January 24, 2005

ZEN COHEN:

In which we attempt to describe conservatism in a sentence:

"To be a conservative is to grasp that if you put a laughtrack on The Godfather it would be considered one of the great movie comedies of all time."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2005 2:39 PM
Comments

I'm not particularly proud of it, but it was impossible for me not to laugh hysterically during the Seinfeld episode where he was being torn apart by his parents for confessing to making out in the theatre during Schindler's List.

Posted by: Peter B at January 24, 2005 5:03 PM

Back in the silent days, it was not unknown to rewrite the title cards for a dud drama to turn it into a comedy, or vice versa.

Posted by: PapayaSF at January 24, 2005 5:06 PM

But if you remove the laughtrack from something like Gilligan's Island, Friends or M*A*S*H, does that mean they're no longer comedies? (If they ever were.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 24, 2005 5:55 PM

Raoul:

Gilligan and Mash are obvious tragedies. Friends a travesty.

Posted by: oj at January 24, 2005 6:37 PM

Lo these many years ago, my little brother and I went to see Godfather 3 thinking it would be as good as 1 + 2. When Al Pacino fell out of his chair in Michael Corleone's death scene, we laughed out loud. It reminded us of a Monty Python's Flying Circus episode.

Posted by: Pete at January 24, 2005 8:30 PM

Lo these many years ago, my little brother and I went to see Godfather 3 thinking it would be as good as 1 + 2. When Al Pacino fell out of his chair in Michael Corleone's death scene, we laughed out loud. It reminded us of a Monty Python's Flying Circus episode.

Posted by: Pete at January 24, 2005 8:30 PM
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