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Since this morning I have read not only The Pirates! An Adventure with Whaling, but The Pirates! An Adventure with Scientists, which Patsington kindly bought in town on my request and bore home in triumph. And I want to read something equally funny. And, with the exception of The Compleet Molesworth (which as any fule kno is simply the funniest book ever written), I can think of nothing of equal funniness. Which means that, with the exception of the aforementioned and sadly recently read (by me) Molesworth, they are the funniest books in my house. It is all down hill from here.

So please, recommend me something funny. Here are some things (writers, books, TV programmes, films) I find not just funny but laugh-out-loud hilarious, just to help you pick. Bear in mind that I am absolutely appalling at coming up with things I like off the top of my head, so there are lots of other things that I find hilarious too. But these are enough for starters.....
Tim Moore; Black Books; Paul Feig; P. G. Wodehouse; Father Ted; Louise Rennison; The Day Today; Paul Merton on Just a Minute; The end of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, with the bears and the dog; Arthur Marshall; Monty Python and the Holy Grail (I'm not a huge Python fan, but I love this film, and the bit where Terry Jones, as King Bedivere, announces that they will use his finest scales to weigh the witch and the duck and then jumps off the platform makes me laugh for about five minutes. I don't even know why).; The Daily Show; Scrubs; Richmal Crompton; The Mighty Boosh; Hairspray; Peter Bagge, although he's pretty nasty (but the bit where Buddy's nephew is singing the theme from Beauty and the Beast while wearing a slip and a witch's hat makes me laugh just thinking about it).

Some stuff I don't find funny:
Terry Pratchett (with the exception of Good Omens, which I love); Jasper Fforde; Most people who are strongly influenced by Blackadder or Monty Python, even though I love both programmes.; Green Wing

Help me, hilarious LJ!

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kylegirl
Jul. 20th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
OK, these are really just things that I think are funny, and I'm guessing you will already know of some or all of them, but I like a lot of the things you think are funny and don't like some of the things you think are not funny (specifically Terry Pratchett and Jasper Fforde). Also, I know exactly what you mean about when Bedivere jumps off the platform; hee.

TV shows:
Reno 911
Arrested Development
(these and Scrubs are the only sitcoms I have watched in about three years)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 -- most of my favorite episodes are from the late Mike Nelson era, though a lot of people prefer Joel. Favorite individual episodes include "Pod People," "Time Chasers," "Hobgoblins," and "Prince of Space".

Movies:
I'm sure you're aware of the rest of the Will Ferrell/Vince Vaughn/Luke Wilson oeuvre; I thought Dodgeball had its moments, and I love Old School though it's not really anything like the end of Anchorman.
You've seen Christopher Guest's movies, right? I can watch those over and over and laugh every time.

Books:
Damn, I don't know.
Simon Brett's mysteries? They're really not laugh-out-loud funny, though, just kind of incidentally funny.
I don't have nearly enough funny books.

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