2016 hasn't exactly been an "up" year. Between the distressing loss of great talents, a seemingly-endless stream of unwanted reboots, remakes and sequels, and a horrible fiscal year at the box office, 2016 hasn't been great for Hollywood.
Thankfully, there were enough fantastic comedies this year to help keep our spirits up even when things looked bleak.
If laughter really is the best medicine, then the cure for our 2016 blues is already in sight. Whether it's following the existential crisis of anthropomorphic animated foods, or seeing a desperate pop star tucking it back to pull off a magic trick, here are nine of the funniest movie scenes so far in 2016.
1. Deadpool, Deadpool vs. Colossus
- Release Date: February 12, 2016
- Directed By: Tim Miller
- Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein and Gina Carano
Fox's hilarious R-rated superhero film Deadpool, shocked audiences with its generous helping of gore and its raunchy comedy. This no-holds-barred style of superhero filmmaking led the Valentine's Day movie to record-breaking box office in 2016.
Considering the entire movie is chock-full of hysterically funny scenes, it's a daunting task to pick just one. But I think Deadpool's futile efforts to beat up Colossus take the cake for me. Well, that, or his tiny weird baby hand stroking Blind Al's face.
2. Sausage Party, "The Great Beyond"
- Release Date: August 12, 2016
- Directed By: Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan
- Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Bill Hader and Nick Kroll
The premise of unsuspecting foods learning that humans are not, in fact, benevolent gods, but rather food-eating monsters, is the kind of bizarre humor that can only be pulled off by the likes of Seth Rogen and his band of comedy misfits.
Sausage Party outlines the strange grocery store world that our protagonists inhabit with the song "The Great Beyond," which details the flawed religious ideology formed by the Shopwell's foods and perfectly sets the tone for the R-rated animated comedy.
3. Ghostbusters, Chris Hemsworth's Improv
- Release Date: July 11, 2016
- Directed By: Paul Feig
- Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth
After what might be the most controversial release of a comedy movie to date — save for maybe The Interview getting pulled from theaters after threats of war from North Korea — Paul Feig's Ghostbusters ended up being not nearly as offensive and far funnier than some had feared. And yes, Ghostbusters is a reboot, but this scene was too good to leave out.
Alongside the four very funny women in the lead roles, I was surprised to find that Chris Hemsworth has some comedic chops behind his superhero good looks. In an interview with MTV, writer Katie Dippold revealed that Hemsworth crafted the entire "Mike Hat" bit straight off the top of his beautiful blond head.
"That whole interview scene was about an hour long when we shot it. Paul [Feig] just shot everything. So much stuff just spiraled. They started talking about whether he could bring his cat to work, and then Chris just started improvising. He's not only amazing at everything, but he's also a really hilarious improviser, which is crazy."
Beauty, brains and a good sense of humor? That Elsa Pataky is one lucky lady.
4. The Nice Guys, Elevator Scene
- Release Date: May 19, 2016
- Director: Shane Black
- Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer and Yaya DaCosta
Shane Black's old-school detective comedy set in the 1970s might not have earned staggering box office, but Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling wowed fans and critics alike as polar opposite partners in The Nice Guys.
The group protest scene, Gosling's Abbott and Costello-esque discovery of a decaying corpse, and Crowe's perfectly deadpan delivery throughout the film were all laugh-out-loud moments. But there is one scene that had me, and apparently the actors, laughing more than others.
Before its release, Black did a Reddit AMA in which he shared the one scene where Gosling and Crowe almost couldn't keep a straight face.
In the scene in the elevator -- the "Munich" bit -- Ryan could not stop elaborating on the concept of a man without balls. I couldn't get a single straight take out of Russell. We'd almost get there, and then sadist Ryan would says "balls..." really slowly and Russell would be gone.
5. Hail Caesar!, "No Dames!"
- Release Date: February 1, 2016
- Directed By: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
- Starring: George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson and Alden Ehrenreich
In the Coen Brothers' long and successful filmography, this years' Hail Caesar! might not be a standout, but it still brought along enough laughs to make the list. Specifically, Channing Tatum's performance of the song and dance "No Dames!"
It's no secret that Tatum is a talented dancer, but he's never seemed quite as quick on his feet as while tap dancing along to this movie-musical number. Even better, the delightful choreography culminates in a rather compromising position. (Skip to the 4:45 mark for a good laugh.)
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6. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, The Magic Trick
- Release Date: May 24, 2016
- Directed By: Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer
- Starring: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman and Tim Meadows
In Judd Apatow's parody musical documentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, follows Andy Samberg's character Conner4Real, a young musician is thrown from superstardom to has-been after his latest album bombs.
In just one of Conner's many struggles to maintain his relevance in the pop scene, he attempts to integrate a bit of magic into his act. However, when his opening act Hunter the Hungry (Chris Redd) pulls a prank, Conner ends up going viral for all the wrong reasons.
7. Zootopia, The DMV
- Release Date: March 4, 2016
- Directed By: Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush
- Starring: Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate and J. K. Simmons
Rarely do I expect to find an animated family-friendly movie not only charming, but utter-ly (cow jokes, anyone?) hysterical. Disney's Zootopia has all the makings of a great kids movie, but it also included a handful of jokes geared towards adults, to help keep audiences of all ages engaged.
The scene that had me in stitches was the painfully accurate depiction of the DMV. In Zootopia, the DMV (Department of Mammal Vehicles) is run entirely by the world's slowest animal: sloths. Seeing Judy Hopps (Goodwin) try to keep her cool with Nick Wilde (Bateman) while interacting with Flash (voiced by Raymond S. Perci) was almost too real to laugh at. Almost.
8. Masterminds, Fart Transplant
- Release Date: September 30, 2016
- Directed By: Jared Hess
- Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Kate McKinnon
The true story-inspired heist comedy Masterminds may have only come out this past weekend, but it already includes one of my favorite scenes of the year. It might not be a smash box office hit, but with so many powerhouse comedians in the cast it was bound do make the list.
The inimitable Kate McKinnon is back as Jandice, the strange fiancé of David Scott Ghantt (Galifianakis). If this clip doesn't give you the ultimate relationship goals and some great ideas for engagement photos, then you're in the wrong place.
9. Captain America: Civil War, Every Ant-Man Scene
- Release Date: May 6, 2016
- Directed By: Joe Russo and Anthony Russo
- Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Tom Holland and Paul Rudd
Captain America: Civil War included some of Marvel's most heartbreaking scenes. But with the addition of Paul Rudd's portrayal of Scott Lang, it also included some of its funniest. Because it's impossible to pick just one of Rudd's scenes, I thought it better to just include all of his standout moments in one convenient video.
Who didn't love Rudd's transformation from Ant-Man to Giant-Man? It definitely gave a necessary moment of levity in the otherwise adrenaline-pumping fight scene between Team Cap and Team Iron Man.
We still have three more months left in 2016, and we still have to see the release of Bad Santa 2, La La Land, and Why Him?. There's still time for any of these other movies to make it on this list before the years end!
What do you think was the funniest movie scene of 2016 so far? Let us know in the comments section.