View Full Version : I want to watch something funny

15-06-2012, 05:13 AM
I'd like to watch some funny movies. Suggest me some? Assume I haven't seen even some of the most obvious of comedy picks. But my favorites are *Blazing Saddles,* *Groundhog's Day,* Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Stranger than Paradisse, and Withnail & I. Spinal Tap too. And that is all the reall goods one I can think of just now. TV shows count I suppose. The best one is Arrested Development.

Mr. Tea
15-06-2012, 09:02 AM
Kung Fu Hustle is probably the funniest film I've seen. Might be my favourite film, actually.

15-06-2012, 09:47 AM
Those are high watermarks in comedy. I rewatched Groundhog Day a few months ago and it was a very good experience.

I would point to the TV series named Curb Your Enthusiasm, the TV series Seinfeld, and the films The Ruling Class (way underrated), The Jerk, and Fletch (along the lines of the stuff you listed), as well as The Room & American Movie (unintentional but hilarious comedies both).

15-06-2012, 09:52 AM
Galaxy Quest does it for me.

Also East is East if you're in the UK. Not sure it would translate to other countries.

Mr. Tea
15-06-2012, 09:59 AM
I love Curb but can't stand Seinfeld.

Both Curb and Peep Show have got better, I think, as they've progressively got more outrageously cringemaking and less realistic.

Some obvious choices: Flight of the Conchords, Jam or any Chris Morris really, Big Train, The League Of Gentlemen (the first two series and the Christmas special). Father Ted never gets old, unlike a lot of comedy of that era. Even a lot of The Fast Show stands up surprisingly well. 15 Stories High was pretty good but never seemed to really take off to the extent that it deserved to. Spaced was wicked.

I've only seen The Thick Of It a couple of times but it's great, need to see more. In The Loop was masterful.

15-06-2012, 10:02 AM
All this Iannucci talk reminded me to say Larry Sanders. I have enjoyed Eastbound & Down a lot recently but it probably doesn't belong in such hallowed company.

Also the scene in The Pope of Greenwich Village when the guy comes back with no thumb cracks me up every time.

Mr. Tea
15-06-2012, 10:12 AM
Yeah, I've seen a couple of episodes of EB&D but it seemed more like a farcical drama with funny moments than a comedy per se. Quite good though.

Ianucci's done loads of great stuff - the Armistice, Time Trumpet (remember that? Tesco declaring war on Denmark...), I'm Alan Partridge. Most Coogan stuff actually - Saxondale wasn't as quite good as Partridge but still good for a laugh.

Simon Munnery's The League Against Tedium. That guy Dave something who set out to contact all the people in the world with the same name as him, that was quite good.

I know loads of people who think Black Books was amazing but I found it rather so-so. Just a fairly standard sitcom with Bill Bailey acting a permanently bamboozled stoner and that Irish fella who's always panicking. Meh.

15-06-2012, 10:37 AM
Sanders seconded.
Hank Kingsley is TV's most vile creation.


15-06-2012, 10:48 AM
Great thread. It's a while since anything on screen has made me cackle (apart from the Thick of It, but I'd seen that before).

Heathers is the funniest film I've ever seen.

Iannucci thirded/fourthed. His own series from 2001-ish was excellent, and I just finished watching the Thick of It all the way through. Fucking brilliant, and I didn't even take to it immediately.

As far as typical sitcoms go, I found Black Books rather meh too, but the IT Crowd is massively underrated and often very, very funny (they're both written by Graham Linehan, aren't they?). Flight of the Conchords has similar charm.

Most overrated show ever: Curb Your Enthusiasm. I watched four-five episodes, laughed once.

Interviews with Roy Keane are pretty funny too.

15-06-2012, 11:07 AM
seinfeld is the antichrist. i hate comedians.

Mr. Tea
15-06-2012, 11:32 AM
I decided to give Seinfeld a chance once. There was actually quite a good joke at one point but what was funny about it was the implied, unspoken punchline. Then one of the characters had to go and spell out the punchline, and I stopped laughing just as the audience went into roflgasms. Really weird. Just one of those transatlantic divide things, I guess.

15-06-2012, 07:52 PM
Limmy's Show


Mr. Tea
15-06-2012, 09:04 PM

15-06-2012, 09:53 PM
i thought it was hilarious.

15-06-2012, 10:10 PM
yes minister on netflix

15-06-2012, 10:18 PM
the first season of The Thick Of It is really great - I think I've seen each episode at least 10 times now and they still make me laugh. I also really love Arrested Development - and I think it actually gets better with repeat viewings.

as far as films, Four Lions is quite funny (though maybe not laugh out loud funny...).

16-06-2012, 04:30 AM
Wow, haven't seen many of these. Thanks all.

Mr. Tea
16-06-2012, 09:55 AM
Blazing Saddles has got Leslie Neilson in it, hasn't it? I still reckon the Naked Gun fillums are worth a watch. It's not 'clever' humour but it hits the spot.

Shaolin Soccer, by the same guy who did Kung Fu Hustle, isn't quite as good but is still pretty funny. Classic good team/bad team sports movie formula (the bad team are called 'Team Evil' and thunderclouds fill the sky as they walk onto the pitch) with physics straight out of an old Warner Bros cartoon and the most ridiculous football scene in any film, ever. And, oddly enough, a genuinely touching love story in amongst all the ridiculousness.

16-06-2012, 11:49 AM
Blazing Saddles has got Leslie Neilson in it, hasn't it?


16-06-2012, 11:55 AM
Fawlty Towers and Porridge - both classic oldies that (mild racism aside) haven't aged a bit. Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin from the same era is awesome and really quite radical in its skewering of 70s English middle-class life.

Sacha Baron Cohen is funnier than its fashionable to admit. The Dictator is good and Borat is fucking hilarious (though Bruno should be avoided at all costs).

16-06-2012, 12:53 PM
I like Only Fools and Horses. Partridge is definitely head and shoulders above most UK comedy from the past couple decades. No point defending Seinfeld to the doubters - if you don't like it, you don't like it, but I really do.

16-06-2012, 03:01 PM
King of the Hill has some funny moments.

Personally, I love Seinfeld, if only for Jason Alexander playing George Costanza:


Mr. Tea
16-06-2012, 10:16 PM
Big Train is unimpeachable:



Ha, shows what I know. Really no idea why I thought that.

17-06-2012, 06:02 AM
I usually hate comedians with a vengeance, but Louis CK is a genius although no movie...

Louis CK
Also, his DVD is very buyable, DRM less & seems like an all around good guy.

As for movies and since you were asking even for obvious ones, here's a few from the last 30 ish years one should've seen which I haven;t seen mentioned.

Monty Python, either The Holy Grail, or, Life of Brian.

Army of Darkness

Black Cat, White Cat

Pixar's Monsters' inc


10-07-2012, 04:47 PM
i saw The Guard recently (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1540133/) which i thought was hilarious.

it was billed as "father ted meets bad lieutenant", which turned out to be quite an apt description

11-07-2012, 03:34 AM
i saw The Guard recently (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1540133/) which i thought was hilarious.

it was billed as "father ted meets bad lieutenant", which turned out to be quite an apt description

Yeah, The Guard is fucking brilliant, don't read up about it, just start watching it. The first few scenes will kill you.

12-07-2012, 05:23 PM
what's the feeling about "noel fielding's luxury comedy"? any show along those lines is so far out compared to our generally terrible tv choices here in the states that i think it's pretty decent, but not sure if i have a biased perspective. do people over there dig it?

12-07-2012, 10:51 PM
I haven't seen the show, but LOOK AT NOEL FIELDING.

He is a monumental cunt. Julian Barratt (sp?) carried the Mighty Boosh.

I think you have better comedy in the States, tbh.

15-07-2012, 02:09 PM
Kung Fu Hustle is probably the funniest film I've seen. Might be my favourite film, actually.

You should seek out Forbidden City Cop http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116014/ . This is my favourite Stephen Chow film and it has the best of his surreal humour I think.

Mr. Tea
15-07-2012, 03:26 PM
You should seek out Forbidden City Cop http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116014/ . This is my favourite Stephen Chow film and it has the best of his surreal humour I think.

Nice one! Ta, hadn't heard of that. I'll look it up.

15-07-2012, 03:46 PM
I think you have better comedy in the States, tbh.

maybe the grass is always greener on the other side. and when i said that, i was thinking of new-ish/current tv, not seinfeld/arrested development, etc. of newer shows, the only ones i try to watch are probably "louie", "it's always sunny in philadelphia", "workaholics" (sometimes), "weeds" (sometimes). i have to believe the UK has at least that many decent programs.

24-07-2012, 12:40 PM
Nobody's mentioned 30 Rock yet? It's awesome, apart from the first few episodes, which suck

24-07-2012, 01:05 PM
it was billed as "father ted meets bad lieutenant", which turned out to be quite an apt description

Irresistable spin.

25-07-2012, 09:59 PM
Not watching, but listening - the Greg Proops podcast ("The Smartest Man in the World") is great, he's not only very funny but enormously likeable.

I loved Grandma's House (both series) but I know a lot of people struggled with it. It is excruciating at times, more cringey than Curb, Peep Show or The Office and (like Arrested Development, which I also rate very highly) the jokes don't make sense unless you've watched from episode 1. But it is still great, and rewards repeated viewings, some excellent performances by the whole cast.

All-time, though? The Day Today.

26-07-2012, 10:31 AM
Grandma's House was great - Amstell is enormously likeable too. Rebecca Front is of course the link with The Day Today - considering she's been in Nighty Night and The Thick of It (feeling conflicted about Iannucci's right to lampoon narcisssitic politicians since he took that OBE tho), she's probably been in more good comedy stuff over the years than anyone, with precious little praise.

Not sure whether I prefer The Day Today or On the Hour - I thought it maybe worked even better on radio (and with Blue Jam, there's an argument that Chris Morris is even better at making radio than he is making TV)

26-07-2012, 10:38 AM
Nobody's mentioned 30 Rock yet? It's awesome, apart from the first few episodes, which suck

I watched one episode of this and was put off - but given what you say, maybe it was one of the first few episodes. I like Tina Fey, so i'll try again.

11-02-2013, 02:17 PM
waited out the snow storm this past weekend watching most of season 2 of "friday night dinner" on youtube. entirely predictable once you know the basic premise and standard gag lines but i thought it was funny. apparently, "monk" 's tony shalhoub has been cast as the father for a US version (will he walk around the house with no shirt on?), to be done by the guy who adapted "the office" over here.

11-02-2013, 02:38 PM
can't recommend this film enough:


21-02-2013, 01:08 PM
I watched a few episodes of 'Girls' (HBO show) and found the scriptwriting very funny. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did given what I'd read about the show, but hey, take things as you find them

Mr. Tea
21-02-2013, 01:43 PM
can't recommend this film enough:


I watched this the other day, thanks for the link. My god those guys have got some balls! Top trolling of some pretty cunty companies. It's like watching Chris Morris if he had a social conscience.

I thought it was a bit low of the newsreader (John Snow, I think) interviewing one of the guys after their Bhopal hoax to immediately ask him if he felt bad for falsely raising the hopes of survivors of the disaster - but it was cheering to see that when they went to Bhopal, the local people of course understood that this was probably the biggest thing any outsiders had so far done to raise awareness of their situation.

The SurvivorBalls sequence was fucking amazing, too.

21-02-2013, 02:02 PM
You know what - I've only just realised that there are multiple Yes Men films on that site - http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the_yes_men/ - this is the one I watched, rather than the one I gave the link to. I was sitting reading your description, and wondering how my memory of the film had got(ten) quite that bad. 'It's almost like he watched a whole different film. Ohhhh....'

But that's fantastic - means there's a whole other feature length film for me (and you) to enjoy.

The one bit of the later film I have seen is the Bhopal interview, on youtube. Agree that what the newsreader said kind of missed the point of the whole exercise; as you say, it's the opinion of the local people that's the important one.

PS I'm always unsure of what Chris Morris' politics are. His stuff usually circles around politics, but his primary inclination seems simply to puncture pomposity/disingenousness wherever it occurs

Mr. Tea
21-02-2013, 03:29 PM
Ha, that makes sense - you said something about 'the intro with the Barbie doll' when you linked to it in that other thread, and I was left wondering what you were banging on about...

I don't think Morris has a politics, he's just motivated by surrealism, cynicism and perversity.

31-03-2013, 03:41 AM
anyone watched the us office?

I have come to enjoy it. It does still pale in comparison to the original and I find pretty much all of the characters irritating but steve carell caries it for me. If i start comparing it to the original I like it less but compared to most us comedy I see I much prefer it.

31-03-2013, 04:50 AM
30 Rock.

It kind of lost it's "heart" a bit as it went on and became kind of formulaic but it's extremely efficient in consistently delivering laffs in the way that's pretty much unique to the better US sitcoms. Nothing cheers me up like an episode of 30 Rock. Sometimes I feel like my id is living vicariously through Jenna Maroney.


My sincere apologies to all right-thinking Dissensans.

02-04-2013, 12:40 PM
Parks and Recreation is awesome. Similar to the US Office or Arrested Development.

It's Kevin on BBC2 is super as well. It's by Kevin Eldon who has been in almost every quality UK comedy of the last decade or so. Surreal humour in a similar vein to Bill Bailey or Stewart Lee