Comedy

Fancy funny? You’re in for a treat – we stock tons of American, British, horror, political, late night and animation comedy films to watch. From the 1980s hit Airplane! - which is sure to raise a few belly laughs - to the more recent Game Night, comedy buffs won’t be disappointed.

The History of Comedy Films

Funny films gained popularity in the early 1900s when directors realised how much people love to laugh, just as much as they enjoy a good old slushy scene or romantic flick. The earliest comedy movies were silent, where actors’ and actresses’ theatrical skills were paramount, as there were no special effects. But as technology progressed, so did the comedy genre.

One of the earliest films appeared in the early 1900s – the five-second-long ‘Fred Ott’s Sneeze’. Because the film industry was lacking in technology, early films were silent and therefore relied on visual theatre and wit, particularly the jokey style made popular by Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton.

One of the first pioneers in the talking comedy movie world were the Marx brothers, and their style of fast-speaking humour is still used widely today.

Best Comedy Movies of All Time

If you’re up for some classic comedy films, you’re in the right place. Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap is a genre-setting mockumentary – or, more fittingly, rockumentary –– about England’s largest-livin’, heaviest-riffin’ heavy rock combo. Another firm favourite is Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray, who takes the role as a pessimistic weatherman trapped in a time loop in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania - reliving the same day repeatedly.

The 1989 classic When Harry Met Sally is one of those movies that just gets better with every viewing whilst Bridesmaids from 2011 is rude, incredibly funny - and has the best diarrhoea scene! As for must-see black American comedy films, be sure to watch Coming to America, which tells the story of an incredibly pampered African prince who travels to Queens, New York City, and goes undercover to find a wife. Another brilliant flick is Cooley High, involving a bunch of school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago.

List of 2018 and 2019 Comedy Films

Some of the best comedy films of 2018 include Deadpool 2, probably the best R-rated superhero movie full of laughs and starring Ryan Reynolds. Chock-full of obscenities, this sequel still manages to repackage every aspect of the first one and more to its comic book narrative. Other 2018 favourites include Tag, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Ocean's 8.

At the beginning of 2019, a much-anticipated romantic dramedy Crazy Rich Asians was released on home media, and some other great titles will follow including Johnny English Strikes Again, the third instalment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. Another long-awaited black comedy mystery is A Simple Favour, directed by Paul Feig, centres around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town.

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