If You Don't Know These Gags, You Don't Know Comedy

There’s a strong case to be made that comedy is the best film genre, because everybody loves to laugh. You go to the movies to escape the boringness and the monotony of the real world and disappear into an artificial world that exists on the big screen. Well, what better way to do that than to switch off your brain for an hour and a half or so and laugh your ass off? There have been some really great comedy movies released over the years that have set the benchmark really high for the comedies to come – The Naked Gun, Airplane!, Animal House, Vacation, a whole bunch of them. These movies are all defined by their greatest gags. The gags are what make or break a comedy movie, because a good story and cast of characters is all very important, but the gags are what make a comedy movie a comedy movie. That’s where all the humor comes from. Well, that and quotes. But the most memorable parts are the gags. We’ve had some great comedy movies in the past few years, as the likes of Will Ferrell and Jonah Hill and Steve Carell and Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller and Seth Rogen have risen to prominence – and they’ve given us some really great gags. How well do you know the world of comedy movies? Match these gags to the comedies they’re from!

1An incomplete chest-waxing

For this scene in Judd Apatow’s feature directorial debut movie, the filmmakers pretty much just had Steve Carell genuinely get his chest waxed and then pointed cameras at him. That’s why all of his reactions seem so real – they are! It was scenes like this that changed movie comedy forever by introducing heavy improvisation. In the process, the movie broke a record for the highest amount of film ever used for one production. They used like a million feet of film and the film stock supplier had a party with champagne to celebrate. So, what is the movie?

2Drinking an entire bottle of cola and then burping

“Whoa, did you hear that?” That’s what Will Ferrell’s naive character says after he necks an entire bottle of carbonated soda in a matter of seconds. This, of course, is followed by an eruptive burp that lasts for a good few seconds, right in everybody’s faces at the dinner table. Of course they heard it! This movie is a Christmas classic that demands to be rewatched every year around the holiday season. A sequel has long been mooted, but the first stands so well on its own that it doesn’t need a sequel. So, what Christmas classic is it?

3Singing Bohemian Rhapsody in the car

At the beginning of this comedy movie, which frequently breaks the fourth wall, is filled with wacky and memorable one liners, and was adapted from a series of sketches in Saturday Night Live, the characters played by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey pile into the “Mirth Mobile” with their buddies and sing along to the classic Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody. In the process, they made the forgotten song a memorable hit once again. What movie is this hilarious bit from?

4Jonah Hill getting hit by a car

Joe Lo Truglio, who is now better known as Detective Charles Boyle from the hit Fox comedy series Brooklyn Nine Nine, was relatively unknown when he took on this small role in the first produced screenplay of childhood friends Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who had been writing this teen angst comedy since they were both in their early teens. In one scene, Lo Truglio hits Jonah Hill with his car. Which modern classic high school movie is it from?

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