Comedies from Yesteryear compared to Today…

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Hey all…

After seeing Tropic Thunder and not really enjoying it all that much (you can see my review here), I have been thinking about what it is that really makes me laugh on film.

Four of my favorite funny films of all times are Mel Brooks pictures – Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, History of the World Part I, and Spaceballs.

You have some of the other comedy films from the 1980s and early 1990s — Naked Gun, Naked Gun 2 1/2, Airplane, Airplane 2, Hot Shots, and Hot Shots, Part Deux.

If you go back a little further, you have Abbot and Costello and the Three Stooges.

But if you go back even a little further, there were the greats of the by-gone age. Charlie Chaplin is my favorite of the days of early film, but Buster Keaton and the Keystone Cops rank right up there.

Is it sad to say that I find it easier to identify with the comedies of the early 1990s and earlier, but there you have it.

I can’t say that many of the “new” comedies have really done much for me. Will Ferrell and Seth Grodin don’t do much for me (though Will Ferrell can be funny at times). Steve Carrell doesn’t do much for me. Jack Black has his moments.

What does all this boil down to? My tastes seem to run to intelligent comedy or satire for the most part, but slapstick owns a place in my heart. And all comedies ultimately get compared to the greats I’ve discussed so far.

What about you? Do you have any favorites from Today or Yesterday? Leave me a comment and let’s see what everybody thinks of as their favorite comedy of all time.

I’ll start off by saying that Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is probably my all time favorite comedy.

What’s yours?

–Fitz

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