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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

On the funniest things

I recently left a comment on Delenda Est Carthago: The greatest guest star in television history? where I mentioned Jesse Jackson reading “Green Eggs and Ham” on SNL. This was one of the funniest things I have ever seen on television. This started me thinking about the things that I find to be “the funniest”. I think this must be like a fingerprint and is absolutely unique to each person.

I don’t do memes/tagging. It seems uncomfortably close to doing chain letters, but I decided that I would create my own meme and only tag myself. So, here it is.

What is the funniest classic movie of all times?
“Night At The Opera” – Marx Brothers
(Actually, almost any Marx Brothers movie would be a very close second.)

Funniest character in a stage play?
Mrs. Malaprop from Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals
(I love her line: “If I reprehend any thing in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!”)

Funniest moment on television?
Christopher Lloyd as “Jim” on Taxi.
The scene where he is taking his driver’s license test and is answering the question “What does a yellow light mean?” I think it is called the “slow down” scene. I have seen it twenty times and I still roll on the floor laughing. A close second would be a recent episode of “Las Vegas” where the casino owner’s ashes were flushed down the toilet as part of her “funeral”.

Funniest book?
“Without Feathers” by Woody Allen.
(I don’t really care for his movies, but his comic writing is absolutely brilliant.)

Funniest comic strip?
Tie vote here between “Dilbert” and “Opus”

Most unintentionally funny writing?
19th century essay on embalming entitled “To Dispel The Fear of Live Burial”

Funniest stand-up?
I was lucky enough to have been in the audience for one of Steve Martin’s first college circuit appearances. I laughed so hard that I was in pain. More recently, I also really enjoy Rita Rudner.

Five funniest words?
Oddly, phlegm, crenellated, octane, frazzled

Funniest salad ingredient?
Day lily flower buds


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