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The Rules of the Funny

Last week we had a discussion about what makes funny stuff funny. In a similar spirit, I thought I'd present the golden rules of comedy, as dictated by Preston Sturges, one of the funniest writer/directors who ever lived (I've mentioned it on the show, but I'm not convinced there's a funnier movie than The Lady Eve).

Sturges' Rules:

  1. A pretty girl is better than a plain one.
  2. A leg is better than an arm.
  3. A bedroom is better than a living room.
  4. An arrival is better that a departure.
  5. A birth is better than a death.
  6. A chase is better than a chat.
  7. A dog is better than a landscape.
  8. A kitten is better than a dog.
  9. A baby is better than a kitten.
  10. A kiss is better than a baby.
  11. A pratfall is better than anything.
So what do you guys think? True or not?

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