“What’s that old man doing to that poor 10-year-old kid?”: Even Kevin Conroy Will be Smiling at How Passionately Mark Hamill Tried to Teach Kids the Joker Laugh in Toys “R” Us

Mark Hamill's Joker laugh turned quite a few heads.

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SUMMARY

  • Mark Hamill's voice as the Joker is iconic in many ways, having gained a huge following.
  • So much so, that the actor is frequently asked to do the clown laugh when he is in public.
  • However, it can be very awkward when a younger child in involved.
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Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill’s duo became iconic in many ways. Voicing many versions of Batman and the Joker, respectively, the pair complete each other’s most iconic works. While Hamill’s different versions of the Joker have become timeless in many ways, there is one specific part that has stayed consistently memorable in all of them; his laugh.

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Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as the voices of Batman and The Joker I Warner Bros
Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as the voices of Batman and The Joker I Warner Bros

The Joker, as a character, has a very distinctive laugh. However, Hamill is known for adding his own flare to it, making it bone-chillingly perfect throughout all of his appearances. So much so, that he is frequently asked to do it by fans in real life.

During an interview, Hamill revealed a specific instance where he was asked to do the Joker laugh for a kid, and since he does not hold back, many adults were very concerned.

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Mark Hamill’s Joker Laugh Is Not Easy

Mark Hamill once gave a Wired Autocomplete Interview, where he was asked how he does his iconic Joker laugh. He started by revealing that this is a question he is frequently asked. When he is out and about, fans frequently request that he do the laugh, regardless of the setting they are present in.

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill voiced Batman and Joker in Batman: The Animated Series
Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill voiced Batman and Joker in Batman: The Animated Series I Warner Bros

I get asked to this. I’ll be in the grocery store. It could be Toys “R” Us. ‘Do the laugh. Do the laugh” Well, first of all you have to warm up. It’s like a car engine. If you just rip, it’ll hurt your throat. And plus, there’s no subtle way to do it.

Additionally, since his appearances as the Joker are all in animated shows made for kids, he is often approached by children asking him to do the laugh. This can be quite a problem, considering the Joker’s laugh is not subtle in any way. Hamill explained that he first has to warm his voice up so that he does not hurt himself.

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Kevin Conroy’s Batman and Mark Hamill’s Joker I Warner Bros.

Considering these aspects, it is safe to assume that the actor has been subjected to some very odd and uncomfortable situations.

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Kevin Conroy Would Have Been Proud of Mark Hamill’s Dedication

Despite all of the possible judgments that could come his way, Mark Hamill is not one to shy away from fan requests. If someone has asked him to do something they have been a fan of for a very long time, he commits to it. During the interview, the actor revealed that there was also no subtle way to laugh like a crazy clown who draws pleasure from chaos and misery.

Mark Hamill's Joker in Batman: The Animated Series
Mark Hamill’s Joker in Batman: The Animated Series I Warner Bros.

He used an example of a specific situation, where he was in the children’s toy store, Toys “R” Us, when he was asked by a child to do the laugh. While he gave the laugh his all, he could not help but notice how those around him were acting.

So, I’m standing in a Toys “R” Us laughing maniacally and people are like, casting me worried looks like, ‘What’s that old man doing to that poor 10-year-old kid?’ But I get asked to do it a lot.

Mark Hamill's Joker
Mark Hamill’s Joker I Warner Bros.

Naturally, people were very concerned when they saw an older man laughing like a maniac for a younger child, and the entire encounter seemed to have drawn quite a lot of attention.

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A poet and art enthusiast, Ananya Godboley is a striving academic who is pursuing a career in Criminal Psychology, currently doing an undergrad degree in Psychology. Passionate about History, Philosophy and Literature, she loves to learn about new and interesting subjects. A writer for FandomWire with over 1000 published articles, she adores all things superhero and Taylor Swift.