Reviews and Blog Posts: Comedy

Goodbye Egon

Dr. Egon Spengler

You may not recognize his face or even his name, but the comedy world lost an incredible talent today with the passing of Harold Ramis. He leaves an astounding legacy of writing and directing some of the most enduring (and quotable) comedy features and acting, most famously as the ever serious Ghostbuster, Dr. Egon Spengler.

Ghostbusters remains one my all time favorite films. Its witty dialog, spot-on acting, eccentric characters, creative storytelling, and pseudoscientific plot lines makes it one of the most enjoyable and audience friendly films I can think of. Pure desert island worthy material. If this was all Ramis left the film world, it would be enough in my book. But his body of work includes so much more and in light of his passing feels like it all deserves another view. Here are some of the highlights:

Dad is fat

by Jim Gaffigan

DPL Rating:
4

I picked up this book because I wanted to give audiobooks another chance. I figured this would be a safe choice since it’s read by Jim Gaffigan, and I already know I love listening to Jim Gaffigan. There’s certainly no one else I would be willing to listen to talk...

We killed : the rise of women in American comedy

by Yael Kohen

DPL Rating:
5

The exploration of the heated question are women funny is fully and hilariously discussed in We Killed: the rise of women in American comedy. First of all, the chapters are divided into eras of comedy and the corresponding comedians and themes. If anyone is looking for a specific American female...

Allo 'allo. The complete series one

DPL Rating:
4

I grew up in a former British colony and in the 80s we only had one television station so you had no choice but to watch whatever was on (unless of course you rented a movie or something). This show came on at night and was hugely popular. I recently started...

Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns)

by Mindy Kaling

DPL Rating:
3

Mindy Kaling's humor is both casual and over-the-top. She relishes in ridiculous situations and exaggerates annoyances and misunderstandings until they become endearing musings. Listening to her audiobook was like hearing your sweet, sassy, and dramatic friend tell her life story. Kaling can be a girly-girl, but in a genuine and self-deprecating way,...

Put On Your Thinking Cap

Pop Quiz

There's no better way to ease into the new school year than with a pop quiz. For every tagline below, guess the corresponding movie title. No pencil or paper needed for this challenge but please, do keep your eyes on your own screen.

To get started, click the link for the title and place a hold for those you haven't seen or wish to view again for extra credit. (The Library doesn't give extra credit but it sure sounds motivating.)

Hint: all movies feature middle school or high school angst without one John Hughes film in the mix.

Happy Birthday, Dame Maggie Smith!

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, aka Maggie Smith, was born December 28, 1934 in Essex, England. She is a highly respected actress, winner of 2 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 SAG Awards, and a Tony. Her films have ranged from the serious to the comedic. She currently stars in the television series Downton Abbey. Check out one of the titles from her vast filmography today!

Othello (1964)

The V.I.P.s (1963)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Travels with My Aunt (1972)

Death on the Nile (1978)

Bollywood Films!

Cover image for Chup Chup Ke

You’ve never fallen in love unless there’s been a scene and costume change.

Here are some of my favorites:
Dil Chahta Hai – A story of 3 men and the summer they find love.
Chup Chup Ke – A swindler fakes his death, pretends to be deaf, then meets the girl of his dreams.

laugh it out

When I think of everything I want to accomplish in life, having as many laughs as possible comes to mind. Humor has a certain way of easing the fear & worry that is way too easy to carry with us in this modern world. In those moments when you laugh so hard that tears come to your eyes, it truly feels like everything is going to be just fine.

Visit the library and check out a book by one of these humorists and your nerves will thank you for it.

- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

- I Drink for a Reason by David Cross

- Bossypants by Tina Fey

Happy Birthday Steve Carell!

Born on August 16, 1962 in Massachusetts, Steve Carell turns 49 today! Carell spent 6 years as Michael Scott on the TV show, The Office, and was also a correspondent for The Daily Show with John Stewart. Carell continues to make audiences guffaw with his comedic films.

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