Funny / Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  • When the UFO hunters start getting transmissions from the aliens that come out as numerals, they struggle to find out what the numbers mean and one is heard in the background muttering "What letter is 104?".
    • And when the French translator - who already introduced himself as a cartographer - figures out the numbers are map coordinates, the team rushes about their offices trying to find a map. Instead they find a massive metal globe, which they free and kick it rolling into the hallway. It's that thump into the wall that makes it funny...
  • This line.
    First Scientist: They haven't aged a day. Einstein was right.
    Second Scientist: Einstein was probably one of them.
  • When Neary starts chucking dirt and stuff into his house to make a bigger mountain model... his kids try to help by throwing other stuff in through the windows!
    • Then, one of them asks if they can next chuck dirt through their window next.
  • When we're introduced to the Neary family, Roy is trying to teach fractions to his oldest son using a train model stuck on the track while a toy engine comes barreling down, trying to get his kid to figure out how much of the train car he has to move out of the way. The boy doesn't even try, preferring to watch the enjoyable train wreck instead.
  • The otherwise dark and traumatizing shower scene has one humorous moment when Neary looks at his watch saying "it's waterproof, it still works."
  • "I saw a Bigfoot once. 1951, back in Sequoia National Park. Had a foot on him thirty-seven inches heel to toe. It made a sound I would not want to hear twice in my life."
  • Blink and you miss it, but doesn't one of the Neon-lit baby UFOs use a turn signal during the police car chase...?
    • What makes it even funnier is -why-it does that...the baby UFO that was moving in front of it made a stop at the sign near the road, as if it was confused about where to go. As soon as the third UFO passed it by and used the turning signal, the second UFO reacted in a manner that could be interpreted as "oh, we go THAT way, alright!" as it follows.
      • Actually, that road sign was for a McDonald's. Baby UFO might have wanted drive-thru.
  • As the Mother Ship descends upon the contact base, Neary bumps into a terrified technician who's too busy running for a portable toilet to notice there's an unauthorized civilian walking about.
    • And who chose the absolute worst possible time to have a Potty Emergency, because he's missing the big event.
  • Members of the team discuss how they can evacuate Devil's Tower completely — including any stragglers who think they can wait it out. Cut to trucks with brands like "Coca-Cola" and "Piggly Wiggly."
  • During the musical First Contact with the Mother Ship, the human sound crew keeps repeating the five-tone motif even though the Mother Ship is clearly playing new tones trying to teach us more of the language. Finally frustrated that we're not learning, the Mother Ship blasts out the final two notes DAAAAAA-DUUUUUMMMMMMMMMM, smashing windows and forcing us to pay attention.
    • And during the lesson, when the keyboardist misses two notes, the Mother Ship calmly gives a correcting tone and the Moog Operator complies.
  • "TOBY! You are close to death!"
  • When Roy gestures to what he thinks is a car behind him to pass, and it instead rises up, revealing itself to the audience (but not the oblivious Roy) as a UFO. The hilarious thing is that it doesn't do so until after his gesture, as if the aliens were actually waiting patiently for him to drive, and then followed his instructions.
  • As frightening as the abduction scene is, one moment is a great bit of Gallows Humor. At one point, a vacuum cleaner turns on and starts moving around by itself. Jillian is freaking out by now, and this just makes it worse, but Barry looks at the vacuum and says, gleefully, "Clean everything up!"