‘Dan are you ready yet?’ Louise called.
'No! I’m not even taking that long, Zoe was only done a few minutes ago!’
Louise sighed at Dan’s comment because of how much of a lie it was. Dan seemed to care more about his appearance then either of the girls did.
It was just the three of them, Dan, Zoe and Louise, they were at Zoe’s house getting ready to go to a concert for the night and they were all just as excited as each other.
Dan had been friends with the two for as long as he could remember. Even since before he was old enough for people to tell him that it was a bit strange for him to only hang around with girls. It didn’t bother him though. He’d just never really thought about trying to befriend a boy before, they all seemed to scary and hard to talk to and Dan really didn’t have the courage for that.
'I’ve been ready for ten whole minutes actually Dan, now come on!’ Zoe complained.
'Alright alright I’m coming, let’s go to the car’ Dan said, dashing out of the bathroom. 'How do I look?’ He asked, standing in what he thought was the most confident looking position possible.
'Woah, Zoe gasped 'you look…’
'Very handsome’ Louise cooed.
He was wearing a white button up shirt, with some kind of intricate pattern adorned on it, a pair of black skinny jeans (which he rarely took off actually) and black stud earrings to match. His hair was wild and curly with slightly shaved sides, it looked so crazy and unkept but still managed to look like he’d spent a lot of time on it.
'Thanks’ he replied shyly, a slight tinge of red appearing on his cheeks. 'Now let’s go before we miss the whole damn thing!’
It didn’t take long for them to get there. They were greeted with the sound of flashing cameras and screams as they joined the cue. Dan looked up and saw the name of the act they were all here to see in lights above the venue door.
'Philip Lester’ it read.
Dan knew that name well. Phil was Dan’s favourite singer, he wasn’t sure if it was because of his looks or his mesmerising voice but Dan definitely wouldn’t have come out to see anyone else.
'Hey Dan, we’re allowed in now’ the girls giggled at him as he still had a gormless expression on his face and was staring up at the sign.
He’d been too busy daydreaming to even notice the hoards of people that were now piling into the theatre.
Zoe took Dan by the hand and the three friends stepped inside.
'Oh uh one second’ Louise struggled, one trying to hold her things while the other was trying to fumble around in her bag to find the tickets.
'Here you go sir’
'Thank you very much, have fun guys!’
The wait seemed to last ages. Dan sat in his chair, huddled between Zoe and Louise (at the very front none the less) gazing up at the stage.
'Ladies and gentlemen…’ a loud booming voice echoed around the room.
'Ahhhhh! He’s coming, he’s coming!’ Dan, Zoe and Louise squealed to each other.
'Eeeeee!’ Everyone was cheering and screaming.
Dan was pretty sure that his screams were louder than anyone else’s. The young man came and walked out onto the stage and as he cleared his throat silence fell across the theatre.
'Hello everyone’ he beamed before bracing for the impact of the screaming crowd as it started back up.
'He’s just as dreamy in real life’ Zoe whispered.
'Before we begin I have an announcement to make’ Phil said into his microphone 'at the end of the show I will be giving away a free backstage pass to one lucky audience member, and the winner will get to come and hang out with me after the show’s finished’
Dan couldn’t hear himself think after all the noise that sentence caused around the room.
'Wooooo’ Louise shouted, particularly loudly. Then quietly said to Dan 'you could win that you know’ as she nudged him on the shoulder.
'Yeah right, like anyone ever picks me for anything, let’s just sit back and enjoy the show’
And that’s exactly what they did. The three of them had never danced so much in their lives, they laughed and jumped around as Phil’s singing echoed around the room. Although, Dan did spill his drink at one point, somehow managing to get it all over Louise’s dress, which he was nothing but apologetic about. But Louise assured him that it was okay and they continued to dance the rest of the night away until the very last song had finished.
'Alllright then folks’ Phil started speaking after he’d finished singing his 17th (or was it eighteenth?) song. Dan had lost track of how long the night had been to be honest but it had without a doubt been the most fun he’d ever had.
'It’s time, to chose the lucky winner!’ Phil stated in a fake dramatic voice.
He clambered down off the stage then and began walking through the audience.
'Hmmm, but who to pick?’ He questioned with a mischievous grin in his face. He walked round looking at the crowd, clearly taking his time to choose. Dan kept his eyes on Phil the whole time, watching him as he searched, he was coming closer and closer and Dan was still looking at him and then Phil returned the gaze.
Dan froze with shock. He had no time to process anything at all though.
'You! You there, would like like to come backstage with me?’ Phil came waltzing over beaming as he looked down at him, seemingly not even noticing how much he was dying inside from the shock.
'I err, I’d love to…’
'Alrighttt, lets go’
Phil took Dan by the hand then and led him back the way he’d came.
'Bye guys!’ Dan called to Zoe and Louise behind him, he didn’t turn around to see the looks on their faces but he imagined they would be just as shocked as his.
Everything seemed like a blur to Dan then, he was touching Phil Lester of all people… and they were holding hands! He couldn’t believe his luck, nothing good ever happened to him…
Once he was up on he stage he stood there and listened as Phil spoke.
'Okay then everyone, I would like to thank you all for coming…’
Dan wasn’t really listening, his mind was still racing with adrenaline. He looked out into the crowd and saw Zoe and Louise. They were both waved and smiling wildly at him and he was pretty sure he sure Louise mouthed
'You lucky shit!’
'What’s your name then?’ Phil asked turning to face him. Dan felt so flustered. He hadn’t even noticed that Phil had finished speaking and that the crowd of fans was now piling out of the theatre. He felt slightly like he had been strangled but somehow he still managed to form words.
'I’m er, Daniel. Daniel Howell’
'Well, hi there I guess’ He blushed as he spoke which made Dan a little curious.
'I really love your music you know, this is so cool!’
Phil blushed even harder.
'Thanks… you know, you’re kinda cute’
What?! Had Phil just? Did he just? Dan thought he was actually going to drop the floor and faint. What kind of over obsessive fangirl was he? He had to pull himself together.
'Oh er, thank you… are we gonna go backstage then?’
'So, this is Larry’ Phil gestured over to a tall important looking man wearing headphones 'he’s our sound guy’
'Hi’ Dan introduced himself.
'He can’t hear you, you know, headphones’ Phil laughed grabbing Dan’s arm and dragging him down a corridor.
It was a lot bigger behind the stage than Dan thought, he felt overwhelmed by how much there was to look at. A large burly looking man walked past them then.
'Oh this is Drake, he’s my bodyguard’
'Um, hello’ Dan felt slightly intimidated until the man caught him by surprise and smiled at him’
'Hello’ he said.
'He may look tough, but he’s actually he big softie’ Phil exclaimed.
They walked round for what seemed like hours, and well it might have been for all they knew. They were both having so much fun, they seemed to have connected so easily. Dan didn’t feel like just another crazed fan to Phil and Phil didn’t feel like an obnoxiously self centred celebrity to Dan. The two had become friends almost automatically.
They walked down another corridor and Phil spoke up.
'Hey, what do you say we grab some food and chill in my dressing room? As much as I’d love to show you round more I’m literally going to die of hunger if I don’t eat’
Phil came to a halt outside one of the doors.
'Okay, so we’re not strictly supposed to go in here… but I saw some great looking cakes and sandwiches through that door earlier’
'Well then its a good thing I’m feeling a little rebellious’ Dan smirked at Phil.
'Alright on the count of three we’ll run inside and nab as much food as we can, then follow me and we can sneak it into my dressing room.’
'Sounds like a plan’
'Okay. One… two… three!’
The two boys darted though the door, (luckily no one was inside) and grabbed the food that had been nicely laid out on the table. Then they sprinted back out and Dan followed suit as Phil ran down the corridor and into one of the other rooms.
They were practically gasping for breathe then.
'It seems you share my physique’ Phil joked after catching his breath a little.
Dan looked up.
'Yeah… exercise is overrated’
As he looked around he saw that they were in a rather fancy looking room, lit up with bright lights and scattered with mirrors.
'Woah this is your dressing room?’
'Sure is’ Phil replied proudly.
They tucked into the food right away after that. Phil was right, the it tasted amazing. There were sandwiches of all different kinds, cakes that tasted heavenly and about five different and if soda.
'I’m really living the pop star life now, huh?’ Dan said, sat crossed legged on the carpet.
'Yeah, well you got food on your chin Mr Pop Star’ Phil laughed.
'I do?’ Dan blushed.
'Come here’ Phil scooted closer to him and wiped his chin with a napkin.
Dan was a little surprised when he didn’t scoot to his previous position, he stayed sat close, right in front of Dan. Dan felt a little awkward eating when they were sat so close so he put down the sandwich he was holding.
Phil was looking at him still. It wasn’t a normal kind of look though, there was something longing about it that made Dan want to look right back at him. As he did he could see Phil’s eyes up close. They were quite beautiful, he’d seen them before on various posters and in magazines but the were so much prettier, so much brighter in person.
'You’re very cute, you know that Dan?’
Phil said again, he seemed so transfixed by Dan’s gaze.
'You’ve said that already’ Said Dan laughing.
'Oh I have… sorry’
'No no it’s okay, good to know that celebrities are human too and that they aren’t perfect’
'I really do hate the word celebrity’ Phil confessed thoughtfully.
'Yeah, it makes it sound like we’re above other people just because we got lucky. But we’re just the same as everyone else’
Dan paused at this comment, he thought for a moment. For some reason it didn’t feel like the two his just met. They felt so close already, like they’d known each other forever.
'You’re not the same as everyone else Phil’ Dan said.
'And for the record I think you’re cute too’
Phil stretched out his hand and placed it under Dan’s chin as they continued to hold each other’s gaze.
'Oh really? What kind of cute?’
'I er… don’t know how to say’
Dan’s cheeks glowed with scarlett.
He began to lean in closer to the other man. Phil closed his eyes.
'Then show me…’
Dan kissed him then. Feeling like he was going to explode as he did so. Phil was kissing him back, wrapping his arms around him and gripping his shirt gently. Dan could feel Phil’s breath against his lips. They pulled away eventually, each other’s eyes still solely focused on each other.
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It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the decade. Let’s look back at the twenty greatest comedies this decade had to offer (so far).
20. Cedar Rapids(2011)
This was Ed Helms first outing as a leading man in a widely unseen indie comedy. The Office alum stars as a naive insurance salesman who is sent to represent his company at the annual insurance convention. Although that doesn’t sound like a hilarious plot, the cast that includes John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Sigourney Weaver will prove otherwise.
19. Ruby Sparks (2012)
One of the most innovative romantic comedies in recent memory, Ruby Sparks follows a young successful author (Paul Dano) who’s struggling with a followup novel, but when he begins to write about a woman that appears in his dreams, she then appears in real life (played by Zoe Kazan). From the director team behind Little Miss Sunshine, this film is thought-provoking, magical, and lovely.
18. The Skeleton Twins (2014)
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are a perfect match in this dark comedy. They star as an estranged set of twins who reunite after an attempted suicide. What normally would have been a family drama, Wiig and Hader’s chemistry and charm stir some big laughs.
17. Win Win (2011)
Paul Giamatti is certainly one of Hollywood’s most under-appreciated actors of our time. He gives one of the best performances of his career in this indie film about a struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach who gets himself in hot water when the grandson of an elderly client he deceived for financial gain enters his life. The winning cast includes Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavalle, Jeffrey Tambor, and Melanie Lynskey.
16. Pitch Perfect (2012)
Pitch Perfect surprised audiences and took America by storm. A career catapult for Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect follows The Bellas, an all-girls singing group, and their rise back to the top at the upcoming national acapella championship. With good music, good laughs, and good talent, there’s no way you can go wrong.
15. The World’s End (2013)
The third entry in what became known as the Cornetto Trilogy, director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite once again in a comedy about five childhood friends who reunite to finish a pub crawl that was never completely, but little do they know that their hometown is being run by apocalyptic robots. Yes, the plot sounds silly (understandably so, it’s from the guys behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), but it’s one of the wittiest comedies in years. The cast includes Martin Freeman, Pierce Brosnan, and a future Oscar-nominee Rosamund Pike.
14. Neighbors (2014)
Definitely the funniest comedy of 2014, Neighbors stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, a young couple whose lives are disrupted by a fraternity that moves in next door. On top of the endless amount of (immature) laughs, there are actually great performances from Rose Byrne, who steals every scene she appears in, and Zac Efron, who plays the insane passionate fraternity president.
13. It’s a Disaster (2013)
Probably the most unseen comedy on this list, It’s a Disaster is a grounded yet outstanding film about a couples lunch that goes oh-so wrong. An ensemble comedy that resembles the classic 80s film Clue, the hilarious non-A-list cast includes David Cross, Julia Stiles, Erinn Hayes, Blaise Miller, and America Ferrera. You can find this film on Netflix.
12. Pride (2014)
Pride is such an emotional film, it teeters on the boarder of drama. This historical comedy follows the unlikely alliance of group of coal miners in northern England and a LGBT community in London in a defiant protest against the government. It’s very moving, almost tear-inducing. On top of the compelling true story, the film also includes a terrific cast and a great soundtrack.
11. Bridesmaids (2011)
Whether you liked it or not, Bridesmaids was a milestone for women in comedy. Never has it been proven that a group of women can be funny, raunchy, and bring in the big bucks (well, maybe the Sex and the City movies). This film solidified the career of Kristen Wiig post-SNL and put Melissa McCarthy on the map.
10. The Intouchables (2012)
You may not have heard of this one, but it was a global hit. The Intouchables is a French film inspired by the real-life relationship of a quadriplegic millionaire and young man from the projects he hires as his caregiver after suffering from a paragliding accident. With uplifting, heartwarming, and powerful performances, this film will make you laugh as much as you read those subtitles.
9. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of the most well-written romantic comedies of the 21st century. This ensemble film follows several romances that somehow intertwine. Every plot twist will keep you on the edge of your seat. The fantastic cast includes Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon.
8. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Many Wes Anderson fans believe his earlier work is the best. I beg the differ. Moonrise Kingdom is a sweet, quirky, coming-of-age flick with excellent debut performances from young actors Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Leave it to Wes to recruit a cast with the talents of Bill Murray, Francis McDormand, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, and Bruce Willis.
7. This Is The End (2013)
This Is The End is a comedy like no other. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride all star as themselves as they experience the apocalypse. Joined by some of their famous friends, This Is The End is truly unpredictable and absolutely hysterical.
6. Young Adult (2011)
Certainly one of the most underrated comedies of the 21st century, Young Adult is about people we know exist. The film follows an unsatisfied novelist who returns home and attempts to win over her already-married high school sweetheart. The Juno team of director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody reunite for a film that I personally think exceeds their predecessor. Plus, Charlize Theron gives her best performance since 2003’s Monster and Patton Oswalt gives his best performance since ever!
While Nebraska wouldn’t exactly appeal to millennials, it truly hits home. This Alexander Payne film is about a man who drives his estranged drunken father to claim a supposed sweepstakes prize. There are a handful of great performances from Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, and the outrageously hilarious June Squibb. It may be shot in black and white, but this is a timeless comedy full of color.
4. 21 Jump Street (2012)
Remember when we thought that a movie reboot of a classic 80s TV show would fail miserably? How stupid were we?!? 21 Jump Street is a seemingly rare exception to Hollywood’s endless trend of remakes. Whether it’s the self-awareness, the humorously elaborate action sequences, or the winning combination of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, no film has been this funny in years!
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
No comedy is such a work of art like The Grand Budapest Hotel. The production value is spectacular. The fun crime caper plot, the stunning art direction, and a cast of colorful characters come together in Wes Anderson’s crowning achievement full of elegant yet edgy humor, mostly due to Ralph Fienne’s incredibly zany performance.
2. Midnight in Paris (2011)
Whoever said that Woody Allen’s best days are behind him was so wrong. Owen Wilson fills in Woody-style as a struggling American writer in Paris who mysteriously wanders back into the 1920s and finds inspiration. The wonderful cast includes Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Corey Stoll, a pre-famous Tom Hiddleston, and Kathy Bates. Beautifully shot and extremely well-written, Midnight in Paris is smart, humorous, and above all magical.
1. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Not only is Silver Linings Playbook a great comedy, it’s an overall great film. There’s drama, romance, and even music. Jennifer Lawrence shines in her Oscar-winning role while Bradley Cooper shows his true potential as a leading man, and that’s on top of the tremendous supporting cast of Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker. Writer/Director David O. Russell finds the humor in the lives of such broken people, which is easier said than done. Silver Linings Playbook is about love, determination, and ultimately finding happiness. Now what comedy can top that?
Honorable Mention:Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), Bernie (2011), Don Jon (2013), Escape From Tomorrow (2013), The Kings of Summer (2013), Obvious Child (2014), The One I Love (2014), Ted (2012), The Way Way Back (2013)
What do you think of the list? Are there any major omissions? What comedy do you think is the best of the decade (so far)?