For ten years, comedic actor Michael McDonald created and played dozens of characters on the sketch comedy show MADtv. One of his notable recurring characters was Stuart Larkin, a rosy-faced boy who disturbed every person he ran into. Part of the genius of this character was Stuart's undying urge to avoid being grabbed by adults picture Gumby having a breakdown, and you wouldn't be far off. In between his spastic fits, Stuart would shout, Look at what I can do! and bust headlong into a dipsy doodle (a dance of a dope).
Now, Michael McDonald is off MADtv and getting back to what started his career: stand up. He may not do Stuart Larkin live on stage, but you can always pray for a dipsy doodle or two.
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