Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Cheap Humor/Spoof Comedies

Many of you are out there, don't have a wicked imagination. Many seem to get offended or find it childish as regards to cheap humor! It takes loads to have a sense of humor and it takes even more to enjoy cheap humor. There are many types of jokes out there...but none takes the cake like good old fashioned slapstick cheap humor! Appreciation of cheap humor is a skill that must be honed especially for the uptight people who are used to more conventional jokes.

When you are a self proclaimed Couch Tato, it's even better when the cheap humor is derived from actual movies-hence creating SPOOF MOVIES. Cause not only do you re-affirm that you have watched many movies and can remember them..it makes the movie all the more enjoyable knowing where the joke came from, its origin...it's double meaning... it's like having an insider joke on a joke.

Cheap Humor is the kind that makes you spit coke through your nostrils. That makes you slap your knee,and shake your head saying 'Damn! Damn! Damn!' while breathing for air as tears roll down your cheeks. It stretches your imagination to unparalleled lengths..and singlehandedly such movies have been the source of my humor.

A field dominated by the Wayans Bros. Initially, Keenen Ivory Wayans had released the successful I'm gonna get you sucker! that spoofed Shaft and black super hero's of the earlier times. And not forgetting the succesful In Living Color comedy series that catapulted James Curry into the Jim Curry he is of today. This genre was perfected by the likes of Leslie Nielsen and Charlie Sheen (the King and Prince of Spoof respectively) in the 80's and 90's. Names like Mel Brooks and Jim Abrahams and David Zucker are also synonymous with this genre. If you remember Baseketball-a really silly movie with classic jokes would also fall in this cheap humor category but it spoofed sports... was helmed also by David Zucker. Funnily Jim Abrahams, David Zucker have worked on similar movies Hot Shots/Naked Gun and Zucker has directed Scary Movie 3 and next year will be doing Scary Movie 4.

I highly recommend each of these movies...remember it is nothing but cheap laughs so sit back and enjoy.


To me Scary Movie is my all time best Spoof. Many loathed it-many didn't find it funny! I thought this was the best of the best! Never has a spoof been so concentrated with scenes from actual movies...none will ever come close. A glorious celebration to all the movies it mocked and mimicked- a real JUSTICE!
Almost each scene was funny!
The humor was raw/toilet/cheap. Just the way it should be.

The Exorcist spoof in Scary Movie 2 is a classic with renowned James Woods. Not to mention cheap shots at the 2002 election/callista flockhart/hollowman spoof with Titanic was funny as hell.

Scary Movie 3 was milder and better than Scary Movie 2 and the addition of Charlie Sheen and Leslie Nielsen was an added advantage! It was more a white movie than Black ...but by golly there were tears rolling down these cheeks! From Ring to Lord of the Rings to Signs...horrors will never be the same again not when this sequels are on a roll. Next year comes Scary movie 4.

Not Another Teen Movie

If i wasn't biased against Scary Movie this would take the cake. Lordy! You must have first watched "Cruel Intentions, She's All That, Varsity Blues, American Pie, Road Trip, Bring it On, 10 things I love about...e.t.c
-the secret of not being a geek is getting rid of glasses and a pony tail
-how sad the chick was when reminiscing about her mom's death. "it was a dark night. the rain started pouring heavily and mom was driving to buy us dinner. she couldn't see the road clearly the car started swerving..." ROAD ACCIDENT? "...No, Cancer!"
-you put the 'ism' in this is all just a defense mechanism!
-Bring it! What's it? IT!

Robin Hood:Men in Tights

Oh boy! Oh boy, I laughed through out the whole movie. Remember the tagline
"The legend had it coming... Find out where Robin Hood put his Little John, what made Will Scarlet, and what did Friar Tuck into his tights that Maid Marion all of a quiver?"
This was a Mel Brooks film, he who has done other spoofs like "Dracula Dead and Loving it" with none other than Leslie Nielsen and an old favorite comedy of mine "Blazing Saddles."

From the little guillotines for circumcision/the chastity belt/to poles hitting the camera with an apologetic ooops...this was pure comedy!

Wrongfully Accused

Now who would ever think Leslie Nielsen would ever quit. There was the lesser successful ...but boy he delivered on this one. With a Fugitive storyline-you just have to laugh out loud.

Hot Shots: Part 1 and Deux

There was part one and two. First one was a Top Gun spoof while second one was a Rambo spoof. Arguably, one of the cheapest movies ever-lock me in a jail and leave me with this DVD!!!! I laughed and laughed all through this movie I can't even begin to recup.

Naked Gun:1, 2 1/2, 33 1/3

Now this was my first silly comedy ever. Trust me you don't know comedy till you watch Naked Gun 1-From the files of Police Squad, Naked Gun 2 1/2-The smell of Fear , Naked Gun 33 1/3-The Final Insult


Pure Jim Abraham's also responsible for Airplane the origin of all spoofs,Naked Gun and Hot Shots. This takes a stab at gangster movies such as Godfather, Casino, Goodfellas....
Absolute must must must see! A volley of giggles, I tell you!


THANK YOU ADRIAN for reminding me about this one. I'm ashamed and appaled for having left this beauty out. It's a gem out of the National Lampoon Series. Emilio Estevez and Samuel L Jackson(damn he has come a long way) taking on the roles of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. It spoofed movies of that time including the killer Basic Instinct spoof with a a transvestite Sharon Stone criss-crossing her legs. Damn pure pure cheap humor!!!!! Emilio Estevez an original member of the 80's Brat Pack along with his brother Charlie Sheen will soon be appearing in a sequel to cheap comedies that are not spoofs!


akiey said...

Here 1st, looking over my shoulder...naaah, just making sure my hoodie is worn right to keep me warm:)
Lemme go read this new post, missed the last one but now am back!

Nakeel said...

Can i take the second sit and relax now...
Be back to comment after am done with the referendum wave...

Milonare said...


Naked Gun yaani killed me over and over

Hehehehehehe Kwanza that wry smile of Leslie Neilsen


Memories memories...

Hot Shots and the "I'll kill you until you die from it"

Dayum bruh... Memories LMAO LOLOLOL

Msanii_XL said...

Now i know why the aversion to stellar comedies such my own seinfeld...cheap humor connoisseur

Adrian said...

men in tights was too funny! remembering "hatchi" and the big guy drowning in that ka-river.

hot shots were both also funny.
my favourite scene is probably the frying egg on stomach bit... (don't like eggs though)

how could you not mention "loaded weapon"?! i mean, lethal weapon was already cool, and then came loaded weapon and played with it -which was just too funny.

Couch 'tato said...

@akiey=nakeel:am still waiting
@milo:if u can hook me up with that as an xmas gift..muchos gracious amigos/el broda
@msanii:id rather cheap humor to the likes of seinfeld anyday. not that seinfeld wasnt good but...
@adrian:in my initial draft em days loaded weapon was in it. AM TOTALLY asamed..yet glad u watched.NGAI the BASIC INSTICNT spoof was hilarious ati she had balls and hair...damn! Emilio Estevez who is Charlie Sheen's Brother played that role so bloody well.

spicebear said...

i think spoofs are the greatest form of comedy ... robin hood men in tights killed me with laughter. i know im killing you when i say this, but scary movies 1-3 didnt do it for me, neither did not another teen movie - they are there on the list with star wars and lord of the rings movies: too much hype. before you go all loco on me ill say that the hot shot flicks are the best, and the naked gun ones are hilarious. hope im forgiven ... :-)

Memoire said...

Haha ha ha 'Men in tights' .. I'd forgotten how funny it was. I agree, spoofs are the ultimate test of sense of humour. As for Scary Movie, I recall watching part I in a cinema and we were literally falling over except for some killjoy bloke, the gags were then very unexpected. If u made a spoof what would it be?

Guessaurus said...

I know I will be falling foul from the humour factory, but apart from men in tights and Naked Gun, there isnt any other movies on that line-up Nick... :(

But, I agree spoof and cheap humour does get me - but I tend to find that in everyday things and movies and people, as opposed to those specifically targeted for that!

Am I the only one who didnt think the scary movies series was scary, just spoof comedy funny?

Couch 'tato said...

@spicebear: pardon me as i remove the knife in my back
@memoire:glas to have you here...now u seem to know ur stuff come here and give us a hug
@guessy:they were not horrors they were pure funny
1.about the spoof mvies
2.u trivialised Lord of the Rings...all 3 of them...i need a moment to recompose myself

spicebear said...

okay, maybe the lord of the rings/star wars reference went too far and traumatised you. but i cannot for the life of me watch one of them without a) falling asleep b) using the fast foward button. think i had better stop before i dig this grave of mine any further ...

Couch 'tato said...

@spicebear:haki i might block ur proxy after saying such atrocity and u keep comin back to inject kryptonite damn u are nasty...u nastybear

Msanii_xl said...

Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood ...ghetto spoofery at its finest i say

@tato..I saw your matusis watch ya back lard boy

nick said...

@msanii:oh yeah that was another wayans flick as well. remember the famous line "thats the wrong hole fool" woe unto akina boyz in the hood and menace to society...kwanza how Shawn used to fight with his mama..ha ha ha ha

Medusa said...

Hey Nick- btw, you should watch Shop girl..have you yet? You might like it..
Loove those scary movies..too funee! Naked gun.yes yes..we can definitely do this movie thing- cheers!

sandman said...

I've probably watched loaded weapon like 15 times. Enyewe you know your music and movies.

Shiroh said...

Not another teen movie is the only movie i have watched over 5 times and laughed the same.

The.Hanyeé said...

Muthee! Pole for this very late post!

hahahaha..im chipping here from kicheko just remembering all this.

You couldnt have said it better...here are a few more you should look out for (if you havent seen yet):
- Kung Pow: Enter The Fist
- Mel Brook's History of the World Part 1
- Airplane!

Mel Brooks was the father of spoof and Leslie Nielsen fuatad those steps in the most deadly of ways!

Problem is that a lot of the "older" jokes/pranks are being reproduced and its getting kidogo stale. But what irks me the most is those people who read tooo deeply into these movies. They are made to be exactly that: Cheap Humor/Spoof Comedies!

Now, wacha I see if I can get my hands on the Loaded Weapon DVD!