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Tom Top Ten: Funny

Hey, guys, I'm back with another edition of my Tom Top Ten! This is the eighth in a series of mini picspams in celebration of Tom Welling, highlighting the wonderful performances he gives us, episode after episode. I call this one Funny.

I think we all know that Tom is a funny guy. Clark Kent, on the other hand, is pretty serious. But over the years Tom has managed to give us a lot of laughs as Clark, and often in a way that has nothing to do with the script, and everything to do with his own subtlety, nuance, and talent. And I'm making this a special Tom Top Ten x 2, because I couldn't bear to cut my choices down to fewer than twenty.

1) 3.22 - Covenant. A Smallville Clark Kent classic: the fear of boobies look! Clark opens the door to a naked Not!Kara, and recoils in shock at the sight!

2) 4.02 - Gone. It's fun to watch Clark with Lois in this episode, in the shower (fear of boobies look #2), getting caught in the bathroom together by Martha, and facing the music under Jonathan's stern gaze. When Lois further complicates matters by unknowingly revealing that Clark took out an Army chopper, he can't believe his ears.

3) 4.04 - Devoted. Under the influence of Green!K laced Gatorade, Chloe promises to do things for Clark, "things that Lana would never do." Unlike what every other male teenager on the planet would do, Clark turns her down (fear of boobies look #3).

4) 4.06 - Transference. There are so many funny moments to love from Clark-as-Lionel in this episode, from toying with Lana, to being dismissive of both Jonathan and Jason, to shamelessly checking out the magnificence of his bare chest and arms and his obviously generous "package." But my favorite scene is the one with just a hint of squick, where Clark gets so turned on by Martha he starts a fire with his out of control heat vision!

5) 4.08 - Spell. A bewitched Clark lets loose with some of the craziest dancing we've seen this side of David Boreanaz on Angel.

6) 4.18 - Spirit. Clark has many funny moments in this episode, including his teasing conversation with Chloe in the Torch office, and his hilarious "Crown's mine, bitch!" as Dawn in Clark's body. But my favorite part is Clark's range of reactions to a possessed Martha, who rails at him for not going to prom, ridicules his feelings for Lana, and accuses him of sleeping with Lois. The poor guy is understandably bewildered!

7) 5.03 - Hidden. Clark is totally busted as he tries to sneak Lana out of the house after she sleeps over in his bed. Jonathan's furious, Martha's concerned, and Clark is hilarious as he attempts to defuse the situation.

8) 5.05 - Thirst. Clark attends a costume party at Lana's sorority, and we see him in a rare moment of normalcy as he grins and flirts under the admiring gaze of a pretty girl. Tom plays it to the hilt, and makes me laugh.

9) 5.06 - Exposed. Clark goes to a strip club to solve a mystery, and is greeted by the unbelievable sight of Lois as the star of the show! In one of the funniest scenes in the history of Smallville, Clark almost dies of embarrassment as she performs, and nearly jumps out of his skin when she sits in his lap in her skimpy costume (fear of boobies look #4).

10) 6.02 - Sneeze. Clark with his first cold is funny. Clark sending Chloe diving for cover with a fake sneeze is even funnier. But the funniest scene of all is when Clark tries to look innocent while Lois grills him about where his barn door went.

11) 6.10 - Hydro. Tom directed a delightful episode with lots of smiles ("For the record, I prefer intergalactic traveler over alien from another planet."), but the scene that made me laugh the hardest was the one with Clark, Chloe, and Lois. Chloe is tormenting Clark, and he's trying to get her to stop without giving anything away to Lois. Tom's facial expressions are priceless, and the entire scene is wonderful.

12) 6.13 - Crimson. The Red!K fueled adventure is over, and Lois is drawing a blank in the memory department. She comes to Clark to find out what happened, but can't quite bring herself to ask the question that's preying on her mind. And Clark is content to let her twist in the wind, teasing her with a mischievous smile. After the intensity of Clark's confrontation with Lexana, it feels good to have a lighthearted moment.

13) 6.20 - Noir. In this episode's AU we are treated to Tom playing the classic Clark Kent, and he knocks the bumbling characterization out of the park, especially when Clark awkwardly blots the coffee he so clumsily spilled from Chloe's blouse. The scene is even funnier in retrospect, when we learn it was all an act by the suave undercover cop, and we realize he did the whole thing on purpose!

14) 7.01 - Bizarro. Bizarro's been manhandling Lois, and Clark gets the blame. The stunned look on Clark's face when Lois warns him to never touch her ass again is beyond funny.

15) 7.02 - Kara. Clark is intrigued by the new Kryptonian in town who says she's looking for Kal-El, but he has to shift gears when he finds out they're cousins. When Kara tells him their fathers were brothers, Clark stops dead and literally takes a step back as you see the wheels turning in his head. It's a small thing, but it's a trademark Tom move, and it adds the perfect touch of humor to the scene.

16) 7.05 - Action. Rachel wants to run lines for a love scene in the loft with Clark, and it's comical to watch our ginormous hero retreat in panic from her teeny tiny frame (fear of boobies look #5). Oh, Clark!

17) 7.10 - Persona. In a move that was entirely Tom's idea, Bizarro as Clark walks behind Chloe and mocks her silently as she does her patented staccato patter. It's the funniest thing I've seen on Smallville in a long time, and I can't stop laughing!

18) 8.01 - Odyssey. Clark is the Daily Planet's newest employee, and he can't wait to drop the bombshell in Lois's lap. His eyes positively sparkle as he anticipates her reaction, and we get a preview of what we can expect from Lois and Clark in S8. I like what I see!

19) 8.02 - Plastique. The first conversation between Clark and Davis is meet cute all the way as Davis mistakes Clark for Chloe's fiance. As Clark's eyes go big and he says, confused, "I'm getting married?" and then, stunned, "Chloe's engaged?" I dissolve in giggles.

20) 8.05 - Committed. This is an episode that is full of funny moments between Clark and Lois: the banter at the engagement party, the morning after at the Kent farm, and the awkward elevator ride at the DP. But my favorite scene is at the jewelry store, where Clark is intensely uncomfortable pretending to be Lois's fiance. His pain is only compounded by Oliver's entrance, and that's also when the scene gets exponentially more funny. Clark is clearly distressed by what Ollie must be thinking, and Tom plays it with just the right amount of ambiguity, so we're left not quite sure if Oliver should be jealous of Clark, or Lois. :) This scene still makes me laugh every time I see it, and Clark looks so adorably apologetic I just want to give him a big hug.

Very special thanks to acampbell for her amazing screen caps; she was my true partner in crime for this one! And thanks to Home of the Nutty for the S8 caps!

So there you have my choices for Tom's Top Ten (x 2) performances where he made us smile. Do you have a different Funny favorite? If so, tell us about it in the comments. And I'll be back before too long with another Tom Top Ten!

Did you miss the previous Tom Top Tens? Click to see Dangerous, Broken, Happy, Pain, Kiss, Family, and Tender.

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christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: February 13th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hilarious moments!
I find Clark sexy and funny at the same time!!
I love the expose,spell,transference and persona scenes!

I also love the funny moment from fade!
(fear of boobies look #6)

and It's really funny when Clark is kind of stepping back like he knows she is going to punch him!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sexy and funny is right! *nods* I love all of Clark's funny moments. Smallville wouldn't captivate me the way it does without them.

Thanks for those links! I thought of including that scene, but I couldn't remember which episode it was in!
lee_ashburn From: lee_ashburn Date: February 13th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous pictures! I just love his beautiful smile. Thank you for posting :)
*happy sighs*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you enjoyed the pics! He does have an amazing smile, that lights up his whole face. *loves Tom*
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: February 13th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful, as per usual. :-) This is turning into quite the impressive series of picspams.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thanks so much! I had to do it, I needed a smile from this show right now.

eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: February 13th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awkward!Funny!Clark for the win! :-) What a great picspam! Right before I saw your entry, I was looking at screencaps from Committed of the "morning after" at the Kent farm and Clark physically dragging Lois out of the stationary store. Chimmy aside, I really think it might be my favorite Season 8 episode.

All of these scenes are so great!! Another funny moment that I like is the "flying lessons" that Kara gives Clark in Veritas. She gives him that little shove and he turns around and says, "you're not helping."

A couple of others that just came to mind: From Instinct, when Lois tells Clark he needs to look outside his wheel house and Clark says, "I didn't know I had a wheel house." His expression and tone of voice are so great there!!

The other is from the end of Identity when Lois says that she has a new mission in life and Clark says very wryly, "I didn't know you had an old mission."

Tom is just so good at the subtle humor, ya know? Of course you do! :-)

Edited at 2009-02-13 04:37 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, I love that cap! Thanks for posting it! That was a cute and funny moment, and it really highlighted the chemistry between TW and LV.

The other scenes you mention are great, too. It's interesting, those kinds of moments really don't show up as much in the earlier seasons. It makes me wonder if they're the product of Tom gaining more confidence and independence in his performance as he became more experienced and more comfortable on the show, or a more fundamental change in the writing.

The humor is one of my favorite things about S8, and Committed has some really funny scenes. I had to delete some episodes recently to make more room on my DVR, and the three I found I couldn't get rid of were Identity, Committed, and Bride. So I guess those are my favorites. :)
voldything From: voldything Date: February 13th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
HEEEEEE! I loved this post!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!! \o/

I was thinking of that icon while I was putting this together! It's too funny!
From: meagansworks Date: February 13th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

A Little Late...

Hey hon!

I'm so sorry this is so late; life has been CRAZY!! But I wanted to thank you for the sweet gift you got me Christmas. It lifted my spirits and brought a smile to my face. Hope life is treating you well and now I'm going to catch up on all the postings I've missed out on lately. :)

Thanks again!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A Little Late...

Oh, you're welcome! It's nice to hear from you! I'm afraid I haven't been posting about Supernatural recently, I've got some kind of writer's block where it's concerned. :( I'm planning a S4 rewatch during this hiatus to see if I can find my voice again.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: February 13th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just wonderful! I think a post reminding of us of Clark's more lighthearted moments is very, very timely. I love your choices.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Valerie, I'm glad you like it. I just so desperately needed a smile from this show right now!

This is completely off-topic, I hope you don't mind. I think the trailer for Infamous looks so fun, but I'm awfully reluctant to let the show off the hook and just blithely move forward. I'm working on convincing myself that the Lana arc was an extended nightmare of Clark's. You know, Lana became infected with kryptonite in the dream because subconsciously Clark realizes that's how bad for him being with her is. Ollie became a murderer as an expression of Clark's fears that he's getting too dark. Clark's afraid Lex has lost his humanity, so in the dream he's a monster. He needs closure, so in the dream he killed him off. Clark's worried about whether or not Chloe is truly Brainiac free and can be trusted again, so in the dream she kept secrets from him. I'm fixing this! :D *is delusional*
firebunny From: firebunny Date: February 13th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this top ten. Tom is so underrated as a comedy actor, but I think he’s better at it than any of the actors left in the cast (with the exception of Phil Morris, but since he’s not a regular I guess that still makes Tom the best.) Tom has impeccable timing, with a delivery that often underplays the line, allowing the audience to discover the humor ourselves, instead of hitting us over the head with the idea that “THIS IS FUNNY.”

I love your choices, Transference, Noir, Spell, are ones that come to mind immediately when I think of Tom playing comedy. I’d also add the mugging scene in Vengeance and the scene in Heat where he’s telling Jonathan and Martha about his heat vision for the first time.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tom has impeccable timing, with a delivery that often underplays the line, allowing the audience to discover the humor ourselves

I totally agree, and I think you can especially see that in the episodes he directs. I always find Clark to be funnier in those.

Oh, I forgot about the mugging scene in Vengeance, that is hilarious! And I love that scene in Heat. His outburst is funny, but also so genuine.

Thanks so much for your comment!
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: February 13th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh sweetie, I needed this today! I still think the engaged scenes in COmmitted are some of the funniest I've seen everywhere, period. But man, he really does a breast phobia, doesn't he?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree that those scenes in Committed are truly funny. I've watched them a bunch of times, and they still make me laugh. Tom's facial expressions are so awesome, and Erica is great, too. And Oliver just about killed me in the scene I included here. Justin Hartley is a very funny man.

I'm thinking (hoping?) Clark's over his fear of boobies. We haven't seen it in S8 at all, and he was such a cool cucumber in those confrontations with Tess earlier in the season, I really think he has command of himself now. I'd love to see it put to the test, though!
From: super_robyn Date: February 13th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
#7: "Does it make it less bad if I say I didn't like it?"
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen that icon! :D
jaimsie From: jaimsie Date: February 13th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
*scrolls to the bottom*

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! *waves frantically* I was just thinking of you today, as I downloaded the newest NCIS episode from iTunes. I'm watching that and Dollhouse tonight, I'm very excited! :)

Hey! You made an NCIS icon!!
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: February 13th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooh cool picspam! "Noir" looks really cool - i might need to find that somewhere and watch it! :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
The b&w portion of the episode, which was Jimmy Olsen's dream, was pretty cool. They did a good job evoking the film noir genre, and each of the actors chose or was given a famous actor after which to pattern their performance. Tom, for instance, chose Cary Grant for his inspiration, and I think Allison was told to study Rosalind Russell. And it was all very pretty.
cinderella81 From: cinderella81 Date: February 13th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh man ... those moments are just classic!!!

And yes, we all know Tom's fear of boobs ...

Thanks for bringing the funny!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Clark's irrational fear is both legendary and hilarious! :) Does he not understand the power of his pretty?
svgurl From: svgurl Date: February 13th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yay! More Top Ten Tom picspams! I love these. And this was such a great theme. Tom has a great sense of comedic timing and I think it's highly underrated. :D

You picked some great scenes too!

But my favorite part is Clark's range of reactions to a possessed Martha, who rails at him for not going to prom, ridicules his feelings for Lana, and accuses him of sleeping with Lois. The poor guy is understandably bewildered!

That was SO funny. I love that entire episode. :)

And the "Hydro" moment was just so cute. It was one of my favorite scenes. :D

Edited at 2009-02-13 08:00 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for your lovely comment! You're always so welcoming when I post one of these, and I appreciate it so much!

Tom has a great sense of comedic timing and I think it's highly underrated.

I couldn't agree more. And I can only imagine the funny outtakes, in addition to the humor he brings to the scenes we see. What I wouldn't give for a gag reel!

I know some people don't like Spirit because of the ending, but the whole episode works for me, and I think everyone is so funny in it.

That Hydro scene cracks me up. And it gives me an extra thrill to know that Tom directed that episode.
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: February 13th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the cute memories.

'fear of boobies' LOL. Poor Clark, if only he wasn't so hot he wouldn't have to worry about the women swooning around naked! lol.

I so remember the commentary on "spell" and how the girls were cracking up about Tom dancing. LOL.

I love my Clark. :-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 13th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, cute icon! And I love Clark, too. :)

I love how Tom threw himself into that dancing scene. He was so funny, and not worried about whether he looked silly or not.

Isn't it funny how Clark seems to have no clue how incredibly hot he is? I like that they've had at least a few scenes of girls falling all over him, like in Unsafe and Recruit.

I'm glad you liked it! I really did have fun putting it together, I watched a lot of funny scenes and laughed a lot. And I needed that after the last few episodes.

Thanks for your comment!
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