The Goose’s Roost. In Color.

by Corey

Raise your hands if you knew that The Naked Gun series of movies was originally a short lived television show on NBC in 1982. The DVD’s are available now, and it is almost friggin’ Christmas, so ask a loved one to shake a leg.

When I eventually have children, we will watch this show together. It is a foundation of modern comedy.

Chris Smith over at WNYMedia has prepared a list of movies that you should watch if you are equipped with a Y chromosome. My grandfather might inquire as to the lack of John Wayne or Gary Cooper, because he is one-thousand years old, so lists are naturally predisposed to those who make them. My recent education has been in… education. With this I am drawn not to make a list, but a curriculum. What are the essential comedies that one must know? What filmmakers, artists, and styles, and eras are essential to have a firm grasp of the subject from an academic point of view?

If you have suggestions, leave them in the comments. I’ll see what I can cook up in the meantime. I can guarantee that Police Squad! is on the list. I promise I’ll talk about sports soon.

6 Comments

  1. If we’re gonna start with Police Squad, we gotta include Leslie Nielsen’s other masterpiece Airplane! There are also the three Mel Brooks classics of Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Spaceballs. I’d toss in The Jerk, too (if any classic comedic actor is as iconic as Leslie Nielsen, it’s Steve Martin – maybe even moreso). I’d include The Big Lebowski as well.

    I’ve often thought about this but from a science fiction standpoint.

  2. What about movies for nerdy guys?
    Serenity
    Revenge of the Nerds
    etc.

  3. Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber have to be considered.
    Clerks and Clerks II are classics.

  4. I’m not a guy, but “The Great Escape” has to be on pretty much every movie list ever. I’d probably throw “The Wild Bunch” on there too. Ooh, and “The Dirty Dozen.”

  5. I just realized you said comedies. Never mind. I mean, TOTALLY watch those movies if you haven’t but never mind.

  6. Jay

    Hell yes I watched Police Squad! last night. Favorite all-time sight gag: “Let’s step out to the Japanese Garden.”

    Here’s what’s amazing — how basically the same gags (handled by the same people) can be either roll-on-the-floor funny (Airplane!, The Naked Gun), or just be D.O.A. (Mafia!, Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, etc.)