The Sopranos is widely regarded as one of the greatest dramas ever made for television. Not only a great mob story, it also touches on many themes that are relevant in 21st-century life, including the fading perception of traditional masculinity. And yes, many people die along the way.
However, The Sopranos is also filled with hilarious moments. Often deemed a comedy-drama, some people may be surprised to find just how funny the show can be. It finds humor in everyday situations, not to mention relatable characters and their relatable foibles. According to Reddit, these are the funniest moments of them all.
Interventions are typically the source of pain and discomfort, but not on The Sopranos. On this show, it’s a source of humor. A Reddit user calls “Chrissy’s intervention” the funniest scene of the whole show.
It contains some of the funniest quotes from The Sopranos (like Silvio recounting how he found Christopher in the toilet), no one really takes it seriously, and it ends with Christopher and his so-called supporters brawling on the floor. Who knew interventions could be so funny?
Really, any scene involving Paulie Walnuts is bound to end in hysterics. Reddit user gullibletammy loves “Paulie going to see the psychic and throwing the chair.” The show gets a little more introspective and spiritual in the second season, and in one of its best episodes, Paulie goes to see a psychic.
Said psychic then gets in tune with various people whom Paulie has killed throughout the years, causing him to get mad and throw a chair at the ghosts. It’s one of the most bizarre and hilarious things ever seen on the show.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm had an unexpected crossover. According to Redditor thelosah, the funniest scene in The Sopranos is “when Junior mistakes Curb Your Enthusiasm for his own trial.”
This is one of the first signs of Junior’s dementia, as he genuinely thinks that the show is secretly-recorded footage of himself and Bobby. It’s a hilarious sequence, as Larry David and Jeff Garlin really do look extraordinarily like Junior and Bobby. One can see how he became confused.
Chris Kills Cosette
Only The Sopranos can mine humor from someone killing a dog. During one of Christopher’s heroin stupors, he accidentally sits on Cosette’s head and breaks her neck. He then lays on the couch with the dog’s corpse under his butt until Adriana comes home and rises Christopher from his slumber.
This is the funniest moment for a Redditor, who writes “Chris after killing Cosette.” Specifically, his line/excuse “She must have crawled under there for warmth” is just too much.
Tony’s Orange Juice
The Sopranos is often regarded as one of the best-written shows of all time, and it’s precisely due to scenes like this. Redditor Caesar2877 writes “when Tony is complaining to Carmela that he only likes ‘some pulp’ in his orange juice and she just throws the phone at him in response.”
It’s hard to say what makes this scene so hilarious. There’s the down-to-earth relatability of it, not to mention Tony’s childish reaction of seeking out Carmela to tell her off. It could also be Carmela’s reaction; at this point, she is thoroughly done with Tony and his petulant behavior.
The Interior Decorator
The Sopranos is filled with hilarious misquotes and malapropisms, and this is one of the goofiest. “Pine Barrens” is arguably one of The Soprano‘s best episodes, and probably its funniest. Chris and Paulie are sent to collect on a guy, but they end up kidnapping him and taking him into the woods to dump his body.
However, the man isn’t actually dead, and he flees into the forest. The whole episode is hilarious, but the specific interior decorator line is called “incredible” by Reddit user merlin401.
In the fifth season, the DiMeo crime family organize the funeral of Joey Peparelli, who goes by the nickname Peeps. Unfortunately, they mess up the gravestone itself by engraving the name “Peeps” rather than his actual name. This is a favorite moment of Reddit user DonLovin.
Not only is the situation itself hilarious, but the exchange between Tony and Silvio perfectly encapsulates the show’s sense of humor. Silvio explains that the man who was sent to get the gravestone was dyslexic, while Tony correctly deduces that that has nothing to do with it.
Redditor Darth-Ragnar simply quotes from the show itself, writing, “The fundamental question is, will I be as effective as a boss like my dad was? And I will be, even more so. But until I am, it’s going to be hard to verify that I think I’ll be more effective.”
This is prime Little Carmine. Like many Sopranos characters, he is constantly mispronouncing words, making malapropisms, and generally bungling the English language, and the above “speech” is one of the greatest examples of his stupidity.
Tony Hanging Up On Christopher
“Soprano Home Movies” is one of the most devastating episodes of the show, but it’s also filled with some golden comedic moments. Reddit user Ragingroseman points to the scene in which Christopher calls Tony to wish him a happy birthday.
Not in the mood for phone calls or birthday wishes (having just been beaten up by his brother-in-law), Tony hangs up on Christopher mid-sentence. Poor Chris just wanted to wish his boss a happy birthday, and that’s what he gets in response.
Tony Provokes Janice
Tony is one of those people who hates happiness in others, so he does everything possible to knock them down to his level. Reddit user mythrowaweighin believes that the funniest scene is when “Tony keeps verbally poking at [Janice] until he gets her to lose her temper.”
Janice has been taking anger management classes, and Tony hates seeing how happy she has become. To make her miserable again, Tony brings up her estranged son and is chased around the dinner table in response. It’s incredibly childish, but it’s also hilarious.