15 Iconic Props That 2000s Comedies Couldn’t Do Without
“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.