The Humor Gets LOST in the Shuffle
- Friday, January 29, 2010
I'll admit, the delivery - which doesn't come across here on the page - is part of what makes this so funny. Hurley finally strikes back on the Nickname Guy, but even with all the months he's had to come up with a real winner with which to zing Sawyer, on the spur of the moment this is all he can muster.
"I'm gonna live alone and be one of those guys. You know, the crazy guys, with a big beard, no clothes, who's naked and throws doody at people." -- Hurley, to Libby, as he explains he's moving to the caves where nobody else lives anymore.
What is it about hermit jokes that makes them so stinkin' funny? Reminds me of the episode of Friends where Chandler was convinced he was gonna die alone, and his last few years would be spent as the creepy old man who owns many snakes, and whom the neighborhood children fear. "'Run from Scary Snake Man,' they'll say!"
Kate explains she stripped off her shirt because, "It was full of bees."
"I'd have thought Cs, actually," retorts Charlie, smiling.
The look on Kate's face as she has to pretend to be insulted is classic. At some point, someone HAD to make a joke about all the strategically chosen wardrobe malfunctions that just happen to take place on this show.
Hurley: Dude, that beer's been sitting there since before Rocky III, maybe even II. It's probably poison by now.
Sawyer [indicating Dead Roger]: Skeletor seems to like it! Bottoms up!
Hurley: That's not funny, dude, that guy had a mom, a family, and friends, oh and a name. It's not Skeletor, it's Roger Workman.
Sawyer: It's Work Man, ya blockhead! That's his job, he was a Dharma janitor!
Okay, full disclosure, I'm a sucker for anything that references "Skeletor." I am laughing right now just typing out the name. But when you throw in some Hurley-Sawyer interplay, skunky beer, partying with a dead guy, and a classic mis-reading of someone's job title, it's comic gold.
And my winner of the Funniest Episode Award goes to "Tricia Tanaka is Dead," Season Three. This is a Hurley-centric episode in which the comedic genius of Hurley, Sawyer, Jin, and Charlie (and don't forget Dead Roger Linus) is let out to shine as they try to get the old Dharma van up and running. It includes these gems and more:
- "Yeah, chase the dog with the skeletal arm into the creepy jungle, be my guest." -- Charlie, to Hurley.
- Jin: Crafty?
Hurley: Yeah, crafty. It's like when you're good at... crafts.
- "I'll be damned, y'all found yourself a hippie car!" -- Sawyer
- Jin: Good to see you.
Sawyer [shocked to see Jin speaking English]: Well look at that! Somebody's hooked on phonics.
- Hurley's mom covers the ears of her Jesus statue as she explains why his father will be staying: "I have needs." Hurley covers his own ears. "No! No! No! This can't be happening!"
- Hurley: I'll give you a thousand bucks right now to tell me if my dad put you up to this.
Psychic: The mystic arts are not subject to bribes! How dare you...
Hurley: Ten thousand.
Psychic: Your dad put me up to it.
- "Let's look death in the face and say, 'Whatever, man.'" -- Hurley.
- Sawyer teaches Jin the English for "the only three things a woman needs to hear" - 'I'm sorry,' 'You're right,' and 'Those pants don't make you look fat.'
- (also, the "Skeletor" and "Red...neck...man" quotes that made the Top 20 from above)
Hope you've enjoyed the laughs as we now launch forward into serious matters...
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