Everyone needs a pick-me-up on a Monday, ranging from coffee by the watercooler through to gossip by the expresso machine. Comedy, though, is nice too.
And here, for your viewing pleasure, are the top 5 choices of the funniest movie and TV scenes from classic comedies that’ll perk you right up.
1. Inspector Clouseau in “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” – 1976
Back when it was fashionable to be racist and popularise Eastern culture with Western influences, we overlooked the vindictive comments when slapstick got involved.
None more so than Peter Sellers’ inept detective battling it out with Burt Kwouk’s line-in manservant in his doomed apartment. The choreography was outstanding and mixing the editing speeds kept you guessing where they’ll take you next in one of many similar scenes that rehashed a joke that never got old.
2. Frank Drebin in “The Naked Gun 2 1/2 – The Smell of Fear” -1991
I could run off a great number of scenes from all of Leslie Nielsen’s portrayals of the hapless police detective (seems to be a theme), but none better than one of the best end credits imaginable from the shortlived “Police Squad” TV series he began in.
It took the common theme of pausing on a frame to start the end credits and turned it on its head. Enjoy.
3. Antichrist in “The Gods Must Be Crazy” – 1980
Louw Verwey’s Sam Boga named their broken-down truck “the Antichrist” due to how difficult it was to fix. Sadly, I couldn’t find a clip of his masterful performance, but what you can see of Marius Weyer’s Andrew Steyn struggling to get it out of the water, the name seems well deserved.
A true classic, even if mired in controversy due to the exploitation of the native Nyae Nyae people and the South African government paying for it.
4. Hudson Hawk in “Hudson Hawk” – 1991
4. Hudson Hawk and Tommy Two Tone in “Hudson Hawk – 1991
One of Bruce Willis’s more underpanned roles, a jazz-swinging cat burglar, the film suffered from pastiche antagonists and desperate McGuffin’s to get the plot rolling, but the outlandish script was cute, cuddly and non-threatening.
The highlight being Willis’s love for jazz and incorporating the best rendition of “Swinging on a Star” as a tool mechanic for timing their robbery. Classic no matter what anyone says.
5. Various characters in “Top Secret!” – 1984
It should really be number one, but saving the best for last and the Zuckers and Abrahams team start their movie franchise with a flawless pisstake of World War 2 films.
It also offered Val Kilmer is debut AND leading film role, hamming it up as American signer Nick Rivers trying to heal the world with rock ‘n roll blonde Elvis tunes. But the credit goes to all the actors as they make the comedy count in every turn.