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A few larfs to ease you into your (abbreviated) work week.

May 26th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 58 Comments

I’ve been drinking straight rotgut bourbon since 6 AM this morning, so I’m not fit to do a blog post without slipping into drunken paranoia.

Allow me to take the lazy blogperson’s way out, then, and post someone else’s funny stuff. Here is, in my humble-yet-drunkenly-paranoiac opinion, one of the funniest scenes ever filmed. It’s not subtle, but…neither am I. (Unless someone’s been telling you I am subtle? And if so, WHO was it, for the love of God? And did they mention the Trilateral Commission, and /or Xenu?)

Ahem. Anyway:

What do you think are some of the funniest scenes ever, in les movies? I’ll try to find a few and post them here, if the Illuminati and the Freemasons don’t disappear me first. (Hic!)

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58 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Doug on May 26, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Well, since you brought up Mel Brooks, I always – ALWAYS – laugh at the farting scene from Blazing Saddles.

  • 2 Dan Noutko-Kennedy on May 26, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    No doubt one of the single funniest scenes of any movie of any year begins when W.C. Fields says “Open the door for Mr. Muckle, the blind man” in It’s a Gift (Paramount, 1934). Perhaps the second most hilarious is the back porch sequence from the same film (”No, I don’t know Carl LaFong, capital “L”, small “a”, capital “F”, small “o”, small “n”, small “g”…).

  • 3 Queen Shadowrama on May 26, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Once again Bill, you prove that you have excellent taste. That scene is indeed one of the funniest things ever, and nobody has been able to recreate Gene Wilder’s brilliance in the role.

    My other absolute favorite scene in that movie has to be LSD’s audition. I just about die every time he starts ripping apart his flowers!

  • 4 JackTheRIFFER on May 26, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Well, since I myself am on a bender of my own (About 10 Viodens and 15 Ativans) I agree that this is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Other than the celing! Have you looked at a celing lately?? They’re just crazy looking!!

    Now I’m gonna go… Ahhh… What was I saying again?

  • 5 Stacia on May 26, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    I don’t know about the funniest scene, but the funniest single word in a movie ever is “Sedagive?!”

  • 6 dave-0 on May 26, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    i definately agree with LSD’s audition…definately one of the most hilarious moments ever filmed.

  • 7 dave-0 on May 26, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Mr. Corbett, you have excellent taste in humour. The Producers is my second favorite comedy. First is, of course, Dr. Strangelove. I still fall out laughing at Slim Pickins reading out the components of the emergency kit. “A fella could have a good time in vegas with all this…”

  • 8 Hannah on May 26, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    The mirror scene from Duck Soup – the Marx Brothers at their finest!

  • 9 Hugh on May 26, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I’m going to go ahead and say that 90% of the Marx Brothers’ scenes are among the funniest in movie history. At the moment, Harpo’s medical examination from A Day at the Races comes to mind.

    I should really see The Producers sometime.

  • 10 Chris D. on May 26, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    “Spinal Tap” with Marty DiBergi interviewing Nigel. It’s capped with the infamous “this goes to eleven” joke but the part about Nigel’s guitar being such a treasure that it “can’t be played” or even looked at is what always cracks me up.

  • 11 Katiespana on May 26, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    The Producers, new version, Will Ferrel ‘I was never a member of the Nazi party… we lived in the back… near Switzerland… we didn’t even know there was a war on… all we ever heard was yodeling… yo da lay, yo da lay hee – WHO ARE YOU!?’ I swear I watch that movie EVERY time I get hammered… gets funnier every time. Ahhhh, Mel.

  • 12 Kleenex on May 26, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I’ll drink to that. Even though the movies themselves weren’t all that great, the Marx Brothers were consistently brilliant. Thanks for posting that clip, Bill. Reminds you of just how funny Gene Wilder could be.

  • 13 Slade Rockfist on May 26, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    My favorite scene in that movie (and way up high on my all-time list) is part of that scene, when they show Nigel doing his nightly solo….with his guitar, a guitar on a stand, and a violin….

    Kicking the guitar strings on the stand, scraping the violin across the guitar he’s holding, and amidst all that chaos – looking in disgust at the violin and turning a tuning peg ONE QUARTER TURN, then continuing the godawful cacophony with his tongue wagging in the air in delight…..

    I just cracked myself up thinking about it, hahaha…

  • 14 C-Nug on May 26, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    It took me a while to narrow it down, but the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where they determine if the girl is a witch, is undoubtedly the funniest scene ever. I will fight anyone with my face who disagrees.

  • 15 Slade Rockfist on May 26, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I just about died laughing in the horn/cop scene in Little Miss Sunshine, but partly because it was reminiscent of a Brian Regan bit, brought to life in front of me…..

    Also for whatever reason, the “jeep tower climbing” scene in Rat Race makes me bust a gut when I see it….something about In The Hall of the Mountain King makes an escalating panic scene very funny….

    Double also, I almost cried from laughing so hard when I saw Royal Tenenbaums, in the scene with the doctor giving him his prognosis and potential side effects (including seizures), and Gene Hackman says the phrase “You mean….like floppin’ around on the floor and stuff?”

  • 16 Neb on May 26, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    “I’m in pain….and I’m wet….and I’m still hysterical!!!”

    The first time I saw “The Producers” was in a rep cinema in Seattle (the Neptune in the U district) when I was in college. We laughed ourselves silly; almost nonstop during the opening number of “Springtime for Hitler”. There are so many great lines in this film that I wouldn’t know where to stop.

    “Let’s dine ‘al fresco’!”
    “This show is guaranteed to close on…page eight!”
    “White, white, white is the color of our carpet!”
    “You are the audience, I am the author…I outrank you!” …etc.

    All of these and more I use in everyday speech on a regular basis. Just beautiful.

    I haven’t seen the new version yet, although I’m sure it’s good in its own way.

  • 17 Nanobots on May 26, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    In “Duck Soup”, where Groucho is willing to “extend the good fellowshop” to the ambassador of the other country. But then he starts fuming “What if he doesn’t accept!”, and gets so worked up that when the ambassador shows up Groucho hits him.

    Another winner is “Basil the Rat” episode of “Fawlty Towers”. Like, just about the entire episode.

    Several scenes in “Spinal Tap”, including the one where the “slabs” of stonehenge come down, sized in inches instead of feet by mistake.

  • 18 Matt on May 26, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I think The Producers, like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, simply has too many hilarious scenes to even attempt to declare one the funniest. I’d say the same thing about Dr. Strangelove, Monty Python’s Holy Grail and Life of Brian, and Fish Called Wanda. All simply have to much greatness to list.

    The Marx Bros. films are also amazing. (That is, any part NOT focused on the lame-ass romantic subplot the studio required them to have)

  • 19 Mr. Slick on May 26, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    The scene in Blazing Saddles where the town’s people are in the church after the town was ran sacked. Gabby Johnson alone makes that scene funny “authentic frontier gibberish.”

  • 20 Kyle on May 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gene Wilder a couple months ago. Very pleasant man, although age and cancer have unfortunately taken its toll. Still, he had that twinkle in his eye that showed that there was still a youthfulness about him.

  • 21 Take5 on May 27, 2008 at 12:16 am

    I want to call The Big Lebowski one scene and declare it the funniest thing ever ever ever. It’s like my god. I’m an achiever.

  • 22 zoidberg on May 27, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Ok. I’m game… The scene with the mud-carting socialist who can’t believe that Arthur is king of England because “You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power because some watery tart threw a sword at you!” is funnier than the witch scene.

    “At least ours was committed. It wasn’t just a stream of pussy jokes.” -Palin

    But the answer with the most brown on my face is that all of the scenes in Mystery Science Theater 3000 the Movie are the funniest ever made. :D

  • 23 zoidberg on May 27, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Granted, the quote from Michael Palin doesn’t have anything to do with the witch scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, but I felt it was a nice present for those who ooze various unmentionable fluids over obscure Monty Python quotes. :D

  • 24 zoidberg on May 27, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Ok, I’m in that group! I admit it! Now for my real anwer. The funniest scene ever is the Four Yorkshiremen sketch from Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl.

  • 25 John H. on May 27, 2008 at 12:47 am

    The Producers (the original one) may be the funniest movie ever made. If only Mel Brooks could have kept making them like that one, that and Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. History of the World Part 1 and Silent Movie had their moments too.

    Kyle: Nice to hear Gene Wilder is as awesome in person as on the screen. Glad he’s still kicking too.

  • 26 Beef Slabchunk on May 27, 2008 at 4:03 am

    “The Producers” is, without a doubt, one of the funniest movies ever. The first time I saw it, I didn’t know what to make of it. Then I watched it again and laughed hysterically. Pure genius from Brooks, Mostel, and Wilder.

  • 27 Solonor on May 27, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Just to be different, because I could just list off every scene in Blazing Saddles (”Next man makes a move, the n***** gets it!”), Young Frankenstein (”Put zee candle beck!”), The Producers (”Springtime for Hitler and Germany…”), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (”What are you gonna do? Bleed on me?”), Life of Brian (”Weweese Woger!”), etc., etc., but I think one of the most hysterical scenes ever is the dancing scene near the end of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. Alan Cumming, Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow do the most amazingly awful ballet of a dance. The movie itself wasn’t that great, but I roll on the floor every time I see that scene.

  • 28 Bill Corbett on May 27, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Yes. A pal of mine has worked with Mr. Wilder quite a bit, and says he’s one of the sweetest guys he’s ever met.

  • 29 Ben on May 27, 2008 at 4:32 am

    The scene in “Repo Man” where they are gathered around the trash can trying to psych up Otto by telling him to do what John Wayne would have done when Tracy Walter’s Miller suddenly announces: “John Wayne was a fag.”

    That still cracks me up every time I see that scene. Easily, one of the funniest movies ever with the generic food, bad punk criminals, and dead aliens.

  • 30 Courtney on May 27, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Count one more point for Blazing Saddles, and it goes to Madeline Kahn’s Lily Von Shtupp scenes, namely “I’m Tired.” That woman was an absolute genius.

    And perhaps I’m a product of my decade, but Anthony Michael Hall stuck under the table screaming “JAAAKE!” in Sixteen Candles will always remain one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in my life.

  • 31 ms chii on May 27, 2008 at 6:31 am

    how about the blazing saddles line where the guy says(i think its mel brooks) “hello girls! i’ve missed you” when looking @ his secretarys breasts. just the tone is so incredibly outrageous…

    i havent yet seen airplaine at all but its supposed to the along the same kind of stuff. is it made by mel brooks?

  • 32 Heather on May 27, 2008 at 6:39 am

    I’m with everyone on the Mel Brooks films and The Big Lebowski.

    One that always makes me laugh is Raising Arizona, when Frances McDormand’s character meets Nathan Jr. for the first time. The whole movie is fantastic, but that just cracks me up every time.

  • 33 Courtney on May 27, 2008 at 6:57 am

    No, it’s the Zucker brothers. It’s a bit… zanier than Mel Brooks, I guess would be the word. But still hilarious.

  • 34 Heather on May 27, 2008 at 7:24 am

    Speaking of Fawlty Towers, the scene in “The Germans” where Basil is trying to take the titular guests’ dinner order.

    Funniest. Thing. Ever.

  • 35 JoshWay on May 27, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Christopher Guest films are the first that come to mind. ‘Waiting for Guffman’ is my personal favorite, particularly when Corky explodes over the telephone: “I hate you, and I hate your ass face!”

    Also, just about any scene from any Preston Sturges movie. Preferably one featuring William Demarest shouting.

  • 36 Askbotboy on May 27, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Bill- could you pose a more difficult question please? What scenes make us laugh? Here’s just a few I think we could all agree upon? (then again, maybe not! :)

    The In-Laws – “Giant Tse-tse flies the size of eagles that carry off native children: “The enormous flies flapping slowly away into the sunset, small brown babies clutched in their beaks”. “Serpentine Shel, Serpintine!”

    Much of the The Pink Panther films,The Pink Panther Strikes Again -”Does your dog bite?” “Kato?”

    Raising Arizona, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Big Lebowski, Rushmore, Take the Money and Run, Defending Your Life, Three Amigos! A Fish Called Wanda, Black Adder, Young Frank, all the Pythons, Uncle Buck.-”Get back in your mouse and get outta here!”

    Snatch -Bare Knuckle fighting with Brad Pitt,-”Boris the Blade. Or, Boris the Bullet-Dodger. As bent as the Soviet sickle and as hard as the hammer that crosses it. Apparently, it’s just impossible to kill the bastard.”

    And of course Mike Nelson with the manipulator arms in MST3K The Movie as he rips open the Hubble! All fantastic scenes that make me laugh aloud when I watch and chuckle to myself when I think about them.

  • 37 Marty (Gromit) on May 27, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Rewind a bit to the “blue blankey” part of that scene, that’s got the only line from a movie I ever use: “it’s a minor compulsion”…

    Hmmm, no one has mentioned: “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”, or “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”.

  • 38 attaturk on May 27, 2008 at 10:30 am

    The sheer black-humor of the final scene of Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian” where people being crucified sing “Always look on the Bright Side of Life”

    And one thing of Python’s that hasn’t been mentioned, the Meaning of Life’s “Every Sperm is Sacred” followed by Graham Chapman’s espousing of the virtues of Protestantism.

  • 39 Brian O. on May 27, 2008 at 10:35 am


  • 40 kip on May 27, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    The Christopher Walken driving speech in Annie Hall, followed up by Christopher Walken driving. It is perfection.

  • 41 edgewriter on May 27, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I thought I was the only one who preferred the musical to the original. The thing that kills my wife and I is the whole Keep it Gay sequence from beginning to end.

  • 42 Katiespana on May 27, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    ‘It needs glamor and glitz… it needs sequins and tits!’ Oooooh, Shirley Markowitz. Nah, as much as I absolutely adore Zero and Gene… I’m more amused by the musical as well!!

  • 43 Tom on May 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I may be a day late, but that’s OK I’m a Right Thinking Canadian who knows the holiday weekend was TWO weeks ago.

    For my money the funniest scenes in a movie, are in no particular order…the jive talk scene from Airplane, the teflon sled scene from Christmas Vacation, Steve Martin’s ‘back in my baby’s arms’ scene in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,

    The best sketch comedy ever produced, on either side of the Atlantic?

    This one!

    The funniest and most incredibly geeky thing I’ve ever seen on the web?

    Warning EXTREME Doctor Who content.

  • 44 RemmieBarrow on May 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Anything from Monty Python and Mel Brook’s early work(before 1986) definately make me laugh out loud.

  • 45 Yanni on May 27, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Not really a movie, but the Monty Python sketch ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ when Palin battles the lion absolutely killed me.

    But Airplane! is definitely one of my favorite comedy films

  • 46 Gamera on May 27, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Lets not forget the famous scene in Karate Kid when Ralph Macchio wax off.

  • 47 ShutterBun on May 27, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    OK, enough with the Mel Brooks and Monty Python cliche’s…

    Any of Jack Lemmon’s tirades in the original “Out of Towners” is a candidate, as are any of Dick Shawn’s scenes from “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

    Peter Sellers’ “FACT!” monologue from “A Shot in the Dark” is great.

    The climactic robbery scene from “Bottle Rocket” had about the longest sustained laughter I can remember experiencing in a movie theater.

    The scene where Toad tries to buy liquor in “American Graffitti” was always a favorite.

    Any of Fred Willard’s scenes from “Best in Show” are great.

    A most underrated (or at least overlooked) comedy, “What’s Up Doc?” has several great comedy set pieces. Most notable are the car chase, and the final courtroom scene, but my favorite was always the scene between Ryan O’Neil and the hotel manager.

    And speaking of Buck Henry & hotels, the scene from “The Graduate” where Ben has to rent a room is priceless.

  • 48 Bill Corbett on May 28, 2008 at 5:26 am

    Great additions, SB. Love Dick Shawn in “It’s a Mad, Mad etc.”

    “I’m comin, Mama!”

    “Out baby, out out out!”

  • 49 Ben on May 28, 2008 at 8:02 am

    I think Jonathan Winters scenes in “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” were terrific. I still laugh when I see him peddling on that’s girls bike or destroying that gas station.

    I heard Don Rickles wanted to be in that movie. It would have been great if he was, but he probably would have stolen the movie from everybody.

  • 50 attaturk on May 28, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Well, if TV skits count…

    Richard Harris on Mel’s Rock Pile

  • 51 ShutterBun on May 28, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Hehe, I’ve definitely heard the “Out baby, out, out out!” referenced in a few MST3K shows, etc. and had always suspected this was the source. I’ll consider this a confirmation!

  • 52 Bill Corbett on May 28, 2008 at 8:09 pm


  • 53 Bill Corbett on May 28, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Dave Thomas’ Richard Harris has always cracked me up…. especially the way he jumps from low, rumbly, relaxed Brit guy voice UP two octaves to his intense, screaming mode.

  • 54 camcat on Jun 1, 2008 at 11:01 am

    This is so much fun!! It was always a family thing, to go to the movies and laugh our asses off!! My parents took me to see The Producers, A Funny Thing Happened, etc, Mad Mad World and Blazing Saddles, also The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming. They also gave me Animal House, Airplane (I & II) and Young Frankenstein and I turned them on to Monty Python and Rocky Horror. I was able to pass this rich heritage to my own kids, who were watching The Holy Grail by age 8 and turned me on to MST3K. Proof that Karma is alive and well. Mostly, I remember favorite lines like–Blazing Saddles “Dey said you was hung!” “Dey was right” Shatner talking through the glass window in a door in Airplane II, Steve Martin in Parenthood “Do you feel like throwing up?” “OK, raaaalph”.

  • 55 camcat on Jun 1, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Actually, I think he says “Hello boys, didja miss me?”, but it has been awhile since I have seen it.

  • 56 JT on Jun 1, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    “Son, you’ve got a panty on your head.”

    Argument over.

  • 57 Lisa on Jun 3, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Closer isn’t a comedy, but the chatroom scene (and subsequent aquarium scene) is hilarious (lewd language, fyi)

    American Psycho, business card scene

    Art School Confidential critique scene (I have a feeling not many people have seen these movies)
    but anyone who’s taken art enough should love this

    Life of Brian-
    Someone already mentioned this movie but I didn’t see mention of these classic scenes:

    stoning scene:
    “from now on, I want you all to call me Loretta. It’s my right as a man”:

  • 58 Anne Roth on Nov 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm