Mat and I developed a sudden interest in comedy shows and movies last summer, and found some good stuff (we think). In the market for a mood change? Maybe we can help. Here's a list of comedies we've seen recently and liked:
1. A Bit of Fry and Laurie
This obscure British comedy stars our favorite comic duo, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Laurie is now Dr. House on the TV show "House," which we like, but Laurie is even better in this series from early in his career. Not every skit is funny, but we watched some of them over, and over, and over ...
2. Arrested Development
It took me a couple of episodes to get into this now-defunct TV series, but once I was hooked I laughed non-stop. Just say the name of the family lawyer out loud several times: "Bob Lawblaw." Now say: "Bob Lawblaw's law blog."
3. The Office
Being the Anglophiles that we are, we saw the British version of this comedy, but I hear the American version is just as funny, and the characters are very similar.
Expect slapstick, put your brain on pause, and you'll laugh.
5. Jerry Seinfeld: "I'm Telling You For the Last Time"
It's Seinfeld. What else is there to say?
6. There's Something About Mary
A little crude, a little juvenile, but a good distraction.
7. 50 First Dates
Sweet, heart-warming, and a couple of laugh-out-loud funny scenes.
8. Fever Pitch
Cute, occasionally annoying, but features the Red Sox!
9. Dumb and Dumber
Mat thinks this is one of the funnies movies ever made; I think it must be a guy thing.
10. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Mat: "I love it. Incredible movie." Kimberly: "So-so." You'll have to judge for yourself.
11. The Royal Tennenbaums
More Mat than Kimberly. Another judgment call you'll have to make for yourself.
This was funnier 10 years ago, so if you're in your 20s, you're all set.
Our research into funny is ongoing, so if you've got suggestions, let us know! If you hated our list, keep it to yourself!