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Where Are The Good Sci-Fi Comedies?

A thought occurred to me the other day: Where are the science fiction comedies? With genre crossover seeming to be one of the few ways in which genres seem to move forward in this age of big budget blockbusters dominating the movie landscape – and, to some extent, the television landscape as well, just by dint of being so important to mainstream pop culture – you’d think that special-effects-laden SF and high concept comedy would be an immediate and obvious hit with audiences, and yet… there aren’t really any. Isn’t science fiction funny?

Okay, it’s not entirely fair to say that there aren’t any; after all, we have another Men in Black coming next year, and there have been classic TV shows like Red Dwarf in the past. But sci-fi comedies have always been few and far between, and in far too many cases, remarkably unfunny (Do I really have to point out things like Spaceballs? Tripping The Rift? Hyperdrive? Admittedly, that last one may be a little too obscure for a lot of people who don’t live in the UK and/or worship at the altar of Nick Frost, but a trip to Netflix will soon fix you up), and I’m not entirely sure why. After all, sci-fi is the genre in which the impossible is repeatedly made possible, or better yet, commonplace, which you’d think would be the root of all manner of comedy – but all too often, SF comedies ignore that potential in favor of something that goes for cheap comedy aimed at (or at the expense of) nerds and those who’re all-too-familiar with the genre conventions and cliches.

(I’m purposefully ignoring the comedy episodes of long-running SF series, because… well, more often than not, I think most people would like to do the same. I mean, Star Trek was a special case in that multiple-series franchise, in that it did comedy well. Was there ever a genuinely intentionally funny episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine or the other shows that didn’t rely too heavily on injokes and fan service?)

The problem may be that, when the two genres mix, the sci-fi overwhelms the comedy. In almost every successful SF comedy hybrid I can think of, the comedy comes out of understandable and relatable human interactions that are only amplified by the fantastical elements, not purely the result of them. Think of Red Dwarf – essentially the story of two men stuck in a house together even though they don’t like each other – or The Venture Bros., which is really just a comedy about a ridiculously dysfunctional family. Compare them to the disasters, where the jokes don’t come from character but silly names for concepts, or parodies of other, better, SF stories and series (I’m tempted to say that Men in Black is the exception that proves the rule, in that it’s entertaining and amusing, but far more rooted in the fantastic than the characters, but there is a relatable spine in the relationship between Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ characters). It’s as if the merging of the two genres makes writers forget the normal rules of comedy, or think that they somehow don’t apply for whatever reason.

And yet… SF and genre movies and shows tend not to be po-faced and serious endlessly. Think of Iron Man or Star Wars or even Transformers; there’s a tradition of using comedy within the drama, of jokes being important and necessary to keep the audience connected with what’s happening. It’s rare that, these days, we think of SF without imagining comedy to be part of the mix… so why aren’t we awash with examples of that mix with the ratios slightly changed?

I genuinely don’t get it: The two genres should be a natural, and easy, fit – We should be used to seeing comedies with science fictional undertones in theaters without it being unusual or a special event, but that’s not the case. Is there a worry that you can’t do that kind of crossover without pissing off the SF fanbase (I genuinely don’t think that would be the case, but at the same time, I can imagine why studios might be reticent to test that out with a multi-million dollar movie), who aren’t the most forgiving when it comes to laughing at themselves? Is there nervousness about the idea of the comedy making the worldbuilding necessary for good SF seeming ridiculous? Or maybe there’s just a feeling that, at its heart, science fiction just isn’t funny?

The only way that this barrier will be broken, I think, will be for it to be shown to be untrue; someone will have to make a movie or TV show that mixes science fiction and comedy and does so in a way that’s successful critically and, more importantly, financially. Maybe we should try and convince Christopher Nolan to make The Dark Knight Rises into a non-stop laughfest, just to prove the point. Or, more likely, perhaps we should wait and see whether Joss Whedon’s Avengers will prove to be as much sitcom and non-stop action movie… because I wouldn’t be surprised if it was, and if that movie’s mega-success changed more than a few minds about what should and shouldn’t be made as a result.

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  • http://twitter.com/sillymander sillymander

    Big Bang Theory is science fiction comedy.  It’s not science fantasy, like, say, Warehouse 13, but it fits the Asimov definition, which probably counts more than one you or I could create.

    Warehouse 13 and Doctor Who are of science fantasy drama/comedy, which is really a better way to go than straight absurdity (a’la Red Dwarf, arguably worse than Lexx/Tales from a Parallel Universe, and possibly the worst smeg ever produced).

    As for the rest, I could not care any less than I do about a future MIB sequel, and any comedy based on Star Wars would exit the starting gate with two strikes against.

  • Anonymous

    I routinely laugh my ass off at Eureka and Warehouse 13. Do they count?

    And Star Trek The Next Generation had a couple of great comedy episodes. The Q/Robin Hood one, for example, or “A Fistful Of Datas.”

    J.

  • Washout

    Men in Black is terrible.

  • http://fornerdseyesonly.blogspot.com/ Sean

    The Middleman was scifi comedy, and it was brilliant.  As for movies, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel and Hithchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are both hilarious.  I don’t know if you want to include Gentlemen Broncos, but that was damn funny.  Ghost Busters?  Shaun of the Dead?  Hot Fuzz?  Do those count?

  • Dave Morris

    Almost all good shows and movies, in whatever genre, include humor. Eg Fringe, Dollhouse, etc – but of course, those are all cases where the humor arises out of character. In other words, they’re funny because often real life is funny. It’s a lot harder to make SF or fantasy into outright comedy, because your belief in the world of the movie is precarious to begin with – though, on the flipside, a lot of comedy has a fantastic element to it (Groundhog Day, Stranger Than Fiction, Bruce Almighty, etc, etc). And on the SF side, we have Galaxy Quest – that’s a great enough movie to be worth any dozen regular comedies.

  • Arch2ngel

    I’d count Fifth Element as a sci-fi comedy (and probably the best of ‘em.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Rugor Dave Robinson

    I’m actually glad there aren’t more Sci-Fi comedies – mainly because I find so much of what Hollywood considers comedic to be unwatchably bad and reliant on embarrassment rather than humor.

  • kalorama

    There aren’t more sci-fi comedies because sci-fi fans have a rep (hard-earned over several decades) as being humorless pedantic nerds. And because, when you get right down to it, true sci-i (as opposed to action movies with sci-fi window dressing, which is what most modern, mass market sci-fi is on film and TV) doesn’t easily lend itself to humor, at least not the kind of humor that would appeal to a mass audience.

  • Lord Helmet Jr.

    Spaceballs is “remarkably unfunny”? Wow. You lost me right there.

  • Mulligan-d

    I like how you ask if there were any funny episodes of DS9, then amend your question to discount the absolutely brilliant “Trials and Tribbleations” episode

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FJFAB5GE6NORK44XXBLLN4JGT4 Steamy K

    A lot of times the ones that are made are disliked by someone. Comedies in general are often hated by critics and loved by the general public, or vice versa. Or at least the ones aimed at specific groups. The problem also lies in that comedy in and of itself is hard to do universally, more so in a science fiction setting.

    It saddens me that no one has yet to mention Galaxy Quest yet. But then it occurred to me that that might be a good example to use. Galaxy Quest fits directly into that “science-fiction comedy” realm, yet it is often looked over for no good reason. It’s a very funny movie, starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, it’s completely self-contained so you don’t have to know anything about anything going into it except that there are sci-fi tv shows in existence. Sadly it is often overlooked and I don’t know why. If you haven’t already, I would suggest the movie to anyone who enjoys sci-fi comedies.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FJFAB5GE6NORK44XXBLLN4JGT4 Steamy K

    This goes with what I was saying, it’s too hard to get everyone to like things. A lot of hardcore science fiction fans, sadly, have a sort of elitist attitude. Anything that is not super complex or may not be logical will be shunned, even in a comedy. Or maybe especially in a comedy because they feel like it’s a dig at they’re expense.

  • Rramsey

    Interesting and not necessarily wrong, but I think you’d be better off defining your terms.  It sounds like when you say science fiction, you are using a narrow definition of SF.  Other people have already posted funny SF/Fantasy examples that aren’t strict definition SF, but definitely SF-ish.  I’m watching Shaun of the Dead right now.  I’d call that SF, funny, and sad all at once.  Horror can be either SF or Fantasy in origin, but it is often classed as a separate genre.  Is Alien Horror or SF?  It uses the tropes from both.  So if you keep your definition narrow, you are going to make it even harder to find funny SF.

    Isn’t it Sturgeon’s Law that says 90% of anything is crap?  So the great SF(I’ll use SF for science fiction, fantasy, or horror because it is shorter to type)/comedy show is going to be as rare.  For every Batman Begins, there are plenty of Batman Forevers,

    Another problem with making a good SF comedy is that the conflict in SF has to be more believable or more dire(fate of the whole world type of thing).  Date Night is very funny, but no one watching it takes the drug dealer seriously.  No one thinks that Steve Carrell or Tina Fey, or anyone in the movie, is really going to die.  But in Shaun, many people die and often in very non-funny scenes.  The Zombie threat is real and deadly, even though we laugh at them too.  We can see Bill Nighy’s death coming and we don’t know who will be next and who will survive.

    So we’re starting to set the bar very high.  We need a believable premise, we need the premise to present a believable threat, and we need it to be funny.  Considering how many movies straight SF shows can’t get the premise or the threat right, it’s not surprising there are so many failures.

  • Jamie Drew

    futurama and hitchhikers’ guide

  • http://atocom.blogspot.com Atomic Kommie Comics

    Remember “Quark”?
    “My Favorite Martian”?
    “I Dream of Jeannie”? (technically sci-fi/fantasy, but astronauts/NASA/space flights = sci-fi)
    “It’s About Time”?
    Batman (1966-68)? (Yeah, some people call it “camp”, but it’s really one of the first comedies without a laugh-track)

  • http://rickjsand.blogspot.com Rick

    It sounds like you’ve been living under a rock.

    Eureka and Warehouse 13, as others noted, are sci-fi comedies that are really funny. Eureka cracks me up. I think it’s he best show on television. Big Bang Theory is another awesome show with science elements, but I’m not sure I’d call it science fiction.

    Have you never seen Stargate SG1 either? In interviews, the cast and crew often said that they tried to put in as much comedy as possible, and they did an excellent job. I think the reason that show was so successful was because it knew how to blend sci-fi, action, and comedy so well. Plus, it never took itself too seriously. Episodes featuring “Wormhole Extreme” poked fun at various story elements in past SG1 episodes. “Window of Opportunity” is a Groundhog Day-inspired jokefest. Whether you loved it or hated the episode as a whole, that puppet scene in “200” was probably the funniest moment of the entire series. There are countless examples such as the child-sized O’Neill clone and Joe the barber who is obsessed with writing Stargate stories no one will publish.

    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a classic with a huge following, and would continue to be if not for the unfortunate passing of the young Douglas Adams. If you didn’t like the recent movie and can’t handle the atrocious Zaphod costume in the BBC mini-series, then find the original BBC radio broadcasts of the first 12 episodes. I’ve listened to them a dozen times they are so funny.

    And yea, Spaceballs is funny, at least at times.

  • Anna

    I hate how shows that started out as sci-comedies get too serious with themselves. Torchwood is a perfect example of that. It started out as tongue-in-cheek sci-fi and now it thinks of itself as serious drama. 

  • Squashua

    A couple people have mentioned Galaxy Quest, but it bears repeating.

    GALAXY QUEST.

    Granted, in my opinion it petered out towards the end, like something got cut or it was rushed, but otherwise it was good enough for the majority of the film.

  • Bigntalljj

    What is wrong with you man? Did you watch it with your eyes closed? Even then you would laugh so there is something lacking with you there.

  • Shifty

    Yeah… Spaceballs is “remarkably unfunny”?  Yeah, now I don’t trust your sense of humor and stopped reading your article.

  • http://twitter.com/acerspades Asa

    Clearly alot of people don’t get that the article was on new SF comedies, not those that have existed in the past, and that those were merely cited as examples. Given that SF is primarily an exploration of human behavior in different situation, and humor is an intimate part of that, SF/Comedy would seem to be a most natural progression.

  • demoncat_4

    the reason  in my opinion that sci fi comedies are with exceptions like red dwarf are so few is because science fiction is never known to have any sense or style for comedy mostly just figuring the sci fi fan base is humorless and prefer sci fi focuse on what makes it works the science fiction stuff. though sttng did try and not take itsself too serisously at times.

  • Mel

    Did you just call Spaceballs unfunny?
    You should be flogged and beaten.

  • Jmcreer

    Galaxy Guest – “Let’s get out of here before one of those things kills Guy.”  That one line from Sigourney Weaver ALWAYS cracks me up.  A hidden gem of a movie.

  • MZ

    “Paul” came out this year. I thought it was funny. Is this year recent enough?

  • Anon3

    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

  • Bsavini781

    all you have to tell are episodes where Quark is the lead story, comedic gold every time, House of Quark was especially great!!!!!

  • Adam

    Because sci-fi movies tend to have hefty price tags, and comedy is tougher to sell internationally, where a lot of receipts come from these days.

  • Squashua

    The Spaceballs cartoon series that no one knows about but was available for a time via Netflix streaming and was based on the movie was supremely unfunny.

    The Spaceballs movie was funny.

  • Matthew Lane

    I wouldn’t say its without style, i’d say it has to many styles. Its not like romantic comedy, which works on a strict formula, without deviation. No Sci-Fi & Fantasy go the other way, theres to much variation & thats hard to make fun of unless you pick a speciric one, like that “your highness” film did.

  • http://twitter.com/vivekbhat Vivek Bhat

    Back to the Future movies were some of the best sci-fi comedies. Let’s hope we never see the remake of that classic. But yeah I would love to see some good sci-fi comedy TV series on air.

  • FollesGuy

    When I discuss the issue of why there is so little science fiction combined with humour at science fiction conventions (which I attend to promote my books/writing in the combined genres), I point out an obvious truth: it is damned hard to do well.This is because, as a creator, you have to juggle three different balls at once.

    On the one hand, you have to have involving characters doing interesting things. Plot and character and essential to any narrative form, even before you start to talk about genre.

    Then, you have to incorporate your science fiction element(s).

    Then, you have to make it funny.

    Ideally, you want to be doing all three throughout your work.

    Doing any one of these things is hard enough. Trying to do all of them in a single story is very difficult. That, in a nutshell, is why there isn’t a lot of science fiction comedy.

  • http://fornerdseyesonly.blogspot.com/ Sean

    Yeah, that’s scifi and a comedy.  Although, it wouldn’t have been very funny without Kristen Wiig.  She made that movie watchable.

  • Ghost

    Where are all the Good Western/Comedies?

    Where are all the Good Murder Mystery/Comedies?

    Where are all the Good Period Drama/Comedies?

    In general, cross-genre comedies, and specifically GOOD ones, are pretty rare.  About the only one that’s common is action/comedy, because action can fit onto almost anything in a movie.  Comedy is different, because it alters the tone, and genres tend to have a certain tonal range that they best operate within.  SF’s range is usually “deadly serious” to “the humor that comes from people who are funny in a situation that is outlandish.”  Comedy’s range is “the humor that comes from people who are funny in some kind of situation” to “completely ridiculous things designed to make you laugh, not think”

    So there’s little crossover room, and what there is, is usually of the Firefly/Serenity type… a really entertaining story that can make you laugh out loud on a regular basis. 

    You can do a SF film that’s outside of the range of SF and more in the comedy area, but you’re risking screwing up a lot more.  And when you add in the big budgets of SF films, you don’t want to risk screwing up any more than you have to. 

  • Gabe

    Ghost Busters?

  • http://twitter.com/RonBF Ronald Butts-Foster

    I don’t really care about another Men in Black, but I would love it if they did a sequel to Galaxy Quest. Now, that was a Krazy funny Sci-Fi Comedy. Do ya hear me Dreamworks? 

  • ZB

    Yup. Stopped reading at that line. Thats a ridiculous statement even for him.

  • Shaun

     “Was there ever a genuinely intentionally funny episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine or the other shows that didn’t rely too heavily on injokes and fan service?”

    For Christ’s sake, Graeme? Did you even WATCH DS9?? The show did PLENTY of comedic episodes, which they used to nice balance, from time to time, to break things up during the darker, heavier periods of the Dominion War.

    “Trials and Tribble-ations” being the most obvious, and popular, example of a DS9 comedy. Sure, it was “fan service” in that it was an homage to the original series. But who doesn’t know that (original) episode? How about “Little Green Men,” which put Quark, Rom and Nog in Roswell in 1947? How about Bashir’s adventures as James Bond (without actually being named as such) in the holosuite? How about the baseball episode “Take Me Out to the Holosuite”? There were other excellent ones too, but those are some of the highlights. There were also some duds (the Risa episode just wasn’t good OR funny), but the DS9 cast was adept at comedy and they did it more often than one might expect for being the “dark” Star Trek.

  • Shaun

    I don’t know if either of those TNG episodes are “great,” but they’re certainly decent. And watchable. As I said in a different post, DS9 actually did quite a few comedic episodes. More than the show’s “dark” reputation would suggest. I think DS9, along with being the best and most “in-depth” Trek series, also did the best comedies of any of the series. Or at least as good as the (intentionally) comedic episodes/film (Trek IV) of the original Trek.

  • Shaun

    After making my post about how well DS9 did comedy I remembered “House of Quark.” That’s another good one.

    There’s also “The Magnificient Ferengi,” which is kind of a stupid one, but “stupid funny” all the same. The homage to The Magnificent Seven is obvious, and the whole thing with the re-animated Vorta was deliciously sick and twisted. I started to laugh just now, thinking about it. Plus, Iggy Pop in a guest starring role!

  • Shaun

    THANK YOU Steamy!!! I was just about to ask Graeme how the hell he managed to NOT mention Galaxy Quest! Not only is it probably the best sci-fi comedy ever, I could make a case for it as the best Star Trek movie ever (just like The Incredibles is the best Fantastic Four story ever told).

    Come to think of it, I’d include The Incredibles and Wall-E as sci-fi comedies…And damned good ones too!

  • Shaun

    “CAW! CAW! CAWW!”

    That bird call, as they’re running down the hill never fails to crack me up too… That, and “Did you ever WATCH the show??”

    Just a great movie… I also highly recommend, for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, Simon Pegg’s and Nick Frost’s “Paul,” which just happens to come out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week. Clearly, Graeme hasn’t seen that either, since that’s yet another fine sci-fi comedy he failed to mention.

  • Shaun

    “Paul” is hilarious, and it’s coming out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week. Good stuff!

  • Shaun

    Kristn Wiig was indeed funny in “Paul,” but to say it wouldn’t have been without her is ridiculous. I’m sure there are other actresses who could’ve played the part. It’s not like she wrote the movie. Also, Pegg and Frost are great. As they always are.

    If you want to criticize Seth Rogen as the voice of Paul himself, I can understand that. He wouldn’t have been my first choice, and I found him a bit jarring at first. He wasn’t what I was expecting, but I got used to him quickly enough.

    Plenty of great moments in the movie, plenty of great cameos and performances, and I laughed my ass off. It definitely helps to be a sci-fi geek, and to not be a fan of organized religion (I’m a total atheist), but it’s definitely a funny movie. I liked it as much as Shaun of the Dead. I still need to see Hot Fuzz, as I hear that one’s funny too.

  • Shaun

    As much as I love Galaxy Quest, I don’t see where you can take those characters next… They truly got to live “the show,” and it ends with them getting to revive their old show. Now where do you take them? An alien invasion of Earth, maybe? I just wouldn’t want them to sour what a great movie the first one was.

    There’s also the issue of the actor who played Tommy Webber  (“Laredo”) now being in a wheelchair. They could come with a reason for that, I suppose, but I don’t see how to play that for laughs.

  • Ken

    I enjoyed “Paul” and that was a sci-fi/comedy that was just released a few months ago.

  • Shaun

    Hitchhiker defintely wasn’t as good as the book(s), but it was about as good as I think a film adaptation of it will ever be. I liked it, and it’s funny. I could’ve done with the whole Malkovich part, as it added nothing to the story, but whatever. I’m sorry that we’re unlikely to see any sequels. Maybe they’ll reboot it someday.

  • Shaun

    Exactly… Fringe isn’t a comedy, per se, but John Noble, and the way he plays off of his fellow actors, brings out many wonderful, comedic moments. When it comes out of the characters naturally, that can often be the best comedy.

    And thanks for mentioning Groundhog Day too!

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  • Shaun

    Along with both “Shaun of the Dead” and “Paul,” there’s another Simon Pegg offering that I’ve been meaning to see: His TV series “Spaced.” Not sci-fi per se, but Pegg’s Star Wars fandom apparently plays a large role in the series. So it’s probably something of a “Big Bang Theory” before it existed? Again, I have yet to see it but I intend to remedy that soon enough and get the DVDs.

    Maybe I’ll pick that up when I pick up “Paul” this week!

  • DoubleWide

    Don’t forget Galaxina.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously, only one other person has mentioned Futurama?  Futurama is one of the funniest TV shows ever, sci-fi or otherwise.

  • Lex

    I liked the FIRST one.

    I guess they are making a third (or maybe it was a 3rd Bad Boys who know), even though I hear they don’t have a finished script. What could possibly GO WRONG?:)

  • thesnappysneezer

    Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede looks to be an interesting one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmQpZ7iYDo4

  • Trvsexclsr

    you forgot about Paul, it was a movie that just came out this summer. and it was funny as shit, with a lot of big names attached to it. And how about you write a more compelling article than ” a thought occurred to me the other day”. This is the stupidest article i’ve read this year. I really don’t care if you want more sci-fi comedies. I could write a longer article on the reasons why nobody goes to see sci-fi comedies, and how the studios  realize that putting time, effort, and money(most important) into a flick, that only mst3k nerds would go to see, is a colossal waste. I honestly can’t believe this website PAYS you to write 7 paragraphs that’s written in the style of a 4th grader’s book report. 

  • http://twitter.com/shawnrichison shawn richter

    Evolution, with David Duchovny is an underrated gem.

  • Lioness

    This question gets asked every few years, and the answer has been known for a long time.  Comedy is about making people laugh.  The question is:  what are they laughing at?

    If they’re laughing at science fiction tropes, there’s only a limited number of in-jokes you can get out of those.

    If they’re laughing at the universal conditions of human life set within a science fiction environment, then the same writer could probably get a bigger audience to watch if they set the same jokes within a contemporary environment.

    It can be done, but like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it’s not something Hollywood understands and has to be snuck past the gatekeepers.

  • Richardcasey

    Futurama. Simple. Nothing else can compete with the brilliance of that show, so why bother.

  • Guydc3

    The whole article was invalidated by the mention of Spaceballs not being funny.

  • Josh W

    People don’t need to just laugh at “science fiction tropes” just like some people don’t read science fiction just because “it has space ships in it”; science fiction involves putting a skew on reality, reworking stuff. Loads of observational comedy routines skim the edges of science fiction, developing themes to absurd levels, putting gravitas in places it wouldn’t normally be, inverting relationships and people’s “main concerns”.

    P K dick wrote loads of comedy science fiction; absurdist, strange, doing existential horror with a lightness of touch, look at scanner darkly for example.

  • Omnistryfe989

    It’s occured to me that there actually are a lot, they are just often made as family films and are usually animated. Monsters vs. Aliens, Planet 51, Megamind, Meet the Robinsons, you get the point. These movies often have stellar casts (get it? Stellar? I know, comedic genius) but are often overlooked/underappreciated because they are family friendly and animated. The things we want are often out there, just not the way we expect or in the places we look.

  • Sijo

    I believe the reverse: it was very funny at the start (an obvious satire) but then turned into a homage, and it had to get serious for that, but it only makes the movie more amazing because it actually worked!  AND it still had funny moments at the end, like when they crash landed at the stage. Great movie.

  • Sijo

     I think that comedies overall aren’t being made because we live in cynical, post-911 times where humor isn’t respected as much as it once was. If your movie doesn’t have a serious core, it’s seen as childish. (Maybe that’s why most recent Sci Fi comedies have been animated, as mentioned above.)

    Also, there are different kinds of humor- I’m more a fan of  the “Galaxy Quest” type of humor than a “Shaun of the Dead” one. It’s rare that a comedy will appeal to everybody.

  • Z-

    Sci-Fi comedy? I’m looking for a good scifi drama/epic show like Battlestar Galactica or DS9. Nothing has filled the void yet.

  • Graw-_@

     I’ll tell you why. “Har har har har It’s tool time.” That’s why.

  • VegMaster

    This is an excellent thread – so I thought I would breathe some life back into it. If Holy Grail counts as fantasy, I would have to say that is my favorite comedic fantasy. I would have loved to have seen Monty Python do sci-fi, but maybe you guys know something they did in Flying Circus.

    SNL did a good Star Trek spoof as well as the coneheads, and Dr. Who has a funny spoof with the only female Doctor. “Oh Boy”, I didn’t see anyone mention Quantum Leap, not that I think this show was really funny, but it is worth mentioning. I recently discovered a cool brit sci-com, Goodnight Sweetheart, which is based on time travel, and so far it is pretty good.

    I have to agree with others that the funniest ST was DS9. One of my favorite scenes was in “The Ascent” which involved Quark and Odo stranded on a mountain. Odo breaks his leg (he was a “solid” at the time) and Quark tells Odo as he is dragging Odo up the mountain, that he is keeping him around as food reserves. I only mention this episode because it had yet to be mentioned.

    It’s interesting that Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg and Joe Piscopo, all acomplished comedians, did not play funny rolls within ST. Piscopo’s part was the opposite of funny IMHO.

    Overall, I have to say I have not seen a TV series touch Red Dwarf on the comedy to sci-fi ratio; nothing has even come close, except for maybe Futurama, if we count animated series. I am hoping though that someone has seen some obscure series that they are willing to share with us.

  • Maxwell

    Calling the Big Bang Theory comedy is like calling Schindler’s List a romance.