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Can Jessica Lange do comedy?

No denying she's an amazing dramatic actress but I've never seen her in a comedy where she is funny and spontaneous.

Please tell me what I should watch for a Lange laugh-off...

Don't mention "Tootsie", she was the straight woman in that.

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by Anonymousreply 46Last Thursday at 5:50 PM

Has she EVER given a non-comedic performance?

by Anonymousreply 101/13/2021

You be the judge; here she is in the "Cybill Shepherd role" in How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980):

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by Anonymousreply 201/13/2021

No she isn't funny

by Anonymousreply 301/13/2021

I always laugh whenever she tries to do drama.

by Anonymousreply 401/13/2021

She wasn’t just a straight woman in Tootsie. She had some very funny moments.

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by Anonymousreply 601/13/2021

She's good at ironic

by Anonymousreply 701/13/2021

I don't think she's that great at laugh-out-loud funny (not that she's NEVER delivered a funny line).

But she has the face and demeanor to do Curb Your Enthusiasm style funny - dry, uncomfortable, etc.

And, she'd probably be brilliant doing VEEP-style mean-funny.

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by Anonymousreply 901/13/2021

She was hilarious in "Hush".

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by Anonymousreply 1001/13/2021

Thanks for your considered thoughts R8

by Anonymousreply 1101/13/2021

Will she ever do a romcom?

by Anonymousreply 12Last Thursday at 4:26 AM

She once briefly in Louis CK comedy show.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Thursday at 4:36 AM

She sure can

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by Anonymousreply 14Last Thursday at 5:23 AM

She had many funny moments on AHS, and in Sweet Dreams, too...but broad, sitcom comedy? No.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Thursday at 5:28 AM

she sure AS HELL can.

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by Anonymousreply 16Last Thursday at 5:33 AM

Wild Oats

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by Anonymousreply 17Last Thursday at 5:56 AM

Gosh that Wild Oats looks like pure shite. It's 0% on RT too.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Thursday at 6:50 AM

Wild Oats fell apart because the producers ran out of money, forcing Jess and Shirl to take pay cuts and put in some of their own money. So the storyline is rushed and full of holes.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Thursday at 10:46 AM

When you have resting bitch face like Lange why would you care abt doing anything but biting, sarcasm?

by Anonymousreply 20Last Thursday at 11:02 AM

When your co-star are Demi Moore and a bunch of nobodies, you know you're no longer a star

by Anonymousreply 21Last Thursday at 11:09 AM

She would have been much better in "Somethings Gotta Give" instead of that ham, samey Diane "Kooky" Keaton. I could believe Keuna would want to bone Jess

by Anonymousreply 22Last Thursday at 11:20 AM

No, she's not funny and while she's quite talented as a dramatic actress, she's not talented enough to do comedy.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Thursday at 11:23 AM

She can be comedic when she wants to be but that’s just it, she rarely wants to be.

She’s fabulously funny in “Tootsie” during the scene in which Dorothy proclaims, “If you could just see me out of these clothes!”

In “Crimes of the Heart” and “Far North” she has both subtle and overt comedic moments imbued, as always, with dashes of poignancy. Her deadpan comedy in “Crimes...” is :chef’s kiss::

She’s a riot opposite Joan Cusack, with whom she had amazing chemistry with, in “Men Don’t Leave” - an overall fantastic and underrated gem in its own right.

Her most overt attempt at the comedy being spoken of here is in “Wild Oats.” She and MacLaine had sublime chemistry and played off of one another brilliantly. Like someone upthread noted, however, their work and the film itself were severely undermined by the production issues. Even still, it’s an entertaining, buoyant, and poignant little pic. (Considering the circumstances, a small miracle if you ask me.) Her expression during and delivery of the line, “He was a machine,” always sends me, lol.

She was also a riot in “The Politician,” though the series is so terrible even I wouldn’t suffer again through it just for her.

Lange is a tragedienne and considering the fact that she’s prone to depression and dark moods, it seems to be her chosen forte.

She once admitted (interview below, "Though my dark side is dormant right now, it continues to play a big role in whatever capacity I have to be creative. That's the well I'm able to tap into, where all the anguish, rage and sadness are stored."

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by Anonymousreply 24Last Thursday at 11:59 AM

Some scenes from “Crimes of the Heart” I love her in, in which she’s both funny and poignant:

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by Anonymousreply 25Last Thursday at 12:01 PM
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by Anonymousreply 26Last Thursday at 12:03 PM

Wild Oats clip (there aren’t many available). The reactions 😂

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by Anonymousreply 27Last Thursday at 12:07 PM

Another great little clip.

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by Anonymousreply 28Last Thursday at 12:08 PM

And how could I forget her fabulosity in the Peabody Award winning “Horace and Pete”?! I see someone else mentioned it upthread. She’s hilarious in it.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Thursday at 12:15 PM

Joan and Bette weren't particularly good at comedy. Joan *is* funny here, but she's spoofing herself.

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by Anonymousreply 30Last Thursday at 12:15 PM

When you do a little research and realize how much M loves Jess, the jokes become a sad attempt at divisiveness. 😂

by Anonymousreply 31Last Thursday at 12:17 PM

Stop talking to yourself

by Anonymousreply 32Last Thursday at 12:20 PM

R32 Don’t bother with the Lange hater; it’s retarded.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Thursday at 12:21 PM

I always have to pause it after the part in Tootsie where Lange picks up a decorative corn cob thinking it's a telephone because I am laughing so hard, but that's probably more due to the way Dustin Hoffman in his Dorothy Michaels voice says the line, "That's a corn cob."

by Anonymousreply 34Last Thursday at 12:24 PM

R34 I love her reaction when she falls back on the couch and pleads, “No, no - NO!” Her reaction was the pay off to his setup and it works marvelously.

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by Anonymousreply 36Last Thursday at 12:33 PM

Are you basing her comedic talent based on one minor performance from 1982? It’s strange how you are obsessed with her and post the same things over and over and over again.

by Anonymousreply 37Last Thursday at 12:44 PM

It is definitely strange how, of all people, the poster who is obsessed with waxing rhapsodic about Arnie Hammer, Janet Jackson, and Faye Dunaway also gets his off by trashing Jessica Lange and creating threads about her to deride her work. Wasn’t he also the same poster that recently got FFed and blocked for calling violence on to trans people and for defending Dump?

What a sad, strange, odious little creature.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Thursday at 12:56 PM

I think you are confused but go ahead and deflect. The Lange troll’s repetitive posts speak for themselves.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Thursday at 12:59 PM

The loon that goes around making fun of Lange and accusing everyone of being “the Lange troll” has being doing so for years. He’s definitely a strange one.

by Anonymousreply 40Last Thursday at 1:01 PM

Then it’s a small army of Lange loons saying the same BS over and over again. You can’t even admit it’s crazy.

by Anonymousreply 41Last Thursday at 1:04 PM

I found the thread in which the loon had wished death upon “the Lange troll” and trans people. That particular post was R81 in the thread below; notice it has been deleted. He continued posting about “the Lange troll” in R83 and was FFed.

It was one of those weeks during which he became particularly unhinged, accusing every other poster of being “the Lange troll” to the point where Muriel had to step in.


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by Anonymousreply 42Last Thursday at 1:23 PM

R42 Jesus Christ. No wonder. That’s a Dump supporter for you.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Thursday at 1:25 PM

I liked "How to Beat the High Cost of Living": all three leads are funny and they work well together. She's also in-on-the-joke funny as Dwan in "King Kong".

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by Anonymousreply 44Last Thursday at 5:13 PM

She's a bit camp. Her performance is Cape Fear is awfully breathy and SUL-try.

by Anonymousreply 45Last Thursday at 5:42 PM

I love her in Cape Fear!! I love Cape Fear (only the remake tho)!

by Anonymousreply 46Last Thursday at 5:50 PM
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