Generally you get an “amen.” Generally you get an “lmao.” Prayer is sufficient of an establishment that comedy writers can play with it a bit of, subverting expectation and, at their greatest, providing commentary on the way in which we pray. Generally, we’re laughing at somebody who doesn’t know pray, however thinks they do. Generally, we’re laughing at somebody who is aware of they don’t know pray, however is attempting to. Most occasions, we’re laughing at ourselves.
There’s a thriller to prayer, even for probably the most honest of us. How does it work? What are we imagined to say? For folks of religion, these are questions of deep significance. However that doesn’t imply they don’t result in moments of real comedy. And who is aware of? Possibly a few of these moments may help us discover some actual solutions too.
10. King of the Hill
The Hill household will get launched to Bobby’s new distinctive model of praying earlier than dinner, which doesn’t hassle Hank or Peggy an excessive amount of, although they’re undecided concerning the size.
9. Sister Act: Blessing the Meals
This 1992 Whoopi Goldberg automobile is best remembered for its present stopping musical numbers than its comedy, however it boasts some nice moments because the story of a lady hiding from the mob in a convent. The among the best is that this gem, during which “Sister Mary Clarence” improvs a fast prayer to the strict consternation of the Mom Superior (was this Maggie Smith’s first flip as a grouchy however finally sort matronly determine?).
8. Let’s Say Grace
SNL has returned to the the prayer nicely just a few occasions, however Regé-Jean Web page actually introduced the warmth on a latest episode during which a pleasant lunch between two households takes a flip for the aggressive when efficiency will get in the way in which of earnestness.
7. The Iron Large
Brad Hen’s stunning tribute to old fashioned sci-fi is filled with comedy gems, together with one of many higher makes an attempt at mixing a coded message into prayer.
6. Nationwide Lampoon’s Christmas Trip
Not the one prayerful riff on the Pledge of Allegiance on this listing, however perhaps the funniest since Aunt Bethany doesn’t appear to know something’s amiss. Hey, kinda makes you surprise about this entire pledging allegiance factor and why it’s so simply confused for prayer, doesn’t it?
5. The Simpsons
The Simpsons has tons of nice prayer gags, together with the brutal second when Lisa observes Bart kneeling and mutters “prayer, the final refuge of the scoundrel.” However Homer’s prayer right here makes a strong level about how we interpret solutions to prayer — and justify our personal needs just by praying for them first.
4. The Marketing campaign
This film didn’t fairly ship on the comedic potential of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis squaring off on the marketing campaign path, however it did function a terrific scene during which the very clearly non-religious Ferrell needed to briefly faux to be aware of the Lord’s Prayer to win over Republican votes, with a bit of assist from Jason Sudeikis. (This isn’t the final time we’ll see Ferrell on this listing).
3. The Quick and the Livid
Not all mates say grace earlier than consuming, however whenever you’re on the Toretto dinner desk, you’re not mates; you’re household. And the Toretto household is aware of precisely what to be grateful for.
2. Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby
You’ve seen it earlier than however it stays an absolute priceless three minutes of comedy. Between Cal’s grunts of affirmation, the household’s dispute over which Jesus is being prayed to and Ricky Bobby’s personal contractually obligated shoutout to Powerade, there’s not a wasted line within the scene.
1. Meet the Dad and mom
Is that this Ben Stiller’s best comedic second? It’s not as melodramatic as Derek Zoolander or as sudden as his Anchorman cameo, however the scene is so well-handled, Stiller’s discomfort so finely tuned and the remainder of the desk’s reactions so understated that it’s straightforward to see why this scene has change into such a basic. What a smorgasbord of presents.