Posts Tagged ‘Chelsea Handler’

Bitch-Fest Wednesday: Moviefone’s Top 25 Funniest People Working in Hollywood (Right Now)

March 17, 2010

I’ve got problems with this list, BIG problems.  That being said, however, what this list does at least do is compile an overarching docket of comedians who are currently winning at Hollywooding.  I’ll let you follow the link to see the list for yourself, but some of my gripes are:

*Spoilers ahead (if you actually care about spoiling a Top 25 list)*

Mostly they have to do with placement rather than actually being put ON this list.  I understand the rationale behind LISTING all of these actors, but the stack-ranking involved has left me baffled.  For Instance, I have no idea why Elizabeth Banks is #14 on this list, ahead of Russell Brand, Ricky Gervais, and Ken Jeong.  Granted, she was in Role Models and Zack and Miri, and has played a couple of laughs for the Apatow gang in the past, but can ANYONE give me a reason that she should be ahead of the incredibly talented and devoted people behind her who have been creating and performing in comedy for years?  To further bitch, how is Anna Faris even farther up the list at #11?  Funny in the Scary Movies, yes, and pretty good in Observe and Report, but how far have we ACTUALLY seen her stretch?  She has adequately portrayed slapstick-ditzy and train-wreck-of-humanity, to great laughs.  That’s basically it.  And now that I mention it, I think I’m going to copyright both of those…

In addition to ranking wrong, I feel that this list is labelled wrong, as well.  This list is compiled of strictly Film and Television actors, nowhere on this list can producers, stand-ups, or late-night personalities be found, all of which, I would argue, constitute “Funny People Working in Hollywood.”  My notable ommissions would include Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Judd Apatow, Eddie Izzard, Craig Ferguson, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Chelsea Handler, Jo Koy, Loni Love, Josh Wolf, Guy Branum, Whitney Cummings, The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Gang of writers, producers, and actors, and the list could go ON AND ON AND ON AND ON…

To wrap up, I feel that the most egregious error comes with placing Paul Rudd at #1.  I’m certain that there are some die-hards out there that will greatly take offense to that, but let’s face it, Rudd is our generation’s leading straight-man.  An important position for comedy, sure, but his range is CERTAINLY no greater than that of Bill Murray, Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Carrell, and Tina Fey, just to name some of the accompanying members of the list.

Moviefone’s Top 25 Funniest People Working in Hollywood (Right Now)

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I Told Myself I Wasn’t Going to Do This

April 24, 2009

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I wasn’t going to weigh in at all about the Jay Leno sick-scare, because, frankly, I’m not a fan…I’m a Conan-buff.  I figured that Leno either had a mild prescription drug scare or something equally ludicrous like a severe inner ear ache.  However, while perusing the intrawebs today I found an interesting little tidbit over on Chucklemonkey.com about the late night juggernaut.  Jay has not missed a single taping of The Tonight Show since taking over from Carson in ’92.  Couple that with the fact that Jay performs weekly at the Hermosa Comedy and Magic Club, and it would appear that the man really does deserve the title of hardest working comedian.  As much as I truly don’t find him that funny, I have to say, I respect the work ethic.  Taking a page out of Chelsea Handler’s book, Jay, you have my blessing.

Top 5 Female Stand-Up Comedians

April 21, 2009

I have a  strange affinity for women in comedy.  Actually, allow me to further clarrify, I have a strange affinity for funny women in comedy.  A talented female stand-up always catches my eye and makes me stand-up (no pun intended) and take notice.  Of course, being the misogynist that I am, I, personally, believe that there are very, VERY few talented female comedians out there.  Honestly, I don’t think too many people would disagree with me, I just have no problem admitting that its my opinion.

Whether or not that throws you into a fiery, feminist rage, it shouldn’t matter.  What my above opinion means is that when a talented female comedian comes along and is able to hang with the boys, I respect her all the more.  And it’s not easy for women in comedy.  I’ll gladly admit it.  They have to contest with a bunch of men in an all-boys-club while still retaining their own style and brand of humor (The only thing worse than a bad female comic is a pandering-to-mens-sensibilities female comic.)

Which brings me to THE LIST!!!  These are my top 5 favorite female stand-ups currently running the circuit.  Each one is hilarious and individual in her own right and has the propensity to draw major crowds in whatever club they frequent.  Enjoy!

5.  Natasha Leggero

Natasha Leggero is a regular on Chelsea Lately and always comes prepared with an iron wit.  Her ‘look of desperation,’ as I call it, delivers the punchline to much of her material and manages to encompass her delivery and personality as somewhat “comicopolitan.”  Yes, you can quote me on that.

4.  Loni Love

I love Loni…Love.  She’s like a big, warm hug in the form of an over-bearing, loud, rapid-fire comic.  Her approach manages to be brash, hard, and controversial, while maintaining an almost nurturing effect.  As though your favorite aunt were lulling you to sleep with well-thought-out jokes of crack and obesity.

3. Wanda Sykes

Everyone has heard of Wanda Sykes, but not many realize just how prevalent she has been in the comedy scene.  Sykes started out in comedy writing for Chris Rock on The Chris Rock Show. From that point on, Sykes has expanded her own illustrious career with multiple Comedy Central specials and roles in multiple shows such Crank Yankers, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and others to boot.

2.  Lisa Lampanelli

Wow, what a woman.  She’s the certified queen of Comedy Central’s Roasts due to her brash, anything goes persona and her affinity for being downright lewd.  Yet, there’s something still original about Lampanelli.  Something in her contenance that despite her overtly vulgar subject material, you never get the impression that any of it is contrived or that she is physically trying to be controversial.  She’s a genuine comic.  A dirty, filthy, loud, blue, hilarious, genuine comic.

1.  Chelsea Handler

Admittedly, Chelsea’s stand-up won’t immediately knock you off your feet upon first hearing it.  After you take a minute to process the subject matter, however, you realize that the girl is absolutely brilliant.  Chelsea attacks any and all parts of our culture and our thinly vieled boundaries that we set up on a daily basis.  If for nothing else at all, she should be given credence for continually putting content on the air on an average of 5 nights a week, through the facet of her late night talk show.  She expresses any and all forms of disdain that she has for anything at all and refuses to tread a line.  Fence-sitting is not in Ms. Handler’s repertoire.  FACE-sitting, however, is an entirely different matter…

Nudity!

April 15, 2009

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God bless sensationalism.  Anyway, Chelsea Handler, an absolute favorite of mine in the stand-up comedy racket, has recently posed in her birthday suit for Allure magazine.  The spread includes a single shot of Ms. Handler, Padma Lakshmi, Lynn Collins, Eliza Dushku and Sharon Leal all in the buff.

While I have never been one to shy away from full frontal, I will admit that seeing Chelsea in the neeeeude (btw, she technically isn’t nude as all her naughty parts are hidden) did throw me for a bit of a loop.  I’m used to the strong, overbearing Chelsea that I continually watch every night at 11 on Chelsea Lately.  Chelsea’s entire prescense is based around a no-nonsense, uncaring persona that (at least I thought) would never acquiesce to be seen in such a position.  But, I guess that’s what I get for building up a fantasy in my mind. 

Perhaps, however, the spread never once passed through Chelsea’s mind as submissive or compromising. Maybe she saw it as an opportunity, or an honor, or, who knows, maybe even a publicity stunt (I have no grievances with lesser known stars trying to garner bigger names for themselves, when they deserve it, like Chels). Nevertheless, I still adore Chelsea and her wit and will still gladly tout her name to those unawares, I would just feel terrible to find out I’ve been duped this entire time and that her entire persona really is just an act.