10 Best Food Moments in Comedy
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Haven’t you ever eaten a Hot Pocket and thought, Ugh, why’d I do that? A lot of the best moments in stand-up are observations or stories that nearly everyone can relate to. If there’s a role that comedians play in society, other than comic relief, it’s to point out our foibles and show us how ridiculous they are. The food and drink world, it seems, is especially ripe (sorry, pun intended) for searing social commentary.
Take milk, for example, a topic that Chris Rock and Lewis Black both get heated about. In a bit about overconsumption, when Chris Rock asks, “Do you think anybody in Rwanda has got lactose intolerance?” he’s not making fun of those living a dairy-free life out of neccessity, he’s pointing out how picky us lucky Americans have gotten. Meanwhile, Lewis Black takes aim at the way shifting science reports have made Americans overly anxious about things like milk.
Though soy milk drinkers may not relate to his "soy juice" tirade, his extreme outrage, classic Lewis Black grouchiness, is still hilarious. It’s all in the delivery. Sure, those wax-covered Mini Babybel cheeses are delicious, but as Sarah Silverman demonstrates, her extreme passion for them is literally hysterical — as in the insane kind of hysteria. Check out these 10 comedians’ take on food and drink, but a word of caution: These tricks aren’t for kids. Some videos contain strong language; however, we’ve chosen the bleeped-out versions in most cases.
• Aziz Ansari, Cold Stone Creamery
It seems like a harmless neighborhood ice cream store right? But in a moment of comic inspiration, Aziz Ansari calls Cold Stone Creamery the “epitome of American excess and greed.”
• Jim Gaffigan, Hot Pocket
Anyone who’s craved, eaten, and then regretted the microwaveable junk food can relate to Jim Gaffigan’s rant about this “white trash” favorite.
• Dane Cook, Burger King
Of all of the celebrities that have held fast-food jobs, Dane Cook is one of the funniest. Here he goes off on the screamers and the quiet talkers at the Burger King drive-thru.
• Eddie Murphy, Ice Cream
In Delirious, Eddie Murphy gives a whole new spin on screaming for ice cream and also the hilarious but cruel taunting that marks everyone’s childhood.
• John Pinette, Chinese Buffet
Who else but John Pinette would have a believable story about getting turned away from a Chinese buffet for eating too much? Hide the egg rolls, he’s coming.
• Chris Rock, Too Much Food
Talking about the irony of America’s overconsumption of food and prevalence of food allergies, he asks, “Do you think anybody in Rwanda has got lactose intolerance?”
• Comedians of Comedy, Cracker Barrel
While filming their stand-up comedy tour, Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, and Brian Posehn did an impromptu skit at one of America’s favorite down-home chains, Cracker Barrel.
• Sarah Silverman, I Love This Cheese
She talks about how much she loves the Mini Babybel cheeses… and she really loves them. A lot.
• Lewis Black, Milk & Water
After all these years of scientific study, we still don’t know if milk is bad for you. Lewis Black runs through all of the modern alternatives to milk and water.
• Jerry Seinfeld, The Supermarket Experience
Seinfeld likens the supermarket to a casino for food — no clocks, no windows, just aisles of food to get lost in.
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