Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is funny. There’s no denying that. By its very premise, it is what you would call “a knee-slapper”: It’s the musical blog of an aspiring super villain who loses his love interest to his nemesis. And it stars Neil Patrick Harris. I rest my case.
So to try to narrow down the ten funniest moments in what is already a ridiculously ridiculous webseries is no small task. But, being unsound of mind and having a PhD in Horribleness, we have decided to attempt it anyway.
So without further ado and in no particular order, we give you: The ten funniest moments in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (completely up for debate):
- The Bad Horse chorus: Possibly the catchiest tune in the whole webseries, Bad Horse’s messages to Dr. Horrible are undeniably funny. It’s sung by a trio of mustachioed cowboys who seem to just pop out of thin air. And one of those cowboys just happens to be Jed Whedon.
- Captain Hammer’s entrance: We can debate from now until the end of time which role Nathan Fillion plays better, but I think we can all agree that Malcolm Reynolds’s entrance has nothing on Captain Hammer’s. “Stand back everyone, nothing here to see! Just imminent danger, in the middle of it me! Yes, Captain Hammer’s here, hair blowing in the breeze. The day needs my saving expertise!”
- Dr. Horrible pretending to serve soup: At the top of the second act, Dr. Horrible stalks Captain Hammer and Penny on their various dates. Blink and you’ll miss it, but that is indeed Dr. Horrible in a fake mustache ominously pretending to serve soup at the homeless shelter.
- Captain Hammer is afraid of ducks: Also on a date with Penny, Captain Hammer is approached by some ducks in the park… and he kicks at them with fear and loathing.
- “I’ve got a PhD in Horribleness”: Dr. Horrible’s catch-phrase is so pathetic it’s funny. And who didn’t wish they could major in pre-Horrible with a concentration in Evil Laughter so they could some day write a thesis on the hermeneutics of supervillainy in a post-Superman world and get their real, honest-to-goodness, PhD in Horribleness? Or maybe that was just me.
- “The hammer is my penis”: Yes. This line happened. And we thank Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion in all their comic genius for allowing it to exist.
- Brand New Day: In a webseries with many funny songs, this might just be the best. From Dr. Horrible’s flashbacks to his various beat-downs at the hands of Captain Hammer, to his fantasy of terrorizing the streets as a twenty-storey-tall version of himself, Dr. Horrible’s anthem of evil intent is hilarious.
- Captain Hammer’s fan club: Every superhero needs their obsessive fan club, and Captain Hammer’s sings in three-part-harmony and collects his dry cleaning bills. And yes, that was indeed Maurissa Tancharoen, Joss Whedon’s sister-in-law.
- Captain Hammer’s terrible speech: “It’s not enough to bash in heads, you’ve got to bash in minds!” Captain Hammer’s speech about how he hates the homeless…ness problem is possibly more painful than funny. From his egotistical world view to his objectification of Penny, he makes what should’ve been a nice ceremony to benefit the homeless into a travesty.
- The reveal of the Evil League of Evil: Bad Horse… is literally a horse. Dead Bowie, Fury Leika, Tie-Die, Fake Thomas Jefferson, Snake Bite, and Professor Normal round out the dreaded council of supervillains we spent the whole webseries fearing and looking forward to seeing.
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