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
Airplane! (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!)
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)
Frasier (a rare case of a spinoff being better than the original series)
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)
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!