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Another Top 10 Scenes Where Actors Couldn't Keep a Straight Face in Movies and TV

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake

And that’s when you break. For this list, we’re taking a look at scenes that were so funny that the actors couldn’t help but crack up, even if only fleetingly. Rather than being banished to a blooper reel, these instances ultimately made the cut anyway. Our list includes scenes from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (2005-), “Fast & Furious 6” (2013), “Supernatural” (2005-), “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996-2001), and more! Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Another Top 10 Scenes Where Actors Couldn't Keep a Straight Face in Movies and TV.

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Another Top 10 Scenes Where Actors Couldn't Keep a Straight Face in Movies and TV

And that’s when you break. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Scenes Where Actors Couldn't Keep a Straight Face in Movies and TV.

For this list, we’re taking a look at scenes that were so funny that the actors couldn’t help but crack up, even if only fleetingly. Rather than being banished to a blooper reel, though, these instances ultimately made the cut anyway. We’re excluding any moments that aired live.

#10: The Most Annoying Sound in the World

“Dumb and Dumber” (1994)

Some of the best bits from “Dumb and Dumber” were improvised and this scene is perhaps the most ingenious. Stuck in the middle of Harry and Lloyd’s juvenile antics, henchman Mental tries to keep his hostile tendencies under control. Just as tension begins to dwindle down, Jim Carrey randomly segues into making the most annoying sound in the world. The camera cuts to Mental’s frustrated expression so quickly that most viewers miss Jeff Daniels biting his lips while trying to restrain his laughter. Clearly, he had no idea what was coming. The film’s trailer actually gives us a longer look at Daniels’ reaction as he slowly collects himself and gets in on the screaming match.

#9: Son of a Bitch

“Supernatural” (2005-)

It may be a supernatural drama, but this series sometimes catches the audience off-guard with its sense of humor. Jared Padalecki was also caught off-guard when co-star Jensen Ackles delivered this inspired bit of improv. Just as Sam and Dean’s luck starts to turn around, they find that their winning tickets have been stolen by Bela. According to Padalecki, the scene was supposed to simply end with the brothers watching Bela drive off. Ackles decided to add a little something extra, however, unleashing an unscripted outburst. Although Padalecki does his best to hide his reaction, you can still spot him licking his lips and cracking a grin before turning his head away from the camera.

#8: The Gang Loses It

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (2005-)

“It’s Always Sunny” has a plethora of priceless outtakes, but sometimes you can catch the cast breaking character in the final product. While there are too many instances to single out just one, creator and star Rob McElhenney is perhaps the most susceptible to cracking up. Co-star Charlie Day has also struggled to maintain a straight face on occasion, although he usually tries to hide his giggles from the camera. We especially love this scene where the gang drowns their sorrows huffing a jug of gasoline (don’t try this at home!) and Kaitlin Olson says the most childishly brilliant line imaginable. None of the actors are able to keep it together and we don’t blame them.

#7: Ice Cream

“The Ringer” (2005)

Arguably the funniest moment from this comedy was ad-libbed, which seems to be a reoccurring theme for this list. The film centers on a man who pretends to be mentally challenged in order to compete in the Special Olympics, and eventually befriends his fellow contenders. After the guys stay out past their curfew, the person responsible for them cooks up an excuse about getting ice cream. Glen blows their cover, though, when he lets out this hilarious line. The delivery is also pitch perfect, as Glen sounds genuinely confused and irritated over the lack of ice cream. It’s so hysterical that star Johnny Knoxville visually breaks out in laughter before the camera cuts back to Katherine Heigl.

#6: I Hated the Colonel

“So I Married an Axe Murderer” (1993)

This black comedy isn’t one of Mike Myers’ more popular outings, but it does have a Scottish character who is basically a predecessor to Shrek and Fat Bastard. So whenever the film shifts the focus to Stuart MacKenzie, played by Myers in a dual role, the results are always comedic gold. Stuart is a loudmouth conspiracy nut who believes Colonel Sanders was part of an all-powerful secret organization that controls the world. He also insists that the Colonel sneaks an addictive chemical into his chicken. As Stuart goes off on this insane tirade, actor Anthony LaPaglia does his best to sip his beer and nod along, but just can’t hold back his ungovernable smirk.

#5: Hello, Clarice

“The Cable Guy” (1996)

Jim Carrey strikes again on our countdown with yet another improvised scene. Weirdly enough, this moment also involves chicken! At a medieval restaurant, the Cable Guy sits down to a meal with his new best friend Steven. Since Steven isn’t going to eat his chicken skin, the Cable Guy seizes the opportunity to play with his food. Co-star Matthew Broderick is completely unprepared as Carrey drapes his face with the skin and reenacts a scene from “The Silence of the Lambs.” As is the case with much of the film, the audience isn’t sure whether to laugh or to be disturbed. It obviously tickled Broderick’s funny bone, however, as he can’t conceal his grin.

#4: Big-Ass Forehead

“Fast & Furious 6” (2013)

The “Fast & Furious” movies might not have the most complex characters, but nobody can deny that the chemistry between the cast is nothing short of phenomenal. It’s always a blast watching these actors work off of each other, particularly in this scene. At a barbeque, Roman makes a crack out about the macho Hobbs requiring baby oil. Dwayne Johnson retaliates with an unscripted comeback about Roman’s large forehead. Where Tyrese Gibson manages to stay in character, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is unable to keep his drink down. We honestly never expected to see Ludacris do a spit take, but that’s exactly why this moment is such a happy accident.

#3: Leather Pants

“3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996-2001)

Having spent several seasons on “SNL,” Jane Curtin knows how to keep her cool under the funniest of circumstances. Even she couldn’t stay composed in this priceless “3rd Rock from the Sun” scene, though. To complete his gorgeous new look, Dick squeezes himself into a pair of leather pants. The squeaking of the trousers is already enough to push Curtin to the verge of giggling. When John Lithgow gets up and starts walking around, Curtin can no longer keep her snickers under wraps. The moment proves so humorous that the camera cuts away as Curtin struggles to deliver her next line. Then as Lithgow exits the room, she totally gives in to the hilarity.

#2: Biggus Dickus

“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” (1979)

Let’s transition from Dick Solomon to an even bigger dickus. In this scene from “Life of Brian,” the extras playing the guards were reportedly instructed not to laugh. Since they weren’t aware how the scene was going to play out, a solider started chortling upon hearing the name Biggus Dickus. Michael Palin decided to roll with it, ordering the soldier to cease his laughter. Palin stretched the bit even further, approaching the other guards and practically daring them not to laugh. One guard actually needs to suck in his cheeks to prevent himself from busting a gut. Of course even Palin is barely able to wrangle a smile stretching across his face.

#1: Super-Cops

“Beverly Hills Cop” (1984)

The success of his buddy cop comedy can largely be attributed to Eddie Murphy and his co-stars, who ad-libbed some of the film’s funniest lines. Apparently, numerous takes were ruined because the cast and crew couldn’t contain themselves. Murphy reportedly took his first sip of coffee ever before shooting this improvised scene. That would certainly explain why Axel Foley sounds so energized as he covers for Detectives Rosewood and Taggart. Foley crafts a phony story that paints his fellow officers as super-cops. Actor John Ashton begins to unravel after a while, pinching and lowering his face to keep his chuckles inside. Fortunately, he’s able to control his emotions enough to scarcely get through the scene.

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