End Of The Year Almanac #4: The Funniest Comedies Of 2016


Everyone believes they have good taste and a good sense of humor, so take from these suggestions what you will.  All I know is they made my laughter robot go, “00100101110110111 Ha Ha Ha”

Note: click on the links below to watch trailers and find out where these films are available.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – This was a year of watching awesome mockumentaries.  In the wake of last year’s hilarious 7 Days In Hell, Andy Samberg returned to the form with the other members of The Lonely Island and made Popstar.  For the most part it was overlooked and little seen, crowded out by summer franchise films, but believe me- this is the best mockumentary about show business since This Is Spinal Tap.  Highly recommended.

What We Do In The Shadows – This mockumentary co-directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement is an absolutely joyous experience.  You can read more about it here.

Incident At Loch Ness – A friend of mine had been talking about how great this mockumentary was for years.  When we finally sat down to watch it, Loch Ness delivered and then some.  The premise: a blowhard producer (Zak Penn, playing himself) tricks Werner Herzog (also playing himself) and a crew of film professionals to shoot a documentary about the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland.  Everything begins to go wrong, but no matter- your sides will be hurting from all of the clashing egos and incompetence you’re watching.

Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday –  This is without a doubt the most feel-good comedy of the year, appropriate to watch with anyone from the age of 0 to 100.  I still assert that Pee-Wee and Joe Manganiello’s bromance is the love story of the year.

The Little Death – A friend of mine recommended this Australian sex comedy, following several couples confessing and/or experimenting with their fetishes.  It’s not only funny, but touching in the most impossible ways.  For example, you don’t expect to laugh or feel bad for a guy who keeps trying to fulfill his girlfriend’s rape fantasies and fails, then ruminates sadly about how he “can’t rape good.”  I know this might sound disturbing, but this is a genuinely sweet guy who loves his girlfriend a lot and wants to make her happy.  In the sea of strange and/or selfish behavior we see in romantic comedies, he may be the most loving person I’ve seen in one for a long time.

Lastly (but not leastly), John Mulaney’s The Comeback Kid & New In Town – These are without a doubt the best stand-up specials I saw this year.  They’re on Netflix.  They’re amazing.  I could watch them again and again and again.


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