I dont know If Robin Williams is the best, but he might be the most complete. Dude, can make you laugh or Cry. Cadillac man, is one of my all time favorites.
Thanks MO for the wicked Sig.
John Goodman as Walter Sobchek. The Big Lebowski.
Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein ...Joe Theismann
Chris Farley for pure laughs.
Robin Williams to be both a comedian and a great actor.
How's your burger, bro? - Ancient proverb
I guess we can't forget Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, and the "cast" from Family Guy for adult cartoon fans.
I forgot about Shia...he definately has a future. When you see him in "Transformers," you can tell he has a natural comedic talent.
"When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free"
~Charles Evans Hughes~
shia is pretty damned funny. i don't know how many of the rest of you are my age, but i grew up watching him on even stevens and thought he was hilarious and knew he would eventually become a star.
i also watched that show flash forward, and the kid on there was hilarious too, but he's only been in a couple things since, and nothing comedic. i know he was in alpha dog and 3:10 to yuma.. can't think of his name.
no one has said ryan reynolds yet, he's got great comedic timing, but he has started doing romantic comedies which is an effing shame (rent van wilder and wating if you disagree)
ben stiller, although i wish he would make a movie that doesn't make me want to kill myself the whole time because everything goes wrong it's just painful to watch...
owen wilson is decent in wedding crashers, and him and stiller are perfect in zoolander-> if you haven't seen zoolander, or if you don't like zoolander, then we have problems
adam sandler has to be somewhere on the list- when he makes a good one, it's very good.
steve carrell is very good
i know he's not an actor, but i gotta throw props to conan o'brian-one of the guys that makes me laugh more than anyone else i can think of right now, even without writers.
simon pegg and nick frost (shaun of the dead, hot fuzz) those movies are hilarious, and pegg is very good in 'big nothing' as well
that's it, i'm tapped out for now
oh! and on the robin williams note; patch adams made me shed a tear or two... no shame boys.
OJ Simpson...best comedic actor ever!
Sean William Scott (Stiffler)
Tom Hanks - his early comedies are gems. If the Burbs or the Money Pit don't bust you up, you just have no appreciation for comedy. Has some of the most natural and graceful comic timing of all time, and his choice to only do dramas now is a pity.
John Candy - ridiculously funny man. Understands how to be the lead and how to be the sidekick. Was always funny without the bitterness of a Farley.
Eddie Murphy - made some of the greatest comedies of the decade. Was terrific at angry comedy and could be as nuanced or broad as you wanted. Then he lost his faith in it and started only doing the broad.
Richard Pryor - Before the blow and the disease chewed him up, he was hilarious.
Gene Wilder - effortless in keeping up with some of the great comedians working around him. Made movies work that shouldn't have.
Dennis Leary - a perfectly believable blend of bitter and resigned. A ranter who normally plays ranters, but his work on Rescue Me shows more depth than his early roles (though the Ref is still one of my favorite movies).
Back in history:
Cary Grant - perhaps the most perfect screwball comic timing ever. Very hard to be dashing and self-deprecating, but he was both.
Lucille Ball - smarter than every other comedian working at the time.
Carol Burnett - ridiculously funny and still under-appreciated
Bob Newhart - nobody gives Bob any love any more, but he had the immense ability to make everyone else funnier in what they said by his reaction (or lack of reaction) to them. Worked as a magnifying agent, and did some remarkable work.
Laurel and Hardy - forget the Stooges, nobody had better timing than Laurel and Hardy...well, perhaps except for Abbott and Costello. I loved both duos.
Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin - the grand old masters of the silent stage, who had to give you the setup and the delivery without the benefit of voice or sound effects, just a running garish musical track.
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