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    Best Comic Actors/Performances of All Time

    My nominee is Peter Sellers as Clare Quilty in Lolita. Brilliant.


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    ^Also brilliant in "Dr Strangelove".

    My own fave(s) is a double-act "Laurel & Hardy". Their timing could not be beaten.


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    Leslie Nielson in Airplane.



    And don't call me Shirley!


    Or Bill Murray in Caddyshack


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    Steve Martin in the Jerk was funny as hell to me way back when

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    Another good one from Caddyshack.


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    It's silent. It's black and white. It's brilliant. Buster Keaton in "The General", 1926.


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    Harvey Korman was great in 'Blazing Saddles', as was Slim Pickens:


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    Peter Sellers best comedic performance ever was Clouseau, followed by Chance.

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    I must have an unusual sense of humour. I find the pratfall, custard pie stuff to be a huge turn off. You could pay and train a monkey to do it better than the likes of Leslie Neilson, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey and all the other one trick ponies.
    In case you think this is an anti American position, I would point out that there are other actors with similarly irritating lack of talent, like Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan and Sascha Baron Cohen. All excruciatingly unfunny.
    The few who can carry it off and actually have some depth as an actor would include, Robin Williams, Peter Sellars, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Woody Allen and Whoopi Goldberg.
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    Best Comic Actors/Performances of All Time

    John Cleese in 'Fawlty Towers'

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    Peter Sellers, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in






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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Best Comic Actors/Performances of All Time

    John Cleese in 'Fawlty Towers'
    Agreed. I too don't much care for the Jim Carrey, Leslie Neilson, Steve Martin type of slapstick.

    Cleese was great. Also Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson.

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    Aaaah Peter Cook and Dudley Moore....


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    Ah, yes. Peter Cook. w/ Dudley, and a few stimulants and booze, they turned into the notorious "Derek & Clive".

    Disgusting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Also Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson
    Rowan Atkinson gets away with it because of Blackadder. A lot of that show was down to the scripts as well as the great comedy actors.

    I would add a couple of Brit actresses to the list. Miranda Richardson for Blackadder and Julie Walters for just about everything she evr did.

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    Sellers was a nasty boring kunt, Ken Williams and cleese pissed all over him, not to mention Ronnie Barker. Warren takes some beating

    youtube.com/watch?v=c3p8U6Bt6io
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    Rik Mayall (Bottom)

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    Rik Mayall (Bottom)
    Had you considered the addition of a preposition to that statement? In the interests of clarity like.

    I aint no garammar nazi by the way, jus' trying to 'elp a feller poster innit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Agreed. I too don't much care for the Jim Carrey, Leslie Neilson, Steve Martin type of slapstick.
    Cleese was great. Also Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson.
    I always thought Mr. Bean was completely slapstick ie. physical. Certainly not verbal.

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    If you want slapstick, ya gotta go all the way :


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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Ricky Gervais
    I think he'd be the first to admit he wasn't an actual actor. As writer/stand up comedian though I think he's very funny.

    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Steve Coogan
    You didn't think Alan Partridge was funny?? Goes on my list of great comedy performances. Hilarious.

    I loved Richard Pryor & Gene Wilder in "See no evil, hear no evil" when I was a kid. Probably hasn't stood the test of time though.


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