I like lists like this.
It makes me want to zip off to Youtube to see some clips from the people that I’m unfamiliar with.
Hey! Who is the Welshman? in “Something about Mary” that played the guy on crutches?
He does some great stand-up comedy, and sweats buckets. I’m not so much into physical comedy, but he and “Kramer” were/are two of the best at it.
I guess the Monty Python crew were tough to beat. I met Michael Palin once in London, and he was as down-to-earth as they come.
One thing I notice is that few of these people were funny for decades. It seems that a lot of these people got fried on coke or couldn’t think of much new material once they hit 40.
Often, they have 30 minutes of good material, but after they’ve made it onto the talk show circuit or done a Comedy Central special, they’ve got to find all new material. That’s pressure.
And that makes me appreciate comic strips (like Dilbert or Calvin and Hobbes) or shows (like the Simpsons or Seinfeld) that were consistantly funny for years.