December 1 is National Pie Day. So is January 23. And March 14 is Pi Day, commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi).
There is also National Apple Pie Day, National Blueberry Pie Day, National Coconut Cream Pie Day, National Banana Cream Pie Day, and National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day. So many pies, so little time.
Eating pie is fun, but throwing one in someone’s face is even more fun. Or so it would seem from many classic comedy routines.
As you would expect, Lucy gets pie in the face in several episodes of I Love Lucy. Here’s a great one in which a vaudeville comic pies Lucy while performing a piece called “Slowly I Turn.”
Clip from “The Ballet,” I Love Lucy (Feb. 18, 1952)
On The Brady Bunch, the whole family (including the wretched Cousin Oliver) goes to a movie studio where they are cast as extras. They all wind up with pies in their faces. See it at 2:50 below.
Clip from “Welcome Aboard,” The Brady Bunch (Jan. 25, 1974)
And someone has put together this lovely compilation of pies in faces on Gilligan’s Island:
Pies in faces on Gilligan’s Island
Had enough? Well, then, have a happy National Pie Day—and make sure to duck.