The Funniest Improvised Scenes in TV Shows and Movies
From classic shows like Friends to modern favorites like The Big Bang Theory, we all love sitting down in front of the television to watch some comedy and have a laugh. I'm pretty sure you'll agree that it takes some real talent to be a true comedic actor - nothing is worse than a strained attempt at humor followed by forced laughs. The father-of-the-bride's speech at a wedding is evidence enough of that! Writing scripts for funny television shows and movies is one of the hardest jobs in the biz, but it's one that doesn't get enough recognition.
That said, every so often we - as viewers - stumble across a scene that isn't entirely down to the comedic genius of the scriptwriter. Every so often, actors are given the freedom to improvise, and the resulting lines are utterly hilarious. It goes without saying that much of our viewing history is scripted, but you might be surprised to see that some of the films, scenes and lines that we know and love the most weren't actually meant to turn out that way at all!
Matt Bomer, Space Station 76
Space Station 76 was only released in 2014 – it's still a very recent film, but somehow its popularity means that it feels like it's been around a lot longer than it actually has. In this film, Ted (played by Matt Bomer) is a habitual pot smoker who tries to keep his vice a secret. However, when Liv Tyler's character Jessica discovers Ted's marijuana plant, he has to come up with an excuse sharpish. Believe it or not, his reason was completely unscripted – the actor improvised the whole idea. I won't give it away in case you haven't seen the film yet, but it's fair to say that it raises a laugh every time!
Eugene Mirman, Flight of the Conchords
Flight of the Conchords originally started out life as a comedy band from New Zealand, before developing into the hit comedy television show which we're all familiar with. The show originally aired in 2007 and the final series finished in 2009. I know, I can't believe its run was that short, either. Nevertheless, during that time the line "The sink works. It just comes out of a different place" became one of the funniest and best known lines from the entire show. However, what you probably didn't realize is that the line (which features in the 'Girlfriends' episode) was an improvisation. You never can tell which lines from film and television will become catchphrases, but this just goes to show that sometimes you don't even need a scriptwriter to come up with a memorable, iconic line!