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Discuss Your Favourite Comedy Character(s)

Elanor

Registered Member
Comedy is one of those genres that is so diverse and subjective. I love a few different types, slapstick, dark, dry/sarcastic and the juvenile 'American Pie' type comedy.

One of my favourite comedy characters is Blackadder, he is sarcastic and really not a very nice person, but, he is such a well written character and is just hilarious! I also love most of the characters from Father Ted and Dad's Army (both British, not sure if they ever went overseas), it is a struggle to choose just one.

Out of the US, Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory is, for me, one of the best. I think he could of gone one of two ways, pain in the arse, or funny with great development. For me, He is the latter.

Who are your all time favourites? It can be from either Film or TV, I just can't think of any film characters at the moment.
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
Staff member
V.I.P.
My favorite is Dick Solomon from 3rd Rock from the Sun. He is sarcastic and clueless but he doesn't even realize it. He also thinks he is all that and more.
 

dDave

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Man. There are a lot of comedy characters that I just really like.



Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne are just amazing. The chemistry between these two on screen made for what is possibly the best comedy ever made.

Here's another one of my favorites. Just so classic.
What About Bob - I'm sailing! - YouTube

Bob Wiley. The mental patient from What About Bob? portrayed by Bill Murray in his greatest role ever.

Here's a more recent one...
Dwight, Real Heroes - YouTube

Dwight K. Schrute. My favorite character from The Office. He's just so genuinely ridiculous, it makes him a lot of fun.

And another that many people should know.
George's Answering Machine (HQ) - YouTube

George Louis Costanza. I almost picked Kramer but George is just so perfectly planned out and Jason Alexander really great into the role.



Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman - The Hot Fuzz duo. These two actors are probably my favorite comedy pair ever. Their sense of humor is so dark, it's brilliant. Also, British is cool. :)

And one last character.

Zombieland twinkie truck scene - YouTube

Tallahassee from Zombieland. He's so perfectly done. Hilarious in everything that he does. Obsessed with strange things like Twinkies and Bill Murray. One character that I particularly enjoyed.
 
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Elanor

Registered Member
How could I forget Bill Murray! What About Bob is an excellent film, although I haven't seen it in years. My personal favourite role of his is Venkman in Ghostbusters. No one else could ever play him in my book, Murray was perfect. Egon and Ray are also fantastic, and the 3 compliment each other very well, both as actors and characters.
 

Taliesin

Registered Member
Wow. Some great choices there! I think you guys may even have swiped a couple that I would have listed. Okay then, thinking cap on... :D

The Goodies - Bunfight at the O.K. Tea Rooms - YouTube

For my first choice, I can't pass up mentioning The Goodies. For those of you who may not have heard of it, this is a surreal British sitcom from the 70s that was hugely popular in Australia in that decade and the one after. I grew up watching this show, and it still stands up rather well now.

The three self-titled main characters are Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie, and I really can't pick a favourite. The major reason for why this show worked so well was the fact that each of these characters complimented one another so well. It was a proper ensemble show. Tim was the posh, upper class monarchist, Graeme was the slightly bonkers scientist type, and Bill was the crass and violent lower class socialist. Together they got into all kinds of way out there shenanigans.

I loved this show, and I still do now. In fact, it's my favourite of all time. The humour may not seem that sophisticated to a modern audience, but it's actually a lot more clever than you might think. And did I mention surreal? I love the surreal!

The IT Crowd - Series 3 - Episode 4: The Internet - YouTube

Another group of comedy characters I love are Roy, Moss, and Jen from the IT Crowd. Basically, this is another Brit sitcom about two IT consultants and their "relationship manager" (she helps them to interact with the clients), and again I can't pick just one. All of these characters need one another for the show to even be half as funny as it is.

Black Books - Bernard Avoids Doing His Tax Return - YouTube

My last choice would be Bernard Black from Black Books (yup, another Brit sitcom). He's an Irish, alcoholic, bookshop proprietor who hates customers and treats his assistant Manny like dirt. He's one of those characters that would be truly unlikable in real life but is absolutely lovable in a show as well written and performed as this.

I'm sure there are more characters. I'll add them as I think of them.
 
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Elanor

Registered Member
Eph, The IT Crowd characters is a great choice! I am very fond of Moss, I just want to look after him :lol: I can't pick just one though either. They are all so unique from each other.
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
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Dave I can't believe I forgot about "Dumb and Dumber" and "What About Bob". Those are such funny movies that I wouldn't mind seeing them again.
 

idisrsly

I'm serious
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Blackadder is a brilliant character Elanor. I love him too. I have always preferred British humour over American humor, with the strong exception of Mr. Bean. I hate him. But Blackadder, Fawlty Towers (Farty Owls - hehe), 'Allo 'Allo, Monty Python and Little Britain are the stuff of legends.

As for movie characters, like Dave, I absolutely love Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. I will watch and love anything they do together.
 
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