What a carry on! Our favourite comedy sequels as good as the originals

Not many jokes are quite as funny the second time you hear them, and regrettably, that seems to be indicative of the comedy genre. Yet every so often a sequel can be as hilarious, if not more so, than what came before. Here's our selection of the very best films to have achieved just that.

by Stefan Pape

Bad Neighbours 2

Just when they thought they'd finally freed themselves of the exasperating, boisterous fraternity next door, young parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) now have something equally as terrifying taking up residence next door: a sorority. Through replicating the narrative structure and concept of the original, this sequel offers a host of new laughs, with Zac Efron's Teddy Sanders the butt of the majority of them.
Bad Neighbours 2
22 Jump Street

In recent years we've watched on as the likes of Ron Burgundy, Evan Almighty and both Harry and Lloyd have made somewhat unsuccessful returns to the silver screen. Thankfully, that can’t be applied to Jonah Hill's Schmidt and Channing Tatum's Jenko in 22 Jump Street. In what appeared to be a questionable idea from the offset – with the characters deviating away from the 80s TV series the original is based upon – this sequel defied the odds and then some. Given we have the cross-over with Men in Black (MIB 23) coming next, here's hoping we're in for yet another surprise.
22 Jump Street
American Pie 2

The premise to American Pie was endearingly simplistic; four teenage boys enter into a pact whereby they must lose their virginity before the end of prom night. Spoiler alert, they do – and then they part ways and set off for college. The notion of a follow up seemed superfluous to say the least (not to mention that the college 'boys' started to look at least 30), but it was pulled out of the bag in remarkable fashion by the newly instated director J.B. Rogers. In this second outing the 'boys' set off to a beach house, with Seann William Scott's Stifler in tow. The rest, as they say, is history.
American Pie
Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey

After Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) explored the depths of history in the preceding endeavour, Excellent Adventure, to conjure up an original narrative for a sequel can't have been an easy task. However, creating evil android clones of the protagonists in the future and sending them back in time to kill the real life Bill & Ted is deliciously absurd, and perfectly overstated, which is exactly what this franchise thrived upon. We might not have the Napoleon in the water park scene, but we do have William Sadler playing the Grim Reaper in a hardware store. Every cloud.
Bill & Ted
Wayne's World 2

If you thought that watching two men sit in their basement playing air guitar and shouting 'party time, excellent' over and over again would get tedious, you'd be horribly wrong, for Wayne's World 2 is equally as hilarious as what came before. With the narrative centering around a rock concert that Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) are vying to organise, we gloriously immerse ourselves, yet again, into the irreverent lives of two such well-crafted comic creations. Schwing!
Waynes World
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Mike Myers career has predominantly been set within three separate franchises. Wayne's World, Austin Powers and Shrek – with only a mere handful of projects in between. But if you are involved in such prosperous and purely entertaining productions, why would you look elsewhere? Austin Powers is the comic actor's crowning glory, as the groovy, time-travelling, hairy-chested, swingin' 60's Londoner navigates his way around the present day. As a tongue-in-cheek homage to Bond, it came as little surprise to see a follow up to the 1997 original, but few had predicted it would be quite as good as it turned out to be.
Austin Powers