The Humor Gets LOST in the Shuffle
- Friday, January 29, 2010
LOST is about so many things - the convoluted events of the plot (just listen to Hurley in "The Lie" try to explain them to his mother - this is high comedy in its own right), the boatloads of thematic elements, the mysteries - that the fantastic humor the writers and actors have given us through the seasons sometimes gets, well, lost. So as I prepare to post Season Five, where plot events and answers start flying at a more furious pace, and we have less time for character development and interaction, I want to take a minute for a much-needed chuckle and post my Top 20 laughs of the first four seasons:
My Top 20 Funniest Lines of LOST
"Hey, maybe he left you his kidney." -- Helen, to Locke, at Cooper's graveside. And...
Cooper: I killed myself off because there were two men who were going to beat me to it.
Locke: Oh, what'd you do, steal their livers?
Good to see Locke getting a sense of humor (this was Helen's influence on him - too bad he lost her) about what happened to him. Also, bodily organ jokes almost never go out of style. See: that scene in Steel Magnolias where the family plays "Go Fish" the night before Shelby's surgery.
"The bald wanker knows something." -- Charlie, about Locke.
Bald jokes... also good fodder. I speak from experience. And you can never go wrong with 'wanker,' either, God love the Brits.
"You know how for 3 days, 10 hours, and 15 minutes I'm not allowed to use nicknames? Well you sir, Hugo, are rotund, annoying, and ruining my view." -- Sawyer.
Even when his primary weapon is taken away from him, Sawyer can still come through. And rotund is undeniably just a funny word, fat jokes aside.
"Have a cluckety-cluck-cluck day, Hugo." -- Jin, to Hurley, in Hurley's dream.
Jin can be a pretty funny guy. Unfortunately, the language barrier has prevented him from getting off many good one-liners on the show. But in Hurley's dream sequence that's not a problem. This line is boosted by the guy in a chicken suit - always a winner - standing beside him.
"Ain't that just like a woman? She keeps the house, you get the cheap-ass apartment. Hey, how'd you get Locke to take a swing at you, anyway? That's like gettin' Gandhi to beat his kids." -- Sawyer, to Charlie, who has had to move down the beach in shame.
Just what Charlie needs, as if he could feel any lower, is a move into Sawyer's neighborhood for some good old-fashioned mockery.
"She's kinda cute, right? You know, in a 'I've-been-terrorized-by-the-Others-for-40-days' kinda way?" -- Hurley, to Charlie about Libby.
Anytime Hurley talks about the Others, for some reason, it's funny. It's like the ridiculousness of our term for the indigenous folks comes back to smack us in the face. What's more, Hurley has nailed it. That's exactly the way in which Libby is cute. And Hugo's crush and the way he has to talk about it is so Junior High (again, I should know).
"Life's not so bad, right? I mean, sure, the Others are coming to, like, eat us all, and every once in a while someone blows up all over you, but we do get to sleep in every morning." -- Hurley.
Somewhere along the line the writers decided to keep putting in language about how the Losties feared being "eaten" by the others. This line combines the always-a-winner cannibalism joke with a Dr. Arzt laugh, plus a look-at-the-brightside punchline. Well done.
"So these Others, you think they're left over from the Dharma folk? My theory? They're aliens. That's why they wear the fake beards. Their heads are plastetic." --Sawyer.
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