Here at GFG central, we realize from personal experience that the times when you need a laff the most, it can feel like too much effort to seek one out. However thanks to men much smarter than myself, many laffs are but a few clicks of a mouse away. Now, before you pee your pants in anticipation, on with the show!
Dir: James Signorelli
Starring: Rodney Dangerfield, Joe Pesci, Jeffrey Jones
Rodney's old school style one-liners take center stage as he attempts to clean up his act in order to inherit his Mother-In-Law's mammoth fortune. Jeffrey Jones attempts to derail his progress for his own gain. Meanwhile, Joe Pesci is Rodney's sideman in blue jeans. The plot is just a flimsy excuse for Rodney Dangerfield to bitch about his Mother-In-Law, and family life in general. It's a beautiful thing!
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Dir: Jeff Simpson, Bill Jones, Benjamin Timlett
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle
In the poignant laffs department, we have this animated bio pic of Brian himself, Graham Chapman. In his irreverent fashion, he details key moments of his life as he flourishes from college kid to self-actualized, incredibly successful comedy superstar. One of the striking things about his point of view is that being a member of Monty Python is simply incidental. He's much more preoccupied with his alcoholism, and the challenges of being homosexual. Like I said, poignant laffs.
Class of Nuke'Em High
Dir: Lloyd Kaufman, Richard W. Haines, Michael Herz
Starring: Robert Prichard, Jennifer Prichard, Janelle Brady
Shit, where to start with this one? In Tromaville, USA, a nuclear plant malfunction results in toxic slime mutating the local high school populace into monsters of mayhem. Gross slimeball antics, and cheap laffs ensue. It's recommended for fans of Street Trash, The Three Stooges, and Troma films in general. Lady Bo got a big kick out of this one.
Dir: Richard Linklater
Starring: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine
If you're not a fan of Jack Black, then you're gonna love this. It's the least Jack Black, Jack Black has ever been. Inspired by actual events, Bernie is a mortician who shares a mutual love for the citizens of a small Texas town. However, unfortunately he winds up murdering it's wealthiest widow. An unlikely comedy from the great Richard Linklater, a simple plot description doesn't do justice to it's dry, dark humor.
Dir: Oz Scott
Starring: Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson
An ex-con is ordered to transport his parole officer's wife, and a cadre of orphan kids across the state line. But things don't go smoothly, as breakdowns, and the KKK get in the way. Not only is this a great comedy, but it's a great movie period. Pryor is restrained but loveable as the little scamps slowly win him over. Watch out for a cameo by the brilliant Paul Mooney.
Dir: Albert Brooks
Starring: Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds
A frustrated novelist takes the drastic measure of moving back in with his mom to get to the core of his problems with women. Debbie Reynolds does a superb job of holding her own against Albert Brooks brilliant comic timing. "It's fancy jam time!" Check it out, guaranteed laffs for all!
Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This?
Dir: Shannon Hartman
Starring: Bill Burr (duh)
Aggressive comic Bill Burr doesn't miss a beat in this stand-up special. A far cry from one liners, and Mother-In-Law jokes, Bill tackles a host of subjects in an unflinchingly profane manner. Plus he's really engaging, and funny.
Did I mention aggressive? Check out an exasperated Bill Burr, sick of a disrespectful Philadelphia audience, as he goes on a twelve minute rant, mocking the crowd every second of it. Just ignore all of the sparkly shit.