They say laughter is the best medicine, and it’s hard to disagree with that at times. Whether it’s your favorite sitcom, a movie that you can watch over and over, or a stand-up routine that nearly puts you in tears, having a good laugh can make even the worst of days that much more tolerable. You could make a solid argument that some of the biggest names in comedy set the precedent for the modern sitcom as reruns of some of the most iconic shows from the 90’s continue to entertain millions of people on a daily basis. Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld), Kevin James (King of Queens) and Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) captivated me during my adolescent years and continue to today, even though these shows have all been discontinued for over a decade. We all have a special bond with these light-hearted and easy to watch shows. See what our team thinks!
By Paul Morrone, CFP ®, CPA, MSA
I find that Seinfeld is polarizing in the sense that many either love it or don’t really care for it. Those who love it look forward to the daily TBS broadcast from 6-8 and can probably quote half the lines from whichever episode happens to be on that day. The relatable, sometimes dry, always funny and time-tested storyline doesn’t ever seem to get old. In casual conversation, quick reference to the Soup Nazi, Jackie Chiles or Vandaly Industries will go seemingly unnoticed by those who haven’t followed the show since the 90’s, but will always generate a chuckle from the devout fans. As much as I wish they would do a reunion with the original cast, it would be hard to replicate the same feel without the 90’s fashion, décor and technology that makes some of the episodes even funnier today than they were back when they originally aired.
By Tom Morrone, CFP ®, CPA, Principal
There are so many great shows that I enjoy watching for a good laugh. A classic oldie is the Honeymooners-bang zoom to the moon. Some of my newer favorites are King of Queens, Seinfeld and the newest in my line of favorites is The Big Bang Theory. The show that takes the cake for my all time without a doubt is I Love Lucy. You have to laugh how Lucy was always getting into the weirdest of predicaments with her side kick Ethel. Ricky and Fred would always come to their rescue. Lucy was always trying to weasel her way into the show at the Tropicana. She would continually try some crazy scheme to make money but funniest of all is how she just got into embarrassing situations. Seeing her crushing grapes in Italy and having the grape fight will always be etched in my mind. She was a classic comedian and a classy actress as well. Her career ran for decades and her show evolved over the years. Nothing compares to the classic black and white episodes of I Love Lucy.
By Barbara Gode, Office Manager
My new favorite comedian, is Sabastian Maniscalco. If you haven’t seen him…I highly recommend you do especially if you either need a good laugh or need to recover from a cold. Laughter is the best medicine in my book. The first time I was introduced to his material was Christmas 2015. A friend and I watched the DVD titled “What’s Wrong with People?” At first, I was a bit skeptical because most comedians can be tough to watch especially if young children are nearby. I was very pleasantly surprised. In fact, after watching it I asked to borrow it to share with a group of relatives visiting during the Christmas season last year. I knew my family could absolutely relate to his silly stories of the old days growing up in a blue-collar Italian-American family. Ahh! The stories of the old days compared to the way the world is today. Sabastian’s material somehow sticks with you too. It is so relatable that phrases from his material can somehow sneak into your everyday conversations with others. On December 11th, my husband, Steve and I along with another couple watched Sabastian Maniscalco, perform at Foxwoods. Again, Sabastian was hilariously funny to say the least. However, I must admit the first DVD I saw is absolutely my favorite show so far. I could watch it a million times and still laugh. The topics of the material everyone could relate to, for example, driving behind a slow-poke, self-checkout at the grocery store, and when company stops by today vs. yesterday. Hilarious! His expressions and mannerisms always make the stories so much funnier.