I have a confession. I love Phil Dunphy. Don’t worry, my husband doesn’t mind.
So, there are Jerry Seinfeld’s (eh, pretty funny), there are Larry David’s (um, ridiculously funny), there are Ray Romano’s (definitely a good time), and there are Al Bundy’s (hey, he had his moments), but no one and I mean no one is funnier than Phil Dunphy.
I’ve always had a quirky sense of humor, and I don’t usually find the conventional stuff, knee-slapping hilarious the way a lot of people do. I need originality, I need ridiculous, I need absurd, I need you to cross the line, and then I need you to cross it again and again.
I love to laugh, but to be honest, it’s not that easy to make me lose it. I’ve been known to sit in on many a Will Farrel movie and not so much as crack a smile. But Phil. Well, there’s just something about him that makes me laugh until I pee (not literally, but well, you know what I mean).
You know what? Rather than tell you, why don’t I show you?
I think what’s so awesome about the actor who plays Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) is that in his Emmy speech for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, he alluded to being a struggling actor prior to Modern Family. He had been in the business for years doing odds and end roles, but not gaining much recognition. Landing a part on a hit sitcom for your first big break? Not too bad.
I was late to hop on the bandwagon of Modern Family. This semester at school I’m taking a sitcom writing course where we study Modern Family episodes, and then for a final project we’ll write one of our own. I had never seen the show before, and I have to admit, when my teacher announced that it was the only show we’d be studying, I had my doubts. I felt like all the good stuff had already been done. I was wrong, and immediately realized that after watching the pilot episode. Somehow week after week the writers come up with new ideas that highlight each of its hilarious cast members.
Really, what I’m trying to say is that if you don’t have this show in your life, than your missing out big time.
On a side note, Phil Dunphy was the only thing that got me through this recent President election. While the Facebook feuds were blazing, I chose to take a neutral standpoint and simply say: Phil Dunphy for President, yo. If Phil was Pres he’d definitely make us laugh, and I think we could all use more of that.
Photo from ABC.com