Adam Sandler's career proves that people will laugh at anything - you don't have to be particularly smart to make people chuckle. What you see before you is a collection of 50 of the funniest scenes ever put to film: while the films themselves may not necessarily be classics, the clips won't fail to have you LOLing like a 12 year-old girl. Smart-talk, swearing and slapstick scenes are all well represented, while comedians like Jim Carrey, Steve Martin and Charlie Chaplin all make the cut. Hell, even regular joes like Nicolas Cage get their dues (although The Wicker Man is a laugh riot for all the wrong reasons). The bottom line? If it's not on this list, it ain't funny. Now, get involved and try not to piss yourself laughing. DIGG THIS STORY
THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (2005)
"KNOW HOW I KNOW YOU'RE GAY?"
The set-up: Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen trade verbal barbs over a not-so friendly game of Mortal Kombat. Each one tries to prove that the other is, in fact, a homosexual, offering up supporting evidence like "You macramed yourself a pair of jean shorts" and the damning "You like Coldplay."
THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984)
"STONEHENGE, WHERE THE DEMONS DWELL..."
The set-up: Britain's loudest band decides to bring back a classic motif for their latest tour: the mighty monoliths of Stonehenge. Unfortunately, due to a metric mix-up, they end up with a stone statue that's "in danger of being crushed by a dwarf," something that only becomes apparent mid song.
"THIS IS NIKKI, LEAVE A MESSAGE..."
The set-up: On the rebound after his girlfriend of six years tore his heart out, Mikey (a slimline Jon Favreau) hits on a cute girl in a bar and gets her digits, but fails to wait the required time before calling. We're talking hours instead of days. Epic fail, Mikey.
BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003)
"MY TINY LITTLE NIPPLES WENT TO FRANCE!"
The set-up: Disgruntled news anchor Bruce (Jim Carrey) is granted heavenly powers by the Almighty himself to see if he can do a better job playing God. But why bother answering prayers and solving famine and war when you can screw over the jerk-off news reporter that stole your job?
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988)
"MAY I GO TO THE BATHROOM FIRST?"
The set-up: Michael Caine and Steve Martin play two ruthless conmen who adopt a posh facade in order to swindle a variety of gullible folk. Martin draws the short straw and must play family retard Ruprecht, for whom dinnertime and toilet time aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. Mind that fork, Ruprecht.
DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
"MEIN FUHRER... I CAN WALK!"
The set-up: The world is on the brink of disaster after American planes are wrongly despatched to drop a nuclear payload over Russia. Down in the War Room, government scientist Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers) discusses his plan for repopulation with the President, while desperately struggling to overcome his Nazi-controlled arm.
DUCK SOUP (1933)
THE MIRROR SCENE
The set-up: Harpo and Groucho Marx teach the rest of the world how sublime physical comedy is supposed to be done, performing one of the most perfect comedy routines ever seen on screen. Harpo mimics his brother's movements while masquerading as his reflection in a non-existent mirror: the 360 degree spin is wonderfully half-arsed.
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975)
"THE BLACK KNIGHT ALWAYS TRIUMPHS!"
The set-up: King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his Knights of the Round Table come across a stubborn soul in the form of the Black Knight, who challenges Arthur to a fight to the death. After losing several limbs (and his dignity), the Black Knight agrees to "call it a draw."
"OH STEWARDESS, I SPEAK JIVE!"
The set-up: Mid-flight in Jim Abraham/David Zucker's flawless Airport spoof, and two African-American fellows are discussing life and current affairs in their own imitable patois ("Leg 'er down 'n smack 'em yak 'em!"). Stewardess Julie Hagerty can't understand a word until an elderly passenger happily translates their 'jive' talkin'.
"I'M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION!"
The set-up: Happily driving along with his canine friend Baxter, Will Ferrell's news anchor Ron Burgundy haphazardly chucks his burrito out the window and takes down Jack Black's biker. Who responds by punting Ron's dog off a bridge. "That's how I roll," he says, satisfied. Ron is understandably devastated.