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The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013


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The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge

2011's discussion thread
2011's list thread

2012's discussion thread
2012's list thread

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

Rules

This Challenge overlaps with two well-established Challenges - October's Horror Challenge and the Holiday Challenge. During the overlapping days, you can receive "double credit" by listing any qualifying items watched for those other two Challenges on your Comedy Challenge list.

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 Allmovie or ask in the discussion thread.

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

You may number (or not number) the items on your list any way you like. However, the preferred method is, as with the Holiday Challenge, any title watched, no matter how long or how short, counts as one list item. This should make it easier to record qualifying items on both lists if you participate in both Challenges.

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Free stuff!



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



The Three Stooges Scrapbook
Chicago Review - 355 pages



Peter Sellers 5 Film Collection
Lions Gate - 5 DVDs



Slapstick Encyclopedia
Image - 5 DVDs



4 Comedy Greats
Image - 4 DVDs

HOW TO WIN
Winners will be chosen at random (using Random.org) from a list of active participants. You must be a U.S. resident to receive a prize.

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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

THE CHECKLIST
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Select 10 decades of film history:
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

Select 5 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 which would also qualify for the:
--- TV Challenge
--- Academy Award Challenge
--- Action Challenge
--- Drive-In Challenge
--- Historical Challenge
--- Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge
--- Animation Challenge
--- Criterion Challenge
--- Horror Challenge
--- Holiday Challenge

Select 20 performers:
--- W.C. Fields -
--- May West -
--- Fatty Arbuckle -
--- Buster Keaton -
--- Charlie Chaplin -
--- Harold Lloyd -
--- Charley Chase -
--- Patsy Kelly -
--- ZaSu Pitts -
--- Shemp Howard -
--- Stan Laurel -
--- Harpo Marx -
--- Bob Hope -
--- Lou Costello -
--- Lucille Ball -
--- Peter Sellers -
--- Richard Pryor -
--- Steve Martin -
--- Bill Murray -
--- Michael Palin -
--- Dudley Moore -
--- John Candy -
--- Eugene Levy -
--- John Belushi -
--- Goldie Hawn -
--- Rowan Atkinson
--- Seth Rogan -
--- Ben Stiller -
--- Jim Carrey -
--- Will Ferrell -
--- Danny McBride -
--- Russell Brand -
--- Adam Sandler -
--- Chris Rock -
--- Amy Poehler -
--- Kristen Wiig -

Select 6 of the following:
--- a film starring a stand-up comedian (acting) -
--- a film starring a stand-up comedian (performing his/her stand-up act) -
--- a film starring the director -
--- 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 NIGHTS
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November 1 – Horror comedies
November 2 – Movember - Funny guys with mustaches
November 3 – Foreign comedies
November 4 – Sex Comedies
November 5 – Silent comedies
November 6 – Political comedy
November 7 – Buddy comedies
November 8 – Sports comedy
November 9 – Slapstick
November 10 – Spoofs
November 11 – Military comedies
November 12 – SciFi comedies
November 13 – Funny women
November 14 - Screwball comedies
November 15 – Crime/Caper comedies
November 16 – Sketch comedies
November 17 – Musical comedy
November 18 – Stand-up comedy
November 19 – Romantic comedies
November 20 – Comedy duos
November 21 – Black comedy
November 22 – Fantasy comedy
November 23 – Funny brothers
November 24 – Action comedies
November 25 – Workplace comedies
November 26 – The funny pages (Based on a comic strip or comic book)
November 27 – Road/Vacation comedies
November 28 – Holiday themed comedy
November 29 – Animated
November 30 – Funny kids

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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

I'm open to suggestions. Fire away.

Let me know if you want to have theme nights and a checklist. If you like/hate the new rules changes. Whatever. We have three weeks to iron this out before we start...
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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

Looking forward to this. I love me some Three Stooges.
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^Yep... I still have the last 2 or 3 sets of Stooges to view plus lots and lots of movies. I also just purchased The Beverly Hillbillies S4 and Petticoat Junction S3 from WM which are begging to be watched!
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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

Looking forward to some laughs to wash the memory of exorcisms, torture, and monsters under my bed out of my head.
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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
Looking forward to some laughs to wash the memory of exorcisms, torture, and monsters under my bed out of my head.
I love this challenge, especially for how it well it fits between the two surrounding it. The transition from horror to comedy is welcome and there's a great deal of overlapping material available for the comedy/holiday part of the month.
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Originally Posted by Cardsfan111 View Post
I love this challenge, especially for how it well it fits between the two surrounding it. The transition from horror to comedy is welcome and there's a great deal of overlapping material available for the comedy/holiday part of the month.
That's what I like about it too. It's a perfect fit.
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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

Been looking forward to this one for a while. I've still got Three Stooges sets to get through as well as some sitcoms that I've been stockpiling for a while.
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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

Theme nights would be cool. Maybe I'll search for some good birthdays, stand by.

Oct 30th - Horror?
1 - Horror?
3 - Roseanne
10 - Sinbad, Tracy Morgan
11 - Jonathan Winters
13 - Whoppi, Kimmel
17 - Devito
18 - Kevin Nealon
20 - Dick Smothers, Joel McHale
21 - Goldie Hawn, Ramis
22 - Dangerfield
23 - Harpo
24 - Heigl
25 - Ben Stein
28 - Thanksgiving?
29 - Shandling, Mandel
30 - Stiller
to dawn - Christmas?
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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
Theme nights would be cool. Maybe I'll search for some good birthdays, stand by.

Oct 30th - Horror?
1 - Horror?
3 - Roseanne
10 - Sinbad, Tracy Morgan
11 - Jonathan Winters
13 - Whoppi, Kimmel
17 - Devito
18 - Kevin Nealon
20 - Dick Smothers, Joel McHale
21 - Goldie Hawn, Ramis
22 - Dangerfield
23 - Harpo
24 - Heigl
25 - Ben Stein
28 - Thanksgiving?
29 - Shandling, Mandel
30 - Stiller
to dawn - Christmas?
I can see using some of those. Veterans Day is the 11th - so I'd put Military Comedies down for that. I'd definitely keep the 1st for Horror Comedies and the 28th for Thanksgiving Comedies.

Keep the suggestions coming.
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Ordered one of the Three Stooges DVD sets today, just for this challenge, and I have an unopened DVD of Halloween themed Three Stooges episodes as well.
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November 2nd is the date of George Bernard Shaw's death.
November 3rd is Diwali.
November 4th is Will Rogers' birthday (and Kathy Griffin's).
November 5th is Chris Addison's (although he may not have a varied enough career for some people to find things to watch).
(November 5th is also Muharram, the start of the Muslim/Islamic new year.)
November 6th is Emma Stone's birthday.
November 15th is Ed Asner's.
November 16th: Griff Rhys Jones and Martha Plimpton were born, Arthur Askey died.
November 19th is Meg Ryan and Terry Farrell's birthday.
(November 19th is also International Men's Day..!)
November 26th is Charles Schulz's birthday. Also Rich Little's and the day of Goon Michael Bentine's death.
November 29th is Joel Coen's birthday.
November 30th is the date of Oscar Wilde's death.



(If there were any plans for a subset of films, then I vote C.S.A. for November 6th; in 1961 Jefferson Davis is elected president; in 1965 the CSS Shenandoah "is the last Confederate combat unit to surrender".)

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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

How about a Movember tribute night? Watch a film starring a comedian or comic actor who has a mustache. Many possibilities: Groucho, Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers, Terry-Thomas, Oliver Hardy, John Cleese, Kevin Klein, etc.. And it's for a good cause, greater awareness of men's health issues.

http://us.movember.com/about/
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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

Originally Posted by ntnon View Post
November 2nd is the date of George Bernard Shaw's death.
November 3rd is Diwali.
November 4th is Will Rogers' birthday (and Kathy Griffin's).
November 5th is Chris Addison's (although he may not have a varied enough career for some people to find things to watch).
(November 5th is also Muharram, the start of the Muslim/Islamic new year.)
November 6th is Emma Stone's birthday.
November 15th is Ed Asner's.
November 16th: Griff Rhys Jones and Martha Plimpton were born, Arthur Askey died.
November 19th is Meg Ryan and Terry Farrell's birthday.
(November 19th is also International Men's Day..!)
November 26th is Charles Schulz's birthday. Also Rich Little's and the day of Goon Michael Bentine's death.
November 29th is Joel Coen's birthday.
November 30th is the date of Oscar Wilde's death.
Thanks. I'm penciling in Charles Shulz's birthday, but I might expand that to "Based on a comic strip" day.
Originally Posted by ntnon View Post
(If there were any plans for a subset of films, then I vote C.S.A. for November 6th; in 1961 Jefferson Davis is elected president; in 1965 the CSS Shenandoah "is the last Confederate combat unit to surrender".)
A film subset is a little too specific (and too much work) for this challenge. We'll be lucky to have 30 participants in total, let alone 30 who want to pick and watch specific films for specific days.
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How about a Movember tribute night? Watch a film starring a comedian or comic actor who has a mustache. Many possibilities: Groucho, Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers, Terry-Thomas, Oliver Hardy, John Cleese, Kevin Klein, etc.. And it's for a good cause, greater awareness of men's health issues.

http://us.movember.com/about/
I'll make that Nov 2 so people will be aware of it early in the month.

I think I'd like to keep the themes kind of generic, like last years. Here's the new list and the old one for reference.

Theme nights list-in-progress:
Spoiler:
1- Horror comedies
2- Movember - Watch a comedy starring a comedian or comic actor who has a mustache.


11-Military comedies


23- Harpo Marx's birthday - watch a comedy where at least two cast members are brothers

26- Charles Schulz's Birthday - watch a comedy based on a comic strip

28-Thanksgiving comedies


Last year's list:
Spoiler:
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


Any themes we should drop? Any you want to see added?
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I would say Black Comedy is different enough from Horror Comedy - and important enough in its own right - to stand separate.

I'd like to see Musical Comedy added, although I imagine most such items can slot in elsewhere, and I didn't quite get "Fish Out of Water" last year - mostly, I think, because so many otherly-comic situations feature such a character. It seems almost (almost) redundant.

While I understand the differences, could "Foreign Comedy" and "Ethnic Humor" be combined, perhaps?

I would also politely suggest the removal of "Funny Females" - while I liked it last year (watching, I think, French & Saunders, Victoria Wood, Julie Walters and others), I think it should instead be a key element of the checklist, and not a theme day in and of itself: there are enough funny women that anyone with any sense can watch something featuring them on any day. Can, and should.


Improv doesn't seem to be on the list, is it varied enough to add, I wonder?

I particularly like the "s"s: sitcom, spoof, sketch, slapstick and silent (also sci-fi). Please keep those.

Also, personally, I would like "sitcom," "kids" ("family"?) and "animated" to be placed on weekend days, please!

I was trying to think of the best suggestions to have the Thanksgiving-30th period themes easily line-up with the Holiday Challenge. Kids and animated certainly make sense, but I recalled some difficulty with "ethnic" (above), "crime" and "mockumentary". Also "fantasy"... unless, I suppose, a certain person's presence automatically denotes the fantastic! Then I realised when Thanksgiving is this year... problem solved.

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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

How about comedy combined with every other challenge in the year, like the following:

TV comedy (any sitcom)
Oscar-nominated comedy (THE PHILADELPHIA STORY)
Crime or action comedy (e.g. BEVERLY HILLS COP, OCEAN'S 11)
Exploitation comedy (PORKY'S, REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS)
Historical comedy (CASANOVA'S BIG NIGHT)
Sci-fi comedy (SPACEBALLS, SLEEPER)
Animated comedy (MONSTERS INC.)
Criterion comedy (I MARRIED A WITCH, PUTNEY SWOPE)
Horror comedy (ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN)
Holiday comedy (HOME ALONE)
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I would say Black Comedy is different enough from Horror Comedy - and important enough in its own right - to stand separate.

I'd like to see Musical Comedy added, although I imagine most such items can slot in elsewhere, and I didn't quite get "Fish Out of Water" last year - mostly, I think, because so many otherly-comic situations feature such a character. It seems almost (almost) redundant.

While I understand the differences, could "Foreign Comedy" and "Ethnic Humor" be combined, perhaps?

I would also politely suggest the removal of "Funny Females" - while I liked it last year (watching, I think, French & Saunders, Victoria Wood, Julie Walters and others), I think it should instead be a key element of the checklist, and not a theme day in and of itself: there are enough funny women that anyone with any sense can watch something featuring them on any day. Can, and should.


Improv doesn't seem to be on the list, is it varied enough to add, I wonder?

I particularly like the "s"s: sitcom, spoof, sketch, slapstick and silent (also sci-fi). Please keep those.

Also, personally, I would like "sitcom," "kids" ("family"?) and "animated" to be placed on weekend days, please!

I was trying to think of the best suggestions to have the Thanksgiving-30th period themes easily line-up with the Holiday Challenge. Kids and animated certainly make sense, but I recalled some difficulty with "ethnic" (above), "crime" and "mockumentary". Also "fantasy"... unless, I suppose, a certain person's presence automatically denotes the fantastic! Then I realised when Thanksgiving is this year... problem solved.
Lots of good suggestions, thanks. I'm happy to throw some themes out and add some back in (like black comedy - since it had a "year off"). I'd like to keep "Funny Females," but "Ethnic" is one I wanted to drop and replace with something else.

I'll try to work on the themes some more over the next couple of days, so people can suggest better days for the themes if/when I screw it up.
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How about comedy combined with every other challenge in the year, like the following:

TV comedy (any sitcom)
Oscar-nominated comedy (THE PHILADELPHIA STORY)
Crime or action comedy (e.g. BEVERLY HILLS COP, OCEAN'S 11)
Exploitation comedy (PORKY'S, REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS)
Historical comedy (CASANOVA'S BIG NIGHT)
Sci-fi comedy (SPACEBALLS, SLEEPER)
Animated comedy (MONSTERS INC.)
Criterion comedy (I MARRIED A WITCH, PUTNEY SWOPE)
Horror comedy (ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN)
Holiday comedy (HOME ALONE)
I don't know if I'll give each one a day, but those look like great checklist items. Maybe I'll use them for both.

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I don't know if I'll give each one a day, but those look like great checklist items. Maybe I'll use them for both.
I like the "Year of Comedy" as 12 Checklist items.

(Actually, it would be a good suggestion for Holiday, too - the "12 Months of Christmas"! )
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Lots of good suggestions, thanks. I'm happy to throw some themes out and add some back in (like black comedy - since it had a "year off"). I'd like to keep "Funny Females," but "Ethnic" is one I wanted to drop and replace with something else.

I'll try to work on the themes some more over the next couple of days, so people can suggest better days for the themes if/when I screw it up.
How's this for (minor) additions, compound alterations and day-alignments:




November 1 – Horror Comedies

SAT November 2 – MOVEMBER: Mustachioed Men
SUN November 3 – DIWALI: Foreign or Ethnic Comedies

November 4 – WILL ROGERS: Starring as myself
November 5 – Silent Comedies
November 6 – C.S.A.: Politics and Satire OR Mockumentary
November 7 – Road Trip or Buddy Comedies
November 8 – Sports

SAT November 9 – Slapstick
SUN November 10 – Spoofs

November 11 – VERTERAN'S DAY: Military Comedies
November 12 – SciFi
November 13 – WHOOPI: Funny Females
November 14 - Screwball
November 15 – Crime/Caper

SAT November 16 – Sketch Comedies
SUN November 17 – Musical Comedies

November 18 – SINBAD: Improv or Stand-Up Comedy
November 19 – MEG RYAN: Romantic Comedies
November 20 – DICK SMOTHERS: Double Acts
November 21 – Sex or Stoner Comedies
November 22 – Fantasy Comedy

SAT November 23 – HARPO MARX: Funny Families; Comedic Kids
SUN November 24 – Mockumentary OR Politics/Satire

November 25 – BEN STEIN: Panelshows, Gameshows, Other
November 26 – CHARLES SCHULZ: Based on a comic or Animated
November 27 – Black Comedy
November 28 – THANKSGIVING: Holiday Themed Comedies
November 29 – GARRY SHANDLING: Sitcoms

SAT November 30 – Workplace


New category: "Starring as myself" - films featuring people like Will Rogers, Laurely & Hardy or WC Fields, who essentially play themself in whatever role they inhabit.


Deliberately Distanced:
Horror & Black
SciFi and Fantasy
Satire and Mockumentary


Combined:
Sex and Stoner (rationale: not everyone's cup of tea; for those whose it is, other days - Romance, Workplace, Buddy & Road Trip - can function well. Or the perennial standby ANY DAY.
Road Trip and Buddy (similar to above, with the added proviso that even more than sex/stoner, these two - in my thinking - appeal to the same group of people)
Foreign and Ethnic (I think everyone should watch at least one foreign film, but they can fit on other days; I can only think of one or two "Ethnic" comedies that aren't already something else first)
Action/Crime/Caper (as per the challenge, these can seem interchangeable..)

Expanded: Harpo Marx's birthday being designated "brothers" seemed to fit well with families and kids. Family to mean "starring members of a.." and/or "family comedy".

Consider: to free up more "new" days, combine sketch and sitcom into "TV: Sketch and Sitcom".

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I like the "Year of Comedy" as 12 Checklist items.

(Actually, it would be a good suggestion for Holiday, too - the "12 Months of Christmas"! )
The MYOC and comedy challenges wouldn't really work for this. So you're left with ten.
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How's this for (minor) additions, compound alterations and day-alignments:




November 1 – Horror Comedies

SAT November 2 – MOVEMBER: Mustachioed Men
SUN November 3 – DIWALI: Foreign or Ethnic Comedies

November 4 – WILL ROGERS: Starring as myself
November 5 – Silent Comedies
November 6 – C.S.A.: Politics and Satire OR Mockumentary
November 7 – Road Trip or Buddy Comedies
November 8 – Sports

SAT November 9 – Slapstick
SUN November 10 – Spoofs

November 11 – VERTERAN'S DAY: Military Comedies
November 12 – SciFi
November 13 – WHOOPI: Funny Females
November 14 - Screwball
November 15 – Crime/Caper

SAT November 16 – Sketch Comedies
SUN November 17 – Musical Comedies

November 18 – SINBAD: Improv or Stand-Up Comedy
November 19 – MEG RYAN: Romantic Comedies
November 20 – DICK SMOTHERS: Double Acts
November 21 – Sex or Stoner Comedies
November 22 – Fantasy Comedy

SAT November 23 – HARPO MARX: Funny Families; Comedic Kids
SUN November 24 – Mockumentary OR Politics/Satire

November 25 – BEN STEIN: Panelshows, Gameshows, Other
November 26 – CHARLES SCHULZ: Based on a comic or Animated
November 27 – Action Comedies
November 28 – THANKSGIVING: Holiday Themed Comedies
November 29 – GARRY SHANDLING: Sitcoms

SAT November 30 – Workplace


New category: "Starring as myself" - films featuring people like Will Rogers, Laurely & Hardy or WC Fields, who essentially play themself in whatever role they inhabit.


Deliberately Distanced:
Horror & Black
SciFi and Fantasy
Satire and Mockumentary
Teen and Kids
Teen and
Combined:
Sex and Stoner (rationale: not everyone's cup of tea; for those whose it is, other days - Romance, Workplace, Buddy & Road Trip - can function well. Or the perennial standby ANY DAY.
Road Trip and Buddy (similar to above, with the added proviso that even more than sex/stoner, these two - in my thinking - appeal to the same group of people)
Foreign and Ethnic (I think everyone should watch at least one foreign film, but they can fit on other days; I can only think of one or two "Ethnic" comedies that aren't already something else first)

Expanded: Harpo Marx's birthday being designated "brothers" seemed to fit well with families and kids. Family to mean "starring members of a.." and/or "family comedy".

Consider: to free up more "new" days, combine sketch and sitcom into "TV: Sketch and Sitcom".
Cool. I can just copy this.

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I probably will use most of that. I'll take a closer look at it when I get some more time.
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Old 10-19-13, 09:20 AM
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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

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The MYOC and comedy challenges wouldn't really work for this. So you're left with ten.
Oh yes. Oh, well!

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Spoiler:
I probably will use most of that. I'll take a closer look at it when I get some more time.
Happy to help... although even after thinking about it, I left "Action" separate from "Crime/Caper" and snuck Animation into Schulz, so those should be reversed: Animation on the 27th, Action folded into the 15th.
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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

Note that we're planning to incorporate a Cheers season 2 community viewing event during the month as well.
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Re: The Third Annual November Comedy Challenge *Discussion Thread* Nov 1-30, 2013

Here's the theme nights list (sorry, I meant to post it Monday night). It's mostly the same as ntnon's list, but I made a couple changes here and there.

November 1 – Horror comedies
November 2 – Movember - Funny guys with mustaches
November 3 – Foreign comedies
November 4 – Sex Comedies
November 5 – Silent comedies
November 6 – Political comedy
November 7 – Buddy comedies
November 8 – Sports comedy
November 9 – Slapstick
November 10 – Spoofs
November 11 – Military comedies
November 12 – SciFi comedies
November 13 – Funny women
November 14 - Screwball comedies
November 15 – Crime/Caper comedies
November 16 – Sketch comedies
November 17 – Musical comedy
November 18 – Stand-up comedy
November 19 – Romantic comedies
November 20 – Comedy duos
November 21 – Black comedy
November 22 – Fantasy comedy
November 23 – Funny brothers
November 24 – Action comedies
November 25 – Workplace comedies
November 26 – The funny pages (Based on a comic strip or comic book)
November 27 – Road/Vacation comedies
November 28 – Holiday themed comedy
November 29 – Animated
November 30 – Funny kids

I'll try and get the checklist ready and posted in the next day or so. In the meantime, if you have suggestions for actors, comedians, directors, or writers who you would like to be on the checklist, let's hear them.

Last year's checklist:
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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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How about documentaries? I have a 2 DVD set of the entire 50 year career of the Three Stooges.
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