Bev Chandler

Recently, Time Out Magazine asked a host of experts, comedians and film buffs to name the funniest movies of all time. They named "This is Spinal Tap" as the funniest.  We wondered if you agreed, and we conducted our own poll.  The Hollywood stars and our informal poll here in the Lake Area had some movies in common, but for the most part, the answers were really quite different. One noticeable difference was that the Hollywood stars didn't seem to have an appreciation for Mel Brooks while here in the Lake Area, his moves are greatly enjoyed.   Soooo ... let's take a peek at the Lake Area's Top 5!

Recently, Time Out Magazine asked a host of experts, comedians and film buffs to name the funniest movies of all time. They named "This is Spinal Tap" as the funniest.  We wondered if you agreed, and we conducted our own poll.  The Hollywood stars and our informal poll here in the Lake Area had some movies in common, but for the most part, the answers were really quite different.

Soooo..Let's take a peek at the Lake Area Top 5

5

Ghostbusters

Two SNL veterans plus the comedic genius of Harold Ramis made this outing memorable

Despite just a tad of slow pacing toward the end, Ghostbusters has some great moments. The chemistry was there and it obviously tickled your funny bone. The list of celebs didn't even rank this one in their Top 10.

4

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

The Griswolds could be your family. Be glad they aren't.
This parody of the "family Christmas" has become a huge favorite during the holiday season. The great thing about this movie is that, it doesn't really have to be Christmas time to enjoy it! Chevy Chase and Beverly DeAngelo knocked it out of the park. Clark (Chase), as usual, wants life to imitate art and tries to produce a Norman Rockwell family gathering ... as usual, he tries so hard he messes it up. A great moment is when his dad tells him that they had messed up Christmases as well. When Clark asks how his Dad handled it, the wise Dad smiles and answers "Jack Daniels."
3

Airplane!

The Zucker Brothers team up with Leslie Nielsen and strike comedy gold.
The Zucker Brothers' first foray into their own silly brand of humor fell flat. Only four episodes of "Police Squad" aired before it was cancelled. In 1977, "Kentucky Fried Movie" had a cult following but then they then took their pun-laden scripts to the big screen and struck gold with "Airplane!" So many great lines! One of the funniest things about the movie is that all those silly lines are delivered by people who were basically known as dramatic actors. Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges and Leslie Neilsen head up this all star cast and keep the laughs going non-stop. One great moment is, of course, when Barbara Billingsly (the mom from Leave it to Beaver) translates "jive." What a great moment!
2

Young Frankenstein

What can I say? Non-stop funny!
Mel Brooks pulled off the ultimate parody of horror movies with this one. Brooks, Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn and Cloris Leachman all prove their comedy worth in this one. And the supporting cast was brilliant, too. Peter Boyle as the monster, Kenneth Mars as the Police Inspector and Gene Hackman as the Blind Man -- they all add such great support that their parts are as memorable as any of the stars. Who knew scary could be so funny?
1

Blazing Saddles

An equal opportunity offender!
You voted "Blazing Saddles" the funniest movie ever, and you did so by a near landslide. I say "near" because it was actually quite close between the two Mel Brooks movies in our poll. Many people still talk about the first time they ever saw "Saddles" ... it's so funny, it catches you off guard. The first time I saw it, I was exhausted when it was over! We then sent out for pizza and watched it again! A few years ago, I was hosting a show with "The Lovin' Spoonful" ... nice enough guys and all, but when I quoted a line from "Blazing Saddles," the drummer (Joe Butler, who is an original member) started throwing out his favorite lines ... before it was over, we were all standing around doing Blazing Saddles schtick. I need to go home and watch this one again!