Thursday Night Comedy Club: 'Community' in a Bottle, 'Sunny' Makes 'Lethal Weapon 5'
Thursday Night Comedy Club: 'Community' in a Bottle, 'Sunny' Makes 'Lethal Weapon 5'
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's the second installment of Thursday Night Comedy Club! I hope that today you'll join me in sharing your favorites from last night's comedies, because so far I'm the only member of this club, and that is a sad and painful sensation I haven't felt since I tried to start the Grammar Club in high school. (Kids just don't get fired up about misplaced modifiers like they used to.)

Anyway: Wow! Last night's episodes, from 30 Rock's sexy butts (I'm talking about Liz Lemon's and John Slattery's, obviously) to Community's laugh-a-second bottle episode to It's Always Sunny's homemade Lethal Weapon sequel, was, to borrow a phrase from another classic comedy, solid as a rock. And while The Office wasn't exactly keeping pace with the others on the laugh ratio, it certainly contained another touching redemption moment for Michael and some heartbreaking development for characters we've grown to know and love despite themselves, like Andy and Angela. Good work all around. And what about The League? Outsourced? Big Bang Theory? I didn't watch any of those, but maybe you did, and maybe you have something to say about them! But real quick: My favorite quotes from the shows I did watch. TGIF. LOL.

Community
Ever since Friends' "The One Where No One Is Ready," I've loved bottles episodes. And while I am one of those Community fans who loves the crazy movie tribute episodes, I might have loved last night's study-room-centric episode even more. Like any great bottle episode, the excuse to keep them in one room (Annie lost her pen) turned into, as Abed said, "wall to wall facial expression and emotional nuance," and half-nudity and impassioned speeches about ghosts, among so many other hilarious moments. Like when the girls found out Abed is tracking their menstrual cycles:


It was a bottle episode. It was impressive and hilarious. Watch it. Watch it AGAIN! And then watch the bottom left corner when Troy says, "I wanna lick it." Because you can actually see Annie's Boobs (the monkey) steal the pen. Brilliant. Some real "razzle pazazzle"!

Favorite quotes (so hard to choose):
"I'm strictly mechanical pencils these days." - Abed / "More relatable?" - Pierce
"I wanna see if those weiner dogs are born that way, or if they start off normal, and then get weiner." - Troy
"Accidents don't just happen over and over and over again. This isn't budget daycare." - Annie
"With every passing moment, these puppies grow older and less deserving of our attention." - Dean Pelton
"I want to say thank you for doing this to me. For a while I thought I would have to suffer through a puppy parade. But now I realize I would rather be entombed in a mausoleum of feelings I can neither understand nor reciprocate. So whoever you are, can I get you anything? Ice cream? A friendship medal?" - Abed
"I see it like the movie Paranormal Activity. Except for more boring. And fancy." - Troy
"Something you and your puppies can only dream of, you non-miraculous son of a bitch." - Abed


30 Rock
In terms of jokes that landed squarely in the LOL Can, versus those that didn't, 30 Rock won the night. John Slattery killed as an idiotic Rhode Island candidate for congress, and Jenna had maybe her strongest episode of the season. Every line out of her mouth was verbal gold. I wasn't as enamored of the Liz Lemon jean storyline, though I loved the Vietnamese slave reveal--wow, that sounds bad--and her butt double ... ahh, not in a gross way, you guys!


Actually, rifle-holding John Slattery in a diaper between a pregnant woman's legs will haunt my dreams. (In a good way?) Ugh, I cannot help from being gross about 30 Rock today. I think that means it was a great episode, chock full of laffs. PLUS: Kenneth as a cake tray! Aww.

Favorite quotes:
"I'm not an expert at morality, but isn't that wrong?" - Tracy
"I like the foreign films.  Especially the political ones where you think there'll be no boobies, and then ... boobies!" - Tracy
"I trust award shows. They tell me how much to care about different dead people." - Liz
"Technically, I am a freelancer, which is pretty much a modern day cowboy. And I live like a cowboy by wearing quality, locally made jeans. Also by eating beans out of a can. Due to impatience." - Liz
"We need to get back to their America: No paved roads. Rum used as an anesthetic. Legalize slavery!" - Steve Austin
"Oh, Lemon. It's not "handmade in the USA." It's pronounced HAWND made in OOSA. The Hand people are a Vietnamese slave tribe, and Usa is their island prison. They made your jeans. You know how they get the stitching so small? [whispers] Orphans." - Jack
"Your mother exploded."
"That movie gave me drunk in the bathtub face." - Jenna
"Lesbian Mario Brothers!" - Jack


The Office
The Office once again left the office, this time to gather at Gabe's place to watch Glee. It was a little bizarre to see them in such a setting, but it made for plenty of great moments, especially with Kelly, whom I've never related to more than in her intense love/hate relationship with Glee. As I said above, the episode had some nice character development for Andy and Angela, who are both dealing with some unrequited love issues. It's fun to remember how one-dimensional and obnoxious both of them used to be in the beginning of the show, and now look at them--they're like our old friends! (Though still annoying and dysfunctional, obviously.) Michael's arc was expected, but still sweet--and his and Erin's father/daughter "joke" made me sincerely sentimental. But my favorite moment was Darryl's "I'll blow your mind." One of the best lines/moments of the season so far.


Favorite quotes:
"No, I bet he's wishing he was strangling someone!" - Kevin
"Pick a lane, people. And what was with Jesse's sudden turn on Rachel between "Dream On"
and "Funk?" Where the heck did that come from? Honestly, that show, it's irresponsible. - Kelly (I AGREE WITH KELLY?!)
"There's this thing on Glee called mash-up where two things that don't go together make one great song. Take Gabe; take Michael; you make GayMike. Best friends." - Erin
"If I had to choose because a tall dude who loved Asia and a you-looking dude who loved sweaters and buying sweaters, I'd choose you. And I would blow your mind." - Darryl
"I wanted to eat a pig in a blanket. In a blanket." - Kevin


IASIP-ep610_outside-powerplant_PM-221.jpgIt's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Those who have been vaguely making claims that this season of Sunny doesn't live up to past seasons just got their comeuppance. Between the hilariously misguided blackface discussion (with possibly my favorite Sunny quote of the season--below), the so-bad-it-was-amazing Lethal Weapon parody (with a The Room-referencing raunchy sex scene starring Danny Devito and a hooker), jokes about juggalos, and principal Dave Foley taking it home, it hasn't even been 24 hours and this episode has already reached epic-status in the Sunny archives. 

Favorite quotes:
"I'll eat what I want to eat." - Charlie
"Stick with your insane clown people and you won't get jumped." - Charlie
"I think it was in poor taste that you were doing Murtaugh in white face. What message does that send?" - Mac
"Really? That's odd, because you're a janitor." - Principal Dave Foley (I refuse to learn his character's name, he's Dave Foley)
"Please don't bathe the students." - Dave Foley
"He's bathing himself and I'm watching." - Charlie
"In the Lord of the Rings movies, Ian McKellen plays a wizard. Do you think he goes home at night and shoots lazers into his boyfriend's a**hole? I don't think so." - Mac
"It kind of comes out of nowhere, but at least it's classy." - Dennis

So much great comedy on TV last night. What were your favorites?

(Images courtesy of NBC/Comedy Central)


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