Thursday, January 29, 2009

Funny and Not Funny - Comedians and TV Characters.

So here's my list of people that I can watch for an hour and not crack a smile, followed by people that crack me up with almost everything they say. Note some of the people listed are the characters that they've played.

This is probably part one as these are people off the top of my head.

Not Funny
Robin Williams
Billy Crystal
John Stewart
Johnny Carson
Bob Sagat
Ben Stiller (unless he's doing impressions)
Shemp Howard (3 Stooges)
Steve Martin (used to be funny)
Jeff Foxworthy
Bob Hope
Yakov Smirnoff
George Burns
Kathy Griffin
Rita Rudner

Stephen Colbert
Don Rickles
Ricky Gervais
Jack Black
Conan O'Brien
Dr Zibbs
Ralph Kramden
Ed Norton
The Schmenge Brothers (John Candy and Eugene Levy from SCTV)
Larry David
Larry Fine (3 Stooges)
Phil Silvers
Archie Bunker
Groucho Marx
Lisa Lampanelli
Sid Caesar


WendyB said...

There is one person in the world who thinks Robin Williams is highlarious. That person is me. I have no excuses.

Tenakim said...

I am sad for people that don't get Kathy Griffin's humor! I suppose you don't think Jimmy Kimmel or Sarah Silverman are funny either, huh?

Cameron said...

I agree with 90%, except that:

Dr Zibbs is an assclown, and they are playing a radio spot for Lisa Lampanelli because she's coming to town. They play they same joke over and over and now I just think she blows. Oh, and Conan sucks too. Where Letterman? And you're spot on about Stewart and Colbert.

Cameron said...

Oh wait, I'm sorry. I thought I was on a different blog.. I mean, that Dr Zibbs is one hell of a card. He cracks me up all the time. Plus he's quite handsome.

SkylersDad said...

I would disagree about John Stewart and Kathy Griffin, and would add Brian Regan to this list of folks that crack me up.

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures said...

Don Rickles?? Seriously??

SouthernBelle said...

Ha, I like how you snuck yourself into the funny list.

Where do you stand on Eddie Izzard? I think he's fab as a standup & shite as an actor.

Philly said...

Kathy Griffin is a piss

Dr Zibbs said...

Tenakim - Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman - both funny.

Sarah - Yes. Don Rickles is hyesterical.

Southern Belle - Eddie Izzard - don't know him. Would have to look him up.

red said...

Eddie Izzard is awesome.

I mostly agree with you, but Jon Stewart is now, and has always been, effing hilarious.

Shieldmaiden96 said...

Where would you put Bob Newhart? I'd have to go with 'not funny' or create a third category- 'funny like that friend's dad who'd try to crack jokes when he was taking you all to the movies'.

On second thought, just 'not funny'.

Dr Zibbs said...

ShieldMaiden - Bob Newhart is funny.

Jennifer and Sandi said...

God, FINALLY someone else thinks Conan O'Brien is funny.

I thought I was the only one!!!!!!!

*It's cute that you think your funny*


- Jennifer

Jill said...

Agree with Lisa Lamanelli and Larry David. Disagree with Kathy Griffin (she can make me chuckle)I adore and miss Mitch Hedberg and love Mitch Fatel...I guess I just find men named Mitch to be incredibly funny.

Chaka said...

The Happy Wanderers Rock! or at least Polka. Watching Eugene Levy's eyebrows undulate while he talks about Lutonia always kills me. SNL can't hold a candle to SCTV back in the day.

buffalodick said...

90% agreement rating... Ben Stiller- 2nd generation of not funny people- his mother and father stand-up routines were painful, and I was young.. Kathy Griffin has her moments of funny, but she is aging..

words words words said...

I mostly agree, which shows that you have good taste.

However: Johnny Carson and Jon Stewart ARE funny. Stephen Colbert, Kramden & Norton, the Schmenge Brothers, and Archie Bunker are NOT funny.

Extra points for pointing out that Kathy Griffin is terrible despite the flak you're taking for it.

Miss Alex said...

It's like you read my mind...

Chevy Chase belongs on that list

in the UNFUNNY side... i'm not talkin Saturday night live 70's chevy but later... just not into him...

in fact Sat night Live 70's cast amazing

J.J. in L.A. said...

I disagree with everyone on your Funny list...except for you, of course.

My all-time favorite Funny is John Cleese. He's a classic!

Cora said...


(okay, I'm done yelling at you now)

Michelle said...

I kinda like Robin Williams!!! He rambles on sort of like you do!!!

See the connection there???


Giggle Pixie said...

I like Rita Rudner and Steve Martin. *sniff*

I also loved Mitch Hedberg (may he rest in peace).

Scope said...

Eddie Izzard is funny in standup, and even funnier in LEGO.

I'm not sure about Eugene Levy. He's a bit "Bizarro" if you ask me.

Son of a Thomas said...

You should have called this post "Can of Worms"

Groucho, Phil Silvers, and Sid. Sir you have class.

Don't understand Jack Black though.

diane said...

What's really funny is you are all saying who's funny and who's not. It's different for every person.

Sorry, I guess I have residual analytic thinking after the Beatle dream post.

Susan said...

This is why I suck SHIT at trivia. I don't know a third of the names you threw out. Now if I had pictures...that would be different. So I'm going with "Yeah, just what he said!" And by the way, WHY IN GOD"S NAME IS MY WORD VERIFICATION PEEPI?

B.E. Earl said...

Zibbsy- stop everything you are doing right now. Even breathing. You must, must, must watch everything that Eddie Izzard has ever done. He may be the funniest human alive.

Katie said...

Did you ever see Ricky Gervais talking about Humpty Dumpty and all the king's horses? Oh God. I lost a pint of tears and cracked a rib after watching that.

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alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

obvy you are on the funny list.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Good lists! Though I'm a bit fed up with Ricky Gervais now.

Anonymous said...

mANY PEOPLE think Robin Williams is funny. You're just too used to his movies. check out his stand up.

the funny list is a good one. Larry David belongs at the top of that list. Funny Jews are awesome.

slopmaster also deserves to be on the list... you just don't know me well enough.

J. Hi said...

Eugene Levy is great. I used to think Kathy Griffin was funny but she is waring on me.

Vic said...

Love Eddie Izzard

Meh, on Ben Stiller.

If Andy Kaufman was still alive, I would stab him with a fork for his unfunniness.


Craig Ferguson needs to be on the funny list. He can replace Don Rickles.

I'd also move Kathy Griffin to the funny and replace Lisa Lampanelli.

Who's John Stewart? Did you mean Jon Stewart? If so he's on the funny list.

Falwless said...

I gotta agree with everyone about Eddie Izzard. It's highly recommended to rent his comedy special "Dress To Kill" from the library next time you go. You will understand the genius that is Izzard.

I love Kathy Griffin and Jon Stewart, both are hilarious.

And I would have to add to the funny column Brian Regan (Great minds think alike, SkyDad!), Mike Birbiglia, Mitch Hedberg, Jim Gaffigan, and John Caparulo.

Also, Lisa Lampanelli? I'm really starting to question your sanity on that one. Not. Funny.

Dr Zibbs said...

Falw - I only have seen Lisa L on the celebrity roasts but she was pretty funny on there. And Jon Stewart is not funny.

Andrew Rodriguez said...

Lists only make you realize who you've left off....what no Mel Brooks, Peter Sellers, Richard Prior, George Carlin, Tim Conway, Eddie Murphy (1980's version) Trey Parker and Matt Stone?

Gwen said...

I second everything Fal said. That girl knows her funny.

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