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Written by: Sam Fragoso on August 7, 2012

August 7, 2012 | 26 comments | Featured

I’ve grown accustom to my readers having an eclectic taste in cinema. Off the top of my head I can think of dozens of film enthusiasts frequenting Duke & The Movies that have their own specific niche or genre they unabashedly love. In the end though, I suspect all of us enjoy quality, and hopefully, comedy.

Which is the subject of our inquisition today – one that I’ve never truly broached before now but feel in conjunction with the release of The Campaign this weekend it’s something worthy of conversation.

No long-winded sermon about how the art of comedy has been deteriorating over the past decade, or how our seminal comedians in the movie business (Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, etc) have gone down the path of stupidity and simplicity rather than humor and intellect.

Just my question for today:

In the history of cinema, who is your favorite comedic actor or actress?

Woody Allen? Bill Muray? Marx Brothers? Charlie Chaplin? Jack Lemmon? Peter Sellers? Eddie Murphy?

Let me know below.


There are 26 comments for this post.

  1. Nikhat on August 7, 2012 12:56 pm

    Jim Carrey. I love things like the Mask and Liar Liar. It might not be the most refined taste, but I honestly think that Carrey is a brilliant comedic genius.
    Among women, presently I am in love with Kristen Wiig. That airplane scene in Bridesmaids is gold.

  2. Sam Fragoso on August 7, 2012 1:04 pm

    Carrey is a master at physical comedy, and Wiig is all biting sarcasm. Great choices. Just wished the former actor would make better career choices.

  3. Nick on August 7, 2012 2:47 pm

    I don’t know if he’s primarily thought of as a comic actor but my answer would be Kevin Kline.

  4. Sam Fragoso on August 7, 2012 2:50 pm

    I couldn’t have guessed that in a million years Nick. Maybe two million.

  5. Steven Flores on August 7, 2012 3:03 pm

    I would probably say Bill Murray. There’s a laid-back element to his comedy in the way he delivers lines or in scenes. Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Scrooged, and What About Bob? are the quintessential performances of his gift as a comedy actor. He can be very wild but also charming. Then there’s the Wes Anderson films and Groundhog Day where he can be funny but also show range as a dramatic actor. He will get his Oscar. MOTHERFUCK YOU SEAN PENN!!!

  6. Sam Fragoso on August 7, 2012 3:15 pm

    Sean Penn is a joke and a half — not fond of his acting skills. Murray is a comedic genius, adore him. Not so much What About Bob?.

  7. Josh on August 7, 2012 3:23 pm

    Cary Grant. I laugh everytime I watch one of his screwball comedies. The man just had such great comedic timing and charm on screen.

  8. Sam Fragoso on August 7, 2012 4:08 pm

    Timing was key for Grant, absolutely Josh. Thank you for stopping by!

  9. James Blake Ewing on August 7, 2012 4:28 pm

    Jacques Tati.

  10. Sam Fragoso on August 7, 2012 6:11 pm

    Guarantee no one will choose Tati. Which films would you say exhibit his talents?

  11. Rodney on August 8, 2012 5:08 am

    I’m in the group who think Jim Carrey is one of the funniest comedic actors to grace the modern screen. Sure, he overacts art times (all the time?) but his style of humor just resonates with me.

    Not far behind him would be Peter Sellers.

  12. Sam Fragoso on August 8, 2012 5:10 am

    I’m fond of Carrey too — I haven’t seen enough of Sellers to make a fair judgement on him.

  13. Alexander "The Cinemaniac" Diminiano on August 8, 2012 5:24 am

    Woody Allen all the way. I absolutely love him, even though some hate him. Next would probably be Adam Sandler. He’s a (very, very, very) guilty pleasure of mine.

  14. Sam Fragoso on August 8, 2012 5:56 am

    Woody Allen is my favorite comedic actor as well, in case you were unaware. Two completely different humors, Allen and Sandler.

  15. Eric on August 8, 2012 11:31 am

    I’m a big fan of Bill Murray. Even in his small roles, he tends to be the best part of a film (i.e. Zombieland, Coffee and Cigarettes).

  16. Sam Fragoso on August 8, 2012 4:55 pm

    What about him in Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and Moonrise Kingdom?

  17. sati on August 8, 2012 5:48 pm

    I can’t really answer about actress, there is a bunch of actresses that delivered very funny roles, but I wouldn’t called them comedic actresses – I loved Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, Emma Stone in Easy A….with an actor it’s easier – I love whenever Woody Allen appears on screen, he always makes me laugh.

  18. Sam Fragoso on August 8, 2012 6:44 pm

    Woody was definitely the highlight of something like To Rome With Love.

  19. John on August 9, 2012 5:40 am

    That’s funny. I’ve had an article scheduled for a week, running tomorrow, about who shaped my comedy.

    If it’s simply favorite, I’ll go with Buster Keaton. Nobody makes me laugh like Keaton.

  20. Sam Fragoso on August 9, 2012 7:58 am

    Well, I’m looking forward to reading it John.

    I know how much you adore Keaton.

  21. Fogs' Movie Reviews on August 9, 2012 11:55 am

    Bill Murray, of course. Thats the fact, Jack!

  22. Sam Fragoso on August 9, 2012 12:59 pm

    He seems to be the favorite for a whole lot of people.

  23. Morgan R. Lewis on August 10, 2012 9:58 am

    I’m going to have to side with Fogs and the others on this one. While there are a lot of comedic actors I like, Bill Murray is probably the most reliably funny.

  24. Sam Fragoso on August 10, 2012 10:00 am

    Murray does bring both charm and humor to every role — consistently funny guy with just biting, dry, hilarious wit.

    Thanks for stopping by Morgan!

  25. ray brayne on August 10, 2012 10:03 am

    Rowan Atkinson. He hasn’t done enough movie work(Johnny English, Keeping Mum) but over all, throwing out most of Mr. Bean, he’s the funniest comic going. Slapstick or stand up. Did you catch his Olympics’ bit?

  26. Sam Fragoso on August 10, 2012 10:55 am

    I did not. Link?

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