Comedy

A few days ago I tweeted the following:

“True comedies are not just funny, they’re *fun.* They remain quotable years after you watch them, and influence your humor.

My top 5 (no order):

  1. Animal House
  2. Blazing Saddles
  3. Clerks
  4. Super Troopers
  5. Office Space

Additions?”

Due to it being re-Tweeted by someone with WAY more followers than I have, I received a pretty fun response. As a result, I’ve realized what I missed! A few true classics have to be included. Some of this may be controversial, but at the end of this post I’ll put my full top 10 list.

Since I have somewhat more than 280 characters available to me here, I’ll define my terms a little more. Truly great comedies aren’t just funny. They’re the kind of movies you cheer for and actually get you excited for the story. Stand-up comedy may have you rolling in the aisles, but it’s not a hero’s journey. A true comedy is enjoyable even when you aren’t laughing at a direct joke.

That being said, the truly great comedies waste very little time and squeeze solid humor into almost every frame.

The other impact though is on your life when the movie ends. If you’re repeating the jokes to your friends, incorporating them into your own humor, and seeing their effect on cultural trends for decades to come, then it fits this bill.

The Simpsons was like that. It wasn’t just funny – you were funnier because you watched it, and the country was funnier because it incorporated that humor into our culture.

Okay, here’s the list! Once again, these aren’t ranked – how can you compare such masterpieces? Just watch them all!

  1. Animal House
  2. Blazing Saddles
  3. Clerks
  4. Super Troopers
  5. Office Space
  6. Airplane!
  7. Anchorman
  8. Caddyshack
  9. Spaceballs
  10. Monty Python and The Holy Grail

This is certainly not the list of the only ten funny movies. There are many greats that will split your sides. I think a few, like Dumb & Dumber, just barely missed the list. Others are cut mostly because they’re brilliant, but better works by the same people are on the list already. Whatever, I don’t need to justify my choices – go watch whatever you want!

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