A Norfolk Catholic student will soon receive her time in the limelight as part of Sunday’s new episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
A family video of 8-year-old Brooklyn, filmed by her mother, Savana Clausen, was accepted to appear on the long-running national television show at 6 p.m. on ABC.
Clausen said she submitted the video back in May and had completely forgotten about it until she received a call from “AFV” representatives on Monday.
“What's funny is people are always getting spam phone calls, so I almost didn't answer the phone because it came across as a California (number),” she said. “After the fifth ring, I answered it and it was them. We’re excited because we all love watching ‘AFV.’ ”
It all started when the Clausen family sat down to play the game Hearing Things in May while in quarantine. One person wears headphones that drown out noise while trying to guess what the other person is saying, using a phrase on a card.
Brooklyn was wearing headphones, while Clausen filmed and tried to get her to guess the phrase, “I only eat breakfast bars.” Throughout the video, Brooklyn couldn’t understand what Clausen was trying to say and instead shouted out, “I only see private parts!” several times before she figured it out.
“I’m trying to read it over and over, but then she gets competitive at one point and yells at me, ‘C’mon!’ We couldn't stop laughing after that and kept watching it over and over because it kept getting better,” Clausen said.
Clausen ended up sharing the video on social media, where it gained a lot of attention from friends and family. Eventually one of Brooklyn’s teachers suggested she and her husband, Chad, submit it to “AFV.”
“Chad and I laughed about it because it's one of our family's favorite shows,” Clausen said. “We talked about it for a couple of weeks before we decided to try it and see what happens.”
After it was accepted, every member of the Clausen family had to sign several legal documents for it to run and to ensure it wasn’t staged. Clausen’s two sons, Brayden and Colten, can be heard in the video, along with her husband.
Brooklyn, a second grader at Norfolk Catholic, said she’s excited to see her video on the show Sunday.
“AFV” is in its 31st season and has been running since 1989. The show was delayed because of COVID-19, but new episodes began in mid-October.
“It's kind of surreal because you think of ABC and it's a national network,” Clausen said. “When I got the phone call, I was taken aback and we are all excited for her. She loves to be silly and cracks us up all the time.”