Another list from my media saturated mind with a little help from IMDB. This one will include the funniest movie characters since 1990…in my opinion. Like my last list I followed some criteria when coming up with it. 1) The movie had to have been released between 1990 and now. 2) Only live characters. So no cartoons. 3) An actor can only appear on the list once. 4) Only one charcter per movie unless otherwise specified. On to the list.
30. Ernie Bilko (Steve Martin)
This movie was a remake of the old TV show, which I had never seen so I can't compare the two. However, Steve Martin, who usually isn't that funny comes through with a pretty good performance. I don't think there was anyone else who could have pulled off the part as well as he did.
FAVORITE QUOTE: All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work
29. Frank Drebin (Leslie Neilsen)
Naked Gun Series
I don't know why I found these movies so funny. They were the pioneers of the ‘spoof' genre and did a good job with it. What made Drebin so good is that he still managed to be believeable even with The Juice stumbling all over his lines. I think these movies could have been funnier, but they did the job.
FAVORITE QUOTE: And I'll tell you one more thing: I faked every orgasm!
28. Jack Byrnes (Rober DeNiro)
Meet the Parents; Meet the Fockers
I don't know if it was DeNiro saying Focker all the time or walking around in a rubber titty that made me laugh the hardest. Either way Jack was the true scene stealer in both of these movies as usually is the case with DeNiro.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I have nipples, Greg. Can you milk me?
27. Nicholas ‘Oz' Oseransky (Matthew Perry)
The Whole 9 Yards; The Whole 10 Yards
Oz probably would have ranked higher if he was more than Chandler as a dentist and lived in Canada. Either way he still made me and others laugh with this jumpy, fish out of water character. Which is more than than I can say about Kevin Pollick horrible accent. The movie was also helped when a topless Amanda Peet made an appearance.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Uh… it's room service. Before I vomited I ordered scotch.
26. Ernest P. Worrel (Jim Varney)
Ernest probably isn't as funny now as he was when I first saw him, know what I mean? I do remember watching about 5 of the Ernest movies back in the day. Scared Stupid was my favorite. Another funny thing about Varney is that he started out as a classical actor, same with Leslie Neilsen. Goes to show you that if you want to get into comedy, become a classical actor.
FAVORITE QUOTE: How 'bout a bumper sandwich, Boogerlips?
25. Kyle Edwards (D.J. Qualls)
What would college be without taking advantage of the socially awkward kid? Since this movie Qualls has been type casted as just that in every role he's gotten since then. None as good as this one. Still Kyle had all of the laugh out loud lines and did manage to have sex…..with a girl.
FAVORIE QUOTE: It's not cheating if you spread peanut butter on your balls and let your dog lick it off… cause it's YOUR dog, get it?
24. Harry & Marv (Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern)
Home Alone 1&2
I had to count these quys as one. I should have just put “The Wet Bandits” or “The Sticky Bandits”. I understand that most of the comedy was done by stunt men and thats ok. Anytime you see Joe Pesci get his ass beat its hilarious. I honestly don't think this movie would have done as well if Pesci and Stern weren't casts as the Burglers.
FAVORITE QUOTE: All the great ones leave their mark. We're the wet bandits!
23. Smokey (Chris Tucker)
I didn't think this movie was that funny until the second time I watched it. It was then I couldn't stop laughing at Smokey, who according to IMDB doesn't have a last name. He was by far and away the only thing in this movie worth watching. I think it was a mixture of that voice and what he was saying. I will go on record and say that this was and is Chris Tucker's best character.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Puff puff, give. Puff puff, give. You're fuckin' up the rotation
22. Walter Sobchak (John Goodman)
The Big Labowski
It was tough choosing this character over the dude, but when you think of it he got the most laughs or at least the biggest ones. I loved his over the top approach to everything. You have to appreciate someone, maybe the only one, who effectively used the word nomanclature in a movie. It doesn't get much better than that.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Saturday, Donny, is Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest. That means that I don't work, I don't get in a car, I don't ride in a car, I don't pick up the phone, I don't turn on the oven, and I sure as shit DON'T ROLL ON SHOMER SHOBBOS!!
21. Clifford Daniels (Martin Short)
I don't care what everyone else has said about this movie I think its funny. Martin Short at his absolute apex of insanity. He plays a like a 12 year old kid and somehow I kind of believe it. This movie made me laugh out loud more than a lot of the movies on this list. Keep in mind that I'm easily amused.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Oh Uncle Martin, I am so glad you're here. I got on the train to run away, but a person tried to touch my no-no special place!
20. Thurgood Jenkins (Dave Chappelle)
Thurgood is hilarious in this movie. His group reminds me of some of my friends. Which is probably why I always seem to watch this movie when it comes on TV. Thurgood, from what I've seen, is a pretty normal pothead. I always find it funny that he takes his job title so seriously. Also, Sir-Smokes-Alot is hilarious as well.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Yeah, get me a box of condoms, and, what was that thing we used to eat back in the day? What was it… oh yeah, pussy.
19. Michael Bolton (David Herman)
Everyone has one of these guys in there office or at least knows one. The tough little dorky guy who thinks he is the shit. I know at least 3 in my office. I still can't believe this movie didn't do well in theaters. Anyway, I couldn't stop laughing at this guy. Anyone who hates their job can relate to him and who doesn't hate their job?
FAVORITE QUOTE: There was nothing wrong with it… until I was about 12 years old and that no-talent ass clown became famous and started winning Grammys.
18. Jay & Silent Bob (Jason Mewes & Kevin Smith)
Clerks; Chasing Amy; Mallrats; Dogma; Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
The foul mouth stoner and his quiet friend have made their presence felt in a lot of films and more times than not have the most memorable perfomance. Which isn't saying much when you do most of your movies with Ben Affleck Although they do sometimes border on annoying they're almost always funny. Thats enough to get them on this list. They're together on this list because they're never apart.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I feel good today, Silent Bob, we're gonna make some money, then you know what we're going to do? We're gonna go to that party, and we're gonna get some pussy, and I'm gonna fuck this bitch, and fuck this bitch.
17. Garth Algar (Dana Carvey)
Wayne's World 1&2
Everyone remembers Wayne's quiet sidekick. I always found Garth funnier than Wayne, even during the SNL days. What makes Garth so funny, other than the hair and glasses, is his deparate attempt to be cool. He's always awkward around women yet always seems to have them interested in him. Must be the public access TV star status.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played girl bunny?
16. Wally Ritchie (Bill Murray)
The Man Who Knew Too Little
I still believe this movie is under rated. Bill Murray is hilarious in this movie. He plays a Blockbuster manager who goes and visits his rich older brother in England only to get caught up in a plot to kill important people. Not only does he foil everyone's plans but he thinks hes on a TV show while doing it
FAVORITE QUOTE: Time out! Time out! I got something in my eye, jackoff!
15. Cousin Eddie Johnson (Randy Quaid)
Vegas Vacation; Cousin Eddie's Christmas Vacation
Cousin Eddie Returns to form in Vegas Vaction as the drunk slacker cousin of the Griswold family. He is just as funny in this one as he was in Christmas Vacation. The National Lampoon people thought he was so funny they sent Cousin Eddie on his own vacation. Which I haven't seen nor heard anything good about it.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I haven't seen a beatin' like that since somebody stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose.
14. The Klumps (Eddie Murphy)
The Nutty Professor 1&2
I had to consider this family as one character not just because they were played by one actor but because they were always together. This family, other than the obeseity, does resemble mine in a lot a ways. I'm sure they resmemble a lot of people's families, which is probably why they were so funny to so many people.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Well let me tell you something, that ain't even no bag you got in your hand, that's your titty.
13. Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson)
I don't think a has been bowling pro with a rubber hand driving around with an Amish prodigy could not be funny. Roy is hilarious in this movie and so is his comb-over. You could make a case for Big Ern being the funniest from this movie but he just didn't have a big enough part to get my vote.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I mean, I'm unable to have children. Nasty cheese grating accident as a boy.
12. Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller)
This is one of the few Ben Stiller characters that made me laugh. Everything about Zoolander was funny. The blue steel look, the complete lack of common sense, the hair, and the inability to turn left. The way things are going this is gonna be Stiller's last good character.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.
11. “Double Down” Trent Walker (Vince Vaughn)
Trent was hilarious in this movie. Everyone has to have the over the top friend like Trent. I've quoted him too many times to count and I'm sure a lot of you have and don't even know it. This movie will always be Vince Vaughn's best just ahead of Old School. Anytime you can make Wayne Gretzky's head bleed you know you have something special. For the last few years Vaughn has just been playing a version of this character. Thats why this one gets the nod.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Hey! What're you kicking me for? You want me to ask? All right, I'll ask! Ma'am, where do the high school girls hang out in this town?
10. J.D. McNugent (Jack Black)
The funniest from “The Diamonds in the Rough” trio. Jack Black is just his hilarious self in this movie and I don't think he could be better. It dosn't get any funnier than him running around with a pair of pantyhose on his head trying to kidnap someone. This movie had me laughing almost the whole time with the biggest ones coming from J.D.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Oh yeah! We had chemistry together and I tried to light a fart with the Bunsen burner and I ended up singeing my balls… still can't grow hair on my left nut…. Sucks.
9. Dr. Evil (Mike Myers)
Austin Powers 1,2 & 3
The funnier, balder, and spoof of Bond's nemesis, Ernst Blofeld is in the top ten and for good reason. He is consistantly the funniest of all the characters in this trilogy. Everything he did was either funny or evil or sometimes both. Like when he won't let his son talk or creates an evil clone of himself.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I haven't laughed that hard since I was a little girl
8. Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds)
National Lampoon's second great college movie. This one features a student in his 7th year who still has no plans to graduate. Van's sarcastic, no worries lifestyle is what makes him so funny. He is the person almost every college student aspires to be, except for the 7 years part. This movie also launched Reynolds' movie career, which is something we can't complain about.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I know Ms. Pac-Man is special. She's fun. She's cute. She swallows.
7. Frank “The Tank” Ricard (Will Ferrell)
Frank completely stole this movie, which is impressive since it contained Vince Vaughn's best performance since ‘Swingers'. Every scene with Frank was funny. His over the top drunken antics reminded of a lot of people I know. He gets bonus points for successfully bonging a beer….even if it was O'douls.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I see Blue, He look's glorious.
6. Billy Madison (Adam Sandler)
It isn't hard to make a 20 something slacker taking 3rd grade classes funny, and Sandler did just that. This movie is still one of the funniest movies of all time in my opinion. As you probably have found out or will find out is that I like dumb comedies and this one is no different.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Sometimes I feel like an idiot. But I am an idiot, so it kinda works out.
5. Ashley “Ash” Williams (Bruce Campbell)
Army of Darkness
Probably the shocker of the list, unless you've seen the movie. This movie is absolutely hilarious. Its filled with clever one liners and plenty of zombie killing. Two things that will never get old. Too bad this was pretty much the end of Campbell getting leading roles. Which is kind of sad, he was great in this movie.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Gimme some sugar, baby
4. Rod Farva (Kevin Heffernan)
Farva is what I like to think all cops are, uptight over the top assholes on a powertrip. Except Farva is a lot funnier than most State Troopers. He completely steals this movie from some other really good performances. I have also sucessfully dressed up like Farva, ask me for the picture.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Just cleaning out the old locker, she stinks like ass but I'll sure miss her… I guess you could say that about all my girls.
3. Steve Stiffler (Seann William Scott)
Americn Pie 1 & 2; American Wedding
The stiffmiester. Absolutely hilarious in this trilogy. I'm sure every high school had one of these guys in it. If not then it was probably you. Anyway everyone I knew was quoting Stiffler after the first movie came out, even old people. Thats pretty impressive.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Holy shit dude. I found a dildo. Dildo. Dildo. Dildo. Big blue rubber dicks for everyone. The people demand rubber dicks.
2. Harry Dunn & Lloyd Christmas (Jeff Daniels & Jim Carrey)
Dumb & Dumber
Like I said I like dumb movies and this is probably my favorite. This movie still makes me laugh today and I've seen it like 200 times. I had to put these guys together because you couldn't have one without the other. They would be number one if it was just one of them
FAVORITE QUOTE: Lloyd: When I met Mary, I got that old fashioned romantic feeling, where I'd do anything to bone her.
Harry: Thats a special feeling.
1. Tommy Callahan III (Chris Farley)
The late great Chris Farley in his most memorable role. I mean there few characters that could compare to this one in the humor department. Again he's a dimwit who somehow manages to save the day. You'd be hard pressed to find someone funnier than Tommy.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Because they know all they solda ya was a guaranteed piece of shit. That's all it is. Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time. But for right now, for your sake, for your daughter's sake, ya might wanna think about buying a quality item from me.