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.