14 of the Funniest Jokes and Moments From Bruce Campbell
When you think of a master of comedy and horror, Bruce Campbell is one of the first names to pop up. The man has a solid body of work but is forged in pop-culture history as the groovy Deadite slayer Ash Williams from the Evil Dead franchise. With a cocky swagger and iconic chin, Campbell has managed to make comedy work in everything from kids’ fare to living nightmares.
To celebrate his work, let’s take a peek at some of the funniest moments and scenes from throughout his career…
In Sky High, Campbell plays a coach within the halls of a superhero high school with a booming voice and boot camp attitude.
On Duck Dodgers, Campbell voiced a muscle-bound Porky Pig as Pork Piggler: Man of Action. It’s Campbell at his hammiest (literally).
Elvis in ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’
The King plays the King.
Autolycus on ‘Xena’ and ‘Hercules’
Campbell chewed scenery on frequent collaborator Sam Raimi’s fantasy adventure shows, Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as a lovable scoundrel thief. Hail to the King of Syndicated TV, baby!
Campbell voiced himself on Robot Chicken as a spokesman for a natural occurrence for a young man.
When He Showed Off His Breast Autographing Technique
On Conan, Campbell discussed many of his fans asking him to sign their breasts and demonstrated his technique on Andy Richter.
The Opening Titles to ‘Jack of All Trades’
Probably only nine of you remember this syndicated show starring Campbell, and if you did, you’d appreciate the outright goofiness of the show’s theme and opening credits.
On Burn Notice, Campbell portrayed a former Navy SEAL turned boozy womanizer who apparently has trouble with his taxes.
When He Took Over for Stephen Colbert
Look, he may not have magical abilities like Dr. Strange, but Pizza Poppa always gets paid!
Literal Gatekeeping in ‘Spider-Man 2’
While he appeared in all three of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, it was in the most critically acclaimed one that he delivered his funniest performance as a theater usher.
‘Brisco County Jr.’
Campbell garnered plenty of swagger and hilarity as Brisco, but you just don’t touch Pete’s piece.
‘Evil Dead 2’s Laugh-A-Thon
Listen, after all the nightmarish things that go on and losing a hand, sometimes you just gotta laugh. Especially if you’re stuck in essentially a dark and depraved Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
‘This… is my BOOMSTICK!’
In one of the best cult horror-comedy-action-whatevers of all time, Campbell is his most Campbell in Army of Darkness. While there are several hilarious scenes, nothing hits more humorously and badass in equal measure than his “boomstick scene.”