Fighting Fire with Laughter
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Earlier this summer, I gave us chance to raise a little musical Hell.
Well, it's August, and the scorching summer isn’t over yet. Time to cool off from the heat by stepping directly into the fire and laughing.
I realized a couple of weeks ago some of the funniest comedy segments on television dealt with people’s irrational dealing with fire, and fire drills, so of course I’ve gathered some favorites here together in hope of producing a few summers giggles.
There have been a couple of really funny fire drill segments from The Office, but I love this one where Dwight (Rainn Wilson) stages a fire after no one pays attention to his drill instructions. Trial by fire always works best…or not.
As many viewers know, the original The Office was created in the U.K. by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and many of the ideas and bits in the American version were either borrowed from or directly taken from it. The series premiere of both versions are practically identical. Here's a brief look at how David Brent (Gervais), the inspiration for the America's Michael Scott, has handled this event in his own compassionate style.
Of course, one of the funniest fire drill bits I've ever seen also belongs to the U.K. This botched attempt to create a calm and effective fire drill goes seriously wrong under the directions of the always delightfully ill-mannered Basil Fawtly (John Cleese).
I never really cared much for Cheers, but I miss the spin-off series Frasier. It had a way of zipping between high-brow humor and slapstick physical comedy that I appreciated. Part of this reason is the wonderful cast, especially David Hyde Pierce’s portrayal of Dr. Niles Cranes. In this scene, as we see his perfect Valentine’s Day date plans end in flames, we get to enjoy some hilarious physical comedy.
Remember, safety first everyone. Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and every now and then where there’s fire, there are a few good laughs. Well, at least in the sitcom world.
Header image screen capture from "The Office" by NBCUniversal