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It's called a "laugh track". They've been around since radio shows and they're often used to prompt the audience into finding the jokes funny. Before radio and television, audiences experienced live comedy performances in the presence of other audience members. Radio and early television producers attempted to recreate this atmosphere by introducing the ...


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It's The Creature Wasn't Nice (AKA Naked Space AKA Spaceship) from 1981 with Leslie Nielsen. When the spaceship Vertigo stops to explore a previously unknown planet, the crew finds an unrecognized dollop of protoplasm and takes it aboard ship to return it to earth for analysis. On board, lifeform expands into an oozing person-eating monster which ...


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This is a fairly common trope in Westerns and any film where a foreigner meets a native tribe, see 'Accidental Marriage' on TVTropes, but I'm sure your referring to Shanghai Noon, the 2000 comedy movie staring Luke Wilson and Jackie Chan. Jackie's Chon Wang was the guy in question. The wife was only credited as Indian Wife, played by actress Brandon Merrill. ...


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My guess is Get Smart, Again!(1989). Don Adams was the agent. #2 and #3 sound like variations on the running joke of the "cone of silence". This movie featured the variation called "hover cover", where several helicopters hovered nearby to drown out the sound. The third one is the classic "cone of silence", but with a kind of subtitle feature.


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You're describing a strange scene from My Boss's Daughter from 2003 in which Ashton Kutcher wanders into the wrong house. From the Movie Spoiler: Tom sees O.J. [the owl] and runs into some house. There the family mistakes him for their daughter's date, Albert. She comes down and has this bandage over her head because she was shot in the head. Tom ...


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Sounds like the opening credits of Stir Crazy, a 1980 comedy with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor (and directed by Sidney Poitier!). They featured a few vignettes from New York, and one of them was the exact scene you've described (a woman's heel gets stuck in a grate, a man pretends to help her and cops a feel, and she hits him with her handbag). You can see ...


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Yep, Tim Curry's the henchman, and the battle's between Denis Leary and William Shatner, no less! You're looking for Loaded Weapon 1 from 1993 starring Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson. However, I think the implication is that Tim Curry can't find the final quotation (it's from a Beatles song: We Can Work It Out, 1965) in the quotation book, hence Leary ...


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British sitcom Only When I Laugh which ran on ITV in 1979-1982. A rather naive, middle-class man is admitted to a hospital ward and finds that he is sharing it with a working-class layabout and an upper-class hypochondriac. All three of them cause headaches for the hospital staff. Here's the intro with that H-A-P-P-Y song: ...


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The movie is "Blast from the Past" from 1999. In 1962 an eccentric scientist who, like so many people at the same, thought that a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was possible, built a bomb shelter in his basement. During the Cuban missile crisis, when he thought things were going escalate took his pregnant wife into the bomb shelter. ...


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Sounds like Blake Edwards' The Man Who Loved Women with Burt Reynolds and Julie Andrews from 1983. This is the tale of a sculptor named David who has a major womanizing problem. He goes to seek help from a psychiatrist, Marianna, to cure him of his obsession with women. His story of sexual and romantic exploits with the ladies is told by Marianna. In ...


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There are a lot of great mockumentary style comedy shows such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, etc. My question is who invented this style? Who was the first to make a show or a movie that way? Early examples of mockumentaries. The general genre of what you describe is known as a “mockumenary”. An early example of this genre is ...


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When Women Lost Their Tails, an Italian cavemen comedy (one of several) from 1972. Filli (Senta Berger) and the other cavemen from "When Women Had Tails" are living a carefree, if boring life inside a dinosaur skeleton. But when conman Ham (Lando Buzzanca) introduces them to the concept of currency and economics, their lives fall apart. On top of that, ...


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Dramas tend to have very involved plots. There are a lot of details to fill in, a lot of twists to the plot, a lot of storytelling. Comedies, on the other hand, often have simpler plots with less details. The focus is on the humor, not necessarily the story (although there has to be a storyline, even if it's simple). With regards to TV shows, most ...


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Most probably you're after The Brand New Testament (Le Tout Nouveau Testament), which is a co-production between Belgium, France, and Luxembourg. God lives in an apartment in Brussels, which he shares with his meek wife and his 10-year-old daughter Ea. God is a grumpy sadist who created humankind specifically to have something to torment. He ...


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Pretty sure it's this Swedish movie "Kunglig toilette" (literally "Royal Toilet") from 1986 https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunglig_toilette Translated: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fsv.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FKunglig_toilette&edit-text= The film is set in a small ...


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Kentucky Fried Movie contained both of these scenes. The Kentucky Fried Movie is a 1977 American anthology comedy film directed by John Landis. The film's writers were the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, who went on to write and direct Airplane!, Top Secret!, and the Police Squad! television series and its film spinoffs, The ...


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Found it, the movie is Coming & Going from 2011: Here is the plot including all elements from your question: Lee (Rhys Darby) is a young, skilled OBGYN who lacks confidence when it comes to talking to women outside his successful medical practice. A minor injury temporarily lands him in a wheelchair and it is at that precise time that he meets his ...


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You're looking for Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996). "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "Menace II Society", "Higher Learning" and "Juice". We follow Ashtray ...


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According to Wikipedia: A bromantic comedy is a film genre that is closely related to the romantic comedy film genre with close male relationships instead. Many define it as, "A romantic comedy based on an eerily close platonic heterosexual relationship between two (or more) bros."


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It is Mousehunt 1997. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119715/ "A family film about a mouse that lives in an old house where the geriatric owner dies, and Ernie and Lars Smuntz have plans for, but they have trouble getting rid of the mouse. It's like Home Alone with a mouse." I agree it was a very funny movie.


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Sounds like The Big Ask from 2013, but the guy isn't dying. Three couples head to the desert to help their friend heal after the death of his mother. They would do anything for him - except for the one thing he wants. That one thing is to sleep with all their girlfriends. I can understand your confusion, though, because the phrase 'dying of cancer' ...


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That would be part of the plot for You, Me and Dupree. Michael Douglas is Mr. Thompson who is Matt Dillon's (Carl) boss and father in law. He (Carl) has a lovely vision of a great community friendly development. His semi tyrannical boss hijacks this into a grotesque new project palms at masa-vista or a very similar name. This is a secondary plot to the main ...


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Sounds like Killer Pad, a 2008 horror comedy directed by Robert Englund. Three naive guys, in their 20s, drive from Illinois to LA. A sleazy real-estate agent gives them a great deal on a house in the Hollywood Hills. The night they arrive, a solitary Mexican, who speaks only Spanish, tries to warn them that the place is possessed by Satan. They don't ...


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I think you might be thinking of "Hello Again" with Shelly Long. A suburban housewife chokes to death, and is brought back to life by her sister. Shelly's character's name is Lucy. And she has to fall in love again before the next full moon or she will die again. Her husband is played by Corben Bernson and he falls in love with Sela Ward. Lucy trys to ...


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It's a scene from Saving Silverman Where Steve Zahn (Wayne) and Jack Black (J.D.) kidnap Amanda Peet (Judith) to stop her from marrying their friend Here's the scene


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Ok, one of my friends had also seen it at the time and was able to find the title: Alferd Packer: the musical (1993) The storyline Alfred Packer was a mountain guide and sole survivor of a party of pioneers that got lost in the mountains in winter. Accused and convicted of murdering and eating his travelling companions, he was to be executed by ...


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Alyssa Rosenberg asks this question in a column she wrote and makes some interesting observations: Louis CK easily filled an hour of comedy with his show. Law & Order, though an hour long, has always been essentially two half-hour dramas (The cop show, then the lawyer show). For the argument that comedies have less storytelling to deal with than ...


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This sounds like a scene from the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor, starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, and Kate Beckinsale. There is a scene where the new pilots are at a club bar trying to pick up the nurses. One pilot gives another pilot some kind of liquid to put under his eyes. The idea is that he will tell her that he might die any day, and the liquid will ...


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It could be Didier, a French movie released in 1997. I am not sure about the "I love you" part, but it's definitely about a dog turned into a man. Jean-Pierre, a frazzled sport agent, has better things to do than to look after his friend's labrador Didier. An amazing discovery will lead him off on an amazing adventure


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Might have been "Waxwork" a 1988 movie. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waxwork_(film) I actually watched the sequel first, early to mid '90s movie, pretty different, follows straight on from the original. More comedic than number one too.



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