On television, I love the Headlines segment on the Tonight Show which shows funny headlines or newspaper stories. My favorite was from many years ago. Before he showed the newspaper clipping, Jay Leno said, “I think the word they were looking for was Geritol.” The newspaper story said that after the wedding reception for his daughter, the father of the bride reached for his genitals. I always wonder what the reaction of the father of the bride was when he read that, poor man. Hope it made him laugh after he got over the initial shock because I still enjoy it all these years later. Also on the tonight show, I enjoy most of the Photo Booth and Crime Blotter episodes.
Movies that make me laugh: The original The In-Laws with Alan Arkin and Peter Falk. I can recite the funny line like “Serpentine” and “Mosquitoes the size of condors” and am hysterical when I remember the flames on the side of the up-tight dentist’s car. I love the movie American Dreamer about a romance writer with amnesia in Paris . No one else has ever heard of it. Almost anything John Cleese makes me laugh. John Oliver, too.
I’ve Got Friends in Low Places, Itsy-bitsy, Teenie-weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Love Potion Number Nine and Surfin’ Bird always make me smile.
What else? Books by Kristen Higgins, Janet Evanovich, Jane Graves, and Candis Terry. Friends who support and care–well, they don’t always make me laugh but they make me feel good, My sister-in-law Diane who has the most wonderful and outlandish adventures. The sounds of a small child’s or children’s laughing fills me with delight. I can’t help but join them.
And the pets, of course. My cockatiel who sat on my shoulder and shared my scrambled eggs at breakfast; Mr. Scooter, the tuxedo cat who just hid on the table where he know he’s NOT supposed to be but the rattling of the pile of papers he’s on gives him away; Maggie when she looks around to make sure no one is watching before she plays with complete abandon with a catnip mouse; Ginger, the sociopathic cocker, who ate purses to get to the candy inside; Daffy, another cocker, who pranced and smiled when George did the dishes because she knew he’d give her scraps. What would we do without our pets who make us laugh?
What makes you laugh? I’d love to know.