What Makes a Comedian's Wife Laugh?

by Stephanie Ericsson | created - 24 Oct 2015 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Living with a comedian requires a highly developed bull *beep* antenna. There are lots of reasons something is funny, but only one reason it's not -- if it's bull *beep* What defines bull *beep*? Ahhhh... THAT'S the secret. The only clue I can give you is that when something is funny, it's usually true.

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1. Waking Ned Devine (1998)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

7.3
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71 Metascore

When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.

Director: Kirk Jones | Stars: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch

Votes: 22,589 | Gross: $24.79M

2. Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again (2013 TV Special)

Not Rated | 65 min | Comedy

7.1
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Kathleen Madigan drops in on Detroit to deliver material derived from time spent with her Irish Catholic Midwest family, eating random pills out of her mother's purse, touring Afghanistan, ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Chapman | Star: Kathleen Madigan

Votes: 200

3. The Intouchables (2011)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.6
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 590,456 | Gross: $13.18M

4. Louis C.K. Oh My God (2013 TV Special)

TV-MA | 58 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.4
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In February, 2013, Louis brings his impish nihilism to Phoenix, Arizona. He talks about an old lady and her pet, living in Manhattan, experiencing his body's aging (he's 45), men's ... See full summary »

Director: Louis C.K. | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 7,242

5. Louis C.K.: Shameless (2007 TV Special)

TV-MA | 56 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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Comedy and television star Louis C.K. returns to HBO for an hour of no-holds-barred, adults-only stand-up comedy! Taped before a live audience at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, the... See full summary »

Director: Steven J. Santos | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 6,687

6. Johnny English (2003)

PG | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
51 Metascore

After a sudden attack on the MI5, Johnny English, Britain's most confident yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain's only spy.

Director: Peter Howitt | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Tasha de Vasconcelos

Votes: 122,426 | Gross: $28.08M

7. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

8.8
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Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 67,721

8. Bruce Almighty (2003)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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46 Metascore

A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 322,883 | Gross: $242.83M

9. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

7.8
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78 Metascore

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 176,084 | Gross: $83.40M

10. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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73 Metascore

Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco

Votes: 337,534 | Gross: $109.45M

11. Zoolander (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

6.6
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61 Metascore

At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell

Votes: 217,366 | Gross: $45.17M

12. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | 96 min | Comedy

6.9
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64 Metascore

A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

Director: Jared Hess | Stars: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell

Votes: 172,551 | Gross: $44.54M

13. Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | 106 min | Comedy

8.0
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80 Metascore

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Votes: 125,064 | Gross: $86.30M

14. The Jerk (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

7.2
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An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King

Votes: 46,065 | Gross: $73.69M

15. Miss Congeniality (2000)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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43 Metascore

An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen

Votes: 152,907 | Gross: $106.81M

16. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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67 Metascore

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 239,960 | Gross: $148.48M

17. Tootsie (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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87 Metascore

Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 83,714 | Gross: $177.20M

18. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.9
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53 Metascore

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein

Votes: 201,206 | Gross: $219.20M

19. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

R | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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67 Metascore

In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana

Votes: 108,227 | Gross: $123.92M

20. Roxanne (1987)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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The large-nosed C.D. Bales is in love with the beautiful Roxanne; she falls for his personality but another man's looks.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich, Shelley Duvall

Votes: 35,080 | Gross: $40.05M

21. Being There (1979)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Votes: 56,207 | Gross: $30.18M

22. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 18,972

23. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

8.8
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Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 3,674

24. The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman

Votes: 77,274 | Gross: $5.45M

25. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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66 Metascore

A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham

Votes: 455,453 | Gross: $3.65M

26. Snatch (2000)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

8.3
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55 Metascore

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina

Votes: 662,556 | Gross: $30.33M

27. Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (2009 TV Special)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.8
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In this comedy special taped at DAR Constitution Hall, his first solo special on the network in seven years, Williams covers such topics as global warming, sex and politics, the state of ... See full summary »

Director: Marty Callner | Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 2,747

28. Weeds (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is.

Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 91,793

29. Gone Madigan (2010 TV Special)

Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.3
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Kathleen Madigan is just brilliantly funny and is still, after 20 years in the business, actually having fun.

Director: Shannon Hartman | Stars: Kathleen Madigan, Lewis Black

Votes: 164

30. Lewis Black: Red, White and Screwed (2006 TV Special)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.9
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Lewis Black, 'America's foremost commentator on everything,' delivers his comical insights into everything from the State of the Union to Dick Cheney's aim in this stand-up special.

Director: Paul Miller | Stars: Lewis Black, Joe Grifasi

Votes: 1,178

31. Louis C.K.: Chewed Up (2008 TV Special)

TV-MA | 61 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.6
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Louis C.K.'s second one-hour special filmed at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA.

Directors: Louis C.K., Shannon Hartman | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 8,395

32. Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired (2006 TV Special)

TV-MA | 70 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.3
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Wanda Sykes has been called "one of the funniest stand up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. She won an Emmy in 2003 for her work on ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Drumm | Star: Wanda Sykes

Votes: 260

33. Russell Peters: Red, White and Brown (2008 TV Special)

80 min | Comedy

8.1
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Add a Plot

Director: Jigar Talati | Stars: Melle Mel, Russell Peters

Votes: 1,232

34. Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999 Video)

Unrated | 115 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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Executive transvestite Eddie Izzard takes his show to San Francisco to give a brief history of pagan and Christian religions, the building of Stonehenge, the birth of the Church of England ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Jordan | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 6,620

35. Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Live (2013 TV Special)

85 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.4
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Eddie Izzard returns to stage in 2013 with the biggest stand-up comedy world tour ever & his best live performance yet, Force Majeure Live. Filmed during his mammoth 2013/14 tour around 27 ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Townsend | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 275

36. Eddie Izzard: Live from Wembley (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.6
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Eddie Izzard, brings his wry wit and absurd observations in front of a sold-out crowd of 44,000 over 4 nights at the Wembley Arena in London. Eddie deals with important issues ranging from ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Townsend | Star: Eddie Izzard

Votes: 420

37. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

R | 94 min | Comedy, War

6.2
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54 Metascore

A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

Director: Grant Heslov | Stars: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 115,484 | Gross: $32.42M

38. Lucifer (2015– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels.

Stars: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside

Votes: 94,547

39. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 617,136 | Gross: $148.10M

40. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

8.7
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Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 3,692

41. The Dressmaker (I) (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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47 Metascore

A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 38,213 | Gross: $2.02M

Kate Winslet nails it again with a fantastic, all-star Aussie cast including Hugo Weaving as the cross-dressing policeman. Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof) directing. Lots of folks say they didn't get it, but pay no attention to those morons-- if you have a wicked sense of humor and an appreciation for sweet revenge, this film will make you laugh and cry and laugh again.

42. Slap Shot (1977)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.4
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61 Metascore

A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin, Jennifer Warren

Votes: 30,233 | Gross: $28.00M

43. Preacher (2016– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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After a supernatural event at his church, a preacher enlists the help of a vampire to find God.

Stars: Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Ian Colletti

Votes: 45,906

44. Legends of Tomorrow (2016– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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Focuses on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time.

Stars: Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Amy Louise Pemberton, Dominic Purcell

Votes: 63,247

45. Training Day (2017)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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TV follow-up to the 2001 film 'Training Day' about a rookie cop partnered with a corrupt officer.

Stars: Bill Paxton, Justin Cornwell, Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker

Votes: 2,583

46. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

9.0
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A housewife in the 1950s decides to become a stand-up comic.

Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle

Votes: 5,015

Genius. This series has it all. Brilliant writing, intelligence, *beep* PERFECT comedic timing, style, class and Rachel Brosnahan as the marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Do not miss it.

10 stars.

47. The End Of The F***ing World (2017– )

25 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a road trip in search of her real father.

Stars: Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther, Steve Oram, Jayda Mitchell

Votes: 961

Genius.

9 stars.