Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Saturday Seven: Funny Dead Comedians

This past week at work was stressful and hectic. I put in some seriously long hours at the office, and working from home late evenings as well. I made it through the week by remembering that laughter is always the best medicine. I've always enjoyed a good laugh-from a TV sitcom or movie to a stand up stage act. There have been so many talented comedians over the years. In particular, I've always had an appreciation for the older comedians from way back. These are guys who were masters of double entendre, had perfect timing, and could work an audience with just a look or facial expression. These are guys who didn't need to use vulgarity to get the laugh. This brings me to another scintillating edition of
The Saturday Seven: Funny Dead Comedians
#1 George Burns: "Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed"

#2 Peter Sellers: "Conversation like television set on honeymoon... unnecessary"

#3 Groucho Marx: "Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?"

#4 Benny Hill: “I'm not against half naked girls - not as often as I'd like to be"

#5 Red Foxx: "Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.”

#6 Jack Benny: "Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.”

#7 Paul Lynde: "Host Peter Marshall: What are “dual-purpose cattle” good for that other cattle aren’t? Paul Lynde: They give milk and cookies – but I don’t recommend the cookies"

Bonus entry: Rodney Dangerfield: "I don't get no respect"

Thanks for stopping by The Saturday Seven today. Who are your favorite dead male comedians? Some other week I'll tackle the ladies, and also the living funny guys. But today, it's a mini-tribute to those who are gone. Happy Saturday! -Rick Rockhill

16 comments:

bunnygirl said...

What I've always liked about the Marx brothers is the way they work on more than one level. There's always a lot going on, including political, literary and cultural references that go right over the head of the young or uneducated. But even a child will still enjoy the slapstick.

Something for everyone!

snowelf said...

Hey PSS,

Sorry you had such a crazy week! It seems it's going around or something...

Here's to a very nice weekend. :)
--snow

marlupe said...

rick-pal lynde was SO funny. We used to love him on Hollywood Squares. And Peter Sellers? LOL good list!

lime said...

i'd have to add phill hartman and john candy to the list...john candy especially, who had the ability to be hilariously funny and so deeply touching at the same time.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

groucho all the way!!!

smiles, bee

EBEZP said...

I'd add John Candy too but what about Eric Morecambe, totally agree with the top 4 though!

Biddie said...

I guess that I would add John Candy, too. Funny, and a gentleman. Plus, he was a fellow Canadian. Redd Foxx was awesome, too.
I guess that all time fav would be Lucy, though. I know that's for your ladies post, but still, my fav.

Stephen Rader said...

WOOHOO!!! I love that Paul Lynde made your list!!!

My favorite Paul Lynde HOLLYWOOD SQUARES line:

Peter Marshall: Paul, can you get a pound of feathers out of a chicken?

Paul Lynde: I got 'em in there, didn't I?

Sheila said...

Great list! I loved John Belushi and would add him to my list.

Canadian flake said...

Yeah I loved Paul Lynde on Hollywood Squares..and Bewitched..he was always hilarious..lol.

I feel like a butthead though...didn't even know Rodney Dangerfiend was dead..duhhhhh meee.

Anonymous said...

I would also add John Belushi. What about Chris Farley?

Anonymous said...

I would also add John Belushi. What about Chris Farley?

Brandon said...

Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce!

Brandon said...

I just had to add that George Burns was such a fabulous man! God really does wear glasses and smoke Cuban cigars!

Lena said...

What a fantastic and unique idea for a blog. Sadly there isn't many dead comedians that I liked and you know.

Dermot Morgan was an Irish comedian who died at 44 and a waste of talent that was. He was renowned for his Father Ted sitcom comedies more than his stand up.

Loganator's Mom said...

Johnny Carson. I was so sad when he left the air.

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