What’s So Funny???


Some days, you just need a laugh.  I mean, seriously.  Have you had one of those weeks?  I have.  It’s been gloomy and rainy, and it SHOULD be bright, blue-sky October!!  My favorite month!  Instead, its been raining so much here in DC that I haven’t set up my usual amusing paranomral extravaganza in my front yard for the Halloween season.  Hasn’t been a day that I could!  Yikers!

So, I was a weeee bit glum.  Heavy sigh.  I decided I needed some cheering.  Whenever I really need a laugh, I have friends that I call who can invariably make me laugh, or snork, or snigger about SOMETHING.  I made some calls.  No one home.

Harrrrumph!!  Whadday mean being out of pocket when I need a laugh?  Harrrrumph, I say!!!

I had to turn to the internet for help.  It’s okay, they know me there.  I have some seriously fun “go to” places for humor when I need it.  My first 640px-Jeff_Dunham_and_Achmedvisit is almost always to YouTube and Jeff Dunham.  If you have NOT seen Jeff Dunham, please, stop right now and go here, to YouTube and see the man. Warning: go to the bathroom first.  He will make you pee your pants laughing.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppwETopHZwI

Second Warning:  Jeff Dunham, Achmed, and Walter are equal opportunity offenders.  Absolutely NOTHING is safe from their pointy, pointy humor.  Not Klondike Bars, not the Washington Monument, not even eco-friendly Priuses.  You could spend several hours watching Jeff and his band of merry puppets and your face, ribs and back will HURT from laughing long before you stop watching.

Now sometimes, my son comes up with stuff to make me laugh.  His latest attempt – very, very successful, I might add – is to introduce me to a comedy duo named Key and Peele.  Now Eldest Son is very well aware that I am a HUGE football fan.  He’s lived with this since birth, so hey, he knows.  So he says, “Mom!” he says…”You gotta watch these guys!!”  And thus the immese chucklefest that ensued over “The East-West Bowl”

As Comedian Larry the Cable Guy would say, “I don’t keer who you are, that’s funny!”

So if I’m not on YouTube, and have more time than www.DamnYouAutocorrect.com takes (though I highly recommend that as well!), then I go for a movie.

There are some memorable movies that have made me laugh so hard I’ve actually pulled a muscle.  Yes, I’m serious.

Young Frankenstein.  (When Terri Garr says, “OH, he would have an enormous scwhanschtuker!” I lose it.  Every time.)

Blazing Saddles.  (“The Sheriff is Near!” “Let’s us read from the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and…DUCK!” “The name is HEADLY Lamar.” “Somebody go back to town and get a shitload of dimes.”)


Reaching WAAAAAAY back, I’ll cite Private Eyes, with two of my favorite comedians, Tim Conway and Don Knotts.  Frankly, just saying either of thier names makes me grin.  They are SO FUNNY.  In Private Eyes, Lord Morley is murdered and missing.  Two hapless American detectives come to Scotland yard, for no apparent reason, and are given the case.

They do solve the “murders” but there are two running gags through the movie that have stuck with me.  When Winship (Knotts) and Tart (Conway) head for the manor, they get into an argument about “Wookalars” – legendary creatures which are abnormally strong, and man-like but with a pig face. Supposedly this scene is entirely an ad-lib between Don and Tim.

The other running gag, is that as they find each successive member of Lord Morley’s staff dead, the bodies have a note containing a poem which rhymes all the way until the last line.  The “Whaaaaa…?” of each poem gets successivly funnier with each body.   And yes, boys…there are Wookalars!  SNORK!!!

Of course, you can’t think about Conway and Knotts without thinking about other great, fabulous comedians.  Carol_Burnett_Vicki_Lawrence_Dinah_Shore_Carol_Burnett_Show_1977

Carol Burnett, Vickie Lawrence, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in the Carol Burnett show.  OMG.  Just THINKING about them can brighten my day.  The “Mama’s Family” skits.  The infamous Went With The Wind skit.  Lyle Waggoner trying to keep a straight face as Carol and Tim riffed on the politics of the day.  Oh, dear heavens, I can laugh about it right now.  Ha!

And what about the fabulous cast antics of Saturday Night Live?  OMGosh!!  When I can, I still tune in and ROFLMAO with the whole crew.  Some of the funniest though were the joys of John Belushi and Elliot Gould and the Killer Bees.  http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-killer-bees/n8622   Weekend Update with Jane Curtin and Chevy Chase.  Weekend update with Seth Myers.   Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin.   The Land Shark.  Cheri Oteri and Will Ferrell as The Spartans.  Weekend Update where Barbara Walters roasted herself.

Then there’s the infamous late-night muppets…King Ploobis and Scred…  SNORK!!!!

Speaking of Muppets.  That word, right there, can make me laugh.  Muppets.  Muppets.  Muppets.  (Kind of like the Sanderson Sister’s Amok! Amok! Amok!)

What a great concept!  What a great show!  What great movies and specials!!  From Muppet Christmas Carol to Muppets Take Manhattan to the original Muppet Movie and Rainbow Connection.  Grins.  It’s ALLLLLL funny.  Sly, witty, funny and clean.

640px-Jonathan-Winters_1986Now there’s another twist on the topic.  Clean humor.  There is NOTHING funnier than a good stand-up comedy routine.  If you need a laugh, go on YouTube and call up any of these guys and gals and you are SURE to have a laugh.  It’ll be good CLEAN fun!

Bill Cosby (G-rated)

Ellen DeGeneres (PG-13)

Bob Hope (G-rated)

Jonathan Winters (G-rated)

Jolene Roxbury (PG-13)

The Fluffy Guy (PG-13)


And then there’s the not so clean, but wickedly funny humorists…

George Carlin (R-Rated) (1o things you can’t say on television)

Michael McIntyre (PG-13 with flashes of R) (Parenting is actually clean….)

Steve Harvey (R – Rated)Blackadder_the_Third_cast

Robin Williams (R-Rated) 

Chris Rock (R-Rated)

There is a comedian for every taste.  Go on, have a laugh!  Now, for those of you who’ve see Hugh Laurie in House, or the Stewart Little movies, if you REALLY want your head to spin around, catch him in the British comedy, Black Adder.  Black Adder, by the way, is played by none other than Rowan Atkinson.  (AKA Mr. Bean – YouTube HIM and you’ll just die laughing!!)  Y’all have heard me mention this one before, but it’s never far from my list of Laugh-a-Minute stops.

If you prefer a female comedian and you’re going British, check out Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley.  Virtually every episode is on YouTube.  And again, you will laugh SO FREAKIN HARD!!  If you go for this option….make sure you wait through the credits for the funny bit at the end of every show.  Grins.

I found this one when I was searching for what other things the delicious Richard Armitage had been in.

See, one day I was procrastinating (imagine that!) and was toodling round on IMDB because I had realized dear Richard was in Captain America.  I decided to see what else he’d been in that I didn’t know about.

Imagine my surprise when I found comedy!  What do you mean our darling, brooding bon-bon of sexiness has done comedy???  I was shocked, I tell you!

Richard is so brooding as Guy of Gisbourne in Robin Hood.  So flinty, solitary and stiff in North and South.  But yes, dear friends!  He’s deeply funny as the straight man to Dawn French’s A_Fish_Called_Wanda_DVDfabulously bouncy, mercilessly funny Vicar in The Vicar of Dibley.  After glomming all over this and laughing fit to bust a gut, I went on to YouTube Dawn French’s other work to get yet more good yuks.

So darling Bandits and Bandit Buddies, I could go on and on, but I won’t.  Grins.

When you’re down, what makes you laugh?

What’s your “go to” for changing your mood with humor?  YouTube?  Facebook? Pinterest?  The movies?

What’s the funniest movie you ever saw?  (Have to say, Fish Called Wanda, may be the funniest I’ve ever seen…)

Who is the funniest comedian you’ve ever seen?

Did you ever see the Bob Hope Specials when you were growing up?

Despite the recent sad news of Robin Williams’s passing, I found him to be terrifically funnny.  Did you ever see Mork and Mindy, or one of his stand up routines?

Have you seen Billy Crystal’s recent 700 Sundays stand up show on HBO?

Let’s have a laugh!!


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  • flchen1 says:

    Giggles are always good for banishing gloom, Jeanne! I have been laughing at a lot of the BuzzFeed videos recently–there’s a bunch about what married couples do that make me laugh and laugh 🙂

    And I recently stumbled across some DVDs of the Three Stooges, and those made my mom and dad enjoy some evenings of laughs!

    Laughter is definitely good medicine!

  • Jane says:

    Hello Jeanne,
    For stand up I like Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, DL Hughley, Ricky Gervais and Kathy Griffin. I like raunchy comedies, so I would list The Hangover and Dodgeball as some of the funniest movies I’ve seen. I never saw the Bob Hope specials, but I have seen clips of Robin Williams’ standup specials. I must check out Black Adder. I like British comedies, but always get their humor. I like the original Office and just started watching Little Britain with Matt Lucas.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Morning, Jane! OMGosh, Wanda Sykes! She’s brilliant. :> Love her. And Ricky Gervais to me is sort of a 21st cenruty Don Rickles – a fabulous kind of insult comic. Grins. Robin Williams’s stand up work was some of the best I’ve ever seen. If you like him, YouTube the Inside The Actors Studio where he’s on. He takes James Lipton on the ride of his life. Lipton keeps trying to corral him, but it never works. Snork.

  • Helen says:


    When I need a laugh I can usually depend on my grandkids and some of the old movies around The Long Long Trailer with Lucille Ball Paleface with Bob Hope and I love the movies with Don Knotts and Tim Conway I need to find some of them to watch they are hillarious 🙂

    Thanks for the recommendations I need to have a look at some of these

    Have Fun

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Ooooh!! Helen! I haven’t thought about Paleface in forever, but OMGosh that’s funny. And the Road pictures with Hope and Crosby, Hope and Martin and all those funny comediennes they had. Stupid funny. Grins. And if it’s got Tim Conway in it? I’m laughing.

  • Shannon says:

    You hit most of my suspects. Black Adder is one of my favorites.

    I recently went to Little Theater in Alexandria for Spamalot. They had an ex-Idol/Voice/Talent finalist for the female part. Which of course makes me want to go back to Monty Python.

    My Mom watches M*A*S*H re-runs. It’s amazing how those are still funny.

    I want to find her the old Barney Fife episodes.

    Helen, I grew up somewhat near the mountain road that featured in the Long Long Trailer. Or at least, that’s what my dad said when tell the story of a load of hot (no a/c then) and partially car-sick kids. According to family legend, Mom mentioned it, and they were laughing and we didn’t get the jock.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yay!!! Another Black Adder Fan!! WOOT!! I love every season, but the third, with Hugh Laurie as the poofy Prince Regent is superb. Grins.

      I also love M*A*S*H but can’t watch too many at a time. :> Hot Lips really, really annoys me after a while. Grins.

      I’ve been to the Little THeatre once, and loved it. Can’t imagine seeing Spamalot there, though. Grins. I ADORE Spamalot. I think it’s hysterically funny.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Loved Bob Hope. What about Don Tickles and his sarcastic brand of humor. Have you ever seen Flight of the Concords? Check them out on youtube. Also Lucy and the scrapes she and Ethel used to get into. One of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time was Mom’s Night Out. Maybe because I can relate.

    • Debbie Oxier says:

      Supposed to be Don Rickles!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Debbie! Snork. I figured it was Don Rickles. But hey, Don Tickles works too. Hahaha!!

      Mom’s night out is funny, isn’t it? Omgosh I could relate too. I’m actually afraid to go see Alexander and the No Good, Terrible, Very Bad Day (don’t think I have the title quite right) for fear that I’ll relate TOO much! Hahah!!

  • LOVE Black Adder !! Two other British comedies I love so much I have them on DVD are :

    Keeping Up Appearances


    Are You Being Served?

    They will crack you up!

    Robin Williams Weapons of Self-Destruction stand up performance is another one I have on DVD and it never fails to make me laugh until I cry.

    When my job gets me down (which is most of the time!) I watch the movie 9 to 5 . I am NOT a Jane Fonda fan at all, but I had to make an exception because this film is SO DARN FUNNY !!

    And I hate to say it, but Shaun of the Dead is another of my go-to’s when I need a pick me up. Sorry, but that movie cracks me up!

    And Jeff Dunham’s Walter is one of my favorite characters ever. Have you seen Walter’s Walmart Door Greeter Routine? ROFL !!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Ahhhh, Louisa, we are sisters under the skin, for sure. I should have KNOWN you’d be an Adder Fan. Grins. And Are You Being Served will hurt you its so funny. Love Robin Williams’s Weapons of Self Destruction. You, of all people though, now that I know this of you, need to see the Inside the Actors Studio where he really just rollicks all over James Lipton’s stiff presentation. It is hurt-yourself-laughing funny.

  • Cassondra says:

    Okay this is JUST what I needed. It is my opinion that the comedians and comediennes of our time are the saviors–angels sent to lift us. And I use them as therapy.

    I was going through a difficult period during the last long, cold winter, and to keep myself sane, every night before bed I’d pull up a comedy routine. I’d stay up way too late, laughing.

    I love this list you’ve posted because I’m going to USE it! The trouble with last winter, you see, is that I ran out of comedy that was reliable. I’d gone through everybody I knew and could find on youtube, and some of them twice. I have to say that pulling up comedy central is a bit of a crap shoot. The person might be funny or they might be a total bomb. (I think it’s interesting how some will appeal to a certain niche, but others have the ability to tap into something that makes darn near everybody laugh).
    The new Saturday Night Lives are that way for me. I used to howl with laughter at the old ones, but the new ones, I end up frowning and going, “I don’t get it.” Honestly it makes me feel old. *raises eyebrow*

    I admit that I mourned the loss of Robin Williams, one of the funniest men of our time. I was a little devastated to learn that this funny man suffered from depression. I so, so wish he’d been able to find a way to heal that.

    But OMG–here’s one I watch over and over…four of the most BRILLIANT comedy actors of our time, on one stage, doing live comedy together, and three of them trying not to laugh at Tim Conway.

  • Becke says:

    Oh my the old days of Red Skelton and Crazy Googlehymen (SP). He was the master.

    One you didn’t mention is James Gregory-The Funniest Man in America. His focus is southern family humor and you can trust him to be funny without the usual filth. We’ve seen him live a few times, but he also has tapes.

    I loved the early Bill Cosby-Turtleheads were great.

    Robin Williams had a lot of talent.

    There’s also Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall-Here’s your sign.

    Rita Radnor.

    I like political satirist, Bill Maher. However, he is vulgar and he’s also atheist so he should have a warning for those issues.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, yes, Becke!! Red Skelton was hysterical. I’ve got to go look at James Gregory. Bill Engvall – another great one. :> And Gilda Radnor and her Rosanne Rosannadana!

      I don’t much care about Bill Maher’s poltics or religion (his biz, I guess!) but he IS really vulgar in his language, so much so that even I am intolerant of it. To parphrase the Founders would say…don’t deny his right to do it, just don’t want to listen to it! Ha! So even though I occasionally see clips of his that are funny, I can only take him those kind of small, small doses.

    • Cassondra says:

      Oh James Gregory is SCREAMING funny! I have a thing for owls, and don’t even agree with him about the Spotted Owl, but it’s so damn funny I can’t help but love it, especially since I come from that down-home, common-sense way of thinking. It’s a bird. It’s a bird! It’s a damn BIRD!

  • Jeanne, what a fun post! We love Bill Cosby. CDs of his routines go with us on any long trip in the car. Listening to them is so much easier than the perpetual hunt for radio stations.

    As for funny movies, I enjoyed The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain, with Hugh Grant. It has its dark moments, but it’s also very funny.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Nancy, what a great idea to take Cosby on trips. HIs routines about the Ark, about car accidents, about kids eating cake for breakfast…omgosh. SO many quotable quotes. Grins.

  • Jeanne, love it when you talk funny! Actually given my Aussie accent, you probably think I talk funny all the time.

    Just recently I’ve become addicted to the Big Bang Theory. I think it’s genuinely funny and has a real sweetness about it that a lot of hit comedies miss out on (hated Two and a Half Men, thought the characters were altogether loathsome).

    Otherwise I have a taste for absurd British comedy like Blackadder or the Goons or Monty Python. And I love word play like you get in Oscar Wilde or Noel Coward songs. Or Gilbert and Sullivan who are sublimely silly.

    I think the best comedy ever made is Some Like it Hot. Caught it on cable recently and laughed myself silly. It just builds and builds and builds until you get one of the best last lines in history. In awe of the writing!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Anna! I figured you’d appreciate this post. Grins. And Some Like it Hot! Oh, my yes!! Grins.

      No one can beat the Pythons for sheer hystericla humor. I can watch just about ANYTHIGN they do and laugh till Ihurt. The Lumberjack. Spam. Minister of Silly Walks.


      And I agree with you about Big Bang. So very, very funny. And I ALSO agree with you about Two and a Half Men. I just dislike everythign about it. I know many find it funny, but it just doesn’t do it for me. Ha!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Ab-Fab is my go too. OMG Dawn French is out of this world hilarious. I can’t think of the actress who plays Patsy, but watch the episode where they go to the French chaetue. For those not familiar with Ab-Fab it stands for Absolutely Fabulous.

  • Amy Conley says:

    2 words, Ab-Fab