No Laughing Matter


On Monday we reported on “Indignation,” the Philip Roth adaptation that opens today. Well another movie is hitting theaters as well, a documentary on comedy in the age of perpetual outrage called “Can We Take A Joke?

As a tribute to the gentle art of making people laugh, here’s a mini-gallery of comedic actor Leslie Nielsen, who went down into humor history with the “Naked Gun” films. Yet he began his career as a B movie leading man; in fact I just recently rewatched “Forbidden Planet,” in which Nielsen’s role is about as straight-laced as can be. I wonder if anyone in the industry knew that such a talent to amuse lay underneath?

Never forget the old adage that laughter is the best medicine. After the two political conventions, I think we could all use a heavy dose. — CC





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8 Comments on "No Laughing Matter"

  1. Daughters of Comedy Godfathers: Kelly Carlin, Rain Pryor, & Kitty Bruce

  2. A. Nonny Mouse | July 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm |

    So how is that HuffPo contract coming? Anyone taking you seriously yet?

  3. “I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.”

  4. I thought he was born with that silver hair.

  5. He resembles Vince Price with that mustache

    Mayor: Now Drebin, I don’t want any trouble like you had on the South Side last year, that’s my policy.

    Frank: Well, when I see five weirdos, dressed in togas, stabbing a man in the middle of the park in full view of a hundred people, I shoot the bastards, that’s *my* policy!

    Mayor: That was a Shakespeare-In-The-Park production of “Julius Caesar,” you moron! You killed five actors! Good ones!

  6. Eddie Burke | July 30, 2016 at 8:31 am |

    Frank sounds just like a Republican!

  7. Franks in a union, so can’t be Republican.

    Check this out, No Laughing Matter being the thread

  8. EVAN EVERHART | August 30, 2018 at 3:29 pm |

    @ Mac McConnell:

    My mother’s in a union, and she’s a Republican, though she used to be a Democrat pre-B.O. and Billary. We both detested Chimp Bush, and the Clinton Crime Syndicate.

    I myself am a staunchly conservative non-partisan following the admonishment of our first President, to not indulge in political parties but to rate our political decisions based upon facts, stance upon the issues (at hand and otherwise), and integrity of the individuals running, or in office (seeking re-election).

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