Afrologik’s Top 6 Funniest Movies

Laughter Is Therapy

The weekend is back! Yay! We’ve made it through another week!

As always, I like to make Friday’s blogs light and fun. With that being said, I give you a list of six of my favorite comedies (in no particular order).

*Disclaimer: These are not the only movies that I find funny.

1) Life (1999)

Even though Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence would not make the top 6 of my list of favorite comedians (Yeah, I said it!), they are hilarious together in “Life“. The whole movie cracks me up, but if I were to choose a favorite scene, it would definitely be “The Boom Boom Room“.

2) Which Way Is Up (1977)

Which Way Is Up is my absolute favorite Richard Pryor movie. He plays three characters and they’re all funny (in my opinion, the old man, Rufus, it the funniest). As hysterically funny as this movie is, it is also a tale of the importance of being true to oneself self, mixed with a bit of social commentary about unions.

A comedy movie with a message. Imagine that.

3) Black Dynamite (2009)

70’s satire at its best. Very easily, one of my favorite films EVER!

Although it only has a cult following, Black Dynamite has got to be one of the most quoted movies. Everything about the movie is authentic, from the soundtrack to the slang and visible errors (due to low budgets during the Blaxploitation era). In fact, they do such a good job of satirizing the genre that it is very easy to forget that this movie only came out in 2009. I’ve heard that there is supposed to be a sequel. Fingers crossed!

4) Uptown Saturday Night (1974)/Let’s Do It Again (1975)

These two are grouped together because I can’t watch one without watching the other.

Say whatever you’d like to say about Mr. Cosby, But “Uptown Saturday Night” and “Lets Do It Again” are classic comedies. He and Sidney Poitier were an awesome team! Besides, where else will you find characters with names like: Geechee Dan, Leggy Peggy, Kansas City Mac, and Bubbletop

5) Watermelon Man (1970)

You kinda just have to watch this one.

A racist white man, who lives in suburbia with his wife and two children, accidentally turns himself Black with a tanning bed. Of course, his life changes drastically after this. He spends a lot of time and money trying to go back to being white, to no avail. His neighbors force him to leave the neighborhood and his wife leaves him. Eventually he accepts that he is now a Black man and not only adjust, but he learns to appreciate Black culture. The things that he encounters along the way are hilarious!

Watermelon Man was directed by Melvin Van Peebles and stars Godfrey Cambridge (as both the white and the Black man. That’s funny all by itself!)

6) Blazing Saddles (1974)

In my opinion, this is the funniest movie of all times! “Blazing Saddles” is so stupid that it’s gut-busting funny. If you’ve never seen this movie, click the link and check it out. You can thank me later.

What are some of your favorite comedies?

“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious”

~Peter Ustinov

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