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12 Comedy Sequels That Might Actually Be Better Than The Originals

Updated April 23, 2021 25.5k votes 4.5k voters 182.9k views13 items

List RulesVote up the comedy sequels that out-joked their predecessors.

There's a preconceived notion that sequels are never as good as the original movie. While that may usually be the case, there are a select few comedy sequels that might actually be better than the originals. 

It may sound completely blasphemous to even think that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is funnier than National Lampoon's Vacation. But one can surely make a case that Clark Griswold's Christmas decorations and overall bumbling-idiot sweetness are funnier in Christmas Vacation. Perhaps it should at least be considered that Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me generates more laughs than the original Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

Vote up all the sequels you think are funnier than the original. 

  • Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprise their roles as undercover police officers and all-around best buddies in 22 Jump Street. This time around, the dynamic duo "graduate" to college to find out the source of a dangerous trippy opioid called "Why-Phy."

    One of the most pleasant surprises in the sequel is Tatum’s comedic chops. It turns out the actor is not just male entertainment material or made for drama. Like many sequels, 22 is self-aware and doesn’t skimp on the meta jokes. The comedic chemistry between Hill and Tatum is expertly polished this time.

    The unsung hero of the sequel is perhaps Workaholics star Jillian Bell, who hilariously puts down and verbally takes out Hill's character any chance she gets. Hill said of his scene-stealing co-star, "Jillian makes me want to quit show business and realize I am a complete fraud because she is the funniest person I have ever met in my life."

    • Actors: Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah, Seth Rogen, Ice Cube
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
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  • The landmark television show The Brady Bunch is ripe for send-ups. From the sugary-sweet happy endings to the polyester plaid suits, the wholesomely perfect mixed family brings '70s nostalgia and is rife with comedic opportunity. The 1995 The Brady Bunch Movie was hilarious and smart - and the 1996 sequel just may be even funnier.

    This time around, step-siblings Marsha (Christine Taylor) and Greg (Christopher Daniel Barnes) are starting to fall in love. Carol's (Shelley Long) thought-to-be-deceased former husband Roy (Tim Matheson) suddenly shows up claiming he had amnesia. He doesn't look anything like Carol's first husband, but that doesn't stop the good-natured and naive Brady clan from buying his ridiculous story.

    The first film generated most of its laughs by juxtaposing the modern-day period of the 1990s with the family's 1970s Brady ideals. That formula of total naivety works just as well the second time around. 

    • Actors: Rosie O'Donnell, David Spade, Barbara Eden, RuPaul, Christine Taylor
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Arlene Sanford
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  • Not every Saturday Night Live sketch works as a feature-length film. Somehow, someway, Wayne's World worked - not once, but twice. The 1993 sequel's main plot centers on Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) trying to organize their rock festival Waynestock. The idea arises when Wayne has a dream where Jim Morrison tells him to hold a big concert in his hometown in Illinois. "If you build it, they will come."

    The sequel is filled with endless meta in-jokes about filmmaking and plenty of hilarious sight gags. The boys often break the fourth wall with great comedic success. There are also several big name celebrity cameos, including Christopher Walken, Chris Farley, Charlton Heston, Steven Tyler, Kim Basinger, Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, and Joe Perry. 

    • Actors: Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Heather Locklear, Christopher Walken, Mike Myers
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Stephen Surjik
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  • How many laughs can a rude, crude, profane, partying, talking teddy bear really generate? It turns out Ted and his straight man John (Mark Wahlberg) can get even more laughs from the same ultra-raunchy formula the second time around. The plot of the film is relatively simple, as Ted must prove that he's an actual person in order to become a parent. 

    Throughout Ted and John's journey, there are several memorable cameo appearances, including Liam Neeson, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon. Perhaps the greatest laugh in the comedy comes when Ted and John raid Tom Brady's mansion to try and get a sperm sample so Ted's wife can get pregnant. 

    Yes, it's all silly and vulgar. However, the film brought in $500 million at the worldwide box office. Not bad for a talking bear. 

    • Actors: Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
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