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Greatest Modern Comedy Speeches: 3 Memorable Monologues

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 10:03 PM

Some modern comedy speeches in the movies elicit a chuckle and fade away. Others stand for years, quoted in real-life moments and hilarious enough to retain a spot in comedy history.

Funny monologues aren’t always comedic because of what the actor says, either. Sometimes it’s how he or she looks while speaking the lines.

These three memorable monologues have stood the test of time as some of the greatest modern comedy speeches:

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Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack”

This 1980 golf-themed comedy features wacky groundskeeper Spackler (played by Bill Murray), and the film’s enduring humor is still evident in conversations 30-some years later, Uproxx reported.  

In this memorable dialogue, quoted on Filmsite, Spackler told a caddy at the course about an encounter he allegedly had with the Dalai Lama.

“So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one -- big hitter, the Lama -- long, into a 10,000-foot crevice, right at the base of this glacier. And do you know what the Lama says? ... Gunga galunga... gunga -- gunga galunga. So we finish 18, and he's gonna stiff me. And I say: 'Hey, Lama! Hey, how about a little somethin', you know, for the effort, you know.' And he says: 'Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.” 

Alan in “The Hangover”

The wolf pack fad began with this Zach Galifianakis character. The film came out in 2009 and depicted a Las Vegas bachelor party that went awry; three friends lost the groom after a night of drunken debauchery and struggled to find him in time to get married. “Galifianakis steals many scenes with the beyond-eccentric Alan, but everyone gets something funny to do and (more-or-less) straight man (Bradley) Cooper is the perfect foil for the madness,” said Empire Online.

“You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack. But when my sister brought Doug home, I knew he was one of my own. And my wolf pack, it grew by one. So, there were two of us in the wolf pack. I was alone first in the pack, and then Doug joined in later. And six months ago, when Doug introduced me to you guys, I thought, 'Wait a second, could it be?' And now I know for sure, I just added two more guys to my wolf pack. Four of us wolves, running around the desert together, in Las Vegas, looking for strippers and cocaine.” –Alan, quoted from Filmsite.

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Greg Focker in “Meet the Parents”

Ben Stiller’s character in this 2000 hit had an awkward experience meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. He offered this prayer at the dinner table, as quoted by Filmsite: “Oh dear God, thank you. You are such a good God to us. A kind and gentle and accommodating God. And we thank you, oh sweet, sweet Lord of hosts for the smorgasbord. You have so aptly lain at our table this day, and each day... by day. Day by day, by day. Oh dear Lord, three things we pray: To love thee more dearly, to see thee more clearly, to follow thee more nearly day by day... by day. Amen.” 

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Some modern comedy speeches in the movies elicit a chuckle and fade away. Others stand for years, quoted in real-life moments and hilarious enough to retain a spot in comedy history. Funny monologues aren't always comedic because of what the actor says, either.
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