About this column:
(A few years ago, a comedian friend of mine told me that she wanted to see a Top 100 Comedy List from me. Well, I LOVE making lists, even though it’s extremely hard. I’ve always been obsessed with lists throughout my life, studying them and trying to watch everything on every list I could find. While I have never thought lists were definitive, as every one is subjective, however I think they are great reference points and do a great job informing people about films they might not have known about, or maybe even get people to revisit a movie they love, or better yet, give a film a second chance because of someone else’s praise.
Anyways, back to me creating a Top 100 Comedy list: At the time, I decided not to work on the list until I see more films so it would be more complete. Well, life is a little too short for that. There are still several movies I need to see. Classic comedies that I probably should see before I make this list (THE THIN MAN comes to mind), but I have decided to make a list anyway. Because I want to.
Now, a little about this list: These are films that I think are the funniest. They have made me laugh more than any other. Now, some of these films may not be the best movies ever made, but they have certainly made me laugh the most. Also, some films that have made the AFI Funniest Film List won’t make mine because I don’t consider than straight up comedies. Films like THE APARTMENT, FARGO, BACK TO THE FUTURE, TOOTSIE, etc. While I love every one of those movies, and would certainly be contenders for my All-Time favorites films, I have seen films that made me laugh harder. Does that make sense?
And finally, the big question: How the heck am I going to rank these films? Well, I don’t think I really can. With the exception of one movie in particular, I don’t think I could rank these in any kind of order. Most of these movies require me to be in a certain mood in order to watch them. So I could like one film better than another on one day, but then the next day I could totally change my mind. So I’m not going to do that. Then I thought maybe I should just do them alphabetically, but that would eliminate the element of surprise. Well, maybe I should do them chronologically, but that could get a little dull. Ultimately, I decided to just do the list in a random order, pretty much like picking movies from a hat (I’m actually going to use the Random Number Generator).
I would like to reveal my list one film at a time. Ideally, I would love to reveal a film every day for the next 100 days, but with all of my “real life” stuff going on, that will probably be impossible. I will promise this: I will have my list done by the end of the year, and I will do my best to try to get one done every day.
The selection of this list was very difficult. I originally had over 300 movies. I had to narrow that down to 100, so there are still several great comedies out there that didn’t make this list.
One more thing: There is one movie that stands out as the funniest film I’ve ever seen, so I will reveal that one last.
So, without further ado….. I present to you:
THE TOP 100 FUNNIEST MOVIES THAT AUSTIN KENNEDY HAS EVER SEEN!!!)
98. HOT FUZZ (2007) – Directed by Edgar Wright; Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent and Timothy Dalton.
I was always a huge fan of cheesy, formulaic action movies of the 80’s and 90’s. So when Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg came out with this parody/homage of those type of flicks, I ate it up.
Pegg is spot on as super cop who takes his job way too seriously. It’s a performance light years different from Shaun in SHAUN OF THE DEAD. He’s confident and arrogant. Then you add Nick Frost’s action movie-obsessed, bumbling cop as his partner, and you have a classic comedy team-up. As a film geek, I went nuts at all of the movie references. And there’s a shit ton! Everything from POINT BREAK to LETHAL WEAPON to BAD BOYS 2. It’s an action film geek’s dream!
Then there’s the comedy, which is dry, fast and furious. It’s also surprisingly gruesome! But the violence somehow becomes part of the punchline. The over excess of action flicks is what it’s really poking fun at. Edgar Wright’s brilliant direction is also part of the joke. Even a camera angle, or movement becomes a joke. That’s just great directing. The (at least) 30 minute action finale (when Pegg and Frost take on a town full of old people) is full of lots of guns, guts, explosions, but mostly it’s full of hilarity. There are moments that will make you laugh out loud because they’re so ridiculous and/or disgusting in this movie (the moment when Pegg drop kicks an 80-year old lady in the face comes to mind).
It’s a perfect spoof of the once popular action genre, that’s highlighted by the chemistry of Pegg and Frost. If you’re a fan of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, then you won’t wanna miss this one.