Wild and Crazy Guys: A Must-Own Comedy Book

Nick de Semlyen’s Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever is a must-own for comedy fans. When one thinks of the greatest comedies of the 1980s, you can’t help but think of sketch comedy series such as Saturday Night Live and SCTV.  These two series gave rise to some of the greatest comedy films and in some instances, some of the best comedy duos of all-time. This book…

"Wild and Crazy Guys: A Must-Own Comedy Book"

Spaceballs: Mel Brooks’ Star Wars Spoof Marks 32 Years

Spaceballs, Mel Brooks’ celebrated classic spoof of Star Wars and similar sci-fi films, marks its 32nd anniversary this year. Planet Spaceball–led by the inept President Skroob (Mel Brooks)–is out of clean air so they’re heading to planet Druida to suck all the fresh air.  As soon as the opening crawl finishes, the camera tracks Spaceball One from the start of the ship all the way to the rear.  The ship is so huge to the…

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John Candy: 25 Years Later

As the calendar turns to March 4 this year, it’s time to take a moment to remember the life of John Candy on the 25th anniversary of his passing. John Candy is one of those comedians who was taken away from us way too early at the age of 43.  One needs to only look at his IMDB profile to see his impact.  While his role in Vacation was tantamount to a brief cameo, John…

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: A Classic

Since its release in 1987, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles has become a Thanksgiving tradition for families across the United States. Advertising executive Neal Page (Steve Martin) wants to return home to Chicago.  He’s all set to get on a cab only to see it stolen out in front of his eyes by traveling salesman Del Griffith (John Candy).  This sets up the inevitable conflict that arises between the two when they next meet at La…

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1941: Steven Spielberg’s War Spoof Full of Hysterics

Led by some of the biggest names in comedy at the time, 1941 is Steven Spielberg’s most underrated film of all time. Following the success of National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978, filmmakers were looking to capitalize on the success.  Why wouldn’t they?  The film brought in a lot of money!  Some of the comedies that would follow in 1980 included Caddyshack, The Blues Brothers, and the joke-a-minute Airplane.  One film that didn’t quite hit…

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Cool Runnings: Get On Up, It’s Bobsled Time!

Cool Runnings is able to defy everything formulaic about sports movies and manages to rise up as a crowd-pleasing comedy. Directed by Jon Turteltaub from a script written by Lynn Siefert and Tommy Swerdlow & Michael Goldberg, the film stars Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Davis, Malik Yoba, and John Candy.  Interestingly enough, none of the four actors starring as the Jamaican bobsled team are even from Jamaica.  Three are from America and Lewis is said…

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