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6 Comedy Bits I’m Thankful For

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In this time of gratitude, how about a moment of appreciation for some great comic gems? It’s a personal thing, of course, but each of us has a collection of classic scenes or routines that make us laugh every time we encounter them. These are some of mine.

JAY THOMAS & THE LONE RANGER

This one will be coming up again in a few weeks. Every year, just before Christmas, David Letterman brings out Jay Thomas to tell the same, hilarious story. It has to do with a car dealership, a traffic accident – and the Lone Ranger! I love it.

REV. JIM & THE YELLOW LIGHT

It’s a classic scene from the sitcom “Taxi.” Here, Rev. Jim (Christopher Lloyd) is taking his driver’s test to become a cabbie, and he needs a little help with one question.

THE 2,000 YEAR OLD MAN

Comedy geniuses Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner used a combination of written premise and improvisation to create the masterpiece that is “The 2,000 Year Old Man.” Mel’s voice alone is priceless, but the material is amazing, too.

“HEAD” SCENE FROM “SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER”

It may be an obscure movie, but among many of my friends this scene is close to perfection. First of all, Scottish accents are terrific for comedy. Add in a gruff father character and you’ve got something special.

INDEPENDENT GEORGE

In a show brimming with top shelf comedy, this bit is particularly funny. Jason Alexander, as George, is explaining to Jerry how dangerous it is to have his relationship world collide with his friendship world. “Seinfeld” at its finest.

WHO’S ON FIRST?

Now we come to the Thanksgiving feast of comedy routines. It’s Abbott and Costello’s famous, “Who’s On First” bit. I used to practice it when I was a kid, trying to master its rhythms. These days, there’s a certain 9-year-old in my family who laughs just as hard at it as I do. For that, I’m very thankful.

I hope your weekend has its share of jokes, too. Happy Thanksgiving.

Pie Fights!

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Rupert Murdoch’s recent brush with a pie-tossing miscreant has me thinking about pie. Specifically, pies to the kisser. They’ve been a staple of entertainment (and protest) for generations. Here are a few of my favorites.

SOUPY SALES

Gotta start with the master of the pie-in-the-face gag. Watch for Frank Sinatra in this clip.

BLAZING SADDLES

Director Mel Brooks turned loose his zany talents in this pie war that bends all logic in a wonderful way.

LAUREL AND HARDY

Discerning movie fans delight in this epic pie squabble from “The Battle of the Century.”

BUGSY MALONE

Kid gangsters, music and pies that stand in for gunplay. Enjoy.

THE THREE STOOGES

Here we have the boys in the aptly named, “In the Sweet Pie and Pie.”

THE GREAT RACE

Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood – and a whole lot of pies.