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The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge


Last year's discussion thread
Last year's list thread

This Challenge was created last year by takingchase (who, for whatever reasons, disappeared mid-challenge). It seemed pretty well-received (I, for one, think it makes a perfect bridge between the October Horror Movie Challenge and the Holiday Challenge), so here we go again.

| Challenge starts at dusk October 31st and ends November 30th |

I liked the structure set up by takingchase, so there won't be many changes.

Rules
This Challenge overlaps with two well-established Challenges. Quite a bit with the Holiday Challenge. You can receive "double credit" and list any qualifying items watched for those other two Challenges during overlapping days on your Comedy Challenge list as well.

It should be self-evident what titles qualify, but if you have questions about something you've never seen, check out its genre classification on IMDB or Allrovi or ask in this thread.

Post your list in the list thread. Be as creative or as basic with your list as you want. Just please number your list.

Like the Holiday Challenge (which overlaps with this one), any title watched, no matter how long or how short, counts as one list item. This will make it easier to record qualifying items on both lists if you participate in both Challenges.

**LIST THREAD**


Free stuff!



Once again, the great folks at Hamilton Books have provided us with some cool prizes. Thanks, GoldenWheels!


The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia, Revised Edition by Glenn Mitchell & Movie Icons: Marx Bros. by Douglas Keesey


The Harold Lloyd Collection: Slapstick Symposium
from Kino


TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Comedy
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), A Night at the Opera (1935), The Long, Long Trailer (1954), and Father of the Bride (1950)
from Warner Home Video


The John Cleese Comedy Collection
How to Irritate People, The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It, and Romance with a Double Bass
from White Star

HOW TO WIN
Entries will be compiled together and winners will be chosen at random (using Random.org). You can gain entries by:
  • Actively Participating
  • Achieving 100 viewings for the month
  • Finishing the checklist
  • Finishing the theme nights

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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

THE CHECKLIST
Paste this underneath your list in spoiler tags:

Watch a film from 10 of the 13 decades of film history:
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

Watch a film from 5 of the 11 possible ratings:
--- Pre Codes -
--- Hayes approved -
--- G -
--- GP -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- M -
--- R -
--- X -
--- NC-17 -
--- Unrated Post-codes -

Watch items in at least three formats (DVD, TV, BD, Laser, streaming, HD-DVD, VHS, theatrical, etc)
--- (first format), (title)
--- (second format), (title)
--- (third format), (title)

Watch a film from at least three of these classic performers: (W.C. Fields, May West, Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase, Patsy Kelly, ZaSu Pitts)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)

Watch a film from at least three of these classic teams: (The Three Stooges, The Little Rascals, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, The Marx Brothers, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)

Watch a film from at least four of these comedic actors: (Jerry Lewis, Peter Sellers, Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Cleese, Dudley Moore, John Candy, Eugene Levy, John Belushi, Goldie Hawn, Lucille Ball)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)
--- (fourth performer), (title)

Watch a film from at least four of these modern comedic actors: (Seth Rogan, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Simon Pegg, Danny McBride, Luke Wilson, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)
--- (fourth perfemer), (title)

Watch a film from at least five of these writers, directors, or producers: (Clyde Bruckman, Frank Capra, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, John Hughes, Kevin Smith, Ivan Reitman, Farrelly Brothers, Judd Apatow, Leo McCarey, Billy Wilder, Paul Mazursky)
--- (First director/producer), (title)
--- (Second director/producer), (title)
--- (Third director/producer), (title)
--- (Fourth director/producer), (title)
--- (Fifth director/producer), (title)

Watch a film starring a stand-up comedian (acting) -
Watch a film starring a stand-up comedian (performing his/her stand-up act) -

Watch at least two films with current/ex cast members of Saturday Night Live
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)

Watch a film and it's sequel
--- (first film)
--- (second film)

Watch
--- a National Lampoon film -
--- a British film -
--- a film with a commentary -
--- a film with a "riff" -
--- something animated -
--- something with a major holiday theme -
--- takes place on a vacation -
--- film version of a sitcom or reunion movie -
--- a mockumentary –

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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

THEME NIGHTS
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November 1 – Horror Comedies
November 2 – Fish Out of Water
November 3 – Sex Comedies
November 4 – Workplace Comedies
November 5 – Teen Comedies
November 6 – Politics
November 7 – Buddy Comedies
November 8 – Stand-Up Comedy
November 9 – Slapstick
November 10 – Spoofs
November 11 – SciFi Comedies
November 12 – Military Comedies
November 13 – Romantic Comedies
November 14 - Silent Comedies
November 15 – Funny Females
November 16 – Screwball Comedies
November 17 – Sports Comedies
November 18 – Sketch Comedies
November 19 – Stoner Comedies
November 20 – Foreign Comedies
November 21 – Road/Vacation Movies
November 22 – Holiday Themed Comedies
November 23 – Crime/Caper Comedies
November 24 – Mockumentaries
November 25 – Sitcoms
November 26 – Fantasy Comedy
November 27 – Action Comedies
November 28 – Ethnic Humor
November 29 – Animated Comedies
November 30 – Comedic Kids

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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Nice! I'll be participating for sure!
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

I think I'll do this this year.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Wow, Dimension X...didn't even know about this one. I'll give it a run this year for sure.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Now the trick is to make sure to not watch any horror comedy before Halloween!
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Originally Posted by indiephantom View Post
Wow, Dimension X...didn't even know about this one. I'll give it a run this year for sure.
I can see how it could've slipped past you last year. October is a busy month.
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Now the trick is to make sure to not watch any horror comedy before Halloween!
I was thinking the overlap from midnight to dawn on Nov. 1st would be enough, but maybe I should start this one at dusk on Oct. 31 for people that don't stay up until crazy hours.

I'm open to suggestions, and hope to hear a lot. The only things I'm set on are "easy counting," and Nov. 1st's theme will be horror comedy and Nov. 22nd's theme will be Thanksgiving comedy.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

I had fun with this last year and think the transition from horror to comedy works well.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

I have a lot of things going on once the horror challenge ends so I know I can't get in as much watching as I do for the horror challenge but will definitely give it a shot because I love trying out new comedy movies although its the one genre that I'm pretty picky to even though I can laugh easily at quite a bit in real life. I'll probably watch "ernest scared stupid" after midnight on halloween so it crosses over with the comedy challenge. I think the checklist and theme nights look great the way they are, no suggestions I can think of currently.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Originally Posted by cardsfan111 View Post
I had fun with this last year and think the transition from horror to comedy works well.
For sure and I anticipate some interesting crossover potential. A lot of '80 genre filmmakers made both kinds of films.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Thanks for taking this on, Dimension X
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Count me in
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I'm thinking I might possibly binge on part of a complete series that I own where I haven't seen every episode, perhaps I Love Lucy or Friends? Knowing myself I'll probably just end up watching random stuff instead.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Think I'll try this one this year.Great overlap with the holiday challenge as there are many holiday themed comedies.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Thinking of picking up one of the Three Stooges sets for this challenge.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Originally Posted by Dimension X View Post
I was thinking the overlap from midnight to dawn on Nov. 1st would be enough, but maybe I should start this one at dusk on Oct. 31 for people that don't stay up until crazy hours.

I'm open to suggestions, and hope to hear a lot. The only things I'm set on are "easy counting," and Nov. 1st's theme will be horror comedy and Nov. 22nd's theme will be Thanksgiving comedy.
You know this I'm sure, but I'm all for the dusk to dawn overlap. 12 hours of horror/comedy overlap will be easy to fill, and disappointing to have only time for 6-9 films.

Just reread some of last year's thread; and you all really did a great job putting this one together. Comedy in November to cool down from Horror October is perfect.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Part of my mission this year to participate in every challenge from the current Horror one up to and including the Exploitation challenge. I have more time this year than in the past few and I'm enjoying the whole experience. Might not aim as high for all of them, but I will definitely participate as much as I can.

Looking forward to joining up for this one...man, October is moving fast! I need to start planning a bit for comedy titles now.
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I enjoyed this one last year, so I'm definitely in again.
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I'll participate this year. I want to re-watch Sports Night and some funny films before I dive head first into watching the Stargate series.
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I'll try and get around to updating the Checklist and Theme Nights list and post them by Thursday. I'm still open for suggestions if anyone has any.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

Think I'll draw up my own subset list when I get a chance. So much unwatched comedy that I'd love to get around to.

Can't recommend the book Laughing Screaming by William Paul enough. It distinguishes between "sex quest" fims and "animal comedies" and the relationship to the horror genre. It's a perfect companion to these back-to-back challenges.
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Okay, here's the new checklist and the new daily themes list. Let me know if you think I should change anything.

THE CHECKLIST
Paste this underneath your checklist in spoiler tags.

Watch a film from 10 of the 13 decades of film history:
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

Watch a film from 5 of the 11 possible ratings:
--- Pre Codes -
--- Hayes approved -
--- G -
--- GP -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- M -
--- R -
--- X -
--- NC-17 -
--- Unrated Post-codes -

Watch items in at least three formats (DVD, TV, BD, Laser, streaming, HD-DVD, VHS, theatrical, etc)
--- (first format), (title)
--- (second format), (title)
--- (third format), (title)

Watch a film from at least three of these classic performers: (W.C. Fields, May West, Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase, Patsy Kelly, ZaSu Pitts)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)

Watch a film from at least three of these classic teams: (The Three Stooges, The Little Rascals, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, The Marx Brothers, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)

Watch a film from at least four of these comedic actors: (Jerry Lewis, Peter Sellers, Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Cleese, Dudley Moore, John Candy, Eugene Levy, John Belushi, Goldie Hawn, Lucille Ball)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)
--- (fourth performer), (title)

Watch a film from at least four of these modern comedic actors: (Seth Rogan, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Simon Pegg, Danny McBride, Luke Wilson, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig)
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)
--- (third performer), (title)
--- (fourth perfemer), (title)

Watch a film from at least five of these writers, directors, or producers: (Clyde Bruckman, Frank Capra, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, John Hughes, Kevin Smith, Ivan Reitman, Farrelly Brothers, Judd Apatow, Leo McCarey, Billy Wilder, Paul Mazursky)
--- (First director/producer), (title)
--- (Second director/producer), (title)
--- (Third director/producer), (title)
--- (Fourth director/producer), (title)
--- (Fifth director/producer), (title)

Watch a film starring a stand-up comedian (acting) -
Watch a film starring a stand-up comedian (performing his/her stand-up act) -

Watch at least two films with current/ex cast members of Saturday Night Live
--- (first performer), (title)
--- (second performer), (title)

Watch a film and it's sequel
--- (first film)
--- (second film)

Watch
--- a National Lampoon film -
--- a British film -
--- a film with a commentary -
--- a film with a "riff" -
--- something animated -
--- something with a major holiday theme -
--- takes place on a vacation -
--- film version of a sitcom or reunion movie -
--- a mockumentary –

THEME NIGHT

November 1 – Horror Comedies
November 2 – Fish Out of Water
November 3 – Sex Comedies
November 4 – Workplace Comedies
November 5 – Teen Comedies
November 6 – Politics
November 7 – Buddy Comedies
November 8 – Stand-Up Comedy
November 9 – Slapstick
November 10 – Spoofs
November 11 – SciFi Comedies
November 12 – Military Comedies
November 13 – Romantic Comedies
November 14 - Silent Comedies
November 15 – Funny Females
November 16 – Screwball Comedies
November 17 – Sports Comedies
November 18 – Sketch Comedies
November 19 – Stoner Comedies
November 20 – Foreign Comedies
November 21 – Road/Vacation Movies
November 22 – Holiday Themed Comedies
November 23 – Crime/Caper Comedies
November 24 – Mockumentaries
November 25 – Sitcoms
November 26 – Fantasy Comedy
November 27 – Action Comedies
November 28 – Ethnic Humor
November 29 – Animated Comedies
November 30 – Comedic Kids

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Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
You know this I'm sure, but I'm all for the dusk to dawn overlap. 12 hours of horror/comedy overlap will be easy to fill, and disappointing to have only time for 6-9 films.
Since Trevor was the only one to voice an opinion either way, it looks like the ayes have it for the early start time (dusk on 10/31). I'll update the opening post to reflect this.
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Re: The Second Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2012

What about Xmas-themed comedies for Nov. 30th for a potential crossover with the holiday challenge? Or...maybe not. Comedic kids probably works well with that, too (Home Alone, etc.) and you have the holiday theme for thanksgiving.

Love the categories overall.

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