October 15, 2005
What makes you laugh?
Time for a little lighter fare: Amanda asks the question "What makes you laugh every time you see it, no matter how many times you see a movie?" I can think of several movies that always work for me, but the one that's guaranteed to make me convulse, every single time, is The Pink Panther Strikes Again. The entire sequence of Clouseau trying to get into the castle, followed by his extraction of Dreyfus' tooth, slays me every time. Some day, I'm going to make Olivia watch this with me so she'll know, down to the last digit, just how big a spaz her father is.
That's my true confession for the day. What's yours?
Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 15, 2005 to TV and movies
OMG - that is exactly what my answer would have been! There are not many things I get a kick out of over and over, but that for sure is the one. Thanks for reminding me and making me smile today (again :-) )
I like where CJ does "The Jackal" on the first year of West Wing.
First two things involve my favorite local band, Molly & the Ringwalds.
- when the lead singer closes "We're Not Gonna Take It" with a comic rant that she can't "take" (this weekend, it was women who have 16 kids)
- when the keyboard player breaks out into a cheerleading routine during "Crazy Train." (You have to see it to understand it)
After that, there's just a lot of things that involve silly string, slinkies, and silly putty.
For TV moments, I think it's any Kimmy Gibbler entrance on "Full House."
As for movie moments, though ... I'm gonna go with "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels:"
[Sitting at the dinner table]
Freddy Benson: Excuse me. May I go to the bathroom first?
Lawrence Jamieson: Of course you may.
Freddy Benson: [after a pause, and with relief] Thank you.
"Oh stewardess, I speak jive."
"What can you make out of this?" "This? Why, I could make a hat, or a brooch, or a pterodactyl. . ."
"Funny, she doesn't look Druish."
And pretty much everything from "Blazing Saddles". I love that movie.
I regularly will quote "This is Spinal Tap" or "Slapshot", but my sense of humor is defined by the following quote from the movie version of "The Odd Couple":
"You know what I can't stand about you Felix? You put your initials on everything. The first day you were here I got a note that read "We're out of corn flakes. FU." It took me two hours to figure out that FU meant Felix Unger."
"It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World." There are so many sight gags in that movie that I'm still not sure I've gotten them all, even after five or six viewings over the years.
Every day, whether new or repeats, my choice is Jon Stewart and cast on The Daily Show.
You get to turn your worries and fears into tears of laughter. And, as if that wasn't enough, you get insight too.
His is the funniest take and the truest take (Peabody Award!) on what tries to pass for reality in our country.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The George Foster Peabody Awards, more commonly known as simply the "Peabody Awards", are annual international awards given for excellence in radio and television broadcasting and cable television. Founded in 1940, the awards are administered by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. The awards are named after the banker-philanthropist George Foster Peabody who donated the funds to initiate the awards.
The Peabody Awards are generally regarded as the most prestigious awards within the fields of broadcast journalism, documentary making, educational programming, children's programming, and entertainment, although to many outside the field of communications, the Emmy Award has more resonance. The Peabodys are also the most difficult of the entertainment awards to win.
The Peabody Awards were originally only for radio, but in 1948 television awards were introduced. In the late 1990s additional categories for material distributed via the World Wide Web were added.
and from Tom Tomorrow an idea for a funny though scary Halloween costume...
From "Major League":
"No way, too high."
Once again proving my geek cred, it'd hafta be the scene in "Back To The Future" where Marty McFly goes to see Doc Brown after being sent back to 1955, and Doc tries to read Marty's mind with that ridiculous contraption.
The punchline occurs when Marty loses patience, pulls the plunger off his forehead. and explains his time-travel perdicament to Doc. Doc replies, "My God! Do you know what this means??"
"It means," he continues as he throws the mind-reading device off his head, "that this damn thing doesn't work at all!!!
Another one I just thought of, from Young Frankenstein:
"Are you telling me ... that I just put an abnormal brain ... into a 7-foot tall ... 52-inch wide ... three hundred and fifty pound gorilla?? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE TELLING ME???
In addition to Jon Stewart:
-- Keith Olberman's dance of happiness on hearing of the retirement of a disinformation paid for media hack.
-- Al Franken on Sundance channel and Air America.
-- Michael Moore and Doonesbury--more complex and ranging emotions for the tragic/grace/advocacy of more support for the wounded from war, of family friends, and policy that helps support.
-- Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World, an idea for a funny though scary Halloween costume...
-- Paul Conrad