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. This is a difficult one. So difficult. Though I think I’ll go with Bill Murray simply because not only does he balance genius with comedy, he takes both aspects to the very extremes. Greatest ad libber I’ve ever encountered.

  2. When it comes to comedies I am very picky. Hmm.. there aren’t really good ones out there nowadays but you can’t really go wrong with Jim Carrey and my new favourites are Rebel Wilson and Melissa McCarthy

  3. Huh, I never realized just how little I gravitated towards comedies (or, at least, towards specific comedians) until now. Hmm… Bruce Willis is a pretty funny guy, right?

  4. For me it’s always Candy, John Candy that is whose brilliant in the right comic part. Pick a big movie he was in and they’re hilarious like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles opposite gifted Steve Martin or smaller roles like Home Alone and especially Uncle Buck the definitive Hughes film. Candy did a nice family flick with his pal who talked him out of his nice sales job and into heading west to try acting (thank goodness for that) ; that friend was Dan Akroyd, and the film was the Great Outdoors(a lesser film but still good). Cool Runnings is another decent pic of his. However, Uncle Buck has become his alter ego onscreen- a guy who loves life and has a big kind heart especially for family. Everything he does in this film is entertaining and humorous to me. ;-)

    Buck Russell: How many times a day does the dog eat?
    Cindy Russell: How many times do you think?
    Buck Russell: I don’t know, four or five.
    Cindy Russell: He eats once a day.

    • I’m gonna embed this clip again, cause this movie doesn’t get enough love, and this scene really cracks me up. :D Smash and I were cracking up over it on the other page. LOL

      Of course, he’s great in Trains and Buck, too. Love the Great Outdoors, and of course, his small role in “The Blues Brothers” ;)

  5. Will Ferrell and Bill Murray have the ability to make me laugh without saying a word. Got to be Murray though, an absolute genius! Great post! :)

    • Thanks Kev, I thought it was a fun topic, yeah.

      Both of those two ARE hysterical. I wish Murray was churning out comedies still, he’s far too busy with his indie dramas now, etc. :( But he still gets his Wes Anderson films in I suppose.

      Meanwhile, Will Ferrell has Anchorman 2 on the way. :D

  6. Bill Murray, of course, and Steve Martin and Chevy Chase in their heydays. John Candy was brilliant. Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor.

    Not really a big fan of any of the “new crowd”. They just seem to lack something.

    • Richard Pryor getting his first “due”, nice!

      I don’t think the new generation is lacking, it’s probably just us connecting with them. I’m sure they’ll have as many fans as every other generation, just as I’m sure that each new generation of comics hears that sort of criticism from the generation before…

    • Hah!! Now that IS a great idea. Plus, threads where people get to “bash” things really take off Mikey ;) !

      The Wayans, huh? Extremely unfunny, it’s true. My vote has to go to Nick Swardson though. He REALLY bugs the hell out of me…

  7. Bill Murray. That’s all there is need to be said. For least funniest, that’s tough. It would be between Nick Swardson, Dane Cook, and Adam Sandler (in recent years). Plus anyone who does those awful parody films. And Marlon Wayans say we critics have our thumbs up our asses? Really?

    • See? This is why “Least funny” would NOT be a good topic, because… then we would be talking about these guys all day LOL :roll: I recant my enthusiasm for the idea. ;)

      I’m certainly not a fan of ANY of those folks…

      Except of course, for Bill Murray ;)

  8. I’m a huge Steve Martin fan, even though he seems to have been having back picks for the last decade or so. Bill Murry is good but not always likable. Dan Aykroyd is great and generally more likable in his parts. Johnny Depp, because he has great comedic timing. Leslie Neilson, his heart was always for comedies although he was cast in ‘hero’ and ‘leading man’ roles early in his career based on his looks. Forbidden Planet, anyone?

    • I know, right? Its so funny about the differential between the two portions of Nielson’s career, isn’t it? Seriously, who would have thought he’d become one of America’s favorite comedic stars? 8O

      Depp CAN be really funny, its true. He’s definitely got a great sense of humor…

  9. From the classics there is Harold Lloyd. I’s amazing how he did all those stunts with only a partial hand. As for the present day, definitely Monty Python. The Holy Grail movie is a classic and I can watch that multiple times and still laugh each time. There are others I appreciate like Chaplin (the silent one), Laurel and Hardy, and Mel Brooks.

  10. Favorite Comedian: Jim Carrey, Any Samberg, Steve Carell. Or any star of the U.S. version if the comedy improv show: Whose Line Is It Anyway
    Can’t wait for it to come back on TV this July!

    • I have to admit, I laughed at “Hot Rod”. LOL Obviously Carrell and Carrey are great, I even liked “Burt Wonderstone”, where they both appear together… though I cant recommend it all that much :( Theyre both great comdic stars though. ;)

  11. 15 years ago I would have definitely said Leslie Neilson, I’ve watched many of his comedies from Police Squad! to Spy Hard and plenty of others, but they haven’t really followed me into adulthood. I can’t really think of who I would pick now, there’s so many that I’ve enjoyed in one movie or another, but I can’t think of any that I’ve been able to follow from movie to movie to movie.

      • Probably around Superhero Movie. I realized that I don’t really watch that many straight up comedies anymore. I enjoy Kevin Smith’s movies, but there isn’t really a stand-out in any of those movies for me. Seth Rogan probably comes the closest, but I haven’t seen that much of his, and didn’t care for him all that much in Green Hornet either.

  12. Louis C.K. – not for his film resume as I don’t think he’s even starred in his own movie, but for his stand-up and his TV series on FX.

    If you haven’t seen his series “Louie” you should check it out! It’s got that Seinfeld-Larry David-Ricky Gervais vibe. :)

    • I like Louis CK too, in fact I just watched his latest HBO special the other day.

      A quick IMDb check DOES show that he’s had a handful of film roles. Nothing that would register with anyone, but at least it makes the answer acceptable ;)

      • Oh yeah I know he’s been in a few films, but in small roles, and they weren’t even good roles, but I don’t think it will be too much longer before he gets to star in a movie that is more of his brand of humor.

      • That would be great, he is excellent. Surprising though how so many times, stand up doesnt translate well to the big screen. :(

        Anyways, yeah, I’d love to see him headline a flick thats as great as his other stuff!

      • Yeah a lot of comedians can’t pull off movies, but the reason I’m confident Louie CK can is b/c of how good his series is. If you haven’t watched it, you should check it out! :)

        Peter Farrelly (i think it was him) said he predicts Louis CK will become the biggest movie star on the planet. I don’t know if The Farrelly’s are using him in an upcoming film, or what, but he seemed very confident; and that’s one thing the Farrelly’s have always been brilliant in is casting!

        Can’t wait for “Dumb & Dumber To”!!! :O

  13. Comedy is not one of my favorite movie genres. I have looked forward to so many ‘funny’ movies and 9 times out of 10, am very much let down. Having said that, I think that Ricky Gervais out of the current crop of comedians is a pretty funny guy. Check out the original British “The Office” and a show called “Extras”. They were very funny.
    Jerry Lewis made an extremely funny film years ago that is a comedy take on the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde story. It’s called “The Nutty Professor” and I watched it again recently and it still holds up. Also starring a breathtaking Stella Stevens!

    • Gervais is more known for his TV work, though he has been in some films. He was in “Stardust”, and I like that flick a lot. :D

      I know, “The Nutty Professor”. LOL Of course I do! That’s a classic comedy right there. I’m not the hugest fan of Lewis, but there’s no doubt he’s a legend. ;)

    • 4 rock solid choices. Although, I cant bring myself to watch the Steve Martin “Pink Panther” movies. I’m such a fan of the first movies that his remakes make me cringe :(

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