We all like our comedians, comic actors, et cetera, but of them all, who was most influential?
I'm not sure how to answer this one. Maybe it's a standup comedian or a comedic actor or maybe a writer who stayed off camera. It's an interesting discussion though.
I've stumped myself, here. I asked the question but struggled to find an answer. If I get enough answers, I could rank them in some sort of table, calling it 'funniest man of all time (as rated by bleeping computer)'.
As for the funniest, in no particular order, here are some of my favourites:
Curly Howard - In my opinion, he was the funniest member of The Three Stooges. His physical comedy, timing, facial expressions and delivery was unbelievable.
George Carlin - In addition to being one of the funniest comedians, he should also be considered one of the most influential as he took on topics that most, if not all, comedians avoided.
John Ritter - I really don't think any actor in the world could have played Jack Tripper better than him. I believe Lucille Ball said that no one was better than John Ritter at physical comedy. (I think she was referring to actors in his era).
Leslie Nielsen - I particularly enjoyed his deadpan comedy routine in Police Squad! (TV Show) and in the Airplane! & Naked Gun movies.
Richard Pryor - He should also be considered one of the most influential due to the type of topics he would joke about.
Jim Carrey - His over the top style made him a perfect choice to be a cast member of In Living Color. We'll see him on the big screen again soon when Dumb and Dumber To is released.
Eddie Murphy - I'm a big fan of his standup comedy, especially Delirious. I like all the characters he would invent and play out in his standup.
Ricky Gervais - I think he should qualify to be on this list even if he had only created David Brent and The Office and did nothing else.
There are so many more but off the top of my head, these are some of my favourite comedians.
Edited by Ted Striker, 27 October 2014 - 09:36 PM.