The greatest works of comedy
Posted 06 September 2008 - 12:23 AM
Narrative: The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Dramatic: "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare
Posted 06 September 2008 - 02:45 AM
Posted 06 September 2008 - 03:43 AM
The Smothers Brothers - Think Ethnic
Alan Sherman - My Son, the Celebrity
Bill Cosby - Revenge; To Russel, My Brother, Whom I Slept With; Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow, Right!; I Started Out As a Child
Most anything by Dave Barry is pretty amusing.
The first 20 minutes or so of the movie Goin' South with Jack Nicholson.
Jean Shepherd - if you can find them, listen to some of his old radio broadcasts. And there's my husband's favorite, Shepherd's book, Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin - with Leonard Rossiter (this guy was great)
I'm with Campanella on George Carlin. And he just got better as he got bitter.
tomh - you were probably thinking more of books, but I haven't read that many that are truly comic works. Twelth Night was funny, read it a couple times. Much Ado About Nothing is also good time.
Edited by AllBlue, 06 September 2008 - 03:51 AM.
Posted 06 September 2008 - 11:50 AM
Steve Martin's early stand-up routines were very funny. He's an intelligent serious sort of fellow in an interview situation, but his humor is silly stuff. His King of Hearts Come Down and Dance "card trick" is too silly for words, but it made me laugh first time I saw it. It's the same with all his early bits. Unlike Bill Cosby or George Carlin, his comedy depends on visuals. I don't think you'd want to sit and just listen to those old routines like you can Bill's and George's.
Here are a few writers I thought of:
P. G. Wodehouse’s books are very funny, especially the Jeeves and Wooster stories. A case could easily be made for his work as comic genius.
Stephen Potter’s Gamesmanship books are fabulous for tongue-in-cheek dry humor.
Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books are fun. He owes a lot to Wodehouse.
Posted 07 September 2008 - 11:56 PM
Eh... Carlin got more priggish as he got older in my opinion. He went from being incisive in his routines to just plain whining about every little thing that bothered him.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 01:19 AM
Cosby fans's trivia--name the scenario:
Drunk: "Does he bite?"
That's all I remember. I have to get his CD's as a Christmas present.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 01:27 AM
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Posted 09 September 2008 - 12:43 AM
Posted 09 September 2008 - 04:44 PM
As far as the "greatest works of comedy" -- it's too hard to choose. Woody Allen's early stories were very funny -- but probably (like Potter's books) too "slight" to be "the greatest" -- especially if compared to Jane Austen's novels, or some of Mark Twain's novels which are just as funny, and nourish our other sensibilities as well as our sense of humor.
Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:05 PM
Posted 02 December 2011 - 09:31 PM
Like just as the coffin serenely slides into the crematorium furnace.
Posted 02 December 2011 - 10:28 PM
Edited by soleo, 02 December 2011 - 10:36 PM.
...only that which has no history can be defined...
Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:47 AM
"The Big Lebowski" This movie unrelentingly pokes fun at 'nihilists'... "don't worry Donny, these men are cowards," Walter reassures. At one point Walter states, while again belittling nihlism, or nihilists more specifically, "say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, but at least they had an ethos." This film's script is one of my all time favorites. Who would have thought that German nihilists, a Vietnam vet who claims he could procure a severed toe by the end of an afternoon, a lazy, pot smoking, White Russian drinking bowler, a feminist whose works have been described as "strongly vaginal," and Steve Buscemi could make for a truly comic work of art.
"A Christmas Story" Maybe a little holiday bias here, but this deserves to be considered a great work of comedy, if anything for the scene when the young man approaches Santa Claus in the mall / department store. It ends with Santa lightly positioning his shiny black boot on the young man's forehead and pushing him down the slide while giving a develish and sarcastic "ho ho ho." I still laugh when I see the scene.
Edited by DeadCanDance, 28 December 2011 - 02:49 AM.
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