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Funny: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Funny moments for the 1971 film can be found at Funny.Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

Original Novel

  • Grandma Josephine's brutally honest reaction to the story of how Veruca Salt got her Golden Ticket: "That's even worse than the fat boy."
  • Mrs. Gloop screaming at Wonka to smash the pipe when Augustus gets stuck.
  • Mr. Wonka's assurance to Mrs. Gloop that he'll ensure that her son won't be turned into fudge — because nobody would want to taste, much less buy, "Augustus-flavored chocolate-coated Gloop!"
  • Veruca Salt isn't impressed by the stated effects of Hair Toffee. "Who wants a beard, for heaven's sake?" Mr. Wonka notes "It would suit you very well" before changing the topic. Particularly funny in the 2013 audio book, owing to Douglas Hodge's delivery of the Stealth Insult (almost under his breath).
  • In the last Oompa-Loompa song, they admit that tossing out the TV set and giving kids books to read instead won't produce instant results, and that parents will have to put up with "all the dirty looks,/The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,/And children hitting you with sticks" for a while.

Audiobook-specific

  • In the 2002 audiobook read by Eric Idle, Idle manages to stretch Grandpa Joe's first "Yippee!" (when he realizes Charlie's found a Golden Ticket) out a good five seconds.
  • In the 2013 audiobook, Douglas Hodgenote  manages to make characters like Mrs. Gloop, Mike Teavee, and Violet Beauregarde even funnier than they are as written simply with the voices he assumes for the roles — especially Violet's, owing to an impressive aversion of Larynx Dissonance in order to make her The Ditz.

2005 Film (Note: Depp!Wonka gets at least one funny moment per major room, and often between rooms)

  • After the Elevator ruins Charlie's house by crashing through the roof...
    Grandma Georgina: I think there's someone at the door.
  • After Charlie tells Wonka to make up with his father:
    Wonka: Y'know, I've got transpor-walks into elevator door...to be more careful where I park this thing.
    • Note that this is the second time he walks into the glass doors.
  • Wonka: Everything in this room is eatable. Even I am eatable, but that is called cannibalism, my dear children, and is in fact frowned on in most societies.
  • Willy Wonka tries to relate to today's kids when explaining Hair Toffee: "It's in the fridge, daddy-o! Are you hip to the jive? Can you dig what I'm layin' down? I knew that you could. Slide me some skin, soul brother!"
  • MUMBLER!
  • Mike Teevee's introduction, and Grandpa George flipping out.
    George: Well, it's a good thing you're going to a chocolate factory then, you ungrateful little bu-
    • Followed by Charlie's father covering his ears for some time, while George passionately goes on what we can only assume is one hell of a Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Veruca wants a squirrel. Wonka says no. And then perfectly imitates Mr Salt's voice just to mock the both of them.
    Wonka: [in Mr Salt's voice] I'm sorry, darling. Mr Wonka's being unreasonable. [mocking pout]
  • The Puppet Hospital and Burn Center. It's relatively new.
    • And, as the impetus for that Brick Joke, director Tim Burton burning "It's a Small World" in effigy. The setup scene in itself is hilarious. The bright and colorful singing puppets are awesome, then the show ends when the pyrotechnics fail, causing the show display to burst into flames and grind to a halt. As the group looks on in confusion, the camera pans across them slowly to reveal Wonka standing at the end, applauding wildly. "I was worried it was getting a little dodgy in the middle part, but then that finale...wow!"
    • Also, why wasn't Wonka on stage for the puppet show when he was clearly supposed to be? "Well, I couldn't very well watch the show from up there, now, could I, little girl?"
  • The bit where young Wonka is walking past lots of flags like he is traveling the world, only for it to then be revealed that he's just in the flag room of the local museum.
  • When they reach the Nut Sorting Room, Mr. Salt mentions that he's in the nut business as well and instinctively hands Wonka his business card. Wonka takes it and throws it away without looking at it all in a single motion while Mr. Salt obliviously continues talking. As if this wasn't quite enough by itself, Wonka's response is to laugh uproariously and tell Mr Salt how weird he is.
  • Grandpa Joe tells Charlie about how he was a "much younger man" working in Wonka's candy shop 20 years earlier... in the resulting flashback, he looks exactly the same as he currently does. (Of course it wasn't too long ago, since he's supposed to be about 80 years old at present time.)
  • Whenever Wonka can't spit out the word parents.
    Willy Wonka: I'm sorry, I was having a flashback.
    Mr. Salt: I see.
    Mr. Teavee: These flashbacks happen often?
    Willy Wonka: Increasingly... today.
  • "I'm Violet Beauguarde!" "Oh....I don't care."
  • When Violet starts turning into a blueberry, this part made me die of laughter:
    Mrs. Beauregarde: What's happening?
    Willy Wonka: Well, I told you I hadn't quite got it right, 'cause it goes a little funny when it gets to the dessert. It's the Blueberry Pie that does it. I'm terribly sorry! [shudders, then yelps and ducks for cover]
    Violet Beauregarde: Mother, what's happening to me?
    [continues to turn purple and starts to grow]
    Grandpa Joe: She's swelling up!
    Charlie Bucket: Like a blueberry! [Violet swells up to a blueberry that is about ten to twelve feet in diameter. As she's maxing out....]
    Willy Wonka: I've tried it on, like, twenty Oompa-Loompas and each one ended up as a blueberry. It's just weird.
    Mrs. Beauregarde: But I can't have a blueberry as a daughter! How is she supposed to compete?
    Veruca Salt: You could put her in a county fair!
    Willy Wonka: [delighted expression]
  • Mr Salt commenting that the Oompa Loompas' number felt rehearsed. Just imagine what happened off-camera. It might be something like this: "OK, let's practice for when those nasty children meet their demise. Augustus will be first to go, down the river . . ." and so on and so forth. (Indeed, Robot Chicken did a skit about the Oompa-Loompa writer's room in the Season Six episode "Immortal"; while it's specifically parodying the 1971 film, it needs little tweaking to apply to other versions.)
  • How will they get Mike Teavee back to size?
    Willy Wonka: Let's go put him in the taffy puller!
    Mr. Teavee: Taffy puller?
    Willy Wonka: (Offended) Hey, that was my idea!

2013 Stage Musical

  • In the "Creation Overture" opening animation, the unseen narrator (aka, as it turns out, Willy Wonka) explains what a chocolatier does with the basic chocolate mixture:
    He mixes in sugar and butter and what else? — well what else do you want? — vanilla, coffee, toffee, kiwis, seaweed, liquorice, cinnamon, bicycles, babies, anything you like...
  • The first onstage lines, via grouchy sweet stall owner Mrs. Pratchett:
    Chocolate! Chocolate! Rots your teeth and makes you fat! Get your lovely chocolate here!
  • The Establishing Character Moment for Charlie:
    The Tramp: Look at this mess! People just guzzle up their chocolate and throw away the wrappers without the slightest thought.
    Charlie: I'm glad they do that.
    The Tramp: Glad?
    Charlie: If people didn't throw things away, then I'd have nothing to pick up.
    • Note that this turns out to also be Willy Wonka's Establishing Character Moment, which makes things even funnier.
  • At the top of Act Two, Wonka rushes through greeting each of the Golden Ticket winners in "Strike That, Reverse It". It's rife with funny lines — some are on the show's main page, representing such tropes as Dispense With The Pleasantries, Ice-Cream Koan, and Last-Second Word Swap — but one highlight is:
    Willy Wonka: Mike Teavee, aren't you the boy who got your Golden Ticket by hacking into my computers!
    Mrs. Teavee: Now Mr. Wonka, those are just allegations.
  • The showbiz-savvy Mr. Beauregarde initially thinks that the Oompa-Loompas are Wonka's entourage.
  • Willy Wonka could be the poster child for justified cases of No Sympathy in this version. A sample of his comments on the dreadful fates of the naughty kids:
    On Augustus Gloop: At least he died doing what he loved.
    On Violet Beauregarde: She didn't explode...her bubble just burst, that's all.
    On Veruca Salt: But we mustn't mourn; that's not what Veruca would have wanted. And let's face it, Veruca always got what she wanted.
    Summing up the tour: True, we did lose a few children along the way...but we all learned something and that's the important thing!
  • Violet's transformation is the subject of "Juicy!" — a combination of The Villain Sucks Song and a Gratuitous Disco Sequence. The song is such a gorgeous pastiche that the Black Comedy of the situation, culminating in her exploding in a shower of glitter, is that much funnier.
  • On that same token, Mr. Beauregarde's hilarious reaction:
    Mr. Beauregarde: ...She exploded!
  • During the run to the Nut Room, the tour group passes several storerooms for unusual objects, all of which have their function: whips for whipping cream, turkeys for Turkish delight, and Scotch for...well, Wonka likes Scotch.
  • As Mike Teavee gets lost in the virtual world, the Oompa-Loompas perform an electronica-inspired song, "Vidiots", complete with funky lighting effects and video screens...and a heck of a Noodle Incident gets brought up with but one line:
    Willy Wonka: It's years since I've been to a rave!
  • Mrs Teavee's Genre Savvy nature returns as her son shows up on the computer screens.
    Mrs Teavee: The little people are singing again. That's never a good sign.
    • She also sings and dances along with her son's exit song, more enthusiastically than even the Oompa-Loompas!
  • As "Pure Imagination" begins, there's a sweetly funny exchange as Wonka and Charlie board the Great Glass Elevator:
    Willy Wonka: Let's hope this works, because I just invented it this morning...Push that button.
    Charlie: The one marked Don't Push?
    Willy Wonka: That's the one.
    Willy Wonka: How did you guess?
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