10 Best Comedy Characters of All-Times
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There’s no doubt that one person will have a very difficult time ranking the best comedy characters of all-times, especially since I haven’t seen every existing comedy show. If disagree with the rankings, please comment below…
No. 10 – Chandler Bing (Friends)
While you might need to connect to some characters before you really get their sense of humor, Chandler will instantaneously make you laugh. The ongoing sarcasm, the childishness, the sloppiness, the fear of women and the crazy facial expressions. Chandler will get you every time, even when you know his next joke.
No. 9 – Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
He might be a simple character but nonetheless hilarious. One of the reasons to that might be the 26 seasons that The Simpsons spend on our TV screen.
No. 8 – Ross Geller (Friends)
Yes, Ross Geller, the boring, simple professor, is the last (and therefore best) representative of Friends on our list. Why, you asking? I mean, Chandler is more sarcastic, Joey is dumber, and Phoebe is crazier. But despite all of that, every time I watch Ross he’s the character that gets me cracking the most, especially since his break-up from Rachel. His huge science passion, his repeating denials regarding cheating on Rachel, and his ongoing claims on the whole “pointless” guilt issues all make him the senior character in Friends.
No. 7 – Eric Cartman (South Park)
So far, we only managed to talk about the funny, kind character. This time we face a character that represents all of the evil in humanity. It’s hard not to laugh from Eric’s Anti-Semitism behavior towards Kyle, his mean laugh and his never-stopping criminal mind that hides behind a third-grader and his innocent body.
No. 6 – Alan Harper (Two and a Half Men)
Alan has without a doubt developed the most as a character, at least out of the characters in this list. The long-lasting nerd that always went by the book, and was the annoying character that always ruins all the fun, turned in a moment (okay, maybe not a moment. More like 10 seasons) into an unrestrainable character, one that fools everybody around her, but still preserves its loserism and miserism (bear with me guys, I know these aren’t real words) throughout the whole series. All of the contrasts and changes makes this character one of the more fascinating ones in the American comedies.
No. 5 – Michael Kelso (70s Show)
Yes, Ashton Kutcher beat John Cryer in the battle of Two and a Half Men actors, but with a character from the 70s Show. If characters like Joey Tribbiany and Homer Simpson introduces us with stupidity on American TV prime time, Michael Kelso took that stupidity one step forward, while combining it with unconditional sloppiness, irresponsibility, self-humor and pranks. No wonder the 70s Show was canceled after he and Eric Forman (Topher Grace) left the series.
No. 4 – Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld)
We’re getting close to the finish line, ladies and gentleman. This is the territory where the vote really got tight (of course, I’m the only voter. But you know what I mean). Michael Richards used brilliant acting to win 3 Emmy awards for his role at Seinfeld as the Best Supporting Actor. Most of the funniest scenes in Seinfeld are his. What we really dig about Kramer is that he is always certain he is right, while actually his ideas are quite ridiculous. His clumsiness is hilarious but still not too far-fetched and at the top stands Richard’s amazing acting and extraordinary facial expressions.
No. 3 – Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)
One of the classiest characters on TV, Neil Patrick Harris is dropping us to the floor, even if his tricks and pranks are well-known. His uncanny passion to lies, and to almost everything around him, assures Barney the third and respectable place on our list.
No. 2 – George Costanza and Larry Davis (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
No, these 2 characters do not share the second place. The reason you’re seeing 2 characters up there is because when Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld wrote Seinfeld they built George’s character based on Larry David himself, who played himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm. There are endless things you can say about George, and they’re all bad: he’s a cheater, deceiver, liar, manipulative (he managed to fool the polygraph), and nervous. And that’s when we love about him.
No. 1 – Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
Jim Parsons, with flawless acting that got him 3 Emmy awards, is giving us all the humor we weren’t used to: the misunderstanding of society, the misunderstanding of facial expressions, the uncanny need to work also by a schedule, disproportional hypochondriacally, formality in every conversation, selfishness, arrogance and childishness. And no put all of that inside the mind of a genius. Yes, when the Big Bang Theory writers wrote the show they decided to put all the eggs in one basket, and by that created the best comedy character of all time.