It was Eastertime and I was doing my classic bit where I would take this 2-inch stuffed rabbit and do a little puppet routine on a table top. I would sing the “Hokey Pokey” and perform a little dance with the toy.
” You put your right foot in . . .You put your right foot out . . .” STOP.
I would look around the room, sniff the air, and continue: ” You put your left foot in . . . You put your left foot out.” STOP.
I’d pick up the rabbit, smell it, and make a face as though I’d just noticed a foul odor.
Then, I would ask the person next to me to smell the rabbit and tell me if they thought it smelled funny. In most cases people were hesitant to sniff. They were afraid that it was going to squirt water at them. However, I assured them that it wouldn’t.
When they finally placed it to their nose, I asked. “Does it smell funny?”
“It should. It’s the ETHER BUNNY!”