Who doesn’t love to laugh? We all know the old proverb: Laughter is the best medicine, right?
I recall hearing a statistic once that babies and children laugh, on average, hundreds of times a day; whereas, adults only laugh enough times to count on their fingers and toes (assuming they have close to all twenty). Isn’t that sad?
You can fake an orgasm, but you can’t fake laughter. ~Bob Dylan
Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle
When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other. ~Alan Alda
One of my favorite board games, Whatzit, has a “Wicked Whatzit” card perfect for The Titter Factor:
Have you figured it out? This game will drive you mad! Hang tight; the answer is at the end of the post.
We personally love to laugh in our household, and lately we have the tendency to watch funny movies over any other kind (well, besides horror).
What’s the first movie that made you laugh your butt off? Forget about the cartoons, etc; what’s the first comedy you remember falling in love with?
For me, it’s Caddyshack. Granted, as a child, I thought the movie was funny because of the laughing and dancing gopher, and the floating “doodie” in the pool (right, right, it was a Baby Ruth candy bar).
But now as an adult (and I only admit that on rare occasions) I have a deeper appreciation for the humor behind the fabOoolous performances of the great comedic actors (Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, and Michael O’Keefe just to name a few) and the fabOoolous writing of Harold Ramis, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Douglas Kenney.
Last year, the Biography channel aired Caddyshack: The Inside Story and filled the two-hour episode with tons of fun facts about the production behind one of the best comedies of all time.
- Caddyshack is loosely based on the Murray brothers’ (Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, and John Murray) childhood working as caddies at an Illinois country club. Besides living the story, somewhat anyway, all three Murray brothers also played a role in the movie: Bill Murray as the forever fabOoolous greens-keeper Carl Spackler, Brian Doyle-Murray as the head caddy Lou Loomis, and John Murray as a caddy extra.
- Caddyshack was filmed at the only golf course in Florida that would have them, which also happened to be the only golf course without palm trees (since the movie was supposed to be set in the Mid-West). The actors and crew lived at an on-site dormitory, paving the way for all night parties, every night.
- Caddyshack was only Rodney Dangerfield’s second motion picture role. Isn’t that hard to believe?
- Bill Murray did not have a speaking role in the original script, but his sensational improvisational skills grabbed the camera’s attention and they filmed endless footage.
- The original script didn’t have one single scene with the two biggest stars – Chevy Chase (Ty Webb) and Bill Murray. Up until this point, the studio executives let the young director, Harold Ramis, run free with the taping of his movie, but the Hollywood types finally intervened and insisted that the two Saturday Night Live stars have at least one scene together. Nervous because of an alleged fist fight back-stage at SNL, Ramis stuck the two comedians in front of the camera for the now famous scene when Ty’s golf ball crashes through Carl’s shack.
- The explosion at the end of the movie was not approved by the golf course administration. What a surprise! Thinking on their feet, Ramis and the producers thanked the golf course staff with an off-site luncheon to celebrate the final day of filming; while the owners and trustees were away, the film crew blew up the course anyway.
- The gopher was not a part of the movie until after the filming was complete. John Dykstra, famous for his special effects in Star Wars, incorporated the gopher at the last-minute. The gopher sound effects were the same as Flipper’s sound effects. Yea, the dolphin. Who knew that a gopher and dolphin shared the same voice?
C’mon, are you singing “I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins this very second? You’re wiggling around in your chair doing the Gopher-Dance too, aren’t you? I thought so! Me too….
What’s your favorite Caddyshack moment? Which actor do you feel stole the show? Did you ever pull the “doodie” trick on anyone in a swimming pool near you? Which of the movie-fun-facts listed above surprises you the most? What other comedies would you like to see on The Titter Factor? I’d love to hear from you!
Now for the answer to the “Wicked Whatzit” card…make sense now?