Comedy Genius

Comedy Genius

“Comedy is a distortion of what is happening, and there will always be something happening”
Steve Martin

There’s nothing better than laughing together in the cinema. But great comedy can also challenge us to think.

Fooling about became a fine art through the early decades of cinema, but comedy genius is too often under-recognised. It’s the gift of perfect timing, an expertly executed sight-gag, a zinging wise-crack, a giddy rush of manic energy. Whether perfectly choreographed, brutally raw, or conjured out of improvisation and collaboration, the best comedy is ultimately disruptive. It punctures pomposity, and blows a raspberry at social convention: the proto-feminist whiplash of screwball wit, the rambunctious working-class revolt of Carry On, the purposeful anarchy of alternative comedy. 

To celebrate the BFI's nationwide Comedy Genius season, we've selected a range of classic comedy tiitles to get you laughing. Browse the collection here. 

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