- Fat Jesus – The Hangover: Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis fully commit to a hilarious police demonstration scene, providing hilarious visual comedy.
- Speaking Italian – Inglourious Basterds: Brad Pitt’s attempts to speak broken Italian with an accent make him a real laughing stock, highlighting his comedic side.
- Aim For The Bushes – The Other Guys: Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson’s unexpected, brutal death scene subverts audience expectations and proves the writers’ comedic prowess.
Although it’s impossible for all audiences to agree on which movie scenes deserve to be recognized as the funniest of all time, there are certain moments that have undeniably cemented themselves as timeless classics that never fail to make their viewers laugh. And not all of these movies are strictly comedies – sometimes, the funniest moments can happen when audiences are least expecting it.
While comedy is entirely subjective and it’s almost impossible to claim that certain scenes are funnier or more deserving of their classic reputation than others, there’s something magic about when the right cast, crew, and script come together in the right way. The comedy bleeds through the screen, sucking the audience into these scenes and making them laugh from start to finish. Whether it’s through visual gags or clever writing, it’s these scenes that audiences still return to when they need something to cheer them up.
12 Fat Jesus – The Hangover
The Hangover is filled with hilarious quotes that helped the film build its reputation as a modern classic, but there’s one scene in particular that really shines the brightest and most strongly capitalizes on the main cast’s comedic talents. In exchange for being released from custody, the film’s protagonists agree to be tazed during a police demonstration to children about how to properly handle a stun gun. The way Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis navigate this scene and fully commit themselves to the joke is just perfect, really letting loose and providing some hilarious visual comedy.
11 Speaking Italian – Inglourious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino’s movies have a very specific sense of humor, but Inglourious Basterds is probably the director’s most accessible and traditionally funny project of them all. Brad Pitt’s character has plenty of memorable moments throughout the film, but his attempts to blend in with the crowd by speaking some seriously broken Italian is definitely a highlight. Pitt really leans into the joke by accentuating his character’s accent and making himself a real laughing stock, highlighting a comedic side of the actor that he doesn’t always get a chance to display.
10 Aim For The Bushes – The Other Guys
The thing that works so perfectly about the ‘aim for the bushes’ scene from The Other Guys is just how unexpected it is – the opening scenes of the movie establish Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson as the protagonists, so when they’re killed so brutally in such an unexpected way, it’s impossible not to laugh at the absurdity of it. It’s one of The Other Guys’ funniest quotes, immediately subverting the audience’s expectations and proving that they’re always one step behind the writers.
9 Chest Waxing – The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Steve Carell’s ability to express pain and discomfort in such a hilarious way is something that very few comedic actors have managed to accomplish, but he was the perfect choice for this iconic scene from The 40-Year-Old Virgin. The comedy value relies entirely on Carell’s ability to make Andy’s pain funny, which he accomplishes through some hilarious facial expressions and throwaway lines that feel totally unscripted. It’s just one of several moments that help characterize Andy as helpless and insecure, which is what makes his character so entertaining to watch.
8 The Airbag Scene – Dumb And Dumber
Jim Carrey is often cited as the greatest comedian of his generation, and it’s projects like Dumb and Dumber that make it so difficult to disagree. He transforms into a completely new person whenever he’s playing Lloyd, always making himself the butt of the joke and using his immense physical talents to make the audience laugh. One particular scene in Dumb and Dumber sees Lloyd struggle with an airbag inside a small car – the moment is incredibly simple, but the way Carrey plays to the camera and really dedicates himself to the gag just brings so much life to the scene.
7 Slam Poetry – 22 Jump Street
Both 21 and 22 Jump Street will always rank among Jonah Hill’s best movies simply because of how quotable and rewatchable they are. Every single scene is brimming with jokes and sharp writing that bring these two characters to life, but it’s Hill’s expert delivery of the slam poetry in 22 Jump Street that takes the cake as the series’ funniest moment. The way he’s able to remain so stone-faced and dramatic while giving such a hilarious performance is extremely impressive, and the moment simply wouldn’t work otherwise.
6 The Black Knight – Monty Python And The Holy Grail
It’s not easy to choose one scene from the Monty Python series to represent the height of its humor and wit, but the Black Knight sequence is a very strong candidate. The way both actors effortlessly transform from such dramatic acting into something so absurd and senseless is perfectly done, with the Black Knight himself delivering some of the funniest lines in the whole series. It’s an expert demonstration of British humor and dry sarcasm, which is exactly what made the Monty Python movies so beloved.
5 The Newscasters’ Brawl – Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
There are very few comedies with an ensemble cast quite as impressive as Anchorman’s, and there are plenty of scenes in the movie that fully capitalize on the extent of talent in front of the camera. One of these moments sees the main cast engage in a wild brawl, totally losing control and just letting loose on one another – it’s so simple and could’ve easily been a misfire, but the comedic chemistry between Rudd, Ferrell, and Carell is just perfectly bold and silly to make it work.
4 Calming The Passengers – Airplane!
Airplane! isn’t the kind of comedy that relies on specific scenes and extended set pieces to draw laughs out of the audience, but rather injects its humor through sharp writing that moves extremely quickly. However, there’s one specific scene that’s filled with gags and features some of Airplane!’s funniest quotes: as the airplane crew is attempting to calm one passenger’s flying anxiety, things quickly get out of control when the rest of the passengers insert themselves into the interaction and take things to the extreme. The way everybody remains calm while carrying out such absurd actions is excellent, and sets the scene for many other hilarious scenes to come.
3 Food Poisoning – Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids is another comedy that perfectly uses its talented ensemble to its benefit, relying on the chemistry between the lead actors to carry most of the scenes. And in the years since the movie’s release, there’s one particular sequence that’s grown extremely famous: the food poisoning. After eating some poorly-prepared food, everybody comes down with a hilariously exaggerated case of vomiting that quickly grows into absolute pandemonium. It’s simple toilet humor on the surface, but the way it just keeps going and never slows down is what makes it work so well.
2 The Naked Fight – Borat
Sacha Baron Cohen’s performance as Borat is an all-time classic, and it’s his dedication to the character that makes this project work so effectively. And his dedication is arguably at its strongest during the movie’s most famous scene, when the actor gets into a naked wrestle with another character that goes on for much longer than anybody could have expected. It’s so confidently weird and uncomfortable that it becomes impossible to look away from, with Cohen somehow remaining in character and delivering a series of hilarious quips throughout the entire scene.
1 McLovin’s Fake ID – Superbad
Superbad has quickly become one of the most widely-respected and beloved comedies of the modern era, proving just how easy it can be to make the audience laugh when the on-screen talent has this kind of chemistry. This particular scene is extremely simple in its premise, following the protagonists’ attempts to forge a believable fake ID, but the way Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse bounce off each other is what really makes this moment so iconic. The pair have an excellent dynamic that really peaks in this moment, with Hill’s character finally losing his patience and letting his anger free.