After much mail, we’ve determined that “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is the ultimate MSNBC comedy brackets champion. It farts in the general direction of anyone who questions its proud victory. The classic film narrowly beat out the SNL favorite, “Caddyshack.” Bill Murray will be by to pick up his MVP award — it's in the shape of a golden gopher. “Office Space” dominated the smart category, which only goes to prove that most of you must somehow relate to being trapped in cubicle land (and we're right there with you). Finally, “Raising Arizona” out and out stole the broad category like it was a pack of Huggies. Thanks again for playing — and keep arguing about movies. We know we will.
Lisa Mc Intire, Hometown: Henderson, Nev.
My final four are: “Ace Ventura,” “Animal House,” “A Christmas Story” and “The Philadelphia Story.” “A Christmas Story” is my ultimate favorite.
Jack, Palmyra, N.J.
What about “Weekend At Bernie's”?
Paul, Allentown, Penn.
Final four: “Something about Mary,” “Caddyshack,” “Office Space” and “The Holy Grail.” The winner: “Caddyshack.” I've seen it over a hundred times and I still laugh out loud! SNL Alumni presented the toughest choices with “Animal House” certainly a very close second. Under the Classics, “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles” also were tough contenders but I had to stick with the movie that taught me so much about the airspeed velocity of swallows.
Jeff, Valrico, Fla.
My final four: “Raising Arizona” (over “South Park”), “Caddyshack” (over “Animal House”), “Spinal Tap” (over “Swingers”) and “Holy Grail” (over “Strangelove”). And the winner was “Caddyshack”!
Mark Snyder, Anchorage, Alaska
How could “A Fish Called Wanda” possibly be left off this list?
Nicholas, Fort Wayne, Indiana
“Animal House” and “Caddyshack” in the same bracket? You guys are evil. However, my final four was “Animal House,” “Holy Grail,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Dazed and Confused” with “Holy Grail” beating out “Caddyshack” for the title. “Holy Grail” is just a different kind of funny that has yet to be matched.
Toby Golembiewski, Monroe, Wis.
Final four: “Big Lebowski,” “Animal House,” “Office Space,” “Slapshot.” Champion: “Slapshot.”
Ron Nearns, Memphis, Tenn.
My final four was “Dumb and Dumber” vs. “Caddyshack” and “Christmas Story” vs. “Blazing Saddles.” “Dumb and Dumber” vs. “Christmas Story” in the finals. “Dumb and Dumber” takes the title.
By the way could you put mine up? No one from my neck of the woods ever gets put up on stuff like this.
Melissa, Houston, Texas
How could you put “Blues Brothers” and “Caddyshack” up against each other? Too hard of a choice! I also ended up having to decide between “Philadelphia Story” and “Arsenic and Old Lace” — painful!
My final four: “Best in Show,” “Dumb and Dumber,” “Animal House” and “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I think that “Arsenic and Old Lace” is the best, although I doubt that many will choose it.
For my true final four I would have “Animal House” second, “Philadelphia Story” third, “Blues Brothers” fourth.
Left out: I didn't see “Bringing Up Baby,” “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation” (any movie who has a dog named Snot is a classic in my book).
Why was it in there: "Fletch"? "Election"? "American Pie"? "High Fidelity"?
The Classics category would wipe out the categories except for SNL.
All in all this was a great time eater (when I should be working!)
Arthur D., Smithfield, R.I.
You forgot "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" with John Candy and Steve Martin. Candy is better in this movie than in any of the other four you mentioned that he is in.
My final four are “Ferris Bueller,” “Vacation,” “Bull Durham” and “Holy Grail,” and the winner is ...(drumroll)... “Monty Python and the Holy Grail!”
RJ Teich, Ellicott City, Md.
You really pitted favorites against favorites; not fair! :-) Final four were "Ace Ventura" (lesser of so many evils), "Groundhog Day" (loved Delbert McClinton singing "Weatherman"), "Office Space" (that's me beating the crap out of the copy machine) and "Some Like It Hot". Taking the title: "Groundhog Day."
Danny Hanratty, Reisterstown, Md.
“The Big Brawl” with Jackie Chan, should of been included, “Cannonball Run.”
Daran Neal, Lawton, Okla.
“Napoleon Dynamite” should have made the list — although you say that it was edged out by “Shawn of the Dead” (which was very funny). I would have managed to include “Napoleon Dynamite.” It is very interesting how much difference there is in what people find funny. I like “Napoleon D”/”Shawn of the Dead,” etc., but have absolutely no interest in “Something About Mary.”
Court, Drumheller, AB
Well I like most of your choices, but where is “Uncle Buck” or “The Great Outdoors.” These are both great films starring the hilarious late John Candy.
Kathy M., San Francisco, Calif.
Almost every film in the smart bracket was a real contender. In the end, my final four were “Raising Arizona,” “Vacation,” “This Is Spinal Tap” and “The Jerk.” “The Jerk” emerged victorious, because everyone laughs at SOME part of the movie.