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Yasuhiko and I have been talking about one of the best ways to remain sane while the rest of the world has lost its collective mind is one of the easiest – laugh as much as you can.

Call up a friend and tell them the dumbest joke you ever heard – like, What do you get when you cross peanut butter with an elephant?  Well, you either get peanut butter that never forgets, or an elephant that sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Or: What did the Buddhist monk say to the New York City street hot dog vendor?  “Make me one with everything.”

(That one’s for Yasuhiko…)

I’ve got a lot of better ones but they’re not for family-friendly TTP.

One of the best ways to laugh of course is to watch a movie so funny you almost can’t stand it.  A joke lasts seconds, maybe a minute or so.  A movie lasts for more than an hour or two.  You need both – quick joke breaks in the day, and time off not to think of anything else but laughing your brains out.

So here’s my personal Top Ten list of the funniest movies I’ve ever watched.  They’re all on YouTube, Netflix, or Amazon.  Then some personal notes.  Here we go.


  1. Paint Your Wagon. Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seaberg. 1969.   Funniest movie I’ve seen in my life. “Do you know you could go blind?”
  1. Play It Again, Sam. Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. 1972. “Oh, so what are you doing Friday night?”
  1. Animal House. John Belushi, Tom Hulse. 1978.  The real animal house was Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) next door to mine, Sigma Nu at UCLA.  Belushi’s character Bluto was based on “Red Fox” (John Warner who became a prominent LA lawyer), while seduction master Otter (Hulse) was based on my fraternity brother Steve Deming – who’s a TTPer!  Care to comment, Demer? “Toga! Toga! Toga!”
  1. Team America – World Police. Trey Parker, Matt Stone. 2004. This is a puppet movie and is both excruciatingly funny and politically incorrect on steroids. Watch Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore get blown up, eviscerated, smashed like pumpkins.  Watch out, you may die laughing. “I’m so ronery, so sadry and ronery arone.”
  1. The Blues Brothers. Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Carrie Fisher. 1974. So funny and so much fun at the same time. See the video clip above.
  1. Blazing Saddles. Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Cleavon Little. Black Sheriff points gun at his head: “Alright, nobody move or the black guy gets it.”
  1. What About Bob? Bill Murray, Richard Drefuss. 1991.  “Why exactly are you doing this?”  “Well, if I fake then I don’t have it.”
  1. A Fish Called Wanda. Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese. 1988. “Disappointed!”
  1. Airplane!. Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, Lew Alcindor. 1980. “Surely you can’t be serious.” “I am serious – and don’t call me Shirley.”
  1. It Happened One Night. Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert. 1934. The classic of them all, Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay. Watch this one first.

Feel quite free to throw your favorites in the Forum ring.  The more you laugh and have just plain fun, the more you’ll keep your sanity – especially if you share and experience it with your family, friends, and loved ones.  Enjoy!