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In a now classic episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled “Deja Q”, the enigmatic character Q (John Delancie) who, upon parting the USS Enterprise, gifted to Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner) the ability to laugh for a few moments. Because Data is an android, he did not have much opportunity to feel human emotions of any kind. So when he burst out into a infectious round of laughter, the entire crew took notice.

 

 

Spiner later stated that his real-life heroes are Laurel and Hardy.

I don’t really trust someone who doesn’t think Laurel and Hardy are funny …Data was very verbose, but many of his reactions were silent. I’m sure that a lot of Buster Keaton worked its way into Data’s stone face.

The influence of the legendary comedic duo is incredibly evident in this scene from the 1930 film Blotto.

Spiner even looks a lot like Stan Laurel, particularly when dressed up like him.

This incredible episode is also known for the Picard facepalm reaction meme.

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