Laugh Yourself Down Memory Lane With The 12 Funniest Running Gags From The Monkees’ Hit Show
“Here We Come…”
50 years ago next month, the world was taken by storm by a 4 piece rock band with great hair, matching outfits, and an unmistakable British accent – no silly, not The Beatles, we’re talking about The Monkees! Created as America’s answer to Beatlemania, The Monkees burst onto the scene in 1966 when their hit television show first aired on September 12th of that year, introducing us to Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones as a talented and fiercely funny foursome who desperately wanted to make it in music and become as big as their British counterparts The Beatles, but through a series of hilarious mishaps and inside jokes never seemed to get there.
Fun Fact: In 1967, The Monkees’ popularity saw them singlehandedly outsell both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.
For fans of the show, it didn’t matter – the guys were as funny as they were dreamy, making us laugh every week with ridiculous, over the top and cleverly timed running gags that always seemed to fit perfectly in any situation. Whether it was Micky Dolenz’s patented lightbulb appearing over his head when an idea or scheme came to mind, merciless attacks on Davy Jones’ height (“I AM standing up!”) or all four Monkees engaged in Benny Hill style wild goose chases to songs like “Auntie Griselda,” it’s pretty clear that even 50 years on, The Monkees is equally as iconic and beloved as the music they fought so hard to be recognized for. Laugh yourself down memory lane today with a fun video compilation of the 12 funniest (and longest) running gags from one of the funniest shows of the 60s!