AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs

This showcase for the American Film Institute's top 100 comedy films of the 20th century begins with the chilling words, 'Hello, I'm Griff Rhys Jones'.

Griff, posing as some kind of professor of comedy, is supposedly there to give a British take on the American selection - and totally American it is, the nearest thing to an English comedy being A Fish Called Wanda.

Mercifully, Griff's contributions amount to no more than topping and tailing each section of this epic programme.

The countdown begins at such a spanking pace, the clips are over almost before you've noticed them. However, there is always (alas) time for a statement of appreciation from a Hollywood luminary - the likes of Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Cameron Diaz and Billy Crystal are on show, as well as veterans such as Tony Curtis and the late Jack Lemmon, and various film-makers, including Mel Brooks and the great Billy Wilder.

There is much to disagree with in the top 100, notably the gross over-representation of Woody Allen and the inclusion of such dubious items as Arthur, Caddyshack and Animal House.

However, it's good to see some lesser-known classics represented - The Palm Beach Story, Dinner At Eight, Topper, My Man Godfrey... The show is followed by two films from the 100: The Graduate (too high) and His Girl Friday (too low).

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