Author Topic: Extremely small moments in comedy that make you laugh way more than intended  (Read 50201 times)

kalowski

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In Alfresco, when Hugh Laurie says, "You can prove anything with facts"

kalowski

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Even now, probably 30 years on, I still smile at the thought of Stavros calling his wife, "Her inside the doors".

Bennett Brauer

  • I'm not "likeable"
Talking of Enfield: when he's about go into Café Polski to talk to the lovely Laura Solon, his nervous and ineffectual attempt to disguise his bald patch, followed by a fleeting grimace of self-hatred: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1VTZ4by7E#t=15m45s

Blue Jam

  • Ringo Starr Anise
The Thick Of It. Any time Malcolm bursts into DoSAC and kicks off at someone and Glenn just responds with "Morning, Malcolm".

Futurama: "Good news everyone!" Every single time...

“I am James Bond.”

“I win, in the most minor way possible.”

Why Bother?
"Whatever they're called, those big things with horns."
"Bishops."

One word should not make me laugh so hard.


Twed

  • I need you so, Medieval Zone, you don't need me
Talking of Enfield: when he's about go into Café Polski to talk to the lovely Laura Solon, his nervous and ineffectual attempt to disguise his bald patch, followed by a fleeting grimace of self-hatred: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1VTZ4by7E#t=15m45s
Does this ever resolve into a bitter twist or do they let him have the happy ending?

Why Bother?
"Whatever they're called, those big things with horns."
"Bishops."

One word should not make me laugh so hard.

Possibly the most a single word has ever made me laugh was the last one in Derek and Clive's Parking Offense. Won't say what it was in case anyone hasn't listened to it.

There are some great little physicial moments by Tucker in TTOI. When the taxi drivers away as he's fleeing the press and shouts "GEETTT THE FUCCKK BACK HERREE!" he does a silly face which makes me lol thinking about it. Also when Nicola locks herself in the bathroom and he bangs on shouting "WILLLLLMMMAAA!" the motion of his hands knocking really kills me.

kalowski

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The line "I'm just as god made me, sir", And the character is called Tucker "Smitty" Brown, which also makes me laugh way more than intended.

Speaking of Tap, I just watched it for the umpteen-and-a-halfth time the other night, and noticed this little gem of physical comedy for the first time:

https://youtu.be/-qWbaZOksP4?t=95

...though it may not have been fully intended as a gag, since Reiner said he was highly uncomfortable on camera all throughout the filming, which seems odd for a guy who spent years on one of the biggest sitcoms of the 70s. This was his first feature, though - maybe it was being a director while playing one on-screen that made him nervous. Anyway, I love that there's still fresh laughter to be mined from this 35-year-old thing...

famethrowa

  • mere rhetorical frippery
Speaking of Tap, I just watched it for the umpteen-and-a-halfth time the other night, and noticed this little gem of physical comedy for the first time:


Great stuff and sets the awkward tone straight away.

I just wonder, at the time it came out, would many American viewers have gone "hey its him out of Archie Bunker", or "hey it's him out of Laverne & Shirley" etc? I'd barely seen those shows and part of the Tap joy is that they could be real people...

I just wonder, at the time it came out, would many American viewers have gone "hey its him out of Archie Bunker", or "hey it's him out of Laverne & Shirley" etc? I'd barely seen those shows and part of the Tap joy is that they could be real people...

I can speak to that from experience - when I tried to interest my 14-year-old peers in Tap in the year of its release, I got little besides "Hey, it's Lenny from Laverne & Shirley!" (Rob Reiner didn't appear in too much of the promotional materials that were seen at the time, and he already looked a fair bit different than he did on All in the Family, which he'd been off of for six years already at that point, so I don't think it came up much with my school chums.) It irritated me a bit, as the already-devout comedy geek I was - I was all "yes, yes, but there's Harry Shearer from that one year of SNL and Christopher Guest from those National Lampoon albums my dad has that I have to sneak out to listen to while he's at work!" I'm sure I was a delight to deal with.

Bad Ambassador

  • Sit down, Mario!
Super Hans (reading a puzzle book): "I have a bed but do not sleep, I have a mouth but do not speak."
Mark: It's a river.
Super Hans (looking at answer page): Nicholas Lyndhurst.

QDRPHNC

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  • "A soupçon of pizzazz."
Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Frylock is about to reanimate a corpse whose body he has reconstructed entirely out of eyeballs.

Master Shake : Well, look. I mean, is he gonna be able to chase us? Cause if I woke up lookin' like that, I would just run towards the nearest living thing and kill it.

the mulligan and o'hare song where they're singing the rock and roll tribute

"i like rock and roll music, i like elvis flamin' presley, i like duane bleedin' eddy, and that other cunt bill haley"

(might not strictly be cunt as it's censored but i always assumed it was)

So have I. It's brilliant.

My shuffling laptop just randomly spewed out a 6 Music Adam & Joe show from 2007.
When they'd play the Text the Nation jingle, every week I'd laugh at the "what if I don't want to" bit.

Ornlu

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You can hardly call any of its broad sledgehammering a 'small moment' but there was a bit in one of the early Big Bang Theory episodes that tickled me - when someone else says they didn't know the group ate at a particular burger joint, and Sheldon butts in with "We don't. This is a disturbing aberration"

Absorb the anus burn

  • I'll serve raw potatoes at my summer party
Norbert Smith:

"... London, London I'm  singing your song because London's the town where I belong..."

The line: "... I'm eating blueberry flapjacks to tell you I'm back, Jack..." always makes me want to pop out a jet of laughterwee.

Also Norbert Smith

The way Enfield moves his hand as he turns to the camera during the war time propaganda sketches.

kalowski

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On Matching Tie and Handkerchief, the Oscar Wilde sketch. When Wilde says his first witty line everyone laughs for ages. The different laughs they do are just wonderful.

Re: Extremely small moments in comedy that make you laugh way more than intended
« Reply #532 on: September 04, 2019, 08:53:41 AM »
Vic: "Look at you, y'look 'alf dead with biscuits around yer mouth"

Bob (Slightly defensive): "I had just been eating biscuits, yeah"

Re: Extremely small moments in comedy that make you laugh way more than intended
« Reply #533 on: September 04, 2019, 09:06:30 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5p2XAGE8R8

(I know it's small rather than extremely small, but I just remembered it for the first time in ages.)

NoSleep

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Re: Extremely small moments in comedy that make you laugh way more than intended
« Reply #534 on: September 04, 2019, 09:24:40 AM »
"I vill mess with time."

Also "Crocubot; half cold unfeeling reptile, half... also cold... equally unfeeling machine."