Above all else in life, I fancy myself a comedian. Whether it is through writing, improv, or simply farting at the perfect moment, I have found no greater joy than the one that comes from making people laugh. That being said, I would like to list my favorite comedy films of all time. Whether you agree or not does not matter. In fact, my level of caring is roughly the equivalent of Tori Spelling’s sex appeal (which is zero). These are simply the ones that have influenced me. I’d love to hear yours though! Here goes…
1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
-I love everything that the Pythons have done over the years. However, my first experience with these silly Brits (and one out of place American) was “Holy Grail.” From the opening moments when I heard the clapping of the coconuts, to the wonderfully anti-climactic ending, I was in comedic heaven. I will never forget that moment, and I will always be thankful to Miss Hoolihan and her high school history class for randomly introducing it to me. It changed my life.
2. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
-Simply put, Matt Stone and Trey Parker are my modern heroes. They have been nothing short of revolutionaries in the realm of comedy, and they continue to push boundaries and change pop culture without remorse or regret. This movie is a great influence on me. I must note that it was hard to choose between this and Team America.
3. Shaun of the Dead
-There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who prefer Shaun of the Dead, those who prefer Hot Fuzz, and those who don’t enjoy British comedies. That last group should probably be exterminated. I love zombies, and I love everything that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do. This movie is splendid.
4. This is Spinal Tap
-If I wrote this any other time, this movie could have fallen into the number one position. In fact, I love this movie so damn much; I might as well say that this movie list is in no particular order. The improv feel of this movie influences me every time I perform or practice the art of improvisational comedy.
-A little different than my other selections in the way of style, but the writing is so unique and original, and the acting is brilliant. It would be somewhat blasphemous to exclude it. It’s just different and I love it. Also, Bill Murray is Bill Murray.
Well that is the end of my list. Of course, I left out movies like Dr. Strangelove and Annie Hall, but that’s what happens when you’re working on the fly. This list may have turned out differently if it had been written on another day, but this is the list I was able to push out of my mental womb at this time. Thanks for reading.