Boyle had a lot of great lines. I liked him discussing the negative spaces of the artwork with Riley's stuffy boyfriend, and saying it's like that "because God wants it that way!" And I loved when he told his former colleagues they got the big account, watched them all jump up and down like lunatics, then smiled and said "Just kidding!"
But there were many funny lines in the script, even by characters as minor as the gas station attendant who first claimed in Spanish that he didn't speak English, then claimed in English that he didn't speak Spanish, then said "Bathroom's broke. Alley works." Or the secondhand store proprietor who, when asked by Billy whether he wouldn't like to get rid of the four of them ASAP, said dryly, "I'm prepared to carry you out in my arms." Very funny, and very, VERY New York.
Yeah, I also love the moment in the secondhand store where Billy is making up some crap about the four of them being undercover government operatives or some similar nonense only for the secondhand strore proprietor to either give him a look as if to say, c'mon or actually use those words to which Jack replies:
"Okay we're four escaped mental patients"
and the owner says once again dryly "That I can beleive".
Its just the way the guy delivers the line in that Walter Mathau style of sardonic weariness that gets me lol
"...now if we could just get some pants on the Colonel."
Everybody likes the Shen.
Peter Boyle was definitely my favorite character in the movie. As someone said before, when he walks through the hospital and puts his hand on the head of the guy on the gurney and says "Rise and walk my child," and the guy gets up and fall down is freaking hilarious. It's even funny when he gets up from his chair naked, walks out the door, and the ugly, mean looking nurse is just standing there glaring at him, and next he's in a bathrobe. I love this movie.
Lady, I never walk into a place I don't know how to walk out of.