Ten Great Comedy Movies
Some Of My Favourite Comedy Movies
I enjoy watching movies of all types but I particularly like comedy movies. Some of the best comedy movies make me laugh over and over again, particularly those that have lots of little things happening in the background that might be missed first time around. I appreciate comedy movies that use sophisticated humour but also like slapstick and the just plain weird. They say that laughter is the best medicine and I certainly always feel on a high after enjoying a really good comedy movie and somehow get the most delight out of re-watching my favourites over and over again.
Here are some video clips from ten of my favourite comedy movies, I hope you enjoy at least some of them.
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This Is Spinal Tap - The Most Ridiculous "Rockumentary"
I just love the movie "This Is Spinal Tap", directed by Rob Reiner; I have watched it a countless number of times and I always seem to find something different to laugh at. For those that haven't seen it, this is a spoof documentary about a fictional, stereotypical rock group on a disastrous tour.
Some of the most famous and amusing scenes include the song "", the amplifier that goes to eleven and a piano solo called "Lick my love pump". I love the ending of the movie in which the lead singer explains that his namesake, St Hubbins, is the patron saint of quality footwear and the lead guitarist contemplates life working in a shoe shop. Big Bottom
This video clip shows the "Stonehenge" Spinal Tap set where they end up with a piece of stage scenery that is way too small, because of an administrative error, and gets crushed by dancing leprechauns. A classic clip but just one of very many that I could have chosen from this hilarious movie.
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Bowfinger - This Is How Every Movie Should Be Made
Bowfinger is a very amusing film about a director (Steve Martin) who is making a movie whilst his starring actor (Eddie Murphy) is unaware that he is featuring in it leading to him needing psyciatric help. The rest of the cast of the movie are C-list at best and are extremely excited to be making a movie alongside a genuine star although they do not know that the star is participating without realizing it and total chaos ensues.
One of the most amusing scenes is when Steve Martin's character is obtaining a film crew and goes to the Mexican border where illegal immigrants are running away from border control and are ushered into the back of the director's van in order to become the film crew. I also love the scene where Eddie Murphy attempts to cross a busy road having been told that the "stunt drivers" will miss him. Of course there are no stunt drivers, just a very busy road full of speeding traffic.
Although much of the humour here is unsophisticated, Bowfinger is a very funny movie, with a suitably silly ending.
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Monty Python's Life of Brian - He's A Very Naughty Boy
It would be almost inconceivable not to include The Life of Brian on a list of comedy films. Ridiculous and hilarious from start to finish this is the story of Brian, mistaken as the Messiah by a large number of people.
Accused of being blasphemous by Christian leaders when released, the lead character, Brian, in fact consistently says he is not the Messiah until his followers declare that only the true Messiah would deny himself. Faced with this logic Brian states for the only time that, "I am the Messiah" which results in further devotion by his unwanted followers. This is included in the video clip below.
With so many memorable moments it is difficult to choose favourite scenes. Amongst the most famous are the scenes about "What have the Romans ever done for us?", which results in a huge list including law and order, wine and aqueducts, the reverse haggling scene is another and the Roman Governor with a speech impediment is yet another of the most popular scenes.
There are so many small moments of comedy in this film that one can find something different to laugh about each time. Personally I love the moment when Brian's mother tells a crowd that they shouldn't follow trends and that they should be individuals, to which the crowd replies in unison, "we are individuals", followed by a lone devotee who mutters, "I'm not!". Brilliant.
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The Life of Brian Link List
- Movie Mistakes
Mistakes, goofs, trivia, quotes, trailers, pictures and more for Monty Python's Life of Brian. Submit your own and vote on your favourites!
- Comedy or Blasphemy?
An interesting discussion on whether The Life of Brian is blasphemous or just very funny.
- What did 'Life of Brian' ever do for us?
Article discussing the merits of the movie thirty years after its release.
- Monty Python's Life of Brian
The Wikipedia entry for this Monty Python movie; pretty much everything you could want to know about it.
Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Borat is a spoof reporter from Kazakhstan making a documentary about American culture and the comedy works at two levels: viewers can enjoy the ridiculous antics and cultural faux pas of Borat and also be amazed at the reactions he gets from the people he meets unaware that he is a comedy character.
From start to finish this film is full of ludicrous acts and statements from Borat who is from a culture completely at odds with the western world. Some may find him offensive, but only the most sensitive, for the jokes are supposed to be on the cultural expectations of the viewer and on the foolish people he meets.
My favourite moments from the movie include when Borat turns up at a children's park in an ice cream van, with music playing. A crowd of kids run cheering towards the van only to run away screaming when a bear pokes its head out of the window. Another highlight is when Borat enters a new age church where people are speaking in tongues and leaping around in suits while the preacher spouts cliched dogma. Borat needs to do very little by the way of comedy as the antics of the churchgoers are funny enough on their own.
Another strange moment is this deleted scene below where Borat visits the cheese counter of an American supermarket.
For Borat Fans there is also a guidebook to Kazakhstan: Borat - Touristic Guidings to Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
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The Time Bandits - "Here's To Stinking Rich" And A World Of Fantasy
The Time Bandits has been one of my favourite movies since I was about 7 years old and I still love it. The movie follows a group of midgets who are on the run from the supreme being, having stolen his map of time holes: holes which are the result of the shoddy workmanship of creating the world in just seven days. This map of time holes is misused by the group of midgets - used to go back in time to rob rich historical figures, hence "Time Bandits".
Many of the Monty Python team were involved in this movie and consequently the humour bears a close resemblance to other Monty Python movies, but the sheer weirdness of this movie is impressive moving from Napoleonic France to Sherwood Forest, to ancient Greece but it is not until the bandits approach the fortress of ultimate darkness that things get to their most bizarre.
My favourite moments from this movie include when the bandits walk into an invisible barrier and one of the group says, "so that's what an invisible barrier looks like" and the ending when two characters touch a piece of concentrated evil and are instantly vapourized. This is a silly movie full of comic asides and works well for kids and adults alike.
The following video clip shows The Evil Being bemoaning God's lack of interest in technology.
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Austin Powers - International Man Of Mystery & Mirth
All three Austin Powers movies are funny if somewhat crude in places. This British spy from the 1960s embarks on three adventures alongside three different beautiful women in these James Bond spoofs.
All three movies make use of visual and verbal jokes and rely heavily on sending up the James Bond series, and the character of Dr Evil is possibly one of the most memorable and ridiculous comedy characters ever created.
Some of the funniest scenes involve visual gags depending on silhouettes where, in one movie, the viewer apparently sees Austin Powers give birth to a baby whilst standing up and, in another, a string of sausages and an umbrella is pulled from his bottom.
One of my favourite scenes is when Austin Powers is being given back his belongings after a period of cryogenic freezing. Having denied knowledge of a Swedish Penis Pump he is the given a book entitled "Swedish Penis Pumps for beginners - that is my bag baby yeah! by Austin Powers", a cheap joke relying on a catchphrase but funny all the same.
Unfortunately, this scene is unavailable on youtube so I have provided this scene in which Dr Evil and his son, Scott, appear on the Jerry Springer show.
Austin Powers Fun Links
Napoleon Dynamite - Out To Prove He Has Nothing To Prove
The movie Napoleon Dynamite is a snapshot from the life of a geeky college kid and his friends and family, all of whom are as strange and socially awkward as he is. The humour in this film is largely reliant on bizarre happenings and lines that are delivered in unusual contexts. It is also funny to see the world through the perceptions of an ultra nerd and how he befriends people.
This movie has gained quite a cult following which far exceeds its success at the box office and lines such as "you freakin' idiot" have become something of a catchphrase to the fans. This is an unusual and humourous movie with some of the most bizarre characters ever, similar to the movie "Rushmore", and I would highly recommend that fans watch the movie while listening to the director's commentary which lets you know that many of the scenes were based on real events.
Napoleon Dynamite culminates in him doing a most out of character dance, in the clip below, in order to help his friend Pedro be elected school president.
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If you love Napoleon Dynamite check out these pages
- Quotes From Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite is the story of a high school kid who is just a bit strange. Here you can find many of the surreal quotes from the movie that make it so popular with fans.
- Napoleon Dynamite Liger
Find out more about Napoleon Dynamite's Liger as well as discover t-shirts featuring the illustration of the mythical animal.
Monty Python And The Holy Grail - An Hilarious Quest
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is full of laughs from beginning to end. The quest of King Arthur and his knights for the Holy Grail becomes quite ridiculous as they go from one comic obstacle to another.
This movie also makes use of the famous Monty Python style animation which adds to the surrealism of the story which is full of jokes and incidents that one may not notice on the first view.
The most famous scenes in this movie are the Knights who say "Ni" who send King Arthur on a quest for a shrubbery, the dark knight who continues to fight after losing all his limbs and French soldiers abusing King Arthur's band by saying that their fathers smelt of elderberries. However, my favourite moment is in this video clip where Robin the not-so-brave is followed by his singing minstrels into an encounter with a three-headed knight, but he ends up "chickening out and buggering off".
Monty Python and the Holy Grail has one of the daftest endings of any film when a hoard of knights charge at a castle but are prevented from storming it when they are arrested by the police who stop the movie by turning off the camera.
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Some Fun Holy Grail Links
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Wikipedia entry for the movie; everything you could possibly want to know.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail Gifts
Monty Python and the Holy Grail gifts are fun novelty items based on characters and scenes from the comedy movie of the same name.
- Knights Of Ni
The Knights of Ni are characters in Monty Python's 1975 movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail; here you can find out more about them, see video clips, merchandise and pictures of the Knights who say "Ni".
Stir Crazy - The Most Hilarious Prisoners Ever Incarcerated
Stir Crazy stars Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as two guys wrongly convicted of a bank robbery. Sentenced to hundreds of years of hard labour they decide to escape whilst riding at the prison rodeo.
There are a number of truly hilarious moments in this film including the clip below where the two stars are thrown into a jail cell full of hardened criminals. Some of the funniest moments come when Gene Wilder is abused in order to persuade him to ride in the rodeo - on one occasion he is locked in a hot, dark box for three days with no food or water and pleads for just one more day on his release.
A great film with two great comedy actors and packed full of silly characters and memorable scenes.
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Stir Crazy - Find out about the cast and background to the movie on the Stir Crazy Wikipedia entry.
The Meaning Of Life - Not The Answer To Life, The Universe & Everything!
The Meaning of Life is another Monty Python movie, although it is more a series of themed sketches than a movie. Many of these sketches are very funny but it has to be said that some don't quite come up to the mark and the scene involving Mr Creosote is quite disgusting.
The best parts of this movie are the songs which are catchy as well as funny and through humor some thought-provoking ideas are introduced. I particularly like the scene where the headmaster is attempting to teach sex education but the students won't concentrate and the answers they give are lambasted by the teacher. Eventually the teacher's wife enters to give a demonstration.
The halfway intermission is unbelievably surreal, probably the weirdest scene in any movie ever!
The scene shown here is the one with the song "every sperm is sacred" whereby musical movies and religion are lampooned at the same time.