Funny / Nero Wolfe

  • In the 1966 novel Death of a Doxy Wolfe — who 'hates women' to the point of leaving his office in panic if a female suspect cries, and refuses any personal contact at all — instructs Archie to find a nightclub singer named Julie Jacquette and bring her in for questioning. When she arrives, she immediately struts up to Wolfe's desk, performing an improvised cabaret routine (the lyrics begin, "Big man, go-go, big man, go big!") He stares at her, completely befuddled, then accuses Archie of having staged it. She interrupts to tell him that "Nobody suggests anything to me!" Wolfe is intrigued, continues the conversation, and eventually becomes openly solicitous of her, having recognised that "your opinion of our fellow beings and their qualities is somewhat similar to mine."
  • Along the same lines, When Wolfe resurfaces after disappearing for many months in In The Best Families, he needs a safe place to bring Archie up to speed on what he's discovered and been doing. He winds up escorting Lily Rowan to her home, under the pretense of a tryst with her. When she sprays him with her perfume in the back seat of a car to add to the plausibility of the scenario, his reaction is delightful.

See also the funny moments from the TV adaptations.