JANUARY 3, 2010 1:14PM

Help! I Need Some Funny Stuff

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In reponse to Lisa Kern's Good News Sunday about skipping the gym and just laughing more, I decided that I too need to laugh more. My boys and I laugh all the time (we're all quite funny ya know). But then there's that whole week that they're with their dad, and I am left by myself, relying on co-workers and friends to laugh with. I do work with some funny people, but the guy I sometimes date just ain't funny (which may explain part of the reason why he's just the guy I sometimes date).

 So I'm thinking I need to supplement my laughter on my weeks without my funny boys. I'm open to all ideas. Funny movies, funny books, funny things to do. I like all kinds of humor. Nothing is above or below me. I just need funny/fun ideas. Your top 3 funny movies perhaps? Whatever you want to throw at me is appreciated.

 Thanks for reading and here's to more laughter in 2010!!!

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This may be lame, but watching "America's Funniest Videos" types of shows and "Wipeout" all make me laugh, even when I don't feel like it. People falling down just cracks me up!!! It's a character flaw, I know...
Okay, J Lynne, I have a book that you must read that fits the bill quite nicely. It's called A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Moorehead, Ohio by Haven Kimmel. It is absolutely guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, not just once or twice, but over and over again throughout the book.
Regrettably, I concur with Outside Myself on the "AFV". Guilty eye-candy, laugh-hysteria inducing stuff.
OM - it's a character flaw that we share - watching people fall down cracks me up every time. Sad, but true. I can't help it.
Mr. Bean always makes me laugh.
I confess to liking romantic comedies (in film) - Sweet Home Alabama, Much Ado About Nothing, Pride and Prejudice, When Harry Met Sally...many of the movies I like are listed here:

http://www.amazon.com/Top-25-Delightful-Romantic-Comedies/lm/2Z8YMOINL7K3H
If you like British humor rent the series: Flight of the Concords. It's a New Zealand duo. May be today's Monty Python. Get the series, I think HBO did these, not the stand up comedy. That's less hysterical. I laughed myself right off the furniture, so did my family. I felt very good about the world.
Yikes......AFV? (uh.....yeah.....it IS a funny show except for that dweeb host, and I'm happy to hear that others get a chuckle out of it.)

Go through old posts by Floyd or Sheldon or Tequila and Donuts, killer funny stuff, and watch "The Big Labowski" and maybe even the first "Jackass" movie. (it's rough in places, but the second one is too too gross....) We used to love to go out on Saturday night to a comedy club. (I used to do standup years ago and still have a weakness for it.)

When I used to go to the video store in the states my husband (who is very funny) used to say, "Get a comedy." Pause. "A funny one."

Cuz 95 percent of them are not. I'll be looking forward to others suggestions, as I am always on the look-out for fun stuff.
Friday night we watched "step brothers" and
"pineapple express" back to back... It was a funny night!
Unbreakable - I remember the day I was bummed because a dear friend of mine fell at the park and I was tending to our (at the time small) children and missed it! Now THAT'S a character flaw. Some friend I am! :-)
OM - that's hysterical! I can so relate!
You know OM, when I watched the first episode of Wipeout, oh my god! I never laughed so much in my life!! It was hilarious. There IS something about people falling down that cracks me up too. Especially when the falls are spectacular! Heehee!

Unbreakable - Thank you VERY much for the book suggestion. I will have to get that asap and commence reading!

Akopsa, I agree! My boys will be watching it and everytime, I find myself sitting down and laughing with them. The ones I like best never win!

skeletnwmn - Mr. Bean is hilarious. All he has to do is blink and he's funny!

Leonde - hey, thanks! I will check out that list and start renting some movies. I like the romantic comedies too. :)

Gail - great idea! Thank you. I had a British boyfriend once who loved to watch the Brit comedies. I WILL check out Flight of the Concords.

Ginny Rose, you're right about OS stories. I've laughed my ASS off on some of them. I'm sure I've missed a ton. I'll have to go back and search "comedy" maybe?? And I haven't been to a comedy club in years. I'll have to add that to the list. Thanks!

Trig, I'll keep those suggestions in mind. I could use a funny night! Thanks.

OM, you're silly! Heehee!
You need humor eh? Have you ever read Dr. Amy's posts; they're good for a belly laugh every time. If that doesn't work for you, go to the website called "The Onion." It's political humor mainly, but some of it is just hilarious. Then there's a movie I saw last week, called "The Hangover." It's silly as hell but kept me laughing all the way through. Laugh on sister!
http://open.salon.com/blog/idahospud44/2009/12/30/i_m_just_joking_around_now
This post has three of my favorite all-time videos and several of my all-time favorite jokes.
I suggest Youtube videos-Lewis Black, George Carlin, Richard Jeni, Old Taxi clips etc.
Have fun.
Listen to Dr. Spud! Also, watch the Daily Show and the Colbert Report on the Comedy Network. It's consistently the funniest hour on any given weeknight.
Thanks for the shout out! We all need to laugh more.

Aside from reading funny stuff on OS (Sheldon the Wonderhorse, Steve Blevins, Floyd Elliot, Mister Comedy, Karin Rego, Jodi Kasten, and others I'm going to feel terrible about forgetting to mention,) I recommend my favorite funny movie of all time: All of Me, with Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin. Honestly, I've watched it dozens of times and it still cracks me up to the point of tears.

If you find something that makes you laugh, please let me know. I'm always up for a good belly laugh. :)
(thank you for understanding my "flaw" - I'm feeling much better about myself as a person!)
I'll second "Flight of the Concords" - it's hilarious!! And I totally agree with nanatehay about "The Hangover" - we saw it this past weekend. Too funny!!

And I forgot to mention my favorite funny movie of all time: "Multiplicity" with Michael Keaton. I've watched it dozens of times and I still laugh out loud when I watch it.
Nana and Dr. Spud - I am so excited! I'm getting such great ideas! I haven't seen Lewis Black in ages. He cracks me up. And Nanner, The Hangover cracked me up too. The Chinese guy was hilarious. Oh my god, roll on the floor funny. Thanks for your contributions. I'm taking each one and adding it to a list. Thanks!

Lisa, if a movie still cracks you up after all those viewings - I've got to watch it! And I've got to tell you, the hardest I ever laughed on OS was reading your post "How to Publicly Embarrass Yourself Without Even Trying". No kidding!
Any of the movie of Adam Sanders will have you laughing your ass off. I say any of them, because I have them all and they are all very funny. You can't go wrong with Adam Sander movies when you want a good laugh.
How's this for a few chuckles? Especially keeping with the topic of the day?
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A wolf boarded a plane for a flight and found, to his joy, that his seat was next to where a young, ravishingly beautiful blond lady was already seated and engrossed in reading her book. No sooner had the plane taken off when he began with his opening gambit: "I hear that journeys seem shorter when people chat..."

With a scarcely audible sigh, she closed her book and replied politely: "All right; what would you like to talk about?"

Seeking to impress her, he said: "Nuclear physics."

"Fine," she said, "but before we start, let me ask you a question. Cows, rabbits, and horses all eat grass, but whereas cows excrete soft patties, rabbits produce pellets and horses excrete cylindrical waste. Why?"

He looked stunned. Frantically, he opened his laptop and searched furiously for 5 minutes. Drawing a blank, he said sheepishly: "I have no idea..."

"In that case," she said, "what makes you think you're qualified to discuss nuclear physics when you don't know shit?"
A little Herb and any episode of The Family Guy and The Simpson's. Guaranteed laughter.
Read "The Gone Away world" by Nick Harkaway. Mid sized B read over 150 books in 2009, and this debut novel was his favourite. I also busted a gut laughing at parts. It is a VERY black comedy, with a message (several, arguably) about modern society. but mostly it is great fun - at its best, it reminds me of Vonnegut.
what nana said.

plus TV's new Modern Family, new movie It's Complicated. side-splitting, laugh-out-loud stuff. you can't not laugh, not possible.
Hey, J Lynne! I have something to make you laugh! Visit my site, http://shitzngigglez.com. I have compiled 2 books from e-mail jokes and there are over 1100 pages between the two of them. I can guarantee you will find something to make you laugh! Anybody else that is interested feel free to visit. The more the merrier right?