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 CarreyΒ 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


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

  1. No question – Peter Sellers for me, The Pink Panther movies are the funniest movies I’ve ever seen… I like Steve Martin’s Pink Panther as well

    • Ah Ha! I cant believe it took so long for someone to mention the great Chief Inspector Clouseau. Swine commenters! LOL

      I cant stomach the Steve Martin remakes though. Those are ghastly in my book 😦

  2. Wow, tough question. You named some good one, but it’s always a little hard for me to judge any kind of actors in this way, ’cause I always think, well the script is written, it’s directed, unless the acting is improvised completely,- I have a hard time thinking “I want to see this movie, because X is in this!” I just generally don’t think that way.

    That said, eh, I think my all-time favorite film comedian, just purely, making me laugh, Groucho Marx, has to be number 1. All the Marx Brothers really, but so many great, quotable in, even their worse movies, you can’t not laugh. Put on something “Horse Feathers” or “Duck Soup,” and it’s over, you’re laughing.

    I guess other notables, it’s kinda hard to remember sometimes, but Woody Allen, in his really early films especially, love “Take the Money and Run”. I think a big name now, that’s kinda under the radar, but Ricky Gervais, is quite good at picking some special film projects. Considering how can absolutely do anything he wants, and overall talent, Will Farrell, definitely the most talented, can do any kind of comic performance, just as good and funny in serious funny. Knows, just the right amount of funny a movies needs, sometimes he can save a movie with a cameo, I’ll put him up with anybody.

    • Just looked over some of the other answer, can’t believe I forgot Bill Murray. He’s so good, I don’t even think of him as a comic actor, he’s just one of the best actors in the world. Had to double-back and mention Bill Murray.

      • Hard to narrow it down to just a couple, isnt it? Murray should be considered a national treasure. He’s one of the most gifted entertainers ever, no doubt about it.

        Farrell is great, too, but sometimes his own goofiness can derail a project. Still, just about everything he does is decent at least, and of course, he has a small handful of “greats”. Not the hugest Woody Allen fan… not to hate on him or anything, I do think he’s funny, but it would take me a good while to get around to him if I were listing out MY faves.

        Groucho and co are classics, of course. I lean more towards the Stooges, personally, but there’s no denying their place in the all time greats πŸ˜‰

      • I don’t know about derail a project; I have a tendency to think that, if Ferrell in a bad movie, it probably wasn’t going to be good to begin with. Really, he can save a lot of film.

        The Stooges are okay, but I’m not a particularly big fan of them, especially compared to the Marx Brothers, I don’t think they’re in the same league as each other. Marx Brothers did everything, Stooges, did their thing, and it was good, but once you’ve seen the very best Stooges shorts, I think you’ve seen them all.

        Funny you mentioned them though, I just read this Woody Allen short story, called “This Nib for Hire”, about a failed author, who gets hired to write novelizations of Three Stooges shorts, Absolutely funny as hell. It begins with Allen normal set-ups, and then we see the first couple pages of the novelization, it is just wonderfully absurd brilliance. If you ever come across it, you should check it out. I think that’s why Woody Allen gets overlooked for comedy performance, because his artistic range, is so widespread. Screenwriter, novelist, short story writer, director,- Comedy Central named him the 4th Greatest stand-up comic of all-time, that’s maybe his 5th best skill, just above acting. I think he has to be mentioned on something like this, but on the same hand, I can understand leaving, but that’s he didn’t stick with it so off, and he went off and did other things instead, that we didn’t completely see what he could’ve done had he stuck with the same broad comedy that he started with.

  3. This is a fun subject and I see a great amount of answers here. While I can’t list my top fave, some of my faves are as follows:

    Danny Kaye, Jerry Lewis, Robin Williams, Craig Robinson, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, Chris Tucker and Jonah Hill.

    Not a big fan of Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Jason Sudekis, Melissa McCarthy, Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.

    Fun question this week, man!

    • Thanks, T. πŸ˜€ Danny Kaye, huh? No one has mentioned him yet…

      I like Robinson, too, but I’m not looking forward to “Peeples” this weekend 😦

      I like ALL of those comedians you mentioned you DONT like – to some degree or the other. Lol. Well, Sudekis not so much…

  4. Mel Brooks has been mentioned almost in passing here, so I’ll take the opportunity to cite him as my absolute, no-doubt, 100% favorite movie comedian. Brooks taught me so much about how so many different things- whether it’s rednecks in a saloon or Hitler ice skating- can be utterly hilarious that I suspect my entire sense of humor would be totally different if he didn’t exist. Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part 1…take these movies away and I would be a much, much less funny person. He’s a genius.

    • He IS a genius, there’s no doubt. Obviously he’s funnier behind the camera than in front of it (not that he’s not a funny guy, obviously).

      He’s done several of the greatest comedies of all time… I don’t want to say his entire filmography, but close to it. Even some you didn’t mention… High Anxiety, Spaceballs, Men in Tights… He’s one of the greatest comedic directors of all time, unarguably . πŸ˜€

  5. I have a few favorites, though none of them have done much work in film:

    1) Dave Attell. Loved the hell out of his Insomniac show, though he has somewhat disappeared since then.

    2) Larry David. HUGE fan of CYE and Seinfeld. Is it wrong that I find myself agreeing with LD more often than not?

    3) Louis CK. Saw him live last year and he didn’t disappoint. Love his show, too.

    • So, basically three NON movie guys.

      Have any comedians that do movies ever appealed to you, Eric? LOL

      Thats not fair, I suppose they have had small film roles each. Larry David WAS just in last year’s Three Stooges. πŸ™„ LOL

      • Hahaha, well Larry David did star in that Woody Allen movie, Whatever Works. It wasn’t that great, but hey, it was cool to see LD in a rare leading role. He also played a “tough” Jewish mob boss in that fake Scorcese pic in Curb Your Enthusiasm. πŸ˜€

  6. I’m a big fan of Simon Pegg. I love British comedy in general, and I thought he was great in Sean of the Dead and in the British TV show “Spaced.” I also thought he added a nice shot of humor to the Mission Impossible franchise. And his autobiography (I think the title is “Nerd Do Well” is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. πŸ˜‰

    • You must have been psyched, then, when he got cast as Scotty, huh? LOL I like him too, I think he’s very funny. I dont get carried away with him, but he’s certainly a funny guy… and yeah, he definitely makes a nice contribution to the MI series! πŸ˜€

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