By Guest Blogger: Anna Graizbord of Critical Mob
Fun fact: I was actually there for the aftermath of Sage’s Saturday night spill that inspired her Nice Trip post. I tried to over up all her blood (don’t worry, she wasn’t in any pain) with makeup at the bar we were at, which in no way actually worked to camouflage jack shit. It was actually pretty funny.
But, you see, no one more than I had the right to laugh, as there has not been a month of my life gone by without me either wildly tripping all over my own shoes, a weird step I took, or avoiding a trip to the point that it’s possibly even more comical than the potential fall itself. Now, this makes me sound like I’m mentally and physically handicapped, but let’s leave that to the professionals.
The point is, I know a funny pratfall when I see one, and Sage’s incident as well as her post got me thinking about the best TV pratfalls of all time.
And since this blog is all about “feels,” I must also mention that the #1 choice on my list had me laughing so hard, I was practically crying and had to actually pause my Netflix to finish laughing it out.
5) Blanche Deveraux sings Marilyn – The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls have experienced a relatively recent (semi-ironic) resurgence in popularity due to the ubiquity (and persistence of the alive-d-ness) of one Betty White — but for a long time since the show has been off the air, it was generally under-rated and dismissed. Sure, many of the jokes were of a Babaloo Mandel production sensibility, but what do you want? It was the ‘80s/early ‘90s — Bonnie Raitt was the height of “cool” older lady aesthetic/distressed leather wear and everyone owned at least one piece of jewelry that looked straight out of a kiln.
And no one at the time, aside from the Designing Women Sugarbakers, gave the world “Something to Talk About” more than Blanche Devereaux.
Watch as Blanche tries and fails to pull a Marilyn:
4) Calvin Kramer — Seinfeld
How can you even have a pratfall list and not mention Kramer? Impossible. And it was nearly impossible to choose just one moment.
But I did it. And it’s only because these & nearly all the other clips on this list exemplify best what is so funny about pratfalls, besides the inherent lizard brain face-value hilarity of it: nearly nailing something and then totally blowing it.
Here, Kramer’s being evaluated to become a model for Calvin Klein. I forget why exactly, but I think it had to do something with that “beach scent” he wanted to pitch from earlier in that episode. Just when he’s really laying it on thick, he leans as sexily as he can manage against the wall, and….boom goes the dynamite.