Time to bust a gut laughing with these stoner comedies
This week, we are going to come down off the lofty marijuana mountaintops and celebrate one of the simplest pleasures in life, a joy that goes hand-in-hand with partaking of the reefer. What we’re talking about is getting stoned to bejeezus and laughing until everything else becomes just a speck in the rear-view of life. We’re talking about the hard-working men, women, and ensembles who entertain us into giggling, snorting, and spasming in a way that only cannabis and comedy can lead to.
I don’t think I invented this type of curated list, mind you. Everybody and their sibling has written a list of their top Netflix picks. There are even websites that give suggestions of the types of weed to smoke in order to best enjoy their choices (lots of sativas).
Wikipedia even has a pretty badass entry on stoner film. Yes, there is a distinction to be made between stoner-specific material and stuff that just happens to be extra hilarious when you are stoned. We are going to toss out that distinction and just hone in on material that will have us busting a gut while coughing our lungs out. So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
The OGs Cheech and Chong have, of course, graced this space before (if you have managed to go this long on Earth without treating yourself to their material, take a You Day ASAP and make it happen), and I feel a familial obligation to include my Pa’s favorite, Snoop’s gift to late-night fare, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle. Then there is my favorite comedy ever, Chevy Chase’s wise-ass magnum opus, “Fletch” and, what I believe to be the funniest stoner flick ever made, which is Broken Lizard’s “Super Troopers.” The BL crew also does solid, if less spectacular, work with “Beerfest” and “Super Troopers 2.” But “Club Dread”…not so much.
Then there is “National Lampoon,” with work from the late ’70s and ’80s that should hang in the halls of the Comedy Louvre. That was a time well before their long, boring descent into mediocrity, which occurred over the ensuing 30-ish years.
Stand-up comedy is a tough game to stay on top of. The greats often cross our horizons like comets – this list includes Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Dave Chapelle, who often jokes about his affinity for the ganja. I often end my days by going to Netflix’s stand-up category and chuckling my way to sleep with the help of whatever comes up next in my queue.
If this is not enough material to keep you chuckling until Halloween, let me direct you to the cartoon genre.
While they rarely directly reference marijuana or other drugs, try to convince me that the illustrators behind Bugs Bunny, Beavis and Butthead, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force don’t understand the intricacies of altered states.
So, there you go, DGO – my gift to you as the nights get shorter, the air gets crisper, and the plant kingdom winds down for its winter slumber. Spark one up and let the peals of laughter ring.
Christopher Gallagher lives with his wife and their four dogs and two horses. Life is pretty darn good. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.