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Greatest Classic Comedy Speeches: 5 Memorable Monologues

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 07:44 PM

Monologues are made for comedy programming – look at any late-night talk show and "Saturday Night Live" for proof of that – but it takes a special speech to make a comedy movie a classic comedy movie. Listed below are some of the best comedic actors of all time, and their talent at making such memorable speeches are a huge reason why these films are considered the funniest movies of all time.

1. Groucho Marx in "Animal Crackers" (1930)

In one of most-celebrated Marx Brothers movies, Groucho's character delivers a sermon about his trip to Africa. Much of the humor doesn't necessarily translate into today's comedic sensibilities, but his talent is undeniable. Helping along the scene is the incredulity displayed by Margaret Dumont's character. Writes Craig Morton on the Theatrefolk blog, "What stands out to me is [Marx's] absolute commitment to what he’s doing. One of the keystones to a great performance is a laser-focused commitment. He’s got one."

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2. Gene Wilder in "Blazing Saddles" (1974)

Wilder's character, Jim, explains how he went from being called "The Waco Kid" to crawling into a whiskey bottle and staying there. Here's what NPR had to write in 2014 about the rapport between Wilder and co-star Cleavon Little in the film: "While Black Bart and Jim's interracial relationship wasn't the first such on-screen friendship, it was one of the first in which race wasn't treated as an obstacle."

3. John Belushi in "Animal House" (1978)

Though Belushi is hilarious in this movie, he doesn't do much more than a variety of sight gags, facial expressions, and physical humor. Until, that is, his fraternity brothers need to be motivated after they've been kicked off campus. Yells Bluto, Belushi's character: "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?" Clearly, the answer to that was no.

4. Bill Murray in "Caddyshack" (1980)

This is probably the most-memorized monologue of any on this list. Carl Spackler, played by Murray, fantasizes about winning the Masters while destroying the foliage at the country club where he actually works. According to the New Yorker, the scene originally only called for Murray's character, to be "absently lopping the heads off bedded tulips as he practices his golf swing with a grass whip.” Instead, Murray made up a monologue off the top of his head and performed it in just one take.

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5. Matthew Broderick in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986)

Bueller breaks the fourth wall throughout the movie, but the scene when he explains how to trick his parents into believing he's sick and needs to stay home from school tops every monologue he makes. As the Paris Review explains, "The movie depends heavily on Broderick’s charm as an actor." Broderick is charming, and it's that charm that shines through in this monologue.

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Monologues are made for comedy programming - look at any late-night talk show and Saturday Night Live for proof of that - but it takes a special speech to make a comedy movie a classic comedy movie. Listed are some of the best comedic actors of all time.
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