The cake in the face joke is a classic comedy bit that involves smushing a cake into someone’s face, often as a surprise or as a way to express disapproval. The origins of this joke are somewhat murky, but it’s likely that it has been used in some form since the early days of silent films.
One of the earliest recorded instances of the cake in the face gag occurred in the 1913 silent film “A Noise from the Deep,” in which a character is hit in the face with a pie. However, it wasn’t until the 1920s and 1930s that the joke really took off, with many comedians and vaudeville performers incorporating it into their routines.
One of the most famous early examples of the cake in the face joke comes from the Marx Brothers’ 1935 film “A Night at the Opera,” in which a character gets a cake smashed in his face during a high-society dinner party. The bit has since become a staple of comedy, appearing in countless movies, TV shows, and cartoons over the years.
Today, the cake in the face joke is often seen as a lighthearted, harmless prank, and it is a staple of mascot hijinx….as seen here.
Sonar wanted to make sure that everyone celebrated his birthday appropriately 🤗 what a kind host! pic.twitter.com/VEbDqc8sCq
— Hartford Wolf Pack (@WolfPackAHL) March 5, 2023
Recently Colt’s Mascot Blue has been the King of the Pie-face. We talk with Trey Mock in the March 2023 Party in the Back Podcast about Blue’s use of the bit and how he uses that to expand his audience for more substantive content. It’s a great and informative discussion with Trey.