Wednesday, April 29, 2020


Blogging from A to Z Challenge

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


Such a fun word... yoicks. It's a term used by fox hunters to encourage the hounds, but I came across another definition (here) that says it's an expression of surprise or excitement. For this post, I'm focusing on facial expressions of surprise or shock that make me laugh.

For example...

Kevin's (Macaulay Culkin) expression when he slaps aftershave on his face! (At approx. 0:53 in this clip.)

Movieclips: Home Alone - Kevin Washes Up Scene

Jim Carrey is a master of facial expressions. Nearly all of his films include at least one expression of surprise or yoicks!


In the film Big Business (1988), two sets of identical twins are mixed-up at birth and raised as fraternal twins... one set in the city, and the other set in the country. When they come across each other in a hotel restroom (of all places!) it starts out like the classic Duck Soup mirror scene (see post: Visual Humor) then turns to yoicks!-- shrieks and facial expressions of surprise.

It's my favorite scene in the film and I found two versions on youtube...

  • This clip contains the full hilarious scene, but includes the words g** and h*** towards the end.
  • For a shorter clip with just their screams, click here.

And... just for fun, here's a clip of Daffy Duck as Robin Hood, "Yoicks and away!"

Can you recall scenes with funny facial expressions of surprise?


  1. I don't remember the film Big Business but it looks hysterical!

  2. @Frederique ... Glad you like it!

  3. @Janet ... I hope you get a chance to see Big Business sometimes. So funny!

  4. Jim Carrey really is the master of facial expressions. He is hysterical. Weekends In Maine

  5. @Weekends in Maine ... That's for sure. Very talented!

  6. I thought Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie had great range of facial expressions. Such a good film.

  7. @Sue ... Fantastic movie! Dustin Hoffman's performance was amazing!