Funny / Hairspray

  • "I Can Hear the Bells."
    • The part where Tracy pins a random guy to a locker and continues singing as Penny visibly struggles to get her to release him in the background.
    • Also when she puts Penny's hand on her chest; prompting stares from others around and an awkward look from Penny.
    • Plus, when Tracy gets hit by a dodge ball while singing the song. Made especially funny since Amber did this in the Broadway show and Tracy is in the midst of the line "Amber, much to your surprise" when the ball hits her, implying she was singing directly to Amber who threw the ball at her to shut her up.
    • In the Broadway show and Hairspray Live, during basically the entire song Penny can be seen wandering around out of the spotlight in the background, constantly putting her ear to random places and trying to pinpoint the sound of the bells Tracy keeps insisting she can hear.
    • In the film, by the time Tracy emerges from a restroom stall wearing a toilet paper bridal veil (yes, really), Penny's pretty much stopped questioning it and spends the rest of the song wearing a face that says "Welp, I guess Tracy's insane now. Oh well."
  • "Good morning, Baltimore! There's the flasher who lives next door!" And Tracy smiles cordially at a beaming John Waters, who promptly flashes the neighbors.
  • When Tracy says on live TV in The '60s that if she were president, "I'd make every day Negro Day!"
    • Alot of the stuff Tracy says and does is hilarious, really.
  • Link finally growing a spine and telling his history teacher to "kiss my ass" in the film version.
    • What makes the line even funnier is that it's said, dead serious, as an answer to the question "What were the immortal words of Patrick Henry?"
  • Link's utterly sincere line when he shows up at the Turnblad residence.
    Link: I can't believe Tracy savagely bludgeoned an Eagle Scout! That's just not like her.
  • Penny's mom tying her up with a jump rope and throwing holy water on her.
    Penny's Mom: Devil child! Devil child!
  • When Penny is on TV and while she kisses Seaweed, her mother is watching and screams "Penny!!" and trips over a table.
    Penny: I am now a checkerboard chick! (kisses Seaweed passionately)
    Prudy: (watching on TV) Penny! (tumbles over the coffee table)
    • The next scene of Prudy desperately attempting to scrub Seaweed out of the picture.
  • When Link catches Tracy dancing with Seaweed in the detention room, when she spanks her butt.
    Tracy: I'm a bad bad girl who needs to be punished!
  • Link seeking solace at the Turnblad residence.
    Link: I'm so worried! I can't sleep, I can't eat -
    Edna: You can't eat? Come on in, I'll make you some pork.
  • This exchange, while Penny and Seaweed are having a romantic moment as he tries to untie her from her mother's jump rope:
    Penny: Oh, Seaweed! I knew the color of our skin wouldn't get between our love!
    Seaweed: Yeah, but these knots might. Was your mom ever in the Navy?
    • Not to mention Penny's reply, complete with eye-roll, when Seaweed asks why her mother tied her up.
      Penny: She's punishing me for harbouring a fugitive without her permission.
      • In the musical it's for going to jail without permission.
      • In the 2016 Live TV production, it's living without permission.
  • "If we get any more white people in here, it's gonna be a suburb."
  • Amber's phone call to Edna, with her doing a poor job to sound like a man named "Mike".
    Amber: Right now, as we speak, your daughter has entered a hotbed of moral.... turpentine.
  • This Rhetorical Question Blunder:
    Maybelle: You been sleeping through history class, girl?
    Tracy: Yes. Always.
  • This exchange when Maybelle finds out about Seaweed and Penny:
    Maybelle: So this is love. Well, love is a gift, but a lot of people don't remember that. So, you two better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a neverending parade of stupid.
    Penny: So you met my mom.
  • "No, I get who Caesar is but what's the ideas of March? I mean how can a month have an idea?"
  • This exchange:
    Corny: Gee Velma, how are you going to fire Corny Collins from "the Corny Collins Show?"
    Velma: *Beat* They do it all the time on "Lassie"!
  • In the 1988 movie, The scene where Prudy tries to follow Tracy, Link and Penny is one laugh riot because she freaks out once she gets to the Black community part of the city- She thinks they're all out to get her and freaks out after finding an officer, only to find out he's Black too!
    • When Prudy finally comes to take her daughter away, Motormouth even knows that Prudy is totally paranoid.
    Maybelle: Oh papa toony, we've got a loony!
  • Another funny bit when Tracy is at the reformatory, while watching the news, after Link is mentioned and shows up on screen, she's making funny faces and lick and kisses the TV screen, complete with showing her look through the inside of the TV! And she gasps in horror after Amber shows up on screen.
  • Some Hamilton fans watching NBC's telecast got a chuckle out of Link telling Tracy, "I'm not throwin' away my shot."note