Thursday, February 19, 2009

Silly Cycle: Funny Ha Ha, Not Funny Strange...Really

Something that never fails to make me giggle when I remember it is the first time David and I saw Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

The whole movie was funny, and to this day that is the only one of the Austin Powers movies that I own. Or even like. And I find it just as amusing every time I watch it. More entertainingly, so does David, which helps me flashback to our movie theatre experience.

This was, of course, back in our college days when we actually saw movies frequently. Not once every three months or so like we do now.

So, there's a part in the movie where Seth Green, playing Scott, Dr. Evil's son, appears on the Jerry Springer show. You would think after as many times as I've seen it I would remember what the "show" was about, but I'm always distracted by David's reaction and I can't remember exactly. But it's something like "My Dad is Evil and Wants to Take Over the World", with a kid and his KKK dad and another kid and his seeming South American Dictator Dad, and, of course, Scott and Dr. Evil. It proceeds as a typical Jerry Springer show, ending up in a big on-air brawl.

I'm not sure what does it, if it's Dr. Evil trying to get at the other dads and the audience members, or all the bleeping, or something else entirely, but by the end of the scene the first time we saw this (and to this day to a slightly lesser degree), David was in hysterics. He was laughing so hard he was literally unable to talk and could only helplessly pump his arm in the air over and over as he shrieked with laughter. Shrieked, people. We got LOOKS. Possibly also due to the wild way he was flailing that arm. But of course I'm awfully fond of him, so I was laughing almost as hard as he was, both because it really is a funny scene, but more because of the state he was in.

It still brings a smile to my face, if not an audible giggle, just to think of it.

This memory brought to you courtesy of Sprite's Keeper.


sammanthia said...

Seriously? I didn't think I liked Mike Meyers (I'm still recovering from So I Married An Axe Murderer- that's two hours of my life I can never get back), but *maybe* I should give him another chance. Maybe.

jpooh said...

My husband and I had that same reaction practically all the way through Little Miss Sunshine, particularly Alan Arkin's rant in the van (which included the advice to a 15-yer-old to "F%$& a lot of women - not just one or two, but a LOT of women") and of course, Olive's performance at the end of the pageant.

Thank goodness we didn't see it at the theatre, because we'd have surely been ejected; we were literally screaming and howling by the time the film was over. And it still makes us scream and howl.

Jan from the Sushi Bar

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

Austin Powers Rocks. I am known to laugh hysterically like David as well. I've drawn the same response in theaters. Sometimes in place where no one else is laughing!

Kingsmom said...

Don't you just love it when you forget why your laughing but keep laughing because the other person is laughing?

I remember watching "The Money Pit" in the theatre. When the bathtub fell through the floor and Tom Hanks stands there and just laughs histerically, I came close to wetting my pants. I couldn't stop laughing...and it wasn't even that funny.

mrsbear said...

There's nothing like laughing that hard, really, it's liberating. We like Austin Powers too, I know exactly what scene you're talking about too. Although I tried watching The Love Guru and I couldn't get through the first ten minutes without shutting it off.

D.M. Wright said...

That scene is hilarious! I love those movies!!

Laufa said...

It's wonderful to remember those funny haha moments like that. Glad you have a movie to remind you of those.