When a famous person dies in America there is a strange social reflex. It is a moment we share. Some of us make jokes seeking to capitalize on the attention. Some of us gush and otherwise publically grieve, despite our thousands of degrees of separation from the deceased, in order to puff up our sense of self importance. “If I speak eloquently and emotionally enough about the famous dead it’s almost as though we were really friends.”
I will attempt here to do neither as Little Tiny Brain remembers, Harold Ramis.
Born, Harold Allen Ramis, November 21st, 1944 in Chicago, IL he grew to be one of the reasons that the “second city” is America’s comedy city. With a pedigree that includes Second City and National Lampoon, expectations were perpetually high as he created his body of work. Like any good comedian, throughout his career there are glimmers of mediocrity. Somebody had to make Year One. But, in my opinion nobody in comedy has ever been more re-watchable than Harold Ramis.
Here is a list of the most re-watchable films in the Ramis catalogue:
He wrote: Animal House, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Meatballs, & Back to School.
He wrote and directed: Caddyshack, Vacation, & Groundhog Day.
I leave it to you. Is there someone out there more re-watchable than this? If you think of anybody I’d be glad to debate you. I’ll be in my study, watching Groundhog Day for the 17th time.