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Next time you’re stuck on the phone with the I.T. department, desperately trying to get your computer to bend to your will again, remember that things could be much worse. For instance, the tech guys could send up a murderous clown to help you by mistake.
That’s just what happened in Thursday night’s It parody on The Late Late Show. In the sketch, a beleaguered office worker calls for I.T. help when his server is down. Instead of a helpful person wearing khakis, Pennywise (played by James Corden) shows up. As the office worker panics, Pennywise figures out the problem: “You’ve called the I.T. department, and I’m It. So there’s been a mix-up. It’s not your fault; it happens all the time.”
Pennywise seems determined to help, but despite his best efforts, all he manages to do is repeatedly frighten the office worker-who makes the huge mistake at one point of popping one of Pennywise’s iconic red balloons. “Everyone knows you don’t pop a murderous clown’s balloon,” Pennywise scolds. “That’s on you.” And when the real I.T. guy shows up? Let’s just say we have a feeling this poor man might never sleep again.
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Laura Bradley Laura Bradley is a Hollywood writer for VanityFair.com. She was formerly an editorial assistant at Slate and lives in Brooklyn.