Rolling Stone has published their list of The 50 Funniest People Now, and as unqualified as I am to judge it, being on it myself, I’m about to. Don’t worry about looking for me in there, I’m in an obscure place and it’ll probably be the last place you think to look. Save yourselves some time. I’m in good company, though, as worthy names like Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Steven Colbert, and Jon Stewart are all clustered pretty close to the top. And I was reading it, I said aloud, “If Amy Poehler and Tina Fey aren’t on this list, I’m gonna be pissed.” But luckily they were, nestled high in the Top Ten, along with Kristen Wiig, dear to my heart.
But there were some other people who crept on the list as well that I was a little more confused by. I get that it’s fifty people, and maybe that’s a lot, and you were getting close to your deadline, but some of these choices are pretty wackadoo. Six of them in particular:
JOAN RIVERSI even like the lady, but would we call her funny, necessarily? She’s gotten more blunt and honest as she’s gotten older, which I wouldn’t have thought possible, but I don’t know if I ever find myself laughing audibly at anything she says, which for me is a gauge. She is the hardest working woman in show-business, though, so maybe I should just give it to her. Alllright. Here you go, Joan Rivers. Go crazy.
Okay what? No. What? A. Not a comedian. B. No longer even relevant in the arena he was known for in the first place, sports. I’m probably ill-informed and his analyst gig is a much bigger deal than I think, but I still don’t know if he belongs on this list. Maybe they had a position open for ‘Funniest Reason For Arrest’, because that’s a category that Charles would win handily, for his epic ‘driving to a blowjob’ excuse for his arrest. To be fair, that had me in stitches.
I don’t know about this one. I’m on the fence. I think he more commonly drifts into the vitriol category versus the funny one. He’s witty, but for me that’s different from funny. I don’t know, I’m grasping at straws. Keep him on the list, but don’t expect my blessing at your wedding.
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Nope. Nope nope nope. I feel pretty comfortable with this one. Howard Stern does not belong on a list of funny people. Considering all the comedians and writers and actors who bust their ass every day to make people laugh, don’t reward some misogynist radio host for his snarky comments. Gross.
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Don’t get me wrong — I actually like Lena. I think GIRLS is amazing and I watch it every week and begrudgingly admire her enormous talent, honesty, and bravery. BUT. She’s an observationalist. She looks at things and reports them as she sees them. Sometimes she reports funny things, but I wouldn’t call that a funny show or her a funny person. She’s too earnest to be funny. I know that sounds terrible but I don’t mean it in a bad way. BUT TAKE HER THE HELL OFF THE LIST. That part I did mean in a bad way.