Funny Moments in TV, Film, Literature, and Real Life

This is thread for to post and discuss humorous moments or anecdotes from TV, movies, books, or even real life.

I want to start off with a tweet from a political reporter, about his exchange with a politician. Before I post the tweet, I want to say that while I feel like I’m having trouble finding comedies that really make me laugh, some of the things I’ve seen in politics prove that I haven’t completely lost my sense of humor. Indeed, a part of me wonders if I’m losing interest in fiction because reality is far more entertaining. With that, here’s the tweet:

By the way, this is an exchange that could possibly appear in a sitcom or movie, but I don’t think it would be as funny. It’s funny precisely because this is happening in real life. I should say that there is some element that’s not funny, as incompetence and dysfunction in Washington can have some very dire consequences. However, laughing out of loud was my first reaction upon reading the tweet.

8 thoughts on “Funny Moments in TV, Film, Literature, and Real Life

  1. This scene in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! is the funniest thing I’ve seen in movies in recent years. It’s better in context, but nobody takes my advice to see this film, so I’m sharing the scene here.

    Alden Ehrenreich (the new Han Solo) is a rising star in movie westerns. The studio he’s contracted with insists he get a starring role in acclaimed director Ralph Fiennes’s English costume drama.

    1. MItchell,

      I’m interested in seeing Hail, Caesar!, partly because of your comments about it, so I’m going to hold off watching the clip. I hope the film will be on Amazon Prime or Netflix.

  2. The first half of this had me in tears. Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon play Can You Feel It?

    Yeah yeah. J Lo is super distracting but it’s funny anyway.

  3. This was David Aldredge’s lede in his opinion piece on The Athletic this morning. Note the dateline.

    RALJON,​ Md.​ — Older​ heads will​ remember that​ the late​ former owner of this team, Jack​ Kent Cooke,​ wanted​ to​ rename​​ the area on which his new stadium would sit “Raljon,” in honor of his two sons, Ralph Kent Cooke and John Kent Cooke. (This led my friend Tony Kornheiser to opine, “thank God his sons weren’t named Peter and Ennis.”)

    Aldridge pretty much sets Dan Snyder on fire for keeping Bruce Allen aboard, and later in the piece suggests he bring on Amy Trask. Shoot, he brings on Amy Trask and I have a new second-favorite team.

  4. I would guess that most people like this scene for the part where the Dude corrects Mr. Lebowski on his name. I actually like David Hiddleston in this more. “I’ll say it again. You told Brandt what happened on the phone. He told me. I know what happened. Yes, yes…Hello! Do you speak English, sir. Parlo uste Englaise?”

  5. I’m not a huge fan of the Pink Panther movies, but Herbert Lom’s maniacal laugh at about the 3:30 minute cracks me up.

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