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Funny: The Producers

All versions

  • "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!"
      • "(high-pitched voice) Alright, alright! What can I do?! You're gettin' me hysterical!"
    • The "Hysterical" scene is truly hilarious, but the 2005 remake earns extra points in this troper's book, simply because Max's 'comforting happyface' reminds me so much of the eyes-rolled-back-stupidly-grinning ':D' face commonly used 'round the web, and for adding the line:
    Max: 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 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.
    • 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.
  • FAT!
  • "I VAS NEVER A MEMBER OF ZE NAZI PARTY!"

The original movie

  • "I fell on my keys!"
  • 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."
    • "Darling, I lieb you, I lieb you. Now, lieb me alone."
    • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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 pronuntiation 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 theatre, 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)
  • "I am the author! You are the audience! I outrank you!"

The musical

  • 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 (if you know what I mean) and a Butch Lesbian lighting designer.
  • One of Franz's pigeons gives the "Heil Hitler" salute!
  • The Siegfried Oath. And how.
    • 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 Liebkind: (wagging his finger) Never, Never, Never!
      Leo Bloom, Max Bialystock: (flipping Franz off) Never, Never, Never!
      Franz Liebkind: Dishoner 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!
  • 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) Come on!
    • 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 absolutely glee before saying it, thrilled by being set up for such a perfect punchline.
  • "Intermission!" Beat Beat Beat
  • 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.
  • In the 2005 remake, 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!
  • Remember when Ulla dance?
    • Yeah!
    • ULLA DANCE AGAIN!
  • "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.
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