Mother's infectious joy while wearing Chewbacca mask sets internet on fire

A US mother and hardcore Star Wars fan decided to buy herself a little “birthday joy” and live streamed her enjoyment on Facebook.

Her infectious laugh while wearing a Chewbacca mask in the video has gone viral.

Candace Payne, from Texas, posted a video to her Facebook page on Friday of her in hysterics before trying on the electronic Chewbacca mask she bought for herself.

"It's the simple joys in life," she posted to Facebook along with the video which has chewed up over 73 million views in less than a day.

Candace Payne can be seen clapping with excitement in a video she live streamed of herself introducing her “birthday joy”. Photo: Facebook
Candace Payne can be seen clapping with excitement in a video she live streamed of herself introducing her “birthday joy”. Photo: Facebook


In the four-minute video, the mother-of-two records herself in her car opening a secret birthday present that she’s bought just for herself.

Ms Payne builds immense anticipation for her new item’s big reveal, even insisting she'll let her children Duncan and Cadence play with it.

"I'm really excited to share with you something I got," Ms Payne says, wearing a Death Star T-shirt.

“I’d like to say I bought this for my son,” she adds.

“But at the end of the day, it’s mine and I’m gonna keep it for my own.

“I’m not a bad mum, I’m not a jerk, but at the end of the day it doesn’t go in their toy box, it goes in my room.”

“Its not me making that noise, it’s the mask!!” Candice Payne says. Photo: Facebook
“Its not me making that noise, it’s the mask!!” Candice Payne says. Photo: Facebook
The unapologetically hilarious mother is in absolute hysterics over her new gift and insists it is not going in her children's toy box. Photo: Facebook
The unapologetically hilarious mother is in absolute hysterics over her new gift and insists it is not going in her children's toy box. Photo: Facebook

After a few exciting moments of unboxing, she unveils her new treasure: an electronic Chewbacca mask.

The giddy mother slides it on and opens her mouth in laughter, causing the mask to let out an electronic Wookiee cry, followed by one of the most hysterical laughs that characterises an ecstatic child on their birthday.

Ms Payne's infectious cackling continues as she tells the camera: "That's not me making the sound, it's the mask!"

Every time the giddy mother laughs, the masks makes a Wookiee howl, setting the mother off again.

The video was so infectious even Peter Mayhew, the actor who plays Chewbacca in the movies, had to comment on Reddit.

"Absolutely wonderful! Cheers," Mr Mayhew wrote.

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