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Make 'Em Laugh 

Batman and Robin investigate why various comedians are suddenly committing crimes with comically bizarre motifs.


Boyd Kirkland

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Episode cast overview:
Kevin Conroy ... Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Loren Lester ... Robin / Dick Grayson (voice)
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Mark Hamill ... The Joker / Jack Napier (voice)
Mari Devon ... Summer Gleeson (voice)
Liane Schirmer Liane Schirmer ... Officer Renée Montoya (voice)
Richard Jeni ... Host (voice)
Andrea Martin ... Mighty Mom / Lisa Lorraine (voice)
Stuart Pankin ... Condiment King / Buddy Standler (voice)
Grant Shaud ... The Pack Rat / Harry Loomis (voice)


Batman and Robin investigate why various comedians are suddenly committing crimes with comically bizarre motifs.

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5 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. Animation See more »
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Did You Know?


The mask of the first comedian-turned-villain of the episode, "Condiment King," resembles a prophylactic in silhouette, a possible poke at the similarities between the words "condiment" and "condom." See more »


The Pack Rat: [to Alfred] A word of advice, Mac: never ever rat on a rat.
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Referenced in The Lego Batman Movie (2017) See more »


Batman Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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comedy is hard..
20 June 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Batman: The Animated Series

One of the most successful and loved franchise of Batman, depicts the comic version at its best by going deep into the character's perspective rather than trying to cover-up or justify its sketchy tone. The animation is not only convincingly good but also seems like a lot of thought is invested on its cinematography which for the most part of it works on metaphorical way. Kevin Conroy seems the apt choice to be the voice of Batman (although not so sure about Bruce Wayne) and so does Robert Hastings for Commissioner James Gordon as it has the right amount of depth in it. A smarter approach by the makers by narrowing it down to only 20 minutes and get right to the point, keeping the audience engaged. It also brings in bigger cast like Mark Hamill to do the voice over of Joker, which is done with genuine passion and enthusiasm that is clearly visible on screen. Addition to that, the makers keep some of the villains under their sleeve and uses it as a trump card whenever felt necessary that helps in continuity and glue all individual cases as much as possible.

Season 03

The season that takes an unnecessary detour and lands into a pit, a pit that the makers later realizes, is so deep that they will never be able to recover from the damage down and may also scar the childhood. The writers seem to be losing their touch on the tone of it as they finds themselves sweating behind the camera waiting for a miracle, which no character helps on doing so.

Make 'Em Laugh

The writers spend too much of their time on its first act which is predictable in here that makes it more disappointing but after Joker hits the screen, it all lightens up but unfortunately he too couldn't save this sinking ship this time.

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