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Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

All of the comedic powerhouses from the 90s and 00s are well and truly done (Jim Carey, Adam Sandler, Rob Sneider, Eddie Murphy etc)

Who would you say is the No 1 Comedic actor in hollywood right now ?

No one for me stands out
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Tyler Perry unfortunately.
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Re: Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

Originally Posted by mphtrilogy
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Re: Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

Can I say Trump?

Ok, how about the short guy ... Kevin Hart?

I tend to utterly despise the "it" comedians.

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Re: Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

I don't think there is a comedic powerhouse right now.

Kevin Hart
Melissa McCarthy
Seth Rogen
Zach Galifianakis

I'm sure you can match up all three to actors from the 80's and 90's.

No much when you match them up to the guys who were carrying movies themselves (Adam Sandler, Mike Meyers, etc.).

There are some stand-up comedians selling out huge venues. Louie CK and whatnot.

I wonder why this is? I think there's more self-consciousness in it all. So much deconstruction. Maybe that creates less drive from the artists. Less cocaine and more kale smoothies. A lot of comedy now uses serious real-life drama to draw you in. And these leaves us with less comedies that make you feel like a million bucks on the way out of the theater (the way Shadyac/Carrey movies did). All the politics of EVERYTHING doesn't help.
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Steve Carell
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Re: Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

Originally Posted by Troy Stiffler
I don't think there is a comedic powerhouse right now.

Kevin Hart
Melissa McCarthy
Seth Rogen
Zach Galifianakis

I'm sure you can match up all three to actors from the 80's and 90's.

No much when you match them up to the guys who were carrying movies themselves (Adam Sandler, Mike Meyers, etc.).

There are some stand-up comedians selling out huge venues. Louie CK and whatnot.

I wonder why this is? I think there's more self-consciousness in it all. So much deconstruction. Maybe that creates less drive from the artists. Less cocaine and more kale smoothies. A lot of comedy now uses serious real-life drama to draw you in. And these leaves us with less comedies that make you feel like a million bucks on the way out of the theater (the way Shadyac/Carrey movies did). All the politics of EVERYTHING doesn't help.

Accessibility? Way back when, we couldn't pull our favorite comedians up on Netflix or YouTube. At best, you had an LP or a cassette tape you played over and over again. Nowadays, seeing a comedian rammed down your throat in 4 movies, 2 stand-up specials on Netflix, countless YouTube clips, and a TV pilot (all within 6 months) is nothing special.

I would also add diversity in role selection. Comedians like Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Eddie Murphy, etc. would play different roles in movies. Sure, they would bring some of themselves to the role but they actually acted. Today these movies are simply vehicles for the comedian to simply continue doing what they are already doing.
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Re: Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

Jason Bateman? He is in a lot of mid-level comedies as the male lead.
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Re: Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

Originally Posted by Abob Teff
Accessibility? Way back when, we couldn't pull our favorite comedians up on Netflix or YouTube. At best, you had an LP or a cassette tape you played over and over again. Nowadays, seeing a comedian rammed down your throat in 4 movies, 2 stand-up specials on Netflix, countless YouTube clips, and a TV pilot (all within 6 months) is nothing special.
Saturation. Good point. It spreads the talent around. There are no-name people on Twitter that make me giggle on a daily basis. Comedy is everywhere. In previous eras, all of these people would have to rally together to deliver the best jokes. Now it's spread out everywhere.
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Amy Schumer, after her next movie comes out.
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Re: Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

Would Chris Pratt count?

Granted he hasn't done an outright comedy(film), he is pretty much the comedic relief of all the movies he's in.
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Passensgers is a good example.
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The Rock as a comedic actor ? That would be sad considering he is one of the top action actors

That's like saying Stallone was the top comedic actor from the 80s because of Stop or my mom will shoot

I tell you who it isn't (current), James Franco ! Why him was so cringeworthy, it was like watching a live stand up comedian die on stage
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Re: Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

Originally Posted by E Unit
Passensgers is a good example.
Sarcasm, I'm sure, but there was that thin line he walked right up to through the entire flick. One to two quips and he's suddenly every other character he's known for.
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Re: Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

Originally Posted by TheMovieman
Kevin Hart
Yeah, it's Kevin Hart by a mile. The one name that guarantees a big comedy box office gross.

If Baywatch does well, you can add Dwayne Johnson to the list, but I'm not ready to say he's a big comedy draw yet.
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I don't know if he's number 1. But my favourite comedic actor right now is Danny McBride.
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Not number 1, but the only one I'll make an effort (admittedly half-hearted) to see is Kristen Wiig.
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The Rock is a big draw full stop, but not for his comedic ability. Even in comedies, it's for his physique and action

But yes he would be one of the most well rounded box office draws at the moment

Kevin Hart hasn't had that mega hit yet
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Speaking strictly box office movies, there is no comedian these days that moves the needle for me like an Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, John Candy or Jim Carrey did in the 80's/90's.

I contribute a big part of that to awful writers in Hollywood as every comedy is just over the top these days. Guys like Judd Apatow and Paul Feig (who I loved for their creation of Freaks & Geeks) but their movies are the worst. 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Ghostbusters are some of the most overrated crap in the past 10-15 years. I think it all went downhill with Adam Sandler type humor as he just dumbed everything down in comedies in the late 90's.
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Patton Oswalt?
Alan Tudyk?
Ryan Reynolds?
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Sarcasm, I'm sure, but there was that thin line he walked right up to through the entire flick. One to two quips and he's suddenly every other character he's known for.
Nope, actually this is what I meant. Pratt usually does a good job with walking that line. He's pretty good at it. I'm just worried when he does an actual drama, it may come off the same way, and that we won't be able to take it seriously. I thought his balance in Passengers was a highlight in an otherwise kind of meh movie.

Another one who I can see in the future as one of the funniest guys is Zac Efron. He seems to do the buff dumb guy really well, but with a little more range in the acting part. Not sure if he'll be able to draw a #1 movie in the future with him headlining it, but he's definitely paying his dues in what he's been in so far.
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Re: Who is the No 1 Comedic Actor in Hollywood right now ?

Originally Posted by Decker
Yeah, it's Kevin Hart by a mile. The one name that guarantees a big comedy box office gross.
Kevin Hart is who I immediately thought of.
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For standup comedians in the movies I think Hart has been the most busy. Actors who regularly are in comedy movies I think McCarthy, Wiig and McKinnon have been very busy together and on their own. McKinnon steals every scene she's in.

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