Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Comedian?

ComediansI have comedy on the brain somehow, today, and so I thought today we should turn our discussion towards movie comedians (or comediennes).

Who’s YOUR favorite? Do you lean towards the classics? Is it a duo or a troupe? Someone current like Will Ferrell or Zach Galifianakis? Or someone classic like Laurel and Hardy? Can we get some love for Peter Sellers today? Or will the usual suspects like Jim Carrey¬†and Eddie Murphy rise to the top? Will we get any female comics breaking through? How about the immortal Madeline Kahn? Or maybe Melissa McCarthy, who is currently atop the comedic movie world?

Everyone has a film star or two that really crack them up consistently, who’s YOURS?

Let’s hear it! Who’s YOUR Favorite Comedian?

Daniel Fogarty

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127 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Comedian?

  1. Buster Keaton is #1. Then John Belushi, then the Marx brothers, then Chevy Chase (which is as much nostalgia as anything).

  2. I really like Chevy Chase and Steve Martin, but in their earlier days (National Lampoon, Three Amigos, etc.) because they haven’t had anything that great in awhile.

    • Steve Martin just… retired, didnt he? I mean, not officially, but at some point he just stopped making movies. Except for the Pink Panther remakes, I cant think of the last think he was in.

      He was awesome in the day though. So was Chase. Two great choices, WIll.

  3. I’ll go by decade. 80s is probably a tie for me with John Candy and Chevy Chase. 90s is definitely Jim Carrey. Don’t really have a favorite in the 00s and today. Will Farrell is so hit or miss with me, Sandler lost his luster since Wedding Singer, and I’m definitely not into the modern sex comedies or Hangover-esque comedies. Since my boys came along in the last 8 years, I probably get a kick more out of the animated films.

    Classics, 3 stooges and Laurel & Hardy are definitely still worth watching today for a laugh.

    • The Stooges will make people laugh until the Sun comsumes the planet. I’m absolutely convinced that their comedies will never, ever, ever go out of style. 500 years from now, no one is going to remember any of the movies we watched EXCEPT for the Stooges. It’s going to be like the other plays that were around in the time of Shakespeare… I mean, he wasnt the only one doing plays! There were all kinds of hacks putting on plays. But no one rememebers any of those…

      THAT’S how the Stooges are gonna be.

      Ran across this clip from Carrey this morning. You almost forget sometimes how freaking funny he was. Its almost like he couldnt turn it off….

  4. Hi, Fogs:

    Old School: The Marx Brothers. For the rapid fire dialogues and Groucho’s one liners.

    Physical: Buster Keaton for timing on intricate gags. Harold Lloyd for illusion with ‘Safety Last’.

    1960s-70s: Jack Lemmon’s rapid fire patter in ‘How To Murder Your Wife’ and slapstick in ‘The Great Race’. John Belushi for being John Belushi.

    1980s: Leslie Nielsen. Hands down funny adding drama to ridiculous gag lines.

    Contemporary: I got nothing.

    • Well now. Buster Keaton is taking on all challengers today, that’s for sure! He’s getting mad respect… glad to see the FMR crew giving him his props.

      Never seen “How to Murder Your Wife”, now you make me want to though… Lemmon is great, obviously.

      Nielson, obviously, is extremely funny. Thank goodness for Airplane!, we might have never known otherwise! I cant believe he spent the front half of his career playing it straight.

      Cmon, now though, there’s plenty of funny folks in this generation too!

    • Carrey’s a hysterical guy. His movies haven’t been of the same calibre of late, but I think he’s a riot.

      Williams is a funny guy, too, but it’s funny, I think I’m going to recall him most for his dramatic roles. His funniest (not that he’s not a hysterical human being) performance may actually be his voice work in Aladdin!

    • Both guys have their detractors around here, I’m well aware. I’m a big Ferrell fan, there are few times when he cant get me to laugh, even if the movie is terrible. Stiller though, to me, is suffering from a dearth of quality projects of late. :( It’s been awhile since he’s really hit a home run with me. Tropic Thunder, I want to say. (Which I’m a HUGE fan of)

  5. I can’t believe I’m the first to say Woody Allen. The Wood Man has done it all, writer, director, actor, author. I’m rereading “Getting Even”, great stuff. For some reason or other I was thinking of double features, like theatres used to have, and I remembered the first time I saw Woody Allen. It was “What’s Up Tiger Lily” paired with “Putney Swope”(Robert Downeys dad’s film). What a one-two combo. Those days, gone for good. Woody Allen, current champ of comedy!

    • I may or may not be on the record as not being the world’s hugest Woody Allen fan. I enjoy his movies within reason, obviously some more than others, but I’m not floored by him or anything. I know some folks are though, definitely. And now, I guess I know that you are, too! ;)

  6. Adam Sandler.

    And yes, I know I’m gonna get crap for that. :)

    I actually think that Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore are classic comedies. And Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates are on my all time favorite romantic comedies lists. (Truth: I just watched Wedding Singer last week, and I still tear up over the ending.)

    Big Daddy was a pretty good movie, too.

    I haven’t watched any of his recent stuff (either Bedtime Stories or Chuck & Larry are the last I watched), but the guy has such a goofball charm about him.

    And yes, I have heard all the criticisms, but like the great Patsy Cline once said: I am standing by my man!

    • Yes, you will get crap. And I’m just the person to do it.

      Sandler was once funny, indeed. On SNL he was hysterical. And his early films were good to great. Madison, Gilmore, Wedding Singer… I’d even put Waterboy in there as a movie that has a cult kind of status and I can respect it (I’m not a big fan of that one personally, but I get it)

      The issue is that his success created a monster. He played his cards wisely (can’t fault his business acumen, certainly) by forming his own production company, and now he’s calling his own shots. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a decade long tirade of abonimable films, man. Seriously, I wont go over tha excrutiating filmography he’s inflicted upon us, but you know the movies of which I speak. Unfortunately, for me, that period of pain outweighs the few funny films that he made early on in his career :(

      I respect your tenacity though Santo. Seriously, that’s pretty hardcore, standing up for him considering where he’s at…

    • Martin is incredible, he’s such a funny guy. The Jerk is one of the funniest movies ever. I wish he would do a return to stand up. Just put on ONE show, you know? I’d be SO down for that! :D

    • Well, don’t feel… bad about mentioning Keaton, LOL, apparently he’s a super popular answer today! :D

      I gotta be honest though, I had to IMDb Richard E Grant. Is he big in Britain or something, and I’m not aware? 8O

      • Yeah– the movie Withnail and I that he starred in is the British equivalent of the Big Lebowski — EVERYONE has seen it. Brilliant. Speaking of Lebowski . . . Jeff Bridges makes me laugh every time he opens his mouth. This is harder than I thought!

      • Yeah, Lebowski is on an entirely different plane of existence in terms of comedies. Everyone in it should be considered a genius, just for their roles there, that’s how funny that movie is. :D

        I’ve never seen Withnail and I, but I have heard good things. I think it almost made it to my instant queue at one point, if that counts for anything… LOL :(

  7. Bill Murray. He’s made more great comedies than most comedians have made movies, plus even his weaker efforts are still pretty good. I’m also a big Steve Martin fan and you can’t go wrong with the classics like Chaplin and Keaton.

    • Its an unbelievable showing for Keaton today, he’s easily going to hit double digits in shout outs. 8O

      Bill Murray is an excellent choice. You put it very well, even his lesser efforts are funny. Plus, of course, he has the HUGE classics, too. ;)

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