Saturday, April 25, 2020

Visual humor.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Theme: Humor in film -- what makes me laugh:

Visual humor.

When something is visually funny, the humor can be understood just by seeing it--no dialogue or sound necessary. Sometimes the image could be used as a still-shot and still be funny.

I included the following clip from Men In Black 3 (2012) for the post about running gags, and noticed a moment of visual humor... a storefront has a going-out-of-business sign, and also has the word "always" attached. "Always going out of business." That makes me laugh!

It's found at approximately the 10 second point...

FilmThemesAndScenes: Men in Black 3 - Preparing To Time Jump

Remember the scene in Jurassic Park (1993) when a T-rex chases after the jeep? A shot of the side-view mirror not only reflects the dinosaur but also has the warning OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR. The image gives us a brief moment of comic relief.

(You can see that image in a clip found here, at approximately 0:57 to 1:00.)

The Marx Brothers present a classic scene of visual humor in Duck Soup (1933). They make me laugh without saying a word.

Movieclips: Duck Soup - The Mirror Scene

When you think of visual humor, what comes to mind?


  1. Oh yes, I remember this Jurassic Park scene, well done!
    V is for Visual Texture

  2. There's a scene in "A Hard Day's Night" where a woman reporter asks John what he likes to do in his spare time. He takes the reporter's pad, writes something and hands it back to her. You see the woman's eyes go wide and then they cut away.

    Then there's this scene from "The Naked Gun"...

  3. @Frederique ... Thanks! I was glad for what little moments of humor I could find in that movie... intense!

  4. @John ... Seeing her reaction in that scene (A Hard Day's Night) does sound like visual humor.

    The scene from "The Naked Gun" has a lot of visual humor with the guy surviviing crashes and emerging in a humorous way... the final part of the clip, though, is even funnier with the dialogue, "There's nothing to see here..." while fireworks shoot off. hahahaha Hey... I could have included that with my topic of irony, too!

  5. I like "Jingle All the Way" for the visual humor throughout the film. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad in particular are perfect in their roles trying to get a Turbo Man figure as a gift for their kids. It is bedlam in the mall!

  6. @Sue ... Arnold and Sinbad... what a fun combination. I haven't seen that movie in a long time. Now I want to see it again and refresh my memory!