Classic Comedies:

Funniest Movie
Moments and Scenes


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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Silver Streak (1976)

  • the politically incorrect scene in a train-station bathroom in which fast-talking professional criminal Grover Muldoon (Richard Pryor) taught book editor George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) how to 'walk and act black' (with a radio up to his ear), in order to get onto the train, with a terrible blackface disguise: ("We got to make them cops think you're black") - although both were unsure (George: "I can't pass for black", and Grover: "Why you whiteys got such a tight ass, man?")
  • also, a black man's critique of George's act when he be-bopped to a radio held to his ear: "You must be in pretty big trouble, fella. But for God's sake, learn to keep time," and Grover's second assessment: "We'll make it past the cops. I just hope we don't see no Muslims"
  • and the numerous times in a running gag of George being thrown off (or pushed off) the "Silver Streak" train - each time yelling: "Son of a bitch!"
  • the scene when George turned the tables on Sheriff Chauncey (Clifton James) with a gun: ("You stupid, ignorant son of a bitch, dumb bastard. Jesus Christ. I've met some dumb bastards in my time, but you outdo them all")

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

  • the sequence of Cosmo Brown's (Donald O'Connor) acrobatic, slapstick musical number Make 'Em Laugh
  • and the playfully subversive song Moses by Cosmo and Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) in which they rebelled against their diction coach (Bobby Watson) - culminating in them holding up a diction placard to sing sarcastically "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!"
  • Lina Lamont's (Jean Hagen) grating voice and one-liners, such as: "Well, of course we talk, don't everybody?", and "Why, I make more money than, than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!"
  • the final sequence revealing that ingenue Kathy Selden's (Debbie Reynolds) voice was substituted for Lina's

Slap Shot (1977)

  • director George Roy Hill's irreverently funny, R-rated, brutal, raunchy and bloody sports film - and comedy (with a screenplay by Nancy Dowd) - one of the best ever made
  • the film's rampant profanity, adolescent behavior, and nudity
  • the character of aging, hockey star Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) who was appointed player/coach of The Charlestown Chiefs of the Federal Hockey League, a failing minor league team in a Pennsylvania steel-mill town
  • the scene of the Chiefs' fashion show for publicity's sake, when Johnny Upton (Allan Nicholls) threatened team manager Joe McGrath (Strother Martin) that he would show everything: "I'm gonna flash' em, Joe!...I'm gonna walk down that stinkin' aisle, I'm gonna open this faggot robe and wiggle my dick at 'em!...Yes, I am Joe, and you know why? Because I want you to have a heart attack and die so that we never have to do this s--t again! You and your f--kin' fashion shows!...I'm gonna wiggle it at 'em, you cheap bastard. I'm tellin' ya. You'd better be prepared, because when I yank it out, everybody in that audience, with the exception of my wife, is gonna be runnin' for the exits."
  • the train station scene of Reggie meeting up with new team recruits from the Iron League - the Hanson Bros (Jeff, Steve, and Jack, played by Jeff & Steve Carlson and David Hanson), cheaply acquired by team manager Joe McGrath; the boys were caught in the act of loudly vandalizing a Coke machine: ("F--kin' machine took my quarter...It took my quarter"); shortly later, Dunlop complained to McGrath that the boys were infantile (with toy model cars in their luggage) - "You cheap son of a bitch. Are you crazy? Those guys are retards!...They brought their f--kin' toys with 'em!...They're too dumb to play with themselves"; McGrath recalled a memory from his coaching past: ("I was coachin' in Omaha in 1948 and Eddie Shore sends me this guy that's a terrible masturbator. You know, couldn't control himself, but he would get deliberate penalties so he could get into the penalty box all by himself, and damned if he wouldn't, you know...")
  • the hockey action with the ruthless Hanson Brothers trio who wore black-framed coke-bottle glasses, tapied foil to their knuckles, and frequently beat up and brawled with their opponents, even during pre-game warm-ups; during the playing of the National Anthem in one game after one such brawl, the Peterboro Referee skated up to a bloodied Steve Hanson and threatened: "I got my eye on the three of you guys. You pull one thing, you're out of this game. I run a clean game here. I have any trouble, I'll suspend ya" - Steve shouted back: "I'm listening to the f--kin' song!"
  • the scene of Jim Carr's (Andrew Duncan) live-TV interview about the "finer points of hockey" with player Denis Lemieux (Yvon Barrette) who was asked: "What is high-sticking?" and the player demonstrated by almost choking the questioner: ("High-sticking happen when the guy take the stick, you know, and he go like that"); he also demonstrated slashing, tripping, hooking, and spearing: ("All bad. You do that, you go to the box, you know. Two minutes, by yourself, and you feel shame, you know. And then you get free")
  • the teams' mooning out the windows of a school bus
  • the many dirty, rough-house violent tactics on the ice by the Hansons to save the franchise ("These guys are a f--kin' disgrace!"), including Dunlop's taunting of the opposing Long Island goalie Tommy Hanrahan (Christopher Murney) about his wife Suzanne (Melinda Dillon): "Hanrahan - Suzanne sucks pussy! Hey, Hanrahan, she's a dyke! I know, I know! She's a lesbian, a lesbian, a lesbian!"; the tactic won the game, but afterwards, Dunlop was beaten up; later in the locker room, he told his teammates: "I told him his wife was a dyke...His wife is a dyke!"
  • Dunlop's insult after disinterested team owner Anita McCambridge (Kathryn Walker), a wealthy widow, told him that she was not going to sell the team, but would end everything for a tax write-off: "You know, your son looks like a fag to me. You'd better get married again, 'cause he's gonna wind up with somebody's cock in his mouth before you can say Jack Robinson"
  • the sequence of straight-playing, top-scoring team member Ned Braden's (Michael Ontkean) on-ice strip tease (broadcaster Carr called it "a lascivious display") to distract the crowd and players from their brawling, when he lowered his uniform, and the arena's band began playing "The Stripper"; this culminated in the team's championship league victory (via a forfeiture penalty against the opposing team) and a parade on the ice (with Braden wearing only a jock-strap) (and one reaction: "He's gonna catch his death out there")

Sleeper (1973)

  • the many slapstick sequences and sight gags
  • the scene of Greenwich Village health food store owner and ex-clarinet player Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) - now waking up 200 years later - transported into the future year of 2173 - his quips upon hearing he'd been frozen for 200 years: ("Like spending a weekend in Beverly Hills" and "I haven't seen my analyst in 200 years. He was a strict Freudian. If I'd been going all this time, I'd probably almost be cured by now")
  • his attempts to hide from the government, first by impersonating a personal domestic servant-robot (with comedy slapstick reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton)
  • his servanthood in the house of eccentric, vain, and talentless poetess Luna Schlosser (Diane Keaton) during a party
  • his creation of a giant-sized pudding that attacked and must be beaten down with a broom
  • the scene of the passing of the silver metal orgasm-inducing "Orb" from guest to guest
  • the riotous scene at the robot factory where Miles was threatened with having his head screwed off
  • the reprogramming-brainwashing scene in which Miles was given new clothes, an apartment, and an electronic pet dog named Rags
  • the contented look on Miles' face as he exited the cylindrical Orgasmatron
  • the shot of a 22nd-century McDonalds sign (with 795 trillions of hamburgers sold)
  • the scene that mimicked A Streetcar Named Desire
  • the scene of the Great Leader's giant disembodied nose being flattened by a steamroller
  • the classic closing line by Miles when Luna asked what he believed in: "Sex and death. Two things that come once in a lifetime -- but at least after death you're not nauseous" - followed by a passionate kiss

Some Like It Hot (1959)

  • the funniest and often regarded as the best-loved comedy of all time
  • the first shocking glimpse of drag-dressed musicians joining an all-girl band: Jerry/Daphne (Oscar-nominated Jack Lemmon) and saxophone-playing cad Joe/Josephine (Tony Curtis), as they walked toward the train to flee from gangsters to Florida
  • the first view of a voluptuous band singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) ("a whole different sex") walking to the Florida-bound train and moving "just like Jell-O on springs" when she was squirted by a jet of steam
  • Sugar's sneaking of a drink and her depression: ("I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop")
  • the hilarious wild upper berth train party scene in the close-quarters train bunk when boozy yet soft-hearted singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), in her seductive black nightgown, cuddled affectionately next to cross-dressed Jerry; when she noticed: "You've got cold feet" she suggested rubbing them: "Here, let me warm them up a little...There, isn't that better?"; Jerry kept repeating to himself: "I'm a girl, I'm a girl!"
  • all of Sugar's songs (particularly 'Runnin' Wild')
  • Josephine's impersonation of a Cary Grant-like, impotent Shell Oil heir
  • the yacht seduction scene aboard lustful and eccentric old tycoon Osgood Fielding III's (Joe E. Brown) yacht between Joe and Sugar -- cross cut with Jerry and Osgood dancing the tango all-night long
  • Jerry's joyful squeal: "I'm engaged" - he explained: "Osgood proposed to me, we're planning a June wedding"; and his reason for getting hitched was accompanied by shaking maracas: ("Why would a guy want to marry a guy?" -- "Security")
  • the famous closing line in which nothing could diminish millionaire Osgood's love for the cross-dressed Jerry who tactfully attempted to break their engagement, even when he ripped off his wig and admitted: "I'm a man!", to which love-struck Osgood blithely and unflappably replied with the film's memorable last line: "Well, nobody's perfect!"


Something Wild (1986)

  • the character of free-spirited, kooky, black-wigged Audrey Hankel (Melanie Griffith), nicknamed Lulu after actress Louise Brooks' femme fatale (from Pandora's Box (1929)), who took off with staid and married, yuppie, NYC tax consultant and bond trader Charles Driggs (Jeff Daniels) from a Manhattan diner (where he had skipped out on the check) to New Jersey
  • the scene in a motel where she engaged in kinky sex with him - handcuffing him to a motel bed and making love to him while forcing him to call in sick to his boss
  • their attendance at her 10 year high school reunion in Pennsylvania and introducing him as her husband to her square mother Peaches (Dana Preu) - and Peaches' warning to Charlie: "That girl's got some strange ideas about life", and as Audrey (now a blonde) and Charlie were dancing and kissing, another couple suddenly slid behind them, and Ray leaned over to speak to her: "Hi, baby. Surprise!"
  • the crowd-pleasing conclusion when Audrey reappeared in Charlie's life after he had quit his job, and told him: "I never wanted to say goodbye"

Something's Gotta Give (2003)

  • the scene in which 63 year-old Viagra-taking record-company mogul Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) - who dated younger women as girlfriends (including young daughter Marin Barry (Amanda Peet)) and announced to her mother Erica (57 year-old Oscar-nominated Diane Keaton): "I'm dating your daughter, Marin"
  • Harry's sudden entrance into a room in a Hamptons beach house when he came upon a naked and embarrassed Erica, Marin's mother - a sexy, mid-50s, divorced, successful playwright, and his half-hearted apology after partially covering his eyes: ("I'm sorry! I didn't see anything. Except maybe a few tits!")
  • his ensuing interest in the more age-appropriate woman after suffering a mild heart attack
  • the sex scene between Erica and Harry (three days after he suffered a heart attack), when he cut off her white "damn turtleneck" with a pair of scissors and then offered oral sex, when she became overwhelmed and exclaimed: ("I think we should take your blood pressure...I think it's irresponsible not to...120/80...Oh, my God, I do like sex!...Wow, oh, God! So this is what you're supposed to do on a rainy afternoon, huh?") - she was amazed by her own responsiveness: ("I really thought I was sort of closed up for business. I never expected this")

Sons of the Desert (1933)

  • Laurel (Stan Laurel) and Hardy's (Oliver Hardy) great sight gags and childish innocence
  • the scene of thin, dim-witted, and shy Stan consuming an ornamental waxed apple in the Hardy living room with gusto and being told by Mrs. Hardy (Mae Busch): "Oh, so that's where it's been going. That's the third apple I've missed this week"
  • the madcap sequence with the scalding hot water iron tub - when fat and short-tempered Oliver feigned illness so that the doctor (a veterinarian) would prescribe a short ocean cruise to Honolulu
  • the scene of Stan and Ollie learning about their cruise ship disaster and Stan's hilarious line about being thankful that they didn't go to Honolulu: ("Can you beat that? I'm sure glad we didn't go")
  • the scenes of their return home from "Hawaii" (wearing leis and carrying pineapples and ukeleles), and hiding out in the attic, and of them ultimately being exposed by their wives for faking a trip to Hawaii (allowing them to attend a lodge meeting in Chicago)
  • the scene in which Oliver was forced to wear a pot on his head to protect himself from the barrage of dishes thrown by his wife, while a bawling and wimpering Stan received forgiveness from his wife (Dorothy Christy) for confessing the truth

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999)

  • the corruptive after-effects of kids in the sleepy town of South Park seeing the R-rated Canadian feature film by the comedy team of Terrance and Phillip: Asses of Fire
  • the anti-profanity sing-along song "It's Easy, MMMKay" sung by school counselor Mr. Mackey (Trey Parker), who stressed that one had to get "back in touch" and stop cursing
  • the scene of muffled-voiced, parka-clad third-grader Kenny (voice of Matt Stone) lighting his flatulence on fire during a bet with Eric (voice of Trey Parker), dying (as usual) and being sent to Heaven (with nude female angels) and then to Hell where Satan was portrayed as the homosexual lover of Saddam Hussein
  • the declaration of war against Canada by the South Park PTA - to blame it for the ensuing corruption and misbehavior of the children - with the song "Blame Canada"
  • the scene of Terrance and Phillip's appearance on TV - on Conan's (Brent Spiner) talk show, where they were arrested after being set up by "Mothers Against Canada" (M.A.C.)
  • the foul-mouthed, subversive, profanity-laced songs including "What Would Brian Boitano Do?", "Kyle's Mom's a Bitch", and "Uncle F--ker" ("You're an uncle f--ker, I must say / You f--ked your uncle yesterday!")
  • Dr. Vosknocker's (voice of Eric Idle) demonstration of the V-Chip implanted in corpulent foul-mouthed Eric to stop him from uttering profanities by delivering an electric shock: ("Now I want you to say 'big floppy donkey dick'")
  • the scene of a USO show with a Winona Ryder-like woman suggested to be propelling Ping-Pong balls from below her waist

Spaceballs (1987)

  • the many sight gags, wisecracks, anachronisms, and science-fiction genre spoofs and parodies in this uneven film about a "galaxy far away" (the planet Spaceballs), i.e.: the opening Star Wars type scrawl: "If you can read this, you don't need glasses" and the massive rumbling space ship Spaceball One with a minute and a half of screen time (and its bumper sticker: "WE BRAKE FOR NOBODY")
  • the Alien (1979) spoof in which John Hurt reprised his famous scene - he appeared in an inter-galactic diner and muttered annoyedly: "Oh, no. Not again!" when a chestburster popped out of his chest - and then sang: Hello, My Baby - recreating Michigan J. Frog's performance in the classic animated short "One Froggy Evening"
  • the sidekick character of half-dog and half-man Barf the Mawg (John Candy), mercenary Lone Starr's (Bill Pullman) co-pilot
  • the character of robot chaperone and Droid of Honor Dot Matrix (voice of Joan Rivers) who accompanied Druidia Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga)
  • the two villains: evil and vile Lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) (a Darth Vader-like who often fantasy-played with dolls of the film's characters, and complained about his helmeted costume: "I can't breathe in this thing") and Colonel Sandurz (George Wyner), who foolishly ordered their spacecraft to go to "Ludicrous Speed"
  • the viewing of a real-time home videocassette (VHS) version of Spaceballs (breaking the 'fourth wall') to locate the heroes and Princess Vespa: ("You're looking at 'now', sir. Everything that happens 'now' is happening 'now.'" "What happened to 'then'?" "We passed 'then'" "When?" "Just now. We're at 'now' now!" "Go back to 'then'" "'When'?" "'Now'" "Now?" "'Now'" "I can't" "Why?" "We missed it" "When?" "Just now" "When will 'then' be 'now'?", "Soon" etc.)
  • wise old man Yogurt's (Brooks again, who identified himself: "I'm just plain Yogurt") boasting: "I am the keeper of a greater magic, a power known throughout the universe as the..." - and his repeated phrase about a metaphysical power known as the Schwartz (not the Force): "May the Schwartz be with you"
  • Yogurt's demonstration of the lucrative merchandising campaign and tie-in products for the film (including a squeezable mini-Yogurt doll that spoke his catchphrase): "We put the picture's name on everything! Merchandising! Merchandising! Where the real money from the movie is made. 'Spaceballs' - the T-shirt. 'Spaceballs' - the coloring book. 'Spaceballs' - the lunchbox. 'Spaceballs' - the breakfast cereal. 'Spaceballs' - the flame thrower! The kids love this one. Last, but not least. 'Spaceballs' - the doll. Me. Adorable"
  • the sight gag of "combing the desert" in the sands of Vega to locate the Princess: ("We're following orders. We were told to comb the desert, so we're combing it")
  • the great visual gag of the creature Pizza the Hutt (Dom DeLuise)
  • also the Planet of the Apes (1968) 'money shot' spoof in which two apes came riding up on horseback to view the crashed head of the Mega Maid, a giant robotic maid (and their comment about Spaceballs): ("Dear me, what are those things coming out of her nose?" "Spaceballs?" "Oh s--t, there goes the planet")

Sullivan's Travels (1941)

  • writer/director Preston Sturges' brilliant satire about movie-making, starring Joel McCrea as Hollywood comedy director John L. Sullivan, who felt he must experience first-hand what it was like to be poor and downtrodden before making his next film
  • butler Burrows' (Robert Greig) speech to Sullivan about poverty: ("Poverty is not the lack of anything, but a positive plague, virulent in itself, contagious as cholera, with filth, criminality, vice and despair as only a few of its symptoms. It is to be stayed away from, even for purposes of study. It is to be shunned")
  • the classic chase scene of the studio's entourage trailing Sullivan
  • Sullivan's first meeting and pairing with The Girl (Veronica Lake) in a diner
  • The Girl dressed as a male hobo and their wanderings as hoboes traveling across America to experience poverty for themselves: ("I don't know where I'm going, but I'm not coming back until I know what trouble is")
  • the scene of a presumed-dead and incarcerated Sullivan in a prison farm watching a screening of a Pluto/Mickey Mouse cartoon - and laughing along with his fellow, hardened Georgia chain-gang prisoners
  • Sullivan's inspired return to making film comedies: ("There's a lot to be said for making people laugh! Did you know that's all some people have? It isn't much but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan! Boy!")

The Sunshine Boys (1975)

  • a Neil Simon stage comedy adapted for the screen
  • the two leads who had been together for 43 years: aging vaudevillian Al Lewis (George Burns) and his grumpy comedy act partner Willie Clark (Walter Matthau) ("73 year-old putz") - who were now reunited after 11 years for a nostalgic ABC-TV special variety show, and still despising each other
  • the "Doctor Sketch" scene that instigated the comedy team's long-standing feuding over a single line: ("What's wrong with saying "enter" instead of "come in?")
  • the character of the buxom Nurse in the Sketch (Miss McIntosh) (Lee Meredith), who described her name: "Miss McIntosh, you know, like the apple"; the Doctor (Willie) responded while looking down at her bounteous cleavage: "I forgot the name, but the apples I remember. Look in my appointment book and see who's next"; and then when he leaned over her, she cautioned: "Please doctor, you're standing too close" - he replied: "With you, it's not possible"; and when she coughed and complained of a chest cold, he quipped: "Looks more like an epidemic to me"

Superbad (2007)

  • a raunchy, low-budget teen comedy (from producer Judd Apatow, and with a semi-autobiographical script written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg when they were teens themselves), about male teen anxieties and sexual obsessions, including being genitalia-focused, vulgar and sex-crazed about getting laid before leaving for college ("You know when you hear girls saying, like: 'Ah, I was so s--tfaced last night, I shouldn't have f--ked that guy?' We could be that mistake!")
  • the main characters: two nerdy, best-friend high-school seniors who were still awkwardly growing-up: chubby Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera); they were sex-obsessed: "Just imagine if girls weren't wierded out by our boners and stuff, and just like wanted to see them. That's the world I one day want to live in"; and Seth was obsessed with drawing pictures of male genitalia ("Here it comes. When I was a little kid, I kinda had this problem. And it's not even that big of a deal. Something like 8 percent of kids do it, but whatever. For some reason, I don't know why, I would just kinda sit around all day and draw pictures of dicks")
  • their quest to give up their virginity to two female students: Jules (Emma Stone) and Becca (Martha MacIsaac), by providing the booze at an underaged graduation party
  • a third character was Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) who spent much of the film suffering the consequences of being involved in a store holdup while illegally purchasing alcohol with a fake ID (a Hawaii license for 25 year-old "McLovin")

Swingers (1996)

  • the many quotable lines ("You're so money and you don't even know it!" - using money as an adjective meaning 'to be indisputably correct' or 'utterly gorgeous')
  • the lounge-hopping and pick-up efforts of five party-animal, show business wannabes in the singles scene - both in LA and Vegas
  • the use of the Jaws theme music to identify the predatory 'sharks' at a bar picking up on women
  • the discussion about their most favorite moments in movies like GoodFellas (1990) and Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • the in-jokes about how: "Everybody steals from everybody, that’s Hollywood"
  • Trent Walker's (Vince Vaughn) advice on how to pick up women: ("All I do is stare at their mouths and wrinkle my nose, and I turn out to be a sweetheart")
  • the excruciatingly funny, but agonizing strike-out scene of aspiring, wanna-be NY stand-up comedian Mike Peter's (screenwriter-actor Jon Favreau) repeated phone calls to new LA acquaintance Nikki's (Brooke Langton) answering machine: ("This is Nikki. Leave a message") whom he had just met in a bar, when it cut him off as he left his phone number, and how he excused himself for his repeated phone calls and messages by stating: "I don't want you to think I was weird or desperate..." - and her live retort to his calls: "Don't ever call me again"; the scene covered all the various emotions that come to play in a male/female relationship

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
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