Funny / Newsies

  • When Jack suggests he and David partner up to sell papers, David laughs incredulously and Jack promptly mocks the laugh.
  • When looking at their picture in the newspaper:
    Mush: Hey look at ya, Jack! You look like a gentleman!
    Jack: Will you please get your fingers off my face?
    Spot: Where's my name? Where's it say my name?
  • A lot of the banter between the newsies in the first number counts as this. For example:
    Kid Blink:(singing) I smell money!
    Crutchy:(singing) You smell foul!
  • "Hey, we ain't scared a' Brooklyn! Spot Conlon... makes us a little nervous.''
  • Pulitzer imitating an adding machine when calculating the profit he could make from raising the price of the newspaper. And the annoyed look his aide gives him.
  • The many ways they make puns off of Pulitzer's newspaper being called The World. At one point, even Pulitzer unintentionally invokes A God Am I when ranting about how "...when I created The World..."
    • Not to mention his aid rolling his eyes at that particular pun.
  • When David and Jack are talking in front of the World building-
    Jack: We gotta get the word out to all the newsies in New York! I need some of those...I dunno, what do you call 'em?
    Random newsie offscreen: Whatever you want!
    David: Uh...ambassadors?
    Jack: Right. You guys, you gotta be ambastards and go tell the others that we're on strike!''
  • From the stage musical, "Watch What Happens", where Katherine keeps alternating between singing about what a great story it's going to be, and how she has no idea how she's going to put it together. Often alternating between the two themes in the middle of a rapid-fire verse. Any writer, or really anyone facing some great task, can get a sympathetic laugh from this song. It only becomes funnier when she segues onto a train of thought revolving around her Belligerent Sexual Tension with Jack.
    Katherine: Poor little kids versus rich greedy sour pusses
    Ha! It's a cinch!
    It could practically write itself—
    And let's pray it does, cause as I may have mentioned,
    I have no clue what I'm doing.
  • The reprise of the song is similarly funny, now a duet with Jack and David arguing over whether they should quit or keep fighting after the strike takes a turn for the worse:
    Davey:: Exactly
    So here's how it goes once we win
    And we will be winning
    Make no mistake
    [A few verses later...]
    Jack: Dave, what the hell?
    did they bust up your brains or somethin'?
    As I recall Dave we all got our asses kicked
  • In the "Once and For All" scene in the movie, the boys are handing out copies of their paper to any kid on the street they can find. Boots just bypasses that whole step and throws armloads of papers off the roof.
  • During the first riot at the distribution center, it cuts to Weasel dialing the cops in a panic as absolute chaos reigns outside.
  • "Jack, ya done thinking yet?"
  • One of Pulitzer's aids panics when the strike comes to a climax and every child worker in the city is protesting in front of the World building: "It's awful. Everyone's calling, Mr. Hearst and Mr. Benton and the mayor in such awful language. The city's at a standstill and they all blame the chief. It's like the end of the world!... Put in I didn't say that."