Harold Ramis passed away a few days ago, and the world got a little less funny. You probably remember Ramis as one of the Ghostbusters, but you may not know that Ramis co-wrote the Ghostbusters script in addition to many of the most iconic comedies of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Ramis was the comic genius behind such films as Animal House, Stripes, Caddyshack, and Groundhog Day. Our profession doesn’t get much better than Harold Ramis. He will be missed.
Year One (screenplay) / (story) – 2009
Analyze That (written by) – 2002
Bedazzled (screenplay) – 2000
Analyze This (screenplay) – 1999
Groundhog Day (screenplay) – 1993
The Best of SCTV (TV Movie) – 1988
Caddyshack II (characters) / (written by) – 1988
Armed and Dangerous (story and screenplay) – 1986
Club Paradise (screenplay) – 1986
Back to School (screenplay) – 1986
Ghostbusters (written by) – 1984
The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me (TV Movie) (head writer) – 1982
Stripes (written by) – 1981
Caddyshack (written by) – 1980
Meatballs (written by) – 1979
SCTV (TV Series) (head writer – 25 episodes, 1976 – 1977) (writer – 22 episodes, 1978 – 1979)
Delta House (TV Series) (written by – 1 episode) – 1979
Animal House (written by) – 1978
The TVTV Show (TV Movie) – 1976
At first, I would get mail saying, ‘Oh, you must be a Christian because the movie [Groundhog Day] so beautifully expresses Christian belief’. Then, rabbis started calling from all over, saying they were preaching the film as their next sermon. And the Buddhists!
I’m not a believer in the pratfall. I don’t think it’s funny just to have someone fall down.
No matter what I have to say, I’m still trying to say it in comedic form.
The best comedy touches something that’s timeless and universal in people. When it’s right, those things last.