What makes a movie funny? That was the question I asked myself as I dejectedly ended another film, totally bummed out by the depressing content that lives in the comedy section on so many streaming sites. This is just one girl’s humble opinion, but when I’m looking to watch a movie and zone out (or, perhaps, set a lighthearted mood for a makeout sesh), I don’t want to be presented with a slow-burning, blue-hued examination of the human mind by various movie stars where every word of dialogue is mumbled and character arcs are portrayed ambiguously through regrettable sex. Is it just me, I’ve wondered, or does every modern coming-of-age ‘comedy’ just feel like the beginning of a horror movie right before all the murder starts? I get that bleakness can be so bad it’s good, and there’s some ironic humor found in misfortune, but there’s a time and place for poignant indie dramas, and it’s not when I’m looking to LOL.
Look, I take my comedy very seriously. If laughter truly is the best medicine, then it must be doled out appropriately to those in need. In the middle of my watch-athon, when all I wanted to do was laugh, I had to get my fix from a 2013 Vine compilation on YouTube. It was then that I decided I would never have another streaming service viewer suffer the same fate, and I turned to Amazon.
That’s why I braved the Amazon Prime comedy section, and returned triumphant with the hilarious cream of the crop the service has to show. These are the great comedy gems that will free your mind after a long day dealing with co-workers, getting ghosted by someone you told your friends was different, or just experiencing the all-too-real reality that is our day to day. We all need to laugh. Am I right? Don’t answer that. Just relax and tune in to one of these, the best comedies on Amazon Prime.