I hadn't planned to write much here about Leslie Nielsen, who died on Sunday—if you'd like some especially valuable insight, read what the great Matt Zoller Seitz has written on Salon—but a distracting few minutes on YouTube has forced my hand.
I'm especially fond of Nielsen's work in the great, insane Police Squad.
This show lasted a mere six episodes back in 1982—it was famously canceled because, and I'm paraphrasing here, the viewer had to pay too much attention to get the jokes. Perhaps it was ahead of its time, cursed to exist in a pre-Simpsons, ante–30 Rock world. Regardless, it spawned the Naked Gun film series, whose humor is so mighty as to still make O.J. Simpson likable.
From the same episode: This clip is such a purely hilarious example of the old comedy technique, "start with the believable, then build to the ridiculous":