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“Oh yeah. I thought it was a mistake from the beginning. It was just unlike anything else in the Star Wars universe. And I initially said that I didn’t want to do it, but George said it would help keep Star Wars in the consciousness and I wanted to be a team player so I did it. And I also said that I didn’t think Luke should sing, so they cut that number. And now, I think we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. They should put on the extra of the DVD’s - it shows how incredibly fallible we are! At that same time, it did introduce Boba Fett in an animated sequence, so it’s significant in that respect. Plus Art Carney was in it, who is one of my favorite comedic actors of all time.”
–Mark Hamill, discussing the Star Wars Holiday Special during his 2014 Reddit AMA

“I never thought of myself as a comedic actor. I didn’t go to Second City, that’s not my background, I’m not a comic, I studied theater and my career when I started was a lot of dramatic stuff. I think I might be trying to do some things that I haven’t done in a while in different ways, but I think maybe my own … I don’t know if ignorance is the right word, but I don’t think I’ve viewed myself in the same way that everyone else has based on some of the movies I’ve done. The last few movies that I’ve done just happen to be comedies, but I don’t differentiate too much as I think maybe some other people. I would like to do some other things that would not be considered comedies”

Idk why but I hate the sub-genre of “comedic actor does an emotional dramedy where they are a dysfunctional flawed human person who deals with life problems while taking lots of long pauses and looking sadly toward the floor and also it’s very quiet and the primary color palette is a muted grey/blue.”

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Title: Addicted to Fresno
Year: 2015
Language: US (English)

Plot: Younger sister Martha is more stable and mature than her fragile, sex-addicted sister Shannon, who turns up in desperate need of saving. As usual she brings with her drama, damage and a dead body! Will she be able to balance all this with picking up her sexy Krav Maga instructor?

Basic Review:

  • A lesbian’s wet dream cast featuring Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black, But I’m A Cheerleader) in romantic lesbian roles. As well as these perfect women, this film featured endless cameos from well known comedic actors like Molly Shannon and Fred Armisen.
  • It was a great progressive comedy that made several comments on homophobia and sexism, even though it wasn’t entirely the basis of the plot.
  • The protagonist is a confident and grounded lesbian woman who plays a strong role for the characters around her
  • The film has all of the cult-comedy quirks we have seen in recent years, making its quick humor and lovable characters easy to watch.
  • For all fans of Aubrey Plaza, cult-comedy and lesbian films, this was made for you!
I wasn’t seeing a really safe space for women to aggregate and create content that was funny,” recalls Banks, a comedic actor best known for her roles in 30 Rock and Pitch Perfect, who has since moved behind the camera to the director’s chair. “There was an article by the late Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair in 2007, at a time when I was trying to act in movies, and its entire thesis was that women aren’t funny. WhoHaha is a reaction to that.
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How Elizabeth Banks’ New Site WhoHaha Is Putting The Spotlight On Women In Comedy

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airplane!

i dont think ive seen this movie since i was in highschool and im surprised at how much i still laughed and how many jokes i forgot. its an early 80s late 70s film and it SHOWS in the humor, which slides uncomfortably into “hmm this isnt so good to watch now-a-days is it” (it is both entirely believable that this movie was made by the zucker brothers and yet at the same time completely unbelievable) BUT man when the jokes hit they hit hard and fast and dont stop.

if any man ever deserved an oscar its leslie nielsen for his role as dr rumack. how one man can be so straight faced while being so consistently funny is beyond me. this is like, the defining moment of his career. its incredible to watch because he delivers every line with such conviction and deadly serious gravitas that it amplifies every “dont call me shirley” beyond what the script could have ever hoped to achieve. the use of typically “serious” actors playing comedic roles was a genius move and the movie is all the better for it.

yes, there are some very questionable and bad jokes in this movie but as the same time it is absolutely a triumph in comedic achievement. there are jokes in here that should be considered perfected, no longer needed to be reworked or redone (”i have news from the hospital” ”the hospital? what is it?” “oh its a big white building with doctors in it but thats not important right now”) and the consistent background jokes that have no attention drawn directly to them (the news reporter holding a melted ice cream cone instead of a mic) sell the film.

you can still watch this film and enjoy it, with the knowledge that you are watching a 70s film made by the zucker brothers. theres still a lot of gold here, far more of it than bad. it definitely helped shape my sense of humor growing up so thats my stamp of approval for it