The opposite of a body count

When you take into consideration that I have seen hundreds of comedies, the number of Hollywood movies which have made me laugh is 30. Below is a list of the movies and how many times they made me laugh.

Predator (1), The Last Boy Scout (1), Eraser (1), True Lies (1), Bad Boys (1), Yes Man (1), Total Recall (2), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2), Bachelor Party (2), Revenge of the Nerds (3), Coming to America (3), The Naked Gun (3), Hudson Hawk (3), Scary Movie 3 (3), Lethal Weapon 3 (4), Election (4), Magic (5), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (5), Silver Streak (6), Rush Hour (6), Rush Hour 2 (6), Rush Hour 3 (6), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (7), Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (7), Pulp Fiction (8), Striking Distance (9), Commando (10), National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (11), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (12) and Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (13).

As for live-action TV shows (except documentaries and reality shows), 54 of them have made me laugh (the figures are an indication of watching an entire series once):

Californication (1), Breaking Bad (1), Blue Bloods (1), Blindspot (1), Veep (1), Ballers (1), Limitless (1), Martial Law (2), One Tree Hill (2), The Wire (2), Louie (2), Chicago Fire (2), Stan Against Evil (2), The Big Bang Theory (3), Bored to Death (3), Hannibal (3), About a Boy (3), The Flash (3), Lucifer (3), Atlanta (3), Curb your Enthusiasm (4), Arrow (4), Sick of It (5), House of Lies (6), Will & Grace (7), Lethal Weapon (7), The Inbetweeners (9), Elementary (11), Vice Principals (13), MacGyver (14), The Mentalist (17), Nash Bridges (24), Seinfeld (29), Friends (30), Hawaii Five-0 (30), That `70s Show (32), Two and a Half Men (41), Rules of Engagement (48), Everybody Loves Raymond (52), The Goldbergs (63), Entourage (63), NCIS: Los Angeles (63), The Middle (71), Silicon Valley (86), Scrubs (102), Eastbound & Down (110), Monk (185), Cheers (195), Psych (200), Magnum P.I. (262), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (266), NCIS (267), Frasier (278) and House (310).

The funniest episode of…

The Middle is Orlando (21).
That `70s Show is Prank Day (23).
Frasier is Good Grief (27).
Monk is Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized (32).
Magnum P.I. is Paper War (34).

As for Will Smith’s sitcom, this is the series breakdown…

Season 1: (52).
Season 2: (80).
Season 3: (43).
Season 4: (45).
Season 5: (6).
Season 6: (39)

The first two seasons of Cheers didn’t make me laugh. It became funny when Frasier joined. Likewise, Woody was funnier than Coach; while Rebecca was funnier than Diane.

Magnum P.I. deserves to be singled out, because that’s the show that people talk about when they hail Moonlighting for being the first TV series to have action, comedy, drama and romance being coalesced into a wide range of narratives.

The reality TV show that has made me laugh the most is Impractical Jokers (656). Second to that is Hotel Hell (237 times).

As for animated shows, The Simpsons = 306, South Park = 128, American Dad! = 99, Beavis and Butthead = 79, The Ricky Gervais Show = 26, Rick and Morty = 13, The Cleveland Show = 13, Bob’s Burgers = 7, Family Guy = 5, Gary and His Demons = 2 and Jeff & Some Aliens = 1.

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Gordon Stainforth (British editor) discussing the possibility of Stanley Kubrick liking The Simpsons in this most overlooked of quotes: “I can’t imagine Stanley not really relishing it, so close is it in many ways to his own very droll sense of humour.

In the December 2013 issue of Metal Hammer, Dave Brockie (who performs as Oderus Urungus in GWAR) talked about his guest appearance on The Jerry Springer Show (1997): “It was great. It was all staged. The mom wasn’t the kid’s mom. He wasn’t even a GWAR fan. I didn’t know until after the show, while we all were partying, when the mom was hitting on me then told me – Oh no, they paid me to say I was his mom; I’m an actress. All those reality shows – and I’ve done enough to know – they are not reality.”

The Meryl Streep of eighties and nineties chat shows was Wally Ann Wharton, who didn’t get much film work because it was would shatter the illusions that cynical TV producers fooled audiences with. Producers would be constantly molding her to fit the part that any given show needed for each topic. Re-runs (or YouTube uploads) of shows like Donahue and Geraldo will show you that Wally was more respected than any actress who worked in the adult industry – one of the reasons why you won’t see her act in mainstream movies and TV shows, but…hey, she found a niche while others had struggled to find their bearings.


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