Funny / The Producers

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  • "My blanket! My blue blanket! Give me back my blue blanket! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!"
  • "I'm hysterical!" [splash] "I'm wet! I'M WET! and I'm still hysterical and I'm WET!" [SMACK!] "I'm in pain. I'm in pain, I'm wet... AND I'M STILL HYSTERICAL!"
    • The "Hysterical" scene is truly hilarious, but the 2005 remake earns extra points for adding the line "Who's my little accountant? Who's my little accountant? You are! Yes, you are! You're my little accountant!" And Max's "please, you're making me hysterical" face and exclaiming in a high-pitched voice, "Alright, alright! What can I do?! You're gettin' me hysterical!" before that.
    • "You're gonna jump on me! You're gonna jump on me and squash me like a bug!!!" In the original movie, Leo worries, "I know you're gonna jump on me, like Nero jumped on Poppaea!" Cue an explanation to Max on who exactly Poppaea was and why Nero jumped on her. Then Max screams "I'm NOT GOING TO JUMP ON YOU!" while jumpiloveng up and down. Cue Leo getting even worse.
    • "This man should be in a straitjacket."
    • The Genius Bonus of calling him "Prince Mishkin" makes it even better.
  • The entire Springtime for Hitler song. "Don't be stupid, be a smarty! Come and join the Nazi party!"
    • The audience's expressions. Dear God, the audience's expressions. It's even better with Franz in raptured happiness among the audience. And then one guy starts enthusiastically clapping, and gets attacked by everyone around him.
    • In one of the commentaries on The Simpsons, David Mirkin calls this "the funniest single shot in movie history."
    • The 2001 Chicago tryout has a very funny moment thanks to Gary Beach Corpsing as he threw back his hands after doing the stoic Hitler salute, which lasts for about 30 seconds.
  • FAT!
  • "I VAS NEVER A MEMBER OF ZE NAZI PARTY!"
  • "We find the defendants incredibly guilty."
  • While searching for a potential flop, Max reads the very first line of The Metamorphosis, thinks for a beat and decides it's "too good" (ie, not bad enough).

The original movie

  • "Ooh, I fell on my keys..."
  • Leo exercises his right to refer to his client by his first name.
    Max: Well, Leo, where shall we go for lunch?
    Leo: Well, Max... I dunno, Max. What do you think, Max?
  • Max and Leo dine "el fresco" (read: a hot dog stand).
    Max: Mmm, excellent! Please tender our compliments to the chef.
    Hot Dog Vendor: Please tender half a buck.
    Max (giving the vendor a dollar): Of course, here you are, my good man!
    Vendor: I'm not your good man. I happen to own this establishment.
  • The Hitler ad calls for actors with no experience. Cut to a chaotic cluttered mess of auditionees in small mustaches, screaming "heil Hitler." There's even a random swimsuit model showing off his body.
    • "Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings! We're only seeing SINGING Hitlers!" (Dancing Hitler potentials groan disappointedly, walking offstage. Two Hitlers skip and twirl offstage.)
    • The auditioner in the cowboy outfit coming near the end of his song, only to be rejected by Roger. He almost walks off stage, but instead sings the last two notes of his song, and gives his audience the finger.
    • Roger not letting one guy get out a single word of "The Little Wooden Boy."
  • Followed immediately by the wonderful "Love Power" number with Dick Shawn as a deranged hippie. "THAT'S OUR HITLER!"
    • "And what have you been in in the past fifteen years?" "Jail, man."
    • Roger staring with absolute horror at LSD's audition. His secretary/boyfriend, Carmen Ghia, on the other hand, seems quite taken with LSD's pelvic thrusts.
    • "Darling, I lieb you, I lieb you. Now, lieb me alone."
  • Liebkind attacking Bialystock and Bloom, who frantically dive for cover beneath the desk. If you listen closely before they dive beneath the desk, you can hear Bloom scream in a high-pitched voice.
  • One of the little old ladies Max woos gets distracted by a violin player, and Max resorts to pouring champagne down his pants to get him to stop.
  • Liebkind going bananas over Winston Churchill's humorous pronunciation of the word Nazis
    Noses, Noses... it wasn't Noses, it was Nazis!
    • That whole rant is glorious.
      'CHURCHILL!' With his cigars, and his brandy! And his ROTTEN painting, ROTTEN! Hitler, THERE was a painter. He could paint a WHOLE apartment in one afternoon, TWO COATS!!
  • Liebkind in a full-body cast after blowing up the theater, singing "America the Beautiful".
  • Returning from the disastrously successful first night of Springtime For Hitler:
    Bialystock: [reading a telegram] "Congratulations. Hitler will run forever." [sighs]
  • "You are the audience! I am the author! I outrank you!"
  • "Bloom, I'm drowning. Other men sail through life, Bialystock has struck a reef. Bloom, I'm going under. I'm condemned by a society that demands success when all I can offer is failure. Bloom, I'm reaching out to you. Don't send me to prison... HEEELLP!"
  • "You're an accountant, you're in a noble profession. The word 'count' is part of your title!"
  • Mel Brooks' account of how Dustin Hoffman informed him that he'd be doing The Graduate instead, coming to Brooks' apartment late at night and throwing pebbles at the window. His response: "You mean to tell me you're abandoning me to hang out in Hollywood for a month and make love to the love of my life? Good choice."
  • "If you shoot [the dynamite], it will get mad and blow us all up!"
    • Shortly before that: "Next time we produce a play, no author!"
  • Ulla "working" at her typewriter: she cautiously pecks at a single key, peers at the result, smiles in triumph and takes a sip of champagne.

The musical/2005 film

  • Jon Lovitz's Large Ham performance as the hard-ass CPA that Leo Bloom tells off.
    CPA: Bloom! Where the hell have you been? You are six minutes late. This is an accounting firm, not a country club. You can't come and go as you please!
    Bloom: Yes, Mr. Marks.
    CPA: Remember, you're a nobody. A PA. A public accountant. And I am a CPA: A certified public accountant, a rank a miserable little worm like yourself could never hope to achieve.
    Bloom: Yes, Mr. Marks. Thank you for speaking to me.
    CPA: You're welcome. (to everyone else) What are you all gawking at? You never saw a person humiliated before? Now get back to work, all of you!
  • The "Keep It Gay" number in the 2005 film deserves honorable mention. Especially with the appearances of a Manly Gay set designer, a Camp Gay costume designer, a well-hung choreographer, and a Butch Lesbian lighting designer.
  • One of Franz's pigeons gives the "Heil Hitler" salute!
    • In a deleted scene, Franz sings "Der Guten Tag Hop Clop" Reprise and all the pigeons go "Heil Hitler"!
  • The Siegfried Oath. Accompanied by Wagner in the background!
    Franz Liebkind: [making Max and Leo take the Siegfried Oath] All right. First you will raise your right forefingers, und repeat after me.
    (they do)
    Franz Liebkind: I solemnly svear...
    Leo Bloom, Max Bialystock: (holding up their forefingers) I solemnly svear...
    Franz Liebkind: To obey ze Zacred Siegfried Oas...
    Leo Bloom, Max Bialystock: To obey ze Zacred Siegfried Oas...
    Franz Liebkind: Und!
    Max Bialystock: (switching to his Middle Finger) Und!
    Leo Bloom: (switching to his Middle Finger) Und!
    (Franz turns around to look at them; Max and Leo switch back to their forefingers)
    (satisfied that everything is okay, Franz looks ahead; Max and Leo promptly switch to their middle fingers again)
    Franz Liebkind: (wagging his finger) Never, Never, Never!
    Leo Bloom, Max Bialystock: (flipping Franz off) Never, Never, Never!
    Franz Liebkind: Dishonor ze spirit und ze memory of Adolph Elizabeth Hitler.
    Leo Bloom, Max Bialystock: Dishonor the spirit und ze... Elizabeth?
    Franz Liebkind: Jah. Dat vas his middle name. Not many people know zis, but der Fuhrer vas descended from a long line of English qveens.
    [long pause]
    Max Bialystock: Is that right?
    Leo Bloom, Max Bialystock: (shrugging) Adolph ELIZABETH Hitler.
  • And later:
    Roger DeBris [signing the contract]: "Roger ELIZABETH DeBris!"
    [Stunned silence from Leo and Max.]
  • Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss...sss!
    Carmen Ghia: (answering the phone with a smile) Hello, the living room of renowned theatrical director Roger De Bris' elegant Upper East Side townhouse on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in June. Whom may I say is calling? (Beat as his face immediately becomes serious) Listen, you broken down old queen. He was drunk, he was hot, you got lucky! Don't ever call here again! (slams the phone down)
    Roger De Bris: Who was that?
    Carmen Ghia: Wrong number!
    • Even funnier is Carmen's answer to the person calling is taken verbatim from the show's script.
  • Max telling Leo that Roger "couldn't direct you to the bathroom."
  • Max attempting to impersonate an Irishman.
    "And now I'll be on me way, before me voice gets any higher!"
  • The outtakes.
    • Most of the hilarity comes from Nathan Lane corpsing with that teakettle laugh of his, but there are some good lines too.
      Old Lady: Give it to me... Oh, I've forgotten what you are. Well Hung. Sorry.
      [laughter]
      Nathan Lane: (deadpan) Please, start that rumor.
    • The "back in the closet" bit where they get Gary Beach and Roger Bart to run back out and do it again... and again... and again...
    • And this:
      Broderick: Give me those fat books, you fat walrus!
      Lane: Bite me! (Matthew cracks up) Never!
    • Lane kissing the Butch Lesbian lighting designer and getting punched out.
    • Lane addressing the line "This man should be in a straightjacket" directly to the camera, as Mostel did in the original film, before realizing that's not how this version goes.
    • Will Ferrell goofing around with the pigeon animatronic puppets.
  • Carmen and Roger walk in on Max and Leo fighting for the books in a manner which looks like something else:
    "Give it to me!"
    "No!"
    "Give it to me!"
    "No!"
    "Now that's what I call celebrating."
  • "You made a fool of Hitler!" "He didn't need our help!" What really sells it is the way Roger and Carmen give each other this look of absolute glee before saying it, thrilled by being set up for such a perfect punchline.
  • Max summing up the entire show thus far in the middle of "Betrayed":
    Step two, hire the director. Keep it gay, keep it gay, keep it two three kick turn turn turn kick turn. Ulla. Ooh-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah. Step three, raise the money. Along came Bialy. Intermission! [sits down in silence for several beats]
    • Some performances will have Max doing some kind of business during the "Intermission" part: he'll flip through the program and note, "Oh, he's good. He's no Nathan, but he's good," or he'll start munching on candy. Other times it'll be something more regional (see below).
    • When I saw it, it was in a college town and the theater was rather empty due to a pivotal football game on the same day. During the "intermission," Max turned to the audience and said, "In case any of you were wondering, the score is 19 to 22."
  • He's having a stroke. OF GENIUS!
  • "I only followed orders! I had nothing to do with the war! I didn't even know there was a war on! We lived at the back, near Switzerland. All we heard was yodelling... yodel le he hoo! Hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo, Yodelay, Yodelay, Yodelay!''
  • Bloom: Please, Mr. Liebkind! (whispers) People can hear you!
    Liebkind (freezes in horror, begins singing awkwardly): YAAAAAAN...ky Doodle DAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNDY...!
  • That moment at the start of "When You Got It, Flaunt It" where Max almost realizes that he's the "crazy man" Ulla was talking about, and tries to ask Leo about it.
  • Max has a flashback in jail, but the mother in it is calling out to Alvin.
    Max: Wait a minute... my name's not Alvin. That's not my life. Someone else's life is flashing before my eyes! What the hell is that about?! I'm not a hillbilly - I grew up in the Bronx!
    • In the 2005 remake, there's a brief shot of Nathan Lane playing Alvin's mother, meaning this is the third movie where he dresses in drag (and the second where he doesn't do the hula).
  • Remember when Ulla dance?
    • Yeah!
    • ULLA DANCE AGAIN!
      Max: I want you to know, my dear, that even though we are sitting down, we are giving you a standing ovation.
  • "I can't do it, I can't do it, I can't do it, that's not me! I'm a loser! I'm a coward! I'm a chicken, can't you see?! ... I can't do it! I can't do it! You see Rio, I see jail! I cannot, cannot, cannot, 'cause I know it's going to fail!"
  • Max's reaction to Leo wondering what this volcano-esque feeling inside him is after seeing Ulla dance:
    It's called an erection. Well, it's either that or malaria. Don't worry, they've got pills for everything these days.
  • Donald Dinsmore auditions for Hitler by singing "The Little Wooden Boy". But he's not able to get to the song because the directors shout "NEXT!" after only a few bars. The startled reaction on Dinsmore is just perfect.
  • Jason Green auditions:
    Roger: Well Jason, what have you been up to lately?
    Jason: For the last sixteen years, I've been touring with "No, No Nietzsche".
    Roger: You played "Nietzsche"?
    Jason: No no.
  • Max's delivery of the line "You keep saying that, but you don't say how" in a way that sounds flirtatious after Leo tells him it is possible when he poses his 'academic accounting theory' and Max tells him to go on.
  • During "That Face", when Leo and Ulla are behind the sofa, they wave out their legs, then pop up their heads a couple times, then Hold-Me-Touch-Me pops her head up. Cue the audience dissolving into laughter.
  • "Now Ulla belt." Words cannot describe how funny it is when the breathy sex kitten character suddenly starts making like Ethel Merman.
  • "Leo, why you go so far downstage right?"
  • "Gimme those books!" "Fat fat fatty!" "Gimme those books!" "Fat fat fatty!" "Books!" "Fat!" "Books!" "Fat! "Books!" "Fat!"
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