#Top69 Comedies

Do I really need to write an intro here? The title says it all. This is the official TV My Wife Watches list ranking the top 69 comedies of all time. For the record, I did not intend for this list to have exactly 69 movies. It just kinda worked out that way. This list is 100% approved by Mr. Froggington.

"You're goddamn right it is."

To clarify, these are not my wife's favorite comedies. They are mine. And considering there was no way that I was going to write recaps for all 69 of them, I asked 12 of my best blogger friends (and real, actual human friends) to each pick one classic comedy, and write a blurb about it.

So check it out, see where your favorite comedy ranks, and suck my butt.

1. Monty Python ik den Holy Grail

This movie is so stupid. It's basically the stupidest movie ever. It starts off with a guy pretending to ride a horse. That's so stupid. And the rest of the movie is just as stupid, but it's also brilliant, and has way more fog than any movie ever. The Holy Grail is without a doubt the most important influence on my comedic life. That's probably insulting to Monty Python now that I think about it. Sorry, Pythons. Now I sort of feel bad for liking your movie so much. Is it too late to change my #1 to Yentl? That movie is hard a.f. 

2. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
blurb written by, Tom Keiser

Leslie Nielsen and Matt Stairs: two Canadians who've brought me unmitigated joy from their actions at Dodger Stadium. The entire movie is awesome, but gets even better in its final act. Naked Gun also benefits from a great supporting cast: O.J.! Priscilla Presley! Reggie Jackson! KHAAAAAAAAAN!!

Tom writes about movies for some website that I've never heard of. But I like his shit, and you can read his shit here. I love Kaiser rolls.

3. Bananas

"Furthermore, all children under the age of 16 years old are now... 16 years old."

4. Wet Hot American Summer

by, @Cranekicker

Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends which consists basically of having sex with each other both straight sex and gay sex and possibly sex with a can of vegetables.

That's my recap which was mostly taken directly from IMDB except for the part about the sex at the end which I added.

On to the "Where are they now?" portion for this star-studded cast aka I am mailing this one in. High five Evster.


Janine Garafalo (Beth) - Sitting at a hookah bar in the Valley talking about how she used to s Ben Stiller's d before he went all mainstream.

David Hyde Pierce (Henry) - At home wearing a robe with dress socks and loafers while prank calling Kelsey Grammar six times a day.

Michael Showalter (Coop) - Putting together a class action lawsuit against Netflix in regards to why he can't livestream "The State" on his Android phone.

Marguerite Moreau (Katie) - She was in a movie called "Douchebag" in 2010 which is a pretty good resume booster. Not sure of her whereabouts today but it probably involves VH1.

Michael Ian Black (McKinley) - Most recently seen hitting on Saracircs at a CVS in LA. Will likely follow suit of creepy guys with three names and assassinate someone.

Zak Orth (JJ) - I dunno who the fuck this guy is.

Paul Rudd (Andy) - OMG he was in this? I know right lol. Rumor has it he is in pre-production for "This is 40: Part 2 - We're 42 now and hate each other and our kids are total assholes because of our behavior and may be starting to do drugs soon at least the older one she's a real pain in the ass" should be funny I think.

Christopher Meloni (Gene) - Played a bit part in True Blood as the vampire leader but was killed off early at the request of the entire cast for repeatedly screaming "That scene SUCKED!" and then trying to high five people.

Molly Shannon (Gail) - Not really sure what happened to her after the armpits movie but full disclosure she could get it and I don't even know why I felt compelled to share that feel free to agree in the comments.

Ken Marino (Victor) - Pretty sure this guy is dead.

Joe Lo Truglio (Neil) - If there was a gun to my head and someone showed me a picture of him and asked me who it was I would feel confident in answering that he is my cable guy. I read somewhere that he is on Brooklyn Nine-Nine which sounds completely made up.

Amy Poehler (Susie) - Heard she lost a ton of money scooping up Upper Darby real estate with Tiny Fey and now they both panhandle outside of the old Turf Club on 69th street.

Bradley Cooper (Ben) - Probably having sex with a model somewhere in between CrossFit sessions. Probably the most accurate thing I'll write all year. Probably.

Elizabeth Banks (Lindsay) - Fired her agent after she supposedly signed on to direct Pitch Perfect 2 only to later find out it was a contract for Fever Pitch 2 and instead of Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore it stars Mario Cantone and Kirsten Dunst.

Crane Kicker is an internet celebrity who was directly responsible for helping me gain around 100 new followers when I first got in da Twitta game. I consider him one of my closest and dearest friends and I have never once met him in real life. 

5. Best in Show

"We both like soup." 

6. Caddyshack

by, Barack Obama (statement released earlier this week)

Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis, one of America's greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago's Second City. When we watched his movies -- from 'Animal House' and 'Caddyshack' to 'Ghostbusters' and 'Groundhog Day' -- we didn't just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold's wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness. 

Barack Obams is the goddamn President of the United States and this was a real statement that he released earlier this week because he is a fucking P.I.M.P.

7. Fletch
by, Danger Guerrero

Remember a few years ago when everybody was all hot and bothered about remaking Fletch? For a while it was gonna be Jason Lee in the title role, with Kevin Smith writing. Then Zach Braff made Garden State between voice-overs on Scrubs, so the buzz was that maybe he could write AND star. Then it was Ryan Reynolds, fresh off, uh, something Ryan Reynolds was in. At some point, and I may have hallucinated this, I think Ashton Kutcher was rumored to be kicking it around. (Feel free to correct me if in wrong. I don't even want to put it into the universe by Googling it.)

This, both in general and in these specific cases, was a terrible idea. We shouldn't remake Fletch. I'm sure we will at some point, but, no, we shouldn't. And I'm not even an anti-remake guy, usually. It's just that this one, like...

Look, I know Chevy Chase's career and reputation have been dragged back and forth through the mud by a large device that he appears to have programmed himself, but I really don't see how anyone can watch Fletch and imagine someone else in the role. It's the ideal melding of character and performer, like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day or Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson. The sarcasm, the quick wit, the cockiness, it all mixed together to become a character Chevy Chase had to play in in 1985. Any other year and actor would feel wrong. (It's also worth noting here that Fletch was kind of an asshole, even as charismatic and lovable as he was. He was basically the best version of real-life Chevy Chase.)

Point being: Fletch is already perfect. Do not remake Fletch*.

*Unless you want to do it with, like, Vin Diesel or something. That, I would watch.

Danger Guerrero is a very nice person and a TV Editor for UPROXX which apparently is a thing.

8. Life of Brian

"Well, yeah, obviously the roads. I mean, the roads go without saying, don't they?"

9. Airplane!

"Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up the court for 48 minutes!"

10. Hot Shots!

"Roy? Roy? Eh." 

11. Rushmore
by, Feddd

Rushmore is the best movie. It is better than other movies because it is, put simply, the best one. Die Hard is also the best. It is as good as Rushmore but in a different way so, overall, it's not as good. Nothing is like Rushmore so it is, in fact, the best. Do the Right Thing is a third movie that is the best. It is still no Rushmore. That is because compared to Rushmore, which is the best, it is not as good. Badlands is another movie that is easily the best. But still, when lined up against Rushmore, one's perspective changes and one is forced to admit, yes, Rushmore is the superior movie because it is, actually, the best of all the movies. Next time you are watching a good movie and you think it might be the best, pause to gather your thoughts and then check to see which movie it is. If it's not Rushmore, you are wrong. Wrong again. First you were wrong about the you person you married and now you're wrong about the dumb movie you're watching being the best. Strike two, idiot.

Feddd is my good pal from growing up and TVMWW's official Hollywood Correspondent. He now lives in LA and is sort of a screenwriter although he has never shown me one thing he's ever written. 

12. Borat
"My name-a Borat."
13. The Big Lebowski

"I'm staying. I'm finishing my coffee."
14. This is Spinal Tap

Just so we're all aware of this, Rob Reiner, the guy who directed this movie, also made Misery. 

15. Office Space
"No. No man. Shit, no, man." 

16. Spaceballs

by, Michael Levin

Most comedies do not age well. Spaceballs is motherfucking not one of them.

I saw Spaceballs upwards of 75 times before I saw a single one of the Star Wars trilogy. Why? Because my dad is the fucking man. Isn't having the cultural context a prerequisite in parody? Didn't matter -- I got it. Whether it was my intuitive sense of comedy from an early age or just picking up on social cues to laugh when older people laugh, I got it. Moranis playing with dolls? Funny. Ludicrous Speed? Fucking funny. Combing the desert? That line practically set the tone for my whole damn life. 

If there's one thing I've learned in THE INDUSTRY (all caps only please), it's that Jews are comedy. Calling the Force the Schwartz is like DOUBLE comedy because not only does it rhyme, but it's JEWISH. Doesn't get better than that. 

Oh and if there are two things I've learned in THE INDUSTRY (all caps only for real), it's that 97% of comedy is name puns. 

I saw Daphne Zuniga at a restaurant in Beverly Hills one time. Mami look goooooooooooooooooooood still. She got a turkey burger.

Michael Levin runs the Sixers blog, Liberty Ballers, and is also a Writers' Assistant on 'How I Met Your Mother', a super popular TV show that no one has ever seen.

17. Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

"Height... six DEUCE." 

18. Napoleon Dynamite

Uncle Rico's football tryout video omg omg omgmggmggmgmgmg.

19. Take the Money and Run

"That looks like gub. That doesn't look like gun."

"No that's gun." 

"No that's gub. See, that's a B."

"No, that's an N. G-U-N."

"Hmm. George, would you step over here for a moment please?"

20. Vacation

"Good talk, son." 

21. Christmas Vacation

"Can't see the line, can ya Russ?

22. What About Bob?
"Leo, I see salt, I see pepper, is there a salt substitute?"

23. Team America: World Police

"Oh Huhrrrooooooooo."

24. Bruno

25. Friday

No movie in the history of earth has made white people happier to quote lines in the hope of being seen as cool or diverse (translation: acceptable to black people) quite like Friday. Next time you're out with a group of your awful friends casually mention getting fired. I guarantee that within 30 seconds at least three of them will blurt out "How the hell you gonna get fired on your day off?", which will lead to hours of (a) more Friday quotes and (b) stories about watching the VHS high in college a billion times. And you know what? That's okay. Because Friday was an awesome, hilarious movie and it deserves to live on. Oh yeah, speaking of videos Evster let me borrow your VCR right quick. I need to dub a tape.

Zoo With Roy is my fucking homeboy who I will ride with all day and another person who I have never met in real life.
26. Coming to America

"When you think of garbage, think of Akeem." 

27. The Bad News Bears

by, Dave Reuter

"You talking about Kelly Leak? That dude is a bad mutha." - Ahmad Abdul Rahim

Kelly Leak was just your average, Harley-riding, cigarette smoking 13 year old, who terrorized California Little League pitching. No big deal. Prior to the championship game and the barrage of intentional walks, Leak had been enjoying free reign. He feasted on 40 MPH fastballs. Why did any team pitch to Leak? Why did only the Yankees (sponsored by Denny's, naturally) do their homework? Pitch around him. You can't let Leak hurt you. His only protection in the line-up was a catcher with a slow bat that was shaped like a baked potato. Not exactly Johnny Bench. I've seen Bad News Bears a million times. You could jam Engelberg with fastballs in. Make Rudi Stein hurt you. Ogilvie, Tanner. Anyone but Leak.

And how was Leak allowed to ride around town in a Harley? Set aside the driver's license for a second. Did the kid even have a motorcycle permit? The 70's were a different time, sure, but the people were still citizens under a governing body with rules and regulations. If I were a parent, I would've walked right up to Leak and  --- ah, fuck it. I'm not telling Kelly Leak he can't ride his motorcycle in the outfield. I mean, it's Kelly Leak. That dude is a bad mutha.

Dave Reuter aka @WheresBenRivera aka Big Dome Jerome writes for Liberty Ballers and The 700 Levvy and does whatever the eff he wants 'cause he's a grown man who wears crewneck undershirts all day eerday.

28. Step Brothers

"I think I may be able to help with the Pam-Pan dilemma."
29. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
"This is some good iced tea."

30. Swingers

"This is what happened: she's a nice girl." 

31. Sixteen Candles
"Nice language, babe!" 

32. Manhattan

Is this movie even a comedy? It is, right? I don't know why I'm asking the question 'cuz it's not like I can even hear your answer.  

33. Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby

"That. Just. Happened." 

34. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Shout out Abe Froman.

35. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

"Mandrake, have you ever seen a Commie take a drink of water?"

"Well, no, I can't say that I have."

36. The Princess Bride

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." 

37. Help!

by, Mrs. Evster aka The Whole Reason This Blog Exists

My parents version of children’s music was The Beatles. Sure we listened to some Raffi and Sesame Street – they’re not monsters – but for the most part the Beatles were it, and it worked: my parents didn’t feel like their brains were melting and my brother and I were entertained. So it only follows that at some point during our childhoods, my dad introduced Help! If you’re not familiar with Help!, you might think this is the 1965 version of Spice World, or Crossroads. It’s not. It’s a legitimately good and weird movie: Ringo has a grass carpet in his apartment, and it’s cut by a man holding a pair of chattering teeth.  

Like any British person, John, Paul, George and Ringo have vastly superior senses of humors (how do I show her I have senses of humor..) to the average American. Specifically, they have a very dry, yet silly collective sense of humor that drives the movie: the plot revolves around a ring, which happens to be a sacrificial talisman for an “eastern” cult, getting stuck on Ringo’s hand. The cult’s members and a pair of British scientists, convinced of the ring’s powers, chase the lads around England and some sunnier climes. A bumbling Scotland Yard gets in the act, helping to protect Ringo, and there are lots of songs. Good songs. Let’s not forget, these are The Beatles.   

The movie is a little time capsule – for better or worse: there are some anachronistic racial/ethnic conflations – the “eastern” cult is satirized as Indians and Native Americans, although from what I can tell their home base might be in the Bahamas..? Yet you also get to see some of the planet’s most famous men, in the nascent stages of their fame, laughing at themselves and with each other. They’re charming, witty, and were apparently high for the entire movie.

My wife has a Masters Degree from an Ivy League institution and the illest vocabulary ever. I thank her every day for saving me from this lonely, miserable world. 

38. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

"At the age of 12 I received my first scribe."

39. Trading Places
"May I suggest using your night stick officer?"

40. Uncle Buck

by, The Neen Machine 

Great family film. Enormous pancakes. Like the biggest pancakes ever. Makes me feel like I could cook some enormous pancakes myself. Highly recommended. 

The Neen Machine has seen more movies than anyone who has ever walked this stupid, fat earth.

41. Major League

"Tried the corner and missed." 

42. Blazing Saddles

"Why do I always get a warped one?"

43. Broadway Danny Rose

"What'd you do? You divorced him? Or got a separation? Or what?"

"Nah, some guy shot him in the eyes?"

"Reallllyyyy?? He's blind???"


"Dead. Of course. 'Cause the bullets go right through."

44. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
"How long have you been out here?"

"I don't know. I quit wearing a watch when I moved out here."

"That is so cool."

"Yeah my cellphone has a clock so I don't need it."

45. Bridesmaids

"I think I overcommitted with nine. Six is a comfortable number."

46. Better Off Dead

Yo Lane's mom was such a weirdo, getting him (and his whole family) TV dinners for Christmas? How good were those brownies in TV dinners though?

47. Knocked Up

"I know we're supposed to be nice to each other right now, but I'm having a really hard time, 'cause I want to rip your fucking head off 'cause you're so fucking stupid."

48. A Christmas Story

"I can't put my arms down!"

49. ¡Three Amigos!

by, Loaves

The Threeeeee Aaaaaamiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigos.

There's a scene in this movie with a singing bush. A whole four or five minute scene where there's a bush, just a bush with leaves and no face or arms or anything, that sings for the entire goddamn time. That scene probably cost upwards of $200,000 between the lights and the film processing and all the pruning. Can you imagine saying some stupid shit like this, like, "Hey, plants sing," and then have someone else decide, yeah, I think I'm going to borrow $200,000 to make your idea of desert foliage bellowing sailing songs in front of three comics who are paying absolutely no attention whatsoever to one another is a great idea. We're totally doing that. This actually happened. This movie rules. 

I grew up playing soccer and setting fire to stuff with Loaves. He is the mastermind behind "Cooking and Stretching with Don McDick: Stretch Expert and Cookmaster".

50. The 40-Year-Old Virgin

"Wow. This is graphic."

51. MacGruber (never seen it)

I have never seen this movie but will defend its ranking to my grave.

52. Tiny Furniture

The fact that this movie made the list and Stripes did not is absolute horseshit.

53. Superbad

"You don't negotiate with terrorists."

54. Revenge of the Nerds

"Ohh, like salad!"

55. You Don't Mess with the Zohan

How is Nick Swardson not a bigger star?

56. Blades of Glory

"Mind bottling."

57. Raising Arizona

Legitimately considering naming my first born Nathan Jr.

58. Waiting for Guffman

My Dinner with Andre action figures

59. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
by, Sara Circs

When this movie came out, it was a series of moments that blew my shitty little 18-year-old mind. Sure, nowadays you can see a kid tell his teacher to suck his balls through a bullhorn in virtually any Los Angeles Unified School District grade school classroom. But when Eric Cartman did it in 1998, holy shit - unchartered territory. Here's the basic plot: the kids go to see a disgusting R-rated Canadian movie that fills their heads and mouths with the kinds of obscenities young kids could previously only dream of. As a result, their parents launch a campaign against Canada and the movie's stars, and eventually start an American-Canadian war. The kids set out to save the stars and have some wacky adventures along the way. I largely love this movie because it is so smart. Also so amazing that this movie targets Canadians just for funsies, and made them distinguishable from Americans by their "flapping heads." The music, too, is legitimately good. "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" was one song. So was "Kyle's Mom's A Bitch." Go listen to them. At this point I just want to name amazing things from the movie: Saddam Hussein having butt sex with Satan. A little girl in the school cafeteria wearing a "COCKMASTER" t-shirt. The poster of Skeet Ulrich on Satan's wall.

Sara Circs is TVMWW's Official Hollywood Correspondent In Charge of Eating Tacos and also writes Bachcaps® for Zoo With Roy Rogers.

60. The Jerk

"I have it written down, but I can, I can show it to you tomorrow if you want."

61. Groundhog Day

"Don't drive angry."

62. I Love You, Man

"You got it Joben."

63. City Lights

omg shut up this movie's amazing.

64. Top Secret!

The only thing I remember about this movie was a guy falling off a castle and shattering into pieces when he hit the ground. That's good enough for #64 on the list.

65. Wayne's World

Should probably be in the top 5.

66. Hot Fuzz

Full disclosure I might've fallen asleep during this movie.

67. Kung Fu Hustle

Saw this movie three times in the theatre.



68. Hot Rod

by, Seth Rosenthal

Hot Rod is a movie about adults behaving like children, and it was kinda written as if by children, and it's all great. Major "plot points" and little bit characters and throwaway lines are treated with equal love, so you end up with an hour and a half of blithe, dumb nonsense. It's as if the people making the movie indulged their silliest impulses and worked whatever tics and brainfarts they developed while writing straight into the movie. And they're clever people, so it works. Or at least I think it works. I could imagine a person hating Hot Rod, which I understand, but also fuck that person. There's a part where Rod (Andy Samberg) wakes up from a coma, opens his eyes, and gasps "HOOBASTANK!", and the first time I saw it, I laughed so hard I stood up off the couch and stepped into a pot of seven-layer dip, then slipped and fell and continued to laugh. I love that fucking movie with my whole cheese-covered body.

Seth Rosenthal runs the New York Knicks blog, Posting and Toasting. and he once posted this amazing iChat conversation he had with his mom trying to explain to her the controversy surrounding @HorseEbooks.

69. Jane Austen's Mafia!

Did I forget anything? Obviously I forgot some stuff. Ghostbusters. Who Framed Roger Rabbit. COCOON. Honestly how is there not one Martin Lawrence movie on here? Whatever, feel free to rip me in the comments section. Or tweet at me. Or just calm the freak down and say hello to this camel. He's a nice camel. His name Wendell.

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