Ten on Tuesday 4-15: Hahaha! LOL! Favorite Comedies

Before we get started, a PSA for you married folks: this coming Saturday, April 19, is Husband Appreciation Day! And while we’re appreciating spouses, mark your calendar – wives get equal time on September 20.

I think a sense of humor is an essential survival tool for modern life; as St. Jimmy of Key West once said, “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” Therefore, I love this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “Favorite Comedies.” It’s actually “10 Favorite Movie Comedies,” but as you’ll see, I bent the rules a little.

I also feel that one of the most important factors in a successful relationship is having compatible senses of humor – finding many of the same things funny, and being able to make each other laugh. I’m lucky to have that with my husband, so I thought that Tall Paul would like to join in this week.

Neither of us could easily limit ourselves on this one, and we each came up with two lists, one for movies and one for TV. I’m not including links, since none of our selections are all that obscure, and you know how to to use IMDb anyway. There’s some overlap on our lists – there’s the compatibility thing – but we didn’t agree on everything. That would just be boring.

My movie comedies, in no particular order
Some Like It Hot
(sometimes called the greatest movie comedy ever, and that just might be true)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

(some parts are a little dated by now, but most of it’s still hilarious)

Best in Show
(funny on its own merits, even funnier if you’re a dog person)
The Blues Brothers
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
(it’s funny because it’s so bloody wrong)
This is Spinal Tap
A Christmas Story
(so it’s a comedy you only watch in December – but I swear it gets funnier every year)
The Princess Bride
(maybe technically not a comedy, but the reason it’s the perfect movie is that it has everything – fencing! fighting! torture! revenge! true love! miracles! Still, most of its best lines will make you laugh, so I’m counting it!)

Tall Paul’s 10 Comedies (Film) (I don’t think these are ranked, but I forgot to ask him!)
1. Son of Paleface
2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
3. Road to Rio
4. The Odd Couple
5. The Great Race
6. Animal House
7. Some Like it Hot
8. Father Goose
9. A Night at the Opera
10. The Blues Brothers

My TV comedies

I Love Lucy
(a genuine classic still can make you laugh, 50 years later)

The Office
(US version; every week it makes me appreciate my own job a little more)

(a rare case of a spinoff being better than the original series)
The Simpsons

Get Smart
(and really looking forward to the movie!)
30 Rock
(possibly the funniest show on TV right now, in my worthless opinion)
The Cosby Show
(before it got too preachy, it saved the sitcom)

Tall Paul’s 10 Comedies (TV)
1. M*A*S*H
2. I Love Lucy
3. The Simpsons
4. Get Smart (Original TV show)
5. Seinfeld
6. Mr. Bean
7. Father Ted
8. Frasier
9. The Colbert Report (wait a minute – you mean it’s not a news show?)
10. Fawlty Towers

If you’ve participated in this week’s Ten on Tuesday, feel free to include a link to your post in your comment here, but even if you didn’t, please share some of your funny favorites!

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  1. I can’t believe I forgot Airplane! That’s what happens when you try and do it quickly. Good lists though. There are a few I don’t know. I’ll check them out. Here’s my link in case anyone wants to see mine.

  2. Simply Shannon – We have it on DVD. It’s part of our holiday rituals now; we’ll watch it after Thanksgiving dinner, and then try to fit it in a couple more times.

    You had some good ones on your list, too! Thanks for stopping by.

    Mike – When I saw your list, I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten National Lampoon’s Vacation!

    This topic really grabbed me, and it was easy to rope Tall Paul in on it too 🙂 – we started right in on it last Tuesday! (Yeah, we’re that lame, why do you ask?)

  3. Florinda, I love your list – you have three of my favorites – Spinal Tap, Some Like It Hot and Christmas Story.

    Have you seen a British movie called “Death at a Funeral”? A friend gave me the DVD this weekend, and I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

    Annie Hall, The Out of Towners… too many to think of.

    As for TV, I could watch the old Carol Burnett shows forever. Tim Conway, Carol Burnett and Harvey Corman were amazing.

  4. Michele – One evening my husband and I were trolling around on YouTube watching old Carol Burnett Show sketches – what a riot!

    I haven’t heard of that movie, but it sounds like one I’ll need to check out…thanks for the heads-up.

  5. My husband is a big Monty Python fan and sometimes you may catch me singing the Lumberjack song (but I always get the words mixed up and then start making up my own verses).

    The Princess Bride is one of my husband’s favorite movies. I didn’t like it the first time I saw it, but it’s grown on me and I quite enjoy it now. I loved the book. The 40-Year-Old Virgin was a movie I was sure I’d hate, but I thought it was really funny. I like Tootsie too. 🙂

  6. Literary Feline – For some reason, it doesn’t surprise me that your husband is a Monty Python fan, Wendy. Most of the smart, kinda-geeky guys I’ve ever known seem to be.

    I mix up the words to “The Lumberjack Song” too, but I think I’ve finally learned all of “The Galaxy Song.” 🙂