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Snakes Used For Comedy


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These are movies with snakes in them that are used for comic effect.
These are not movies where the comedy is unintentional, as it is in a lot of the giant monster snake movies, in these the laughs were planned.


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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

When Costello plays a snake charmer's flute, a cobra rises up out of a basket, but when Abbott plays the flute, a beautiful dancing girl in a snake costume rises and kisses him.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
The Addams Family (1991)

A musican plays an instrument made out of a live snake. He blows into the tail and fingers holes on its body as the sound comes out of the snake's mouth.
Addams Family Screenshot
The Bad Guys (2022)

A gang of criminals known as The Bad Guys includes a wolf, a tarantula, a shark, a piranha, and a cranky, old, sarcastic snake.
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The Campaign (2012)  

In this raunchy comedy that is also a scathing criticism of U.S. politics and elections, comedian Will Farrell is a politician who, in order to win the support of a snake-handling church, handles some of their snakes during one of their services. But one of the snakes bites him on the arm and he acts as if he has been drugged. Later we see his enormous swollen arm and even though that's not at all funny in real life - it's really funny here.
the campaign
the campaign
Central Intelligence (2016) 

Kevin Hart tells an airport security guard that there is a transplant penis in a portable lunch cooler that he needs a plane immediately. The guard opens the cooler and Hart is terrifed by a pet boa constrictor he finds in a portable lunch cooler. The guard pretends to be scared too, then laughs and tells him the snake is his buddy "Snake Gyllenhall" who guards his lunch.
Central Intelligence
Cheaper By the Dozen (2003)

A harmless snake brought to a boy's birthday party as a present, escapes, causing widespread panic, which is hilarious.
Cheaper By the Dozen
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994)  

A man goes behind a rock and drops his pants to go to the bathroom then bends over and sits on a cactus. Then he hears a rattlesnake rattling, turns around and sees the snake. He yells and tries to run away with his pants around his ankles, screaming that a snake bit him. He demands that his friends suck out the poison from his rear end, but they hesitate, for obvious reasons. Finally one of them takes a look and pulls out the cactus spine.
City Slickers 2
Club Paradise (1986)

Dressed in plants because her clothes were stolen, a tourist in the forest on a Carribean island is comically attacked by a Python while her husband is talking, oblivious to her dilemma.
Club Paradise
Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

In New York City Dundee sees a snake charmer's cobra and immediately kills it, because that's how you deal with a snake in the outback. I laughed, but I'm not sure if the scene is supposed to be funny or show Dundee's bravery.
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Dragnet (1987)

At a pagan ceremony in the mountains police detectives dressed like gang members jump into a pool of water to save a woman dressed as a bride from being sacrificed to a giant Anaconda. They throw a handful of pills down the snake's mouth until it passes out.
Dragnet
Fools Rush In (1997)  

A woman sends her country brothers and cousins with her new city husband into the desert to shoot something. He stumbles in to a group of rattlesnkes, then freaks out as the other guys shoot at the snakes that surround him. It sounds frightening but Matthew Perry plays it as comedy.
Fools Rush In
Foul Play (1978)  

A man has a pet Boa Constrictor that crawls around his apartment and tries to eat his food and cigarettes.
Foul Play
The Frisco Kid (1979) 

Many funny misfortunes befall a Rabbi played by comedian Gene Wilder after he is sent to San Francisco, including falling off a cliff after the horse he is riding is frightened by a rattlesnake. When his partner sees that the Rabbi survived by landing in a river, he has his horse jump into the river, too.

The Frisco Kid
Housefull 2 (2012) 

A pet python bites a man's hand and won't let go, then bites another man's crotch with similar results.
Housefull 2
Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)  

In a comic scene that once again makes fun of Indiana Jones' well-known fear of snakes, Indy and Marion fall into a sand pit that is pulling them under. Their son Mutt looks for something to pull them out with but all he can find is a large snake to use as a rope and Indy is terrified of having grab it.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom (1984)  

In a funny scene, nighclub singer Willie Scott is camping against her will in the jungle at night when a snake onto her shoulder. She thinks it is an elephant's trunk and throws it towards Indy who freaks out because he's famously afraid of snakes.
Indiana Jones
Jackass Forever (2022)

A rattlesnake and a face-biting rat snake are used to traumatize participants in this gross-out comedy.
Snake Screenshot
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

In a hilarious scene, soon after they land in the jungle, the video game character played by comedian Jack Black is telling his friends that they're in a dangerous place where they need to have eyes in the back of their... when he's interrupted by a giant snake that drops down and grabs him by the head.
JumanjiTheNextLevel
Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)

Two men eat at a snake restaurant where the chef cuts up a venomous snake for them. The character played by comedian Zach Galifianakis is accidentally bitten by the severed head of his lunch and starts to lose consciousness until the waitor brings him some anti-venin.
keeping up with the joneses
The Kid Brother (1927)  

Comedian Harold Lloyd picks up a stick off the ground that he plans on using to fight off a man who is trying to attack a young woman. Lloyd doesn't know that there is a snake hanging from the stick until after the man runs away in fear. When he finds out he and the woman are also terrified of it.
Kid Brother
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)  

In this martial arts action-comedy an incompetent assassin accidently dumps a cage full of snakes onto his partner. He tell his partner that if he whistles, the snakes won't bite, so he whistles, then he's imediately bitten on the mouth by two cobras.
Kung Fu Hustle
The Lost City (2022)

In this action-adventure comedy, we see a man and a woman tied up on the floor of a large temple, surrounded by snakes. The two victims discuss how absurd and unrealistic it is to have a temple full of snakes that just hang around and then the snakes disappear and we learn that we have been watching a scene from a novel that the woman is writing that she has realized was not working.

The Lost City
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

In a comic scene, a man and woman sitting and flirting in the moonlight see a rattlensake crawl up to their feet. Instead of freaking out, they make jokes and leave it alone.
3 Idiots
Mogambo (1953)

A woman at a safari camp in Africa sees a large snake on the floor and screams in terror then grabs Victor, the handsome owner of the camp. He tells her not to worry because the snake is only the resident house python, Old Joe, a "migratory mousetrap" that also conveniently scares frightened girls into Victor's arms. Later she finds Old Joe on her bed.
Mogambo
Murder by Death (1976) 

In this parody of locked-in murder mysteries, Charlie Chan and his son are in bed trying to sleep when they hear a loud hissing sound. The son thinks it's the radiator and asks his father if he should turn off the steam but Charlie tells him that someone put a deadly snake in the room and that he should wake him up when it comes near the bed.
Murder by Death
The Package (2018)

In this raunchy teen cringe comedy, on a camping trip a man accidentally cuts off his penis. He is helicoptered to a hospital to transplant it, but the man's friends accidentally gave the medics a cooler full of beer and not the severed organ. His friends hike out with right cooler that contains the organ in a plastic bag. But the cooler is accidentally dropped in front of a rattlesnake and the bag falls out in front of the snake which bites the penis. This provides the movie with lots of jokes about sucking out poison and about penis transplants.
The Package Screenshot
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985)  

Pee Wee loves animals but is afraid of snakes. When he finds a pet shop on fire he runs in to save all the animals. He sees a terrarium full of garter snakes and gives it a disgusted look each time he passes it to grab another animal. Finally, screaming, he runs out of the store with his hands full of snakes then faints, falling to the ground, letting all the snakes crawl away.
The Born Fighter
Road to Zanzibar (1941) 

One night when he and Bing Crosby are camped in the jungle and sleeping inside their tent, Bob Hope sees something moving in his bed and pulls it out, only to discover that it's a huge snake. His slow realization of the danger is played for laughs until he throws the snake away.
Road to Zanzibar
Road Trip (2000)

A college student tries to feed a mouse to a Burmese Python, but the snake refuses to eat. He forgets that he's still holding the mouse and leans over the snake which swallows the mouse and his hand, causing him to freak out and swing the snake around the room, eventually dislodging the snake and throwing it teeth first into the throat of another student.
Road Trip
Sheena (1984)

Sheena helps Vic climb a tree to hide from mercenaries who want to kill them. When Vic comes face to face with a large snake, he freaks out until the Queen of the Jungle simply moves it out of his way.
Sheena Screenshot
Six Days Seven Nights (1998)   

In this Rom Com Harrison Ford and Anne Heche hate each other after they are stranded on a deserted island. She wades into the water where she feels a snake crawl into her pants. Ford pulls it out then throws it away in scene full of comedy and sexual tension.
Six Days Seven Nights
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946)

Cheetah steals a snake charmer's flute and uses it on his cobra. Later, he plays it in the jungle and accidentally charms up a big scary python.
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
Tears of the Black Tiger (2000)

A gunfighter fires his gun several times at his opponent, who is confused that all of the shots missed, until a snake falls on his head. The other gunfighter tells him that he saw the snake above him getting ready to bite him so he killed it.
Tears of the Black Tiger
Terrorvision (1986)

In this sci-fi comedy a woman named Medusa who has a head full of snakes hosts a television show called "Medusa's Midnight Horrorthon."
Terrorvision
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)   

In this parody biopic about musician Dewy Cox, when he is a young boy, Cox listens to his brother Nate talk about how they're going to have long and fulfilling lives because the great thing about being young is that there's so much time to do great things. Then they proceed to tempt fate as young boys do by teasing a bull, riding a horse, driving a tractor, using a welding torch, fighting with machetes, and throwing a rattlesnake. Of course, Nate dies soon, but not from the rattlesnake.
Walk Hard
Welcome to the Jungle (2013)

In this action-comedy a woman on a team-building retreat on a tropical island is bitten on the leg by a snake which leads to a lot of comedy and some unusual attempts to help her before they realize it's not a venomous snake and she's in no danger.
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