“A comedian without a prop can’t click,” said old-timey actor Wesley Ruggles in Kliph Nesteroff's book The Comedians. (Funnier name: Wesley Ruggles or Kliph Nesteroff?) “I learned that back in the days when I pushed the props around for Charlie Chaplin. Great pantomist that he is, Chaplin realizes the necessity of props.”

From Chaplin's bowler cap and cane to Steve Martin's arrow through the head to Carrot Top's … well, to Carrot Top's everything, props have always been a vital comedy tool.  Lucky for us, today's funniest inanimate objects have come a long way from the squirting lapel flower or the cream pie shoved in the face.  In fact, many of the comic movies and TV shows of the 21st century wouldn't work without them.   Here are fifteen examples of goofy props that made modern comedies sing.  Take a look and be sure to watch out for falling bunk beds.



Talking Toilet

GRACKED COM GENE'S MYSTERY TOILET FROM BOB'S BURGERS Gene befriends a seemingly sentient toilet, complete with a variety of handy features. Like a porcelain ET, Gene is able to help his new pal find its way home. The talking toilet is the role Jon Hamm was born to play.



LESLIE KNOPE'S WAFFLES FROM PARKS AND RECREATION We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter, but work is third. CRACKED.COM


Bunk Beds

CRACKED.COM EVER ON to AND NA ... THE BUNK BEDS FROM STEP BROTHERS At first it was Reilly, Ferrell, and | just laughing, says director Adam McKay. We sat around for three or four days and just wrote scene ideas, images, attitudes, locations (like) 'I would love to see a movie where bunk beds collapse.

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The Pink Cast

THE PINK CAST FROM LADY BIRD The physical manifestation of Lady Bird's rebellion is so iconic that you can buy a jigsaw puzzle version from the A24 store. GRACKED.COM


Pillows and Blankets

CRACKED.COM PILLOWS AND BLANKETS FROM COMMUNITY Abed and Troy build massive bedroom forts in multiple episodes, although they are ultimately destroyed. Reddit conspiracy theorists believe the forts are metaphors for the show itself. So is Dan Harmon a Pillow or a Blanket?


Steve Carell's Chest Hair

STEVE CARELL'S CHEST HAIR FROM THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN It took four cameras to capture the very real pain experienced by Carell as body hair was ripped from his chest. Actress Miki Mia lied about her waxing experience - she had no idea what she was doing (like failing to add protective Vaseline to Carell's poor nipples). CRACKED.COM



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