In the world of Real Housewives, there are innumerable hilarious moments. The Bravo reality series has its share of classic feuds, painful reunions, and drama. But it also has some hilarity, whether unintended or on purpose. And I’m not talking about some of their more interesting wardrobe choices.
Our ladies might have an amusing, drunken fall in a pile of bushes. Or she might think the Underground Railroad was a functioning method of transportation. Actually, that one might be more sad than it is funny. Some of them have one-liners that are multi-functional and can be used in times of jest or snark, and for that we are grateful.
Let’s take a look at a few fond memories of Real Housewives keeping us in stitches and making us laugh in between the dinner table histrionics.
Real Housewives Of Potomac / The Grand Dame, Karen Huger
Real Housewives of Potomac star Karen Huger didn’t allow much of her natural sense of humor to show in Season 1. Karen was focused on “Potomac etiquette” and teaching the younger women how to respect their elders. But as filming progressed, Karen softened up and began revealing how enjoyably funny she really is.
Season 6, episode 12, was a time when our world changed and we had a new normal. The Covid outbreak required us to stay home, mask up, and get vaccinated. Karen did her job as a dutiful citizen. But she may or may not have had a celebratory adult beverage to acknowledge her new impenetrable immune system.
Karen attended a Reasonably Shady event and she might have been reasonably tipsy because she advised everyone to “get VASSINATED” so she could “be around you heifers.” The RHOP production team also needs recognition here, I actually wish they could edit my life in real time. The editors are absolutely in on the joke and they never, EVER disappoint us.
I also want to add Karen’s wig blowing away at a cookout will always be hysterically funny. Candiace Dillard earned an award that day for her efforts of prayer and commanding the wig to stay on Karen’s head with her bare hands.
Real Housewives Of Atlanta / Phaedra Parks’ Baby Shower
Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Phaedra Parks was primarily known for her Avenger-like powers of reading people for filth. She was also known for getting fired because sometimes her mouth got ahead of her paycheck. But there is no denying Phaedra is one of the funniest Real Housewives in the history of the franchise. That said, here we’re only going to focus on her… baby shower.
Picture it, Season 3, episode 4. It was 2010 and we were all still innocent babes in the woods. Phaedra was preparing to bless the world with royalty and nothing would do but an overdone baby shower. There was a dress code, and there was Dwight Eubanks. Kandi Burruss described the scene as “boughetto” and I’m still shocked guests weren’t required to show ID when they arrived. The entire event was an exercise in complete side-eye amusement. Phaedra’s co-stars could barely contain their laughter and shock as they were treated to a choreographed dance number. Phaedra’s head was adorned with white roses, not in a crown, per se, but they didn’t look carefully placed and they were hanging on for dear life.
There are several elements to this one that deserve to be ranked as one of the funniest. The party itself provided endless moments of eyebrow-raising, but the real stars are the comments from Phaedra’s cast members.
Real Housewives Of New York / Ramona Singer
Okay, I know former Real Housewives of New York OG Ramona Singer isn’t usually clocked for being particularly amusing. But she falls into our “unintentionally funny” category. In Ramona’s case, it’s unintentional because half the time she spoke, I was never sure she knew what she was saying.
One time, Ramona attended a function with her partner-in-crime, Sonja Morgan. Sometimes when Sonja drinks, hang on. ALWAYS when Sonja drinks, her personality develops into more than what the Upper East Side can handle. Sonja felt slighted and sauntered up to Ramona. “Someone just gave me the side-eye,” she revealed. Poor possibly hearing-impaired Ramona responded, “Cyanide? Doesn’t that kill you?” In Ramona’s defense, she wasn’t wrong.
Obviously, it would be too typical to include Ramona’s famous runway walk in this article. It lives in infamy like other great dates on our history calendars. So let’s reflect on an interesting conversation she had with Bethenny Frankel. During one of her more fun arguments with Bethenny, Ramona advised they were like “oil and vinegar” because they “don’t go together”. She meant to say “oil and water” but at least she gave Beth some lovely salad dressing tips.
And if you find yourself trying to recover from a harsh break-up or possibly a job loss, I would invite you to scan RHONY Season 11 for Ramona’s workout ensemble. If that doesn’t make you laugh, you may want to report to your local urgent care facility without haste. Love her or hate her, Ramona was an enormous part of RHONY – and depending on who you talk to, also the reason it was canceled.
Real Housewives Of New Jersey / Juicy Joe Giudice
Have you ever tried to say Juicy Joe Giudice out loud to yourself 10 times in a row? If not, I highly recommend this tongue-twisting exercise. Juicy Joe is gone from Real Housewives of New Jersey, but he definitely isn’t forgotten.
Considering what we are dealing with now as viewers, in hindsight maybe Joe wasn’t so bad after all. I know he called Teresa Giudice the c-word and the couple mutually went to jail for defrauding the government. But at least he wasn’t giving off the sinister vibes most of us feel with Luis Ruelas. And he didn’t wear his father-in-law’s night-night clothes.
Anyway, Joe was a funny guy but not intentionally funny. His ex-wife also fails to be legitimately entertaining. However, she makes up for it with her lack of knowledge in certain areas, thus rendering her funny. But Joe took the cake with some of his more memorable conversations with Teresa’s cousin, Rosie Pierri.
There was that one time Joe and Rosie attempted to help Gia Giudice with her homework. Although Gia might say “help” wasn’t the correct term. Joe and Rosie discussed the benefits of being famous for picking fruit off of trees. “I pick figs all the time, but I’m not famous,” Rosie explained at the time.
They also pondered the wonders of science and discussed Pluto’s relevance as a planet. Joe then revealed he didn’t know the difference between mythology and astronomy when he wondered about the status of planet Hercules.
And who could forget when Joe and Rosie further delved into the world of medicine? Joe inquired about the current virility of his eggs for a conversation revolving around the fine art of reproducing humans. Little did Joe know at the time, biological men do not have eggs in which to form a baby. Bless Joe’s heart. I like to think in some alternate timeline, Joe and Rosie are still best buds.
Real Housewives Of New Jersey / Caroline Manzo’s Kids
I wanted to include one highly underrated scene from the olden days of RHONJ. I know Caroline Manzo isn’t well-liked by many, but her adult kids had some genuinely humorous scenes. While I will never forget Lauren Manzo asking Teresa to spell AND define “napalm” in the Season 4 reunion, today we’re discussing something else Teresa-related.
Tre had “written” a cookbook called Fabulicious. Somewhere in the complex text was an insult aimed at Caroline. Teresa had said Caroline was “as Italian as the Olive Garden.” Caroline wasn’t pleased with this association, and neither were her two sons and daughter. I cannot recommend Season 3, episode 16 enough. If you want some snarky moments directed at Teresa, that is. Much like Teresa’s line in the book, I’m sure she would think this was a “ha ha laugh, funny, get it?” scene.
As Chris Manzo, Greg Bennett, and Lauren headed towards a charity walk, they began to shade both Teresa and Joe in one shot. Chris says, “Things Joe Giudice doesn’t say when he leaves the house, ‘is this legal?’” Greg wonders if Teresa will show up to the event already drunk or drink while she’s walking. Lauren mocks Tre’s efforts at authoring books with, “On top of Skinny Italian, I’m going to write a book on charity walks.” Chris jumps in with, “It’s called Walking Italian because I’m very charityish.” Lauren continues, “I’m going to write a book about my relationship with my sister-in-law called Jealous Italian.” And finally, Greggy adds, “Got an S.A.T. prep book coming out called Stupid Italian.” Please, just stop what you’re doing and go find that enjoyable moment if you’re having a bad day.
So that was the first part of our Laugh Out Loud moments and we know there are many more to come. Stay tuned!
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