Comedy…mmm…when I think funny, I usually think family. Growing up in a large family definitely taught me about comedy. The siblings would heartlessly slaughter a poorly-told joke, and it was a feat to get the whole table to roar. You had to learn how to make people laugh. It’s half the reason holidays are such a treat; with the family all together, we can pack enough in-jokes during Christmas to last the rest of the year.
But, in lieu of inviting you to a family meal, I guess I have to pick a favorite? Here are a few…
Okay, so this one is a little obscure. As much as I love some of the current-running strips, I had to include this European holdover from my dad’s childhood. For Latin and English puns, check out these Asterix/Obelix comics – the comedy is heavily language-based, and the humor has survived the translation from the original French.
Runners-up: Johnny Hart’s cavemen in B.C., and the indomitable Calvin and Hobbes
My mom read this book to us kids when we were younger, and the portrayal of a large family and the relating sibling/parent dynamic is accurately hilarious and touching at the same time.
Runner-up: Any of Phil Callaway’s books.
His Girl Friday
I loved this movie. So. Much. It features the epitome of rapid-fire dialogue, encouraging multiple viewings to catch it all.
Runner-up: Princess Bride. The script of this movie can be plagiarized to fit nearly every life scenario.
This one is also a little obscure. I can credit my grandparents for my introduction to Victor Borge; I would go over to their house and we’d watch their VHS tapes from the original public tv showings. These below are two of my favorite routines, although check out his piano-based comedy for a seamless combination of talent and humor.
Runners-up: Mark Lowry, Tim Hawkins, and Laurel & Hardy
So…who can get you into a good mood?