laugh?” I had to give her the last word — which takes us out with a, um, bang.

Bonnie Agan, actor, voiceover artist, Radio Theatre Project Artistic Director

It occured to me to make up something rather highbrow, but I shamelessly confess that fart sounds unfailingly make me laugh.

I could watch the dinner scenes from Eddie Murphy’s Nutty Professor 1,000 times, and still cry laughing.

I was once in a show, and had to follow a guy crawling across the stage as his character farted all along the way. I could barely make it onto the stage, and then tried to hide my convulsive laughter as I had to traverse the stage every single night.

In my radio days, the late Tedd Webb had a fart machine that he hid in the palm of his hand. We’d go out to the lobby, where he baffled and disgusted unsuspecting visitors. I’d collapse behind the receptionist’s desk every time.

I once assumed I’d grow out of this, but at this point in my life, that clearly isn’t going to happen. Did you hear Rudy Giuliani fart in that Congressional hearing? Yeah, I watched it 50 times! 

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