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I promise I won't get serious on you...
« on: July 28, 2006, 12:32:37 AM »
On a much lighter note, but sticking with the humor topic, I'm interested to hear about what people find funny. Not because I'm looking to judge intelligences, but because I'm always looking for the possibility of discovering some new treasure of funniness, and because I love seeing the variety of tastes.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Wes Anderson movies
Woody Allen's writing (and most of his comedies)
"The Office" (American version)
Coen brothers movies
selected Monty Python sketches
Will Farrell
Allegra Goodman's novel Paradise Park
selected New Yorker cartoons
Sarah Silverman (most of the time)
Jack Black
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Re: I promise I won't get serious on you...
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2006, 12:51:28 PM »
I personally find Brian Regan very funny.  I don't know how many people know who he is, but check out his website for some good clean laughs.

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Re: I promise I won't get serious on you...
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2006, 12:53:43 PM »
[puts flame suit on]

TV:
Seinfeld
That 70s Show
Family Guy
The Simpsons
The Office (American version)
Southpark (you must respect my uh-thor-ah-tie)
Beavis and Butthead (watching old episodes reminded me how funny that show was)
Entourage (in particular Arie) ((oh yeah, I love Sloan too, but for different reasons))
Blind Date - awkward ugly people are always funny

Movies:
Dumb and Dumber - ah the irony  :D
Swingers
Office Space
40 Year Old Virgin
Wedding Crashers
Old School
Friday
Anchorman
Zoolander
Anything with Vince Vaughn really...

Books:
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
The Alphabet of Manliness

Magazines:
Playboy Party Jokes
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Re: I promise I won't get serious on you...
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2006, 01:32:38 PM »

I thought "Thank You For Smoking" was a hilarious movie.


Definitely the funniest movie I have seen in a long time.

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Re: I promise I won't get serious on you...
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2006, 01:49:25 PM »
I've caught a few reruns of "The Office" this summer, but it hasn't really done anything for me.  Steve Carrell's character just makes me cringe.  I wonder if I'd like the British version any better.

I had exactly the same initial impression, but like a lot of shows I watch, it's not until I start to know all the characters well that I find the subtle humor in them. Keep watching!

I mean, who would think Cramer was funny intially?
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Re: I promise I won't get serious on you...
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2006, 02:07:26 PM »
I agree on "The Office" -- it takes several episodes to really start appreciating it. (Perhaps this is evidence of developing a certain "intelligence" that enables you to "get" it?) It is hands down my favorite comedy on television, though.

Some others I didn't mention earlier:
TV -
"Arrested Development"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"South Park" (others have mentioned it, but I will too)

Novels -
Berger's Little Big Man
Foer's Everything Is Illuminated
Udall's The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
Lodge's Small World (another satire of academia for you, tonyp -- and no, I haven't read Straight Man...yet)
just about anything by Mark Twain

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Re: I promise I won't get serious on you...
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2006, 02:45:12 PM »
Simpsons is hit or miss, for me. And not the entire episodes -- though there are some classics. Usually, though, it's a few choice gems in a given episode, surrounded by a hefty dose of so-so humor. South Park has me laughing more consistently.

I've not yet developed the intelligence for King of the Hill, Futurama, or Family Guy. And probably won't, since I don't try.

Bill Murray is a favorite.

I mentioned those female comedians on another thread, but I'll mention them again: Ellen Degeneres, Paula Poundstone, Rita Rudner.

Oh, and Steven Wright.
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Re: I promise I won't get serious on you...
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2006, 03:38:49 PM »


I think I'm the only person on the planet who has never seen more than one or two Sienfeld episodes. 

You're not alone. I've seen the show maybe three times total on late night reruns.

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Re: I promise I won't get serious on you...
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2006, 03:47:10 PM »
A few more comedians that I enjoy but haven't seen listed here:

Dave Attell
Dane Cook
Lynn Koplitz

Also, does anyone else enjoy really crappy "horror" movies that are actually funny? If so, check out the Alamo Drafthouse (if you haven't already). They run some great ones there.

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Re: I promise I won't get serious on you...
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2006, 09:55:18 PM »
No one has mentioned... THE COLBERT REPORT or THE DAILY SHOW. These two are by far my favorite late night TV fodder.

Miscellaneous things I also love:
-Will Ferrel
-Conan O'Brien
-Bill Maher
-Ann Coulter (She may be the most hilarious person on the planet)
-There's Something About Mary (Funniest movie of the late '90s)
-Robert Smigel (his SNL cartoons)
-Triumph the Insult Comic Dog