An Internet Debate Is Raging Over Which of These 9 Classic Comedies Are Best
Who you got?
A challenge meme that’s been morphing into various forms internet-wide since so many people began self-isolating due to the novel coronavirus is about hard choices. Someone presents several beloved things and says you can only keep a few.
You can only keep 3 of these comedies… pic.twitter.com/oQZSGAdeHX
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) May 1, 2020
The question was presented by “Lights, Camera, Pod,” an account that tweeted, “You can only keep 3 of these comedies…” and then presented a grid of movie DVD covers and posters. In addition to the four mentioned above, the choices were Superbad, Bridesmaids, Billy Madison, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and 21 Jump Street.
Twitter, in particular, eats this kind of meme for breakfast, so there were a ton of replies with a surprising variety of choices, though some titles did ultimately bubble to the top.
Caddyshack, Billy Madison and Anchorman.
— Deloris (@deloris40) May 2, 2020
1. Step Brothers- the most comforting movie for me to put on and just forget about all my worries
2. Superbad- came out when I was a senior in highschool. Easily the loudest laughter I ever heard in a movie theatre when I saw it
3. Anchorman(60% of the time of works every time)
— Kevin McCullough (@KevinMc48950733) May 1, 2020
Coming to America
(Also, anyone not answering Coming to America has def not actually seen it)
— Eric Anderson (@Eric42Anderson) May 1, 2020
Coming to America (obvi), Bridesmaids (double obvi), Anchorman
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) May 2, 2020
Bridesmaids, Casdyshack, Coming to America
— MA Rebel🇺🇸 (@di1952) May 2, 2020
Even the Twitter account of a big studio got in on the game, though the choices were, well, obvious.
This is an easy one! Coming To America, Anchorman, then just watch Coming To America again. pic.twitter.com/ziAp9cEPcE
— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) May 2, 2020
Regardless, over time, the winner seemed clear.
Superbad, Anchorman, Bridesmaids
— Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonHi5) May 2, 2020
Anchorman, Coming to America and the 40-Year-Old Virgin.
— (((David Gaffen))) 🇺🇸 (@davidgaffen) May 2, 2020
Coming To America. Anchorman. 40 Year Old Virgin.
— Tony Baker (@TonyBakercomedy) May 2, 2020
Current and former Maxim staff chose winners including Anchorman, Caddyshack, Coming to America, and Step Brothers.
But at a time when so many are essentially forced to stay home and TV is providing more of an escape than ever, the idea of throwing out any of the choices on that list seems downright mean.