Here's a video demonstrating the phenomenon of "Holy Laughter," a practice in some Pentecostal Churches where the members of the congregation fall to the floor in convulsive laughter, often collapsing in "Spiritual Drunkenness," intoxicated by the 151-proof power of the Lord: download mpeg video (16 megs), or youtube it. (Posted to youtube by the decidedly anti-Holy Laughter lalovision)
This clip is from a 1997 Pastor's Conference in which the late minister and plagiarist Kenneth "Papa" Hagin leads the visiting clerics in a raucous Holy Laughter session, cackling, guffawing, and inspiring the congregants to "act like drunks" and make collective noises that must be heard to be believed. One "Holy Laugher" makes sounds which can only be compared to those of Loons (as in the water bird). Other practitioners of Holy Laughter make crowing and mooing noises, find their bodies stuck magnetically to the floor and generally work themselves up to such a frenzy of induced drunkenness that they are sometimes unable to drive home from the service. You can see various samples of similar Pentecostal weirdness on this page, which includes clips from the homebase of Holy Laughter, The Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship.
Little did I know how divisive the practice of Holy Laughter was in the Christian community. Dozens of religious and other Christian sites disavow it, claiming that true believers would never laugh in church. Not that my opinion matters one whit in the debate, but any religion that gets people rolling on the floor laughing is doing something right, as far as I'm concerned. But what do I know - I'm a follower of the laughing yogi.
Thanks to Listener David for encouraging my fascination with this stuff.