If laughter is the best medicine, we should all be a little healthier thanks to some hysterical 80s comedy.
80s Stand-up Comedy
Stand-up comedy saw a huge boost in popularity during the 80s.
Comedy clubs started sprouting up all across the country, and they were usually packed. Some unbelievably funny people became household names, were invited to be guests on talk shows, and some even had their own shows.
Two shows that were based on the stand-up comedy of the lead character was The Cosby Show, which started in 1984, and was based on Bill Cosby’s act, and Roseanne, with Roseanne Barr, first aired in 1988.
Some big names of the decade were Andrew Dice Clay, Paula Poundstone, Eddie Murphy, Sam Kinison, Stephen Wright, and Bob Bobcat Goldthwait.
80s Comedy on Television
Some seriously funny television shows were on in the 80s. There was the unique ALF, a show about a furry alien with a tell it like it is personality who had accurate – and funny – observations about humans in general.
Cheers focused on the adventures and personalities of the staff and patrons of a Boston Bar, and it was always good for a few laughs.
Growing Pains, Full House, and Family Ties were great shows that focused on different types of family dynamics and had characters that many of us could relate to.
There was also The Golden Girls, which put four women – Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and her mother Sophia, together in one house in Florida. The women had unique personalities, and hilarity ensued.
80s Comedy in the Movies
Some sidesplitting comedies quickly became synonymous with the 80s. Most of them are still favorites decades later and are now considered classics.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of them. Who didn’t want to skip school and have the type of adventures Ferris and his friends had? His innovative ways of not getting caught playing hooky had us all scheming, though pulling it off wasn’t as easy as it looked.
In addition to having a great soundtrack, Beverly Hills Cop had more laughs than you could count. Eddie Murphy started with stand-up, but definitely had something special to offer the film industry with his perfect comedic timing and contagious laugh.
The 80s were also the beginning of the Naked Gun movies, and were based on a short-lived television series, Police Squad! The first of three movies, Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! was released in 1988 and had the hilarious Leslie Nielsen as the bumbling but lucky detective, Frank Drebin.
Nielsen was also in another iconic 80s movie that could arguably be one of the funniest of the decade – Airplane.
Some other movies that kept us laughing the whole time were Vacation, Big, Beetlejuice, Caddyshack, Better off Dead, Ghostbusters, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
The 80s were definitely an entertaining decade, and some great 80s comedy gave us plenty to laugh at. The next time you’re looking for something funny to watch, consider some of these 80s Comedy classics.