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Best Jokes At The 2013 Oscars

Christianna Wiggins |
February 24, 2013 | 9:11 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

When the Avengers assemble, it's sure to be a good time. (Twitpic)
When the Avengers assemble, it's sure to be a good time. (Twitpic)

Besides the dazzling red carpet gowns and the discussion surrounding the best movies of the year, there is one more aspect of the Oscars that is always sure to please - the jokes. And this year certainly proved to be no different. Between host Seth MacFarlane throwing out concise but witty introductions, and celebrity duos keeping up clever banter, the audience was left chuckling in the wake of almost every nomination. However, a couple of jokes were more memorable than the rest. 

One of the funniest jokes of the night would have to be the debut of Seth MacFarlane’s original song “We Saw Your Boobs” - a melodic montage of all the women in cinema that have graced the public with a view of their chest in a film. Some of the actresses mentioned were Jennifer Lawrence (whose we have yet to see), Scarlett Johansson, and Kate Winslet, (who actually received multiple mentions). The slightly vulgar, but lighthearted joke appeared to leave everyone in good spirits.

Another dialogue that inspired some laughter was the speech given by the cast of “The Avengers”, in which Jeremy Renner poked fun at Samuel Jackson by calling his face a “lunar landing surface”, due to working for “2.5 years, times 10, or a quarter of a century.” Jackson’s faux anger during the rest of the presenting left the audience giggling. 

The short banter between Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum also produced some chuckles. Tatum seemed disturbed for having been “waxed” into Hollywood films, but Aniston assured him that the waxing is a common occurrence amongst big actors, and welcomed him to the “club”. This affirmation did not ease Tatum’s mind, but fortunately for viewers, Tatum’s discomforts came across as cute and smile-worthy.  

Last, but surely not least, was the conversation between Mark Wahlberg and Ted (the talking teddybear from MacFarlane's recent film) encouraged outright laughter amongst spectators. Ted began by insisting that he be invited to the “big post Oscars Hollywood orgy party” that is apparently hosted by Jack Nicholson, (according to Mark Wahlberg). This lewd outburst was followed by an even more offensive comment by Ted insisting that he’s Jewish, and was in fact born “Theodore Shapiro”, because he claims that one only reaches success in the film industry if they are at least partially of Jewish heritage. Luckily, the relatively inappropriate comment came off as highly comical when generated by the infamous animated bear. 

The plethora of jokes throughout the night undoubtedly amused the audience and kept the ceremony flowing seamlessly, making for one of the most entertaining award shows yet! 

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Anonymous (not verified) on February 26, 2013 8:01 PM

First time I made it through entire show

Anonymous (not verified) on February 26, 2013 6:01 PM

Agreed one of most memorable. I managed to stay awake

LMadow (not verified) on February 25, 2013 8:01 PM

Strongly disagree that this stuff was funny. MacFarlane isn't un-PC in an edgy or interesting way. He just goes for the shock value of hate. From a blog post on theatlantic.com today: "The more we pass off old stereotypes, rooted in hate, as normal—as MacFarlane did again and again last night—the longer those stereotypes, and their ability to harm people, will be in place."

Anonymous (not verified) on February 25, 2013 9:49 PM

Seth was funny as hell all you prude people should get a sence of humor.

Anonymous (not verified) on February 25, 2013 9:38 AM

Well said. MacFarlane's sense of humor and the oscars, I felt were destined to fail, but it all worked really well. Everyone needs to break out of their politically correct shell, and enjoy the natural humor of the people in our world. And, I feel like the celebrities and Hollywood did just that on Sunday. Good for them!

Anonymous (not verified) on February 24, 2013 11:57 PM

It actually came across as very offensive, particularly hearing about orgies from a stuffed animal, or about all Jews sending money to Israel, or about Seth wanting to have sex with Sally Field as The Flying Nun, or about shooting Lincoln in the head.

Anonymous (not verified) on February 24, 2013 10:55 PM

Jennifer Lawrence is going to be nude in a movie?