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By The Baron
Welcome
one and all to part 1 of The Baron’s top 10 of comedy. In this new
series of articles I will be revealing the top 10 of comedy in three
categories: Television, Movies, and the Internet. Well, technically it
will be the 5 BEST in each category, and then the 5 WORST. In this
segment I will reveal the top 10 of Television. As the great General
Han Solo once said get ready to “Laugh it up, furball!”

Part 1 – Top 10 TV

Part 2 – Top 10 Movies

Part 3 – Real Life Comedy

Top 5 Funniest TV Comedies

  1. America’s Funniest Home Videos

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    AFV
    (as rabid fans like myself call it) was U-Tube before U-Tube ever
    existed. American families sent in funny happenings or pranks which
    happened to be caught on video, and these clips were shown on-air with
    wacky sound effects and music. You would see crazy moments like
    grandmothers dancing at weddings and falling down (whoops!), cute
    puppies falling asleep while eating (awwwww), and unfortunate guys
    falling out of outhouses with their pants down (yikes, gives new
    meaning to the term full moon!). These videos were classic and had
    viewers rolling in the aisles every time.

    But wait, it gets better! The show was also hosted and commented on by Step-by-Step
    alumni Bob Saget! Seriously folks, you don’t know funny until you’ve
    seen one of Saget’s patented bits at the end of each show where he
    talks into the camera to his wife. “Honey, I’m going to be home a
    little late tonight, have my dinner ready, or else…” Classic!

  2. Nickelodeon’s All That!

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    This
    was a tough choice, because I had to choose between a number of great
    (an surprisingly underrated) shows from Nickelodeon such as The Adventures of Pete and Pete or Keenan & Kel. But in the end, All That!
    won out. For my money you just can’t beat the all-encompassing sense of
    humor this sketch comedy show had. For anyone who didn’t have the luck
    to see it, imagine a Mad TV or a Saturday Night Live,
    except smarter and a heck of a lot more fun! All the performers in the
    show were kids, which made it all the more amazing when they brought
    out a sketch like the Frenchman who sat in the bathtub and translated
    crazy sentences from French with jaw-droppingly funny results: “My
    pants are made of swiss cheese, haw haw haw!”

    This show also
    made a few of these talented comedians into stars. Keenan Ivory Wayans
    and Kel Williams went on to star in the feature film Good Burger (awesomely funny and also underrated) and the previously mentioned Nick show Keenan & Kel.
    It’s a shame that Nickelodeon doesn’t do great shows like this anymore
    and has instead devolved into a shameless pretty-boy fest. Why they
    ever cancelled entertainment giants like Double Dare and Guts is beyond me.

  3. The Simpsons

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    Do I even have to explain The Simpsons
    at this point? The name has become synonymous with funny in the world
    these days. Look up funny in the dictionary and you are sure to find a
    picture of animator Matt Graining. That’s what I call success. There
    was even a second Simpsons film released in theaters at the time I am
    writing this article revealing that this hilarious show has only gotten
    better since it first aired on the Tracy Chapman Show almost 20 years ago.

    Fortunately for those who plunked their hard-earned 10 dollars down for The Simpsons Movie,
    the film contained all the modern Simpsons humor we have come to expect
    from the series, and not the vastly inferior childish and “ironic”
    humor that the show relied on in its first seven years. Anybody can be
    sarcastic while trudging through the plot of a dull episode like
    “Monorail” or the one where Homer loses his job, but you just can’t
    beat the jaw-dropping special effects and the HILARIOUS Spider Pig
    sketch  from the film (it’s a national phenomenon to say the
    least, which proves it’s funny for all you doubting Thomases out there).

  4. Aqua Teen Hungry Force

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    OK, I realize this will be a controversial choice, but I definitely need to have ATHF
    on this list. This show stars a sass-talking cheeseburger, a crazy
    chocolate shake, a saucy French fries, and a childish meatball. If this
    sounds crazy to you, it is! The characters wander around a topsy-turvy
    wonderland that would make Alice proud, and they have adventures that
    would make Jules Vern jealous. The premise of one particularly clever
    episode has the characters meeting an alien that talks funny. Great
    stuff.

    A lot of people don’t like this show, but I would say
    that’s just because they don’t “get” it. This show deserves special
    props because anyone can just do an animated comedy, and they might
    even take the time to actually animate it instead of just moving the
    characters across the screen like paper dolls. But that doesn’t make it
    funny. It takes a special group of people to do humor that actually
    says something about the world around us, and I think ATHF
    has done that. Time after time while watching this show I find myself
    nodding my head and saying to myself (while also cracking up of course)
    “yeah, yeah, that’s sooo true!” So thanks ATHF, and keep the funny coming.

  5. Friends

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    Hands down, Friends
    is the #1 funniest show of all time. The antics of Chandler, Monica,
    Rachel, Joey Lawrence, and especially neighbor Kramer made me do a spit
    take more times than I can count. I loved this show more than life
    itself, and there were too many amazing moments to count: The Smelliest
    Cat song, Joey’s lovable oaf of a character, the way that kooky Kramer
    always burst in through the door to wild applause and cheers from the
    audience, and the on-again off-again romance between Chandler and
    Rachel had me bawling every time (OK, you got me! The Baron’s just an
    old softie after all..)

    Friends
    was also insanely popular; so much so that after the final episode had
    aired, all the viewers flushed their toilets at the same time, causing
    a huge pile-up in America’s sewer systems. Now that’s what I call a
    CRAPPY show :) But seriously folks, no show had a bigger impact on
    comedy around the world than Friends, and when it went off the air after 8 glorious seasons we all lost a little piece of ourselves too.

Top 5 Overrated TV Comedies

  1. Arrested Development

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    Sigh.
    How many times do I have to explain to people that this show is NOT
    FUNNY AT ALL. It tries so hard to be quirky and cute, but it just comes
    off as forced. A lot of the characters in it are clichéd as well. A
    brother who performs magic, a mean mother who treats immigrants with
    disrespect, a boy who wants to have sex with his cousin, real original
    material there guys. Not to mention gross. How material condoning sex
    with a family member got past the network censor is beyond me.

    This
    show was cancelled after three seasons which had me breathing a sigh of
    relief. It isn’t often that the creators of a show realize it is bad
    and decide to pull the plug. They should at least be commended for
    knowing when they were beaten.

  2. The Three Stooges

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    I
    know this show is very old, but I still hear people talking about how
    funny it is and I just can’t let it go. I have seen a bunch of Three Stooges
    episodes and I haven’t even laughed once. Oh wow, Larry, Moe, and
    Howard run around knocking each other over the head with frying pans
    and pipes, I don’t find that funny at all. Not to mention the bad
    message it sends to kids. I don’t think anybody is going to be laughing
    when their son hits his baby brother with a wrench after seeing an
    episode of this show and the baby dies.

    There are so many
    problems with this show. First, the quality of the picture and sound
    are terrible, and this show is still in black and white! Couldn’t the
    creators at least have sprung for a quality color camera and a
    microphone? I realize this might have been hard to come by in the 60s
    when this show was made, but it would be worth it. Secondly, where is
    the studio audience? I have a hard time enjoying the show without other
    people letting me in on what the funniest bits are. At least add in a
    laugh track. Because of these major problems, I will NEVER watch
    another episode of the Three Stooges, thank you very much.  

  3. Mystery Science 3000

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    Oh
    man! I can’t believe I even have to put this show on this list, it was
    cancelled years ago and yet people still continue to blabber on about
    it. I can’t open a top 100 list of TV shows or read the New York Times
    without coming across some boob who claims to love this “show”. I put
    show in quotes because I don’t think this gobbledygook even counts as a
    show. The entire premise is that a man and two robots sit and watch and
    mock CLASSIC FILMS. Why not throw dung on the Mona Lisa while you’re at
    it guys? Don’t these people have anything better to do than mock other
    people’s hard work?

    Like I said before, although this show
    FAILED MISERABLY and was cancelled by the geniuses at the Sci-Fi
    channel (why they would sully such an amazing network with garbage like
    this I never understood) people still can’t get over it. Even the
    editor of this site has put a link to a new project the same people are
    doing in the links section of this site even though he refuses to
    accept any of my suggestions for links to some great Star Trek & Furry Fanfic sites, but whatever.

  4. The Office

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    You can’t go anywhere today without hearing about The Office.
    Yeah, way to jump on the popularity bandwagon you unoriginal babies,
    why don’t you try to think for yourselves for once! The Office just
    plain stinks. Yes, I’ve seen both the American version and the British
    version, they are both terrible! One thing I can say for the American
    version is at least you can understand what the characters are saying.
    In the British one it just sounds like mumbled gibberish. If you are
    going to release your show in America you should at least speak
    AMERICAN.

    The idea behind this documentary is flimsy at best. Oh
    wow, a crew follows around a group of people in an office and films the
    everyday workings. I thought if you made a documentary you were
    supposed to choose an interesting subject, like an Air Guitar contest
    or the History of Nazis, not a boring one. Also, you can completely
    tell that this “documentary” has scripted moments, or at least that the
    people are coached on what they should do. The boss David Brent in the
    British version does things which are almost beyond belief. How is this
    man not being fired?! In the American version the boss is also an awful
    person. This show promotes sexism and racism, it is almost as bad as
    The Real World, and sometimes I doubt if it is even real at all.

  5. Curb Your Enthusiasm

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    Curb
    my enthusiasm, more like curb my appetite! I cannot for the life of me
    grasp why people find this show funny. The entire premise of this
    entire series revolves around comedian Larry David, creator of Seinfeld,
    another friends ripoff, and an overrated turd (sorry for the cussing,
    but I think it had to be said). Larry walks around complaining about
    everything and getting in trouble for it, big whoop! I’m sorry, but
    it’s hard for me to laugh when the main character is insulting black
    people and speaking about sexual things which should be kept between
    husband and wife. I’m sorry Larry David but why don’t you try something
    original for a change. This show has been done a million times before,
    and better might I add.

    Another problem with this show is that
    they don’t even bother to use a script! Can you believe it?! Someone
    managed to create a show where they just turn on the camera and do
    whatever pops into their head. It also doesn’t help that all of the
    actors have potty mouths. Every other word in this show is F*** this,
    F*** that, you’re a C***, you’re a B****, you’re a fat piece of S***. I
    was babysitting my sister’s kids while this show was on, and I hadn’t
    gotten through 3 episodes before the kids all started calling each
    other “Fat F***s” and “Bald A**holes”. When my sister came to pick them
    up, one of the children yelled out “Mommy is a C***” and she was appalled (and
    rightly so). I don’t think a show with such filthy language should be
    allowed on television. I rate this show as one of the worst shows ever.

So
that's The Baron's top 10 of Comedy Television. If you want to thank me
or if you have any comments or questions feel free to send them via the
Contact link at the bottom of this page and I will post your question
and a repsonse. And remember to keep those TVs on, friends!

Reader Mail

From Mike:

I am just sending a quip to you about
your list of best and worst shows ever, though I do agree with the
simpsons, I do no agree with the three stooges and you must not be very
smart or was born anywhere in the 60's neither was I but the point is
the three stooges was made in the 30's when it was hi-tech to have
voice on film and it blew the people away when they came up with the
first sound effect machine. all I am saying is that maybe you should
use spell check and do some damn research before you go and blast
something you know millions of people love. and by the way that little
article is getting blasted on two different message boards for the lack
of thought that went into the list.

The Baron Responds:

Hah! You think that telling me about what little message board porridge
imps are posting about my article is going to make a bit of difference
to me? Pish posh and piffle I say! Unless you are discussing one of the
many boards I frequent, the little sassbacks from philistines mean
nothing to me.

As for your points, I am glad to see that you can at least form a
sentence unlike most of the apes who email me (paging Professer Kong!).
First of all I’m glad to see I convinced you to give The Simpsons
a chance. I’m always prophesizing about it to people and trying to get
them to watch, a lot of people still don’t know about it! In case any
of you haven’t heard of it the Simpsons
is a sitcom about a family of 4: Homer, Maggie, Lisa, Maggie, and that
lovable scamp: Bart. Most viewers tune in each week to see what kind of
trouble little Bart is going to get into! Personally I love the episode
Bart vs the Space Mutants, which was also made into a great video game.
Check it out!

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I thank you for your comments about the Three Stooges,
but I don’t think you have a real grasp of film and television history.
Allow me to school you: Moving pictures with sound in them (also known
as “talkers”) came about some time around the 50s and 60s. Actually the
first television show to successfully broadcast sound was The Wonderful World of Walt Disney
(the famous animator). Viewers who tuned in to see their favorite
characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Baloo the Bear, and Felix
Cat were stunned to find their favorite characters talking during the
episode! It truly was a revolutionary time, and women weren't even
allowed to vote yet. Funny how a cartoon mouse got a voice before the
housewives of our time, eh!? Sorry if any women were offended by that
BTW, I"m really a feminist at heart.

As for me using spell check, I hear that all too often from the editor
of this very site, who thinks he can censor ME. Spell check is a crutch
I neither need nor desire. I challenge anyone to find and point out any
grammatical errors in ANY of my articles, and I NEVER use spell check.
Looks like I just burned your butt down to China Town, buddy! And
P.P.S. millions of people don’t love the 3 stooges, last time I checked
that show was off the air 30 years ago.

Can you say Double burn.

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