Here’s why TikTok is mourning a broken table

TikTokers can’t keep a straight face when they lip-sync to this clip from America’s Funniest Home Videos.  

The snippet is from a 2016 segment where a kid melodramatically yells, “Oh no! Our table! It’s broken!” But you’ll have to hear it before you get why people can’t mime the words without breaking into laughter. Now the sound has scored over 624,000 hilarious videos on TikTok

Origins of the “Oh no! Our table! It’s broken!” sound

The clip has been widely circulating on the internet for five years but is seeing a resurgence of interest in 2021 thanks to TikTok. In the video, a young boy stacked bricks on the family’s glass coffee table. After creating a couple of brick columns, the table collapsed under the weight. 

“Oh no! Our table! It’s broken!” the boy said — and the rest is history. 

Back in 2016, the clip was uploaded to Vine and earned over 971,000 plays. Since then, it has been uploaded on YouTube, Reddit and TikTok. And much like the “berries and cream” trend, it has been remixed, mashed-up and used in fan video edits. 

The “Oh no! Our table! It’s broken!” challenge

“They say you can’t say it with a straight face,” @maxtaylorlifts wrote in a caption. He tried to lip-sync but pretty much immediately broke into laughter. 

TikToker @baby_spice_cj was able to keep a straight face while using a shaky camera to capture the utter chaos of the sound

“Rushing and ruining the ‘talking phase’ because you got too excited,” @boywithapple said to a mashup of the sound with the O’Reilly’s Autoparts jingle


The ending 😭 (mask courtesy of my mom ☺️❤️)

♬ My Chemical Table – Cursed Mashups

Someone managed to create a mashup of the audio with My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade.” 

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