Titus: Carin Baer
Lynette Rice
January 09, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Christopher Titus will once again attempt to prove that fact can be funnier than fiction by depicting his mother’s real-life murder trial in the Jan. 9 episode of his Fox sitcom ”Titus.” Connie Stevens plays the schizophrenic matron charged with murdering her second husband in self-defense after he savagely beat her. (Riotous, eh?)

Titus insists the dark chapter in his family’s history can be played for laughs because mommy dearest was acquitted of the crime. ”I believe anything can be funny if it’s set up right,” says Titus, who opens the episode by saying, ”She’s my mom. No matter what she did, I can’t just walk away from her. She gave me birth. She gave me love. She gave me the ability to make a cigarette fire look like it was started by the hot water heater.”

In fact, Titus is so sold on his mother’s gut-busting antics that he plans to depict her actual suicide later this season. ”[The murder] was one moment in Mom’s life that was totally clear, totally sane. And the insurance company even believed that she did the right thing because they paid her $100,000 for his life insurance policy.” Now that’s a knee-slapper.

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