Funny / RENT

  • Benny's reaction to the group's "La Vie Boheme."
    • When Benny reveals his wife didn't come to the show because their dog died. And then, Mark and Roger realize which dog it is. The one Angel killed for their Christmas celebrations. Accompanying faces from Collins (a silent "Shut the hell up, bitches") and Angel's face is just short of almost fake whistling like "I didn't do nothing." just pile on the hilarity
      Roger: Why did Muffy -
      Benny: Alison!
      Roger: - miss the show?
      Benny: There was, there was a death in the family.
      Angel: (innocently and genuinely) Who died?
      Benny: Our akita.
      Roger and Mark: (look at each other) Evita! (reactions from Angel, Collins, Mark and Roger)
      • In both the movie and stageplay, EVERYONE says "EVITA!" as if not just Collins, Angel, Mark and Roger knew about it and in some productions, a random cast member will bark!
    • "La Vie Boheme" in general is both Awesome Music and a Funny Moment.
      Mark: Mucho masturbation! *shrugs*
    • Especially the "impromptu salon in honour of the death of Bohemia".
      Mark: And Roger will attempt to write a bittersweet, evocative song... *Roger starts playing Musetta's Waltz* ... That DOESN'T remind us of Musetta's Waltz.
    • Especially Mark's capitulation of Mimi's contribution, which creates...quite the image.
      Mark: Mimi Marquez, clad only in bubble-wrap, will perform her famous lawn-chair handcuff dance to the sound of iced tea being stirred. (In the movie, Mimi's expression and pose as he says this is the icing on the cake)
  • The following exchange in "Life Support" when Mark goes to a Life Support meeting with Angel and Collins yet does not want the others to think he is HIV positive.
    Mark: Sorry, excuse me- oops!
    Paul: And you are?
    Mark: Oh, I'm not- I'm just here to- I don't have- I'm here with— Maaaarkk, Mark! I'm Mark! Well, this is quite an operation.
  • Adorkability Levels Rising: At the beginning of Tango: Maureen, Mark quickly advances on Joanne and spontaneously busts out with some of the most jarring, awkward dance moves imaginable. She looks startled and backs away slightly.
    • Tango: Maureen is just one big CMOF with a hint of Heartwarming—Mark predicts and correctly guesses every move Maureen as pulled on Joanne (as it happened to him multiple times before) and essentially gives her an ear to air her grievances.
  • Collins' Oh Crap! moment. "I may be detained."
    "What does he mean? What do you mean 'detained'?"
  • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, during "Christmas Bells".
    Collins: That's my coat!
    Saleswoman: We give discounts.
  • "Over The Moon". That is all.
    Maureen: (imitating Elsie the cow) Still thirsty?
    Maureen: Parched!
    Maureen: (as Elsie again) Have some milk!
    Maureen: And then, I lowered myself beneath her swollen udder and sucked the sweetest milk I had ever tasted! *slurp*
    • "Moo with me!"
    • In the movie version, Maureen puts on sunglasses at one point to emulate Benny, who then removes his own sunglasses with a nervous look.
  • "Light My Candle" has some pretty funny moments, particularly:
    Mimi: Do you want to dance?
    Roger: With you?
    Mimi: With my father.
    • Also:
      Mimi: They say that I have the best ass below 14th Street—is it true?
      Roger: What?
      Mimi: You're staring again...
      Roger: Oh no—I mean you do—have a nice—I mean—
  • In "Happy New Year B":
    Angel: My cat had a fall and I went through hell.
    Benny: It's like losing a...how did you know she fell?
    • CHAMPAGNE?
  • Collins' Incoming Ham before "Today 4 U."
    Collins: MERRY CHRISTMAS, BITCHES!
  • "THERE WILL ALWAYS BE WOMEN IN RUBBER FLIRTING WITH ME! Give me a break!"
  • Collins's "whpp-ssh" whip noise when Mark agrees to go and fix the sound equipment for Maureen.
  • Maureen's mom after "Take Me or Leave Me", in the movie verson.
    "Maybe now you two can get back together."
  • Towards the end of the stageplay, as Mark is preparing his projector and both him and Roger are celebrating Benny's wife pulling him away from anything having to with the East Village, the boys' power goes out again and they suspect she found out about Benny's affair with Mimi and wonder who told her and then Collins walks in, implying that he ratted Benny out.
    • Doubles as a CMA because Benny was really screwing Allison over, and someone needed to tell her.
  • Christmas bells are ringing, christmas bells are ringing, christmas bells are ringing—somewhere else.
  • "Vampire welfare queens who are compulsive bowlers" Anyone?
  • At the end of "La Vie Boheme" in the film, the camera pans across each of the couples dancing together, completely in the moment and loving it....and then Mark, completely rocking out on his own.
  • Several Real Life examples in the DVD commentary:
    "Wanna see my tango pose?"
    Adam Pascal: Yeah, Roger has issues.
    Anthony Rapp: Big issues.
  • In the movie: Mimi's reaction to Maureen and Joanne's fight in Take Me Or Leave Me - the only thing she was missing is a big box of popcorn!
  • In the film, a bit of a Funny Foreground Moment during La Vie Boheme - when it gets to the word "bisexuals", Maureen jumps right into the frame and basically takes it all up (before moving to look at Angel for "men"). This is some really clever staging with a Call Back: the camera deliberately pans to Angel on the appropriate word, whereas Maureen has to actively put herself in front of it, a funny call back to the fact that everybody mistakenly calls her a lesbian.
  • In the 10th Anniversary performance, with the OBC:
    • Acceptability seems to have risen, Maureen literally sticking her head into Joanne's crotch at one point.
    • Benny slapping Maureen's ass at the start of La Vie Boheme, instead of Maureen herself. This is completely OOC, and definitely because their actors (Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel) had gotten married by this point.
    • Idina Menzel forgetting her lines created some funny parts: halfway through La Vie Boheme she forgets what to sing/say to Fredi Walker so goes "something, something, oh just kiss. We're close. (laughing)"
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