- Will's explanation for why he's in the bathroom:
"I enjoy the smell of urinal cake."
- Followed by Jack's reply: "Me too." Then some hapless agent comes in, only to scurry right back out again when Crawford bellows "USE THE LADIES ROOM!"
- Abigail has an idea to recreate the phone call that tipped her father off; she suggests that Graham play her father, Bloom her mother, and says to Lecter, "And you be the man on the phone!"
- When Abigail has a horrified realization that her father very likely fed parts of the girls he killed to her and her mother, Lecter only calmly replies, "It's very likely."
- "Did you just smell me?"
- Hannibal brings Abigail over to his house for dinner, and asks her about her plans for the future.
Hannibal: Have you thought about applying to schools?
Abigail: My dad killed girls at all the schools I applied to.
Perhaps later, then.
- "He should have hopped faster." Cue a Scare Chord and a brief cut to the "rabbit" running for his life, stumbling and taking on a distinctly hopping sort of gait as he tries to get away. Then cut back to Lecter and Crawford.
Lecter: Yes, he should have. Fortunately for us, he did not.
- Will's disdain for therapy in "Amuse-Bouche".
Hannibal: How does that make you feel?
- The forensic team's reaction to Will's outburst at Jack in "Coquilles". After Jack's "I did not hear that," they quickly scamper off into the background. Although they're probably just trying to save Will the embarrassment of getting chewed out by the boss in front of colleagues, it's reminiscent of siblings getting the hell out of Dodge when one of them is about to be scolded by a parent.
- Will and Alana taking a subtle dig at Dr. Chilton and his smugness in "Entrée":
Dr.Chilton: I've read your notes, of course. They were more or less helpful, as I conducted my own interviews with Dr. Gideon over the years.
Alana: (very dryly) Well, I'm glad I was helpful.
- Quite a lot of "Sorbet" is pretty funny, when it isn't being harrowing.
- One moment being Hannibal's clear discomfort with being the subject of Franklyn's attention.
- A shot of Franklyn's used tissue on Hannibal's coffee table cuts to a shot of Hannibal with a priceless expression of disgust.
- Hannibal's obvious disappointment when Will doesn't show up for their appointment. He sits all alone in a dark room, stares at his appointment book, stares at his phone, and plays woeful classical music.
- Hannibal's 'grocery shopping'. He picks a certain business card from his Rolodex, goes to his box of recipes to choose a suitable course, brings the respective organ back, prepares it to cook and puts it in his fridge. And then he does it again. And again. This is cut together with the forensic team examining the bodies and noting the missing organs...and then just how the missing organs are being prepared...
- Particularly the bit where they mention the missing intestines and they actually say "Either someone's got short bowels or someone's making sausages". Cut to Hannibal doing exactly that.
- Also from "Sorbet":
Jimmy: We were looking at donor lists for a heart or kidneys. Now we're looking for hearts, kidneys, livers, stomachs, pancreases, lungs... this guy is missing a spleen. A spleen! Who the hell gets a spleen transplant?!
- In "Fromage", Franklyn is trying to talk Tobias down, rather aping Lecter — and then Lecter gets fed up and snaps Franklyn's neck.
Tobias: I was looking forward to that!
- Followed by a shot of Hannibal, clearly thinking, not half as much as I was.
- From "Fromage":
Tobias: Then why did you invite me here for dinner? Was it just to restring your harpsichord?
Hannibal: I was going to kill you. (Tobias glances at the meal he just ate) I didn't poison you, Tobias. I wouldn't do that to the food.
- Another from "Fromage". After Will kisses Alana, he rushes to Hannibal's house to talk about it, unwittingly interrupting Hannibal's extremely tense dinner date with Tobias. The scene that follows is absolutely hilarious, what with Hannibal going to answer the door only to find Will already in his foyer, throwing his jacket on the floor with only a "I kissed Alana Bloom!" by way of explanation before rushing into the house proper, leaving Hannibal to mutter "Well... come in," to the space Will previously occupied. Then Will wanders into the dining room, only to find the place empty, with the door to the snowy backyard, Tobias having fled. Hannibal gives some bullshit story about an urgent call, and Will doesn't question it. Then, while fixing bread pudding for himself and Will, Hannibal rather bitchily complains about Will coming to his house to talk about the kiss, and actually stops and stares at Will for a moment when Will responds to a question about the kiss with the phrase "I heard an animal in my chimney."
- After Alana finds out about Hannibal stealing Abigail from the hospital:
Hannibal: You were right.
Alana: Often am. Have to be more specific.
- From "Rôti":
Hannibal: He had a mild seizure.
Dr. Abel Gideon: That... doesn't seem to bother you.
Hannibal: I said it was mild.
- At the beginning of "Relevés". Hannibal brings Will this really fancy meal made of rare, exotic ingredients.
Will: You made me chicken soup?
- And Hannibal looked so irritated. ("— yes.")
- In "Trou Normand", the killer of the week is informed that his entire life's work was ass-backwards. His entire reaction? Hitting his hand against the armchair as though to say, "Darnit."
- The Hannibal Gag Reel. 'Nuff said. Especially whenever the actors break character when they realize someone's screwed up, which leads to scenes like Hugh Dancy high-fiving the forensics team, the Scary Music continuing as Hugh Dancy does the Robot, Mads Mikkelsen repeatedly failing to catch a potato with his knife, and Laurence Fishburn pronouncing Dumfries as "dumb fries".
- The smooth, refined, classy Lecter transmogrifying into Mads Mikkelsen with three words:
Lara Jean Chorostecki (playing Freddie Lounds): This is possibly the finest salad I've ever eaten in my life. Shame to ruin it with all that meat.
Mikkelsen: Shut up, bitch.
(entire cast cracks up)
- Whoever writes the hashtags for posts on the nbchannibal tumblr is a comic genius; nearly all of them are pure gold. Don't just take our word for it; have a look.
- The way that Franklyn, who is by far the most nervous and neurotic character in the show so far, is absolutely oblivious when there are not one but two 'lions' in the room.
- This gem from Jack Crawford in "Buffet Froid".
Will: He knew her. Someone who cared about her, or thought he did.
- In "Kaiseki", Will's mental landscape/Happy Place is a lovely, quiet river. The first time we see him emerging from it, it turns out he's been using it the way any of us would: to ignore the hell out of Chilton. And Chilton is so wrapped up in whatever it is he's going on about that he hasn't noticed. A+ psychiatry, Frederick.
- Don't forget Chilton's silent sassy gestures we see while Will blanks him
- He also returns to the river during Chilton's testimony in court. And only Chilton's testimony.
- Most of Chilton and Will's interactions are funny when they're not being horribly sad, like when Chilton tells Will his diagnosis of Will being an intelligent psychopath, though in his opinion, Will lacks the charm associated with the diagnosis.
- Hannibal's surprise greeting to the killer in "Sakizuki", right before a cut to commercial:
Hannibal: Hello. I love your work.
- Later on in the same conversation:
Killer: There is no God.
Hannibal: Certainly not with that attitude.
- Jack Crawford wonders why there's a leg missing from the eye mural, at which point the scene switches to Hannibal's kitchen, where NBC brazenly shows Hannibal slicing the man's foot off the leg in his culinary preparation, all while an energetic classical piece plays.
- Will's reaction to deducing Bedelia's profession. There are no words that give justice to Hugh Dancy's delivery.
Will: You're Hannibal Lecter's therapist. (very long beat) What's that like?
- Jimmy really wanted to get a stool sample from Will. Which then started trending on Twitter.
- In "Hassun", when Will's lawyer cross-examines Freddie Lounds, he emphasizes the six libel suits against her. He and Freddie repeat the word "six" several times, as if to remind viewers of Freddie's devilish nature. And that's all he does, he doesn't feel the need to even mention her testimony. That Liar Lies was his entire cross.
- In "Takiawase", when Price starts going on about the explosive nature of bee orgasms — "It's audible to the human ear!" — all Zeller can say is "All right," with an 'I am so done' look on his face.
- Aaron Abrams said on Twitter that his subtext for this scene was "if I have to listen to this man talk about bee ejaculate one more time..."
- When Will is taken to the observatory where Beverly's body is found, the look on Matthew Brown's face is pretty amusing. Hell, any scene when he is engaging in his Obfuscating Stupidity as one of the asylum security guards counts as a Funny Background Event.
- Hannibal's Casual Danger Dialogue after being tranquilized, his wrists slit, strung up with a noose around his neck, and effectively crucified; all while being left at the tender mercy of Matthew Brown.
Brown: Did you know the phrase to 'kick the bucket' came from exactly this situation? You could kick it out right now yourself and it'd all be over. Quicker than bleeding out.
Lecter: You're a nurse at the hospital... Are you setting a new standard of care?
- Gideon's line, "You can come closer, Doctor Lecter. I'm a cutter, not a pisser."
- When Freddie Lounds bumps into Hannibal as he leaves the asylum:
Lecter: What brings you to the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane?
Freddie: I am interviewing Will Graham, at his request. Imagine that.
- Chilton's reaction in "Futamono" to Hannibal's dinner party: his expression while holding the strange chicken claw has been described, by multiple posts on tumblr, simply as 'The hell is this?'
- Also his visible relief at the fact that, thanks to his inability to digest animal proteins, Hannibal's only been able to give him salad for their last few dinners.
- Chilton also acts as a viewer stand-in and the only sane person to notice the ridiculousness of Hannibal Lecter. Chilton brings up one of Hannibal's not particularly subtle jokes about cannibalism, and notes the irony of someone called Hannibal being a cannibal.
- Chilton and Hannibal both knowing that Hannibal is the Chesapeake Ripper, that Chilton knows this, and that Hannibal knows he knows this leads to another funny moment at the dinner party where Chilton is staring at Lecter in abject wide-eyed terror, and Lecter notices and winks at him, giving Chilton all the reason he needs to haul ass out of there. It felt like Anthony Hopkins took over Mads Mikkelsen's body for that one little moment, just to have Hannibal screw with Chilton in the series like he did in the books and movies.
- Dr. Gideon taunts the hospital staff that the nurse he killed had eyes for everyone after a few drinks. He then notes he was the exception, so he plucked out her eyes.
- In "Yakimono", the first thing a traumatized, blood soaked Chilton says to Will after showing up on his porch?:
Chilton: May I use your shower, please?
- It's Black Comedy, but Hannibal calling out 'One moment, please!' in the most non-nonchalant way possible to FBI agents at the door while drugging and choking Chilton is somewhat hysterical.
- Chilton's rant about how the odds are stacked against him, as compared to the evidence against Will: "Abel Gideon is half eaten in my guest room. I have corpses on my property. You just threw up an ear!"
- You've just got to pity Chilton a tiny little bit when he pulls a gun on Will and gets rewarded with a hilariously disdainful non-reaction — in part because Will's almost certainly thinking, "Hannibal's really scraping the barrel if he expects anybody to believe you're the Ripper," and especially with Chilton yelling commands like Will's a naughty puppy.
- In "Su-zakana", Hannibal watches (with a face that is pure gold) as a serial killer laboriously crawls out of a dead horse, then delivers the most hilarious line of the episode.
Hannibal: You might want to crawl back in there if you know what's good for you.
- Some of the funniest moments are when Hannibal's thoughts peak through his impassive mask. In this case, he's clearly thinking, "this is fucked up even for me."
- Close competition for most hilarious line of "Su-zakana", made Crazy Awesome by the fact that Hugh Dancy manages to deliver the line completely straight:
Will Graham: Peter, is your social worker inside that horse?
- Made even better by Hannibal's reactionary shot, a stoic version of "WTF?"
- While Mason Verger revealing the pig maze in "Naka-choko" has its share of horrifying moments, there are bits that are hilarious in their outlandishness. Like when the meat dummy is first debuted for demonstration.
Margot: (completely deadpan) That's one of my suits.
Mason: I'll buy you a new one.
- In "Naka-Choko":
Hannibal: You slice the ginger.
- Hannibal desperately trying to restrain himself from showing his sheer contempt for Mason, as Mason does such annoying feats as ignoring his instruction and leaving his jacket on the couch.
- Taken even further in the next episode "Tome-Wan", where Hannibal just stares open-mouthed as Mason puts his feet on his desk and stabs his chair. Seeing the normally unflappable Hannibal simply dazed with the intent to kill one of the rudest people he's ever met is quite amusing.
- Will's Imagine Spot of feeding Hannibal to pigs being scored with the same music as the cutesy scenes with his dogs.
- Hannibal demonstrates his medical training after being tazed, calmly noting that a man bleeding to death should not have removed the weapon acting as a stopper on a wound, only to be tazed again.
- Funny may not be quite the right word, but Mason's attitude leading up to being talked into slicing his face off is disarmingly chipper. "I am enchanted and terrified," indeed.
- The entire sequence with Mason's drugging and cutting of his own face, especially when we see the hallucianations from his point of view, does a very good job straddling the line between Crowning Moment of Funny and Nightmare Fuel, with a dash of what can be seen as either Narm or Narm Charm. It's probably the very height of Hannibal's Black Comedy- the actual events make it on one hand extremely disturbing, but at the same time it's an oddly hilarious sequence because of the atmosphere that Michael Pitt's performance and the background music give.
- Of special note is Mason hallucinating Hannibal grinning and flipping him off with both hands. Apparently, the crew pulled a Throw It In.