Funny / The Color Purple


  • Celie finally gets to meet her idol, Shug Avery. Shug's (drunken) response upon meeting Celie?
    Shug Avery: You sure is UGLY. * cackles*
  • Celie cooking a sober Shug breakfast only to see if she would throw it at the hallway wall.
  • Harpo telling his father that he was kicked by a mule, when really it was Sophia who punched him dead in the eye.
  • And of course:
    Miss Millie: You wanna come work for me, be my maid?
    Sofie: Hell no.
  • Celie taking the small victory of watching Mister stumble around the kitchen, and then taking off like Road Runner when he tries to light the stove.
  • Squeak confronting Sofia at Harpo's is classic. After interrupting her dance with Harpo, calling Sofia a heifer, and SLAPPING HER IN THE FACE, Squeak is lucky to merely be knocked into the trapdoor.
    • The buildup to it is even better. Once the two girls begin verbally sparring, one of the patrons, sensing what's about to happen, quickly calls good night and gets out of here. When the argument starts reaching a boiling point, the musicians quickly pack up and do likewise.
  • Sofia's Wedding.
    • Harpo stumbles through the vow and Sofia is snatched away by her family to celebrate before Harpo can even kiss the bride.
    • Mister congratulates Harpo with the most awkward handshake/manhug.
    • Mister then turns to congratulate Sofia and is met a wall of stone-faced relatives. Even the church music stops. It starts up again when he backs down.
  • In a moment that doubles as a mild Crowning Moment of Awesome for Mister, his immediate reaction to his father's advice to find a new wife after Celie leaves him. Even better is Old Mister continuing to lecture him, without even changing his tone, even as he's being kicked out.


  • There really shouldn't be any in a musical like this. But Celie's face when she hears her husband referred to as "Albert" is (or should be) priceless.