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Donny asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 8 years ago

who are your favorite comedy writers?

movies, TV shows, whatever...

I'll do a top 10, you can do however many you want.. and list what they've done...

1. Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld)

2. Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development)

3. Judd Apatow (The Larry Sanders Show, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, The Ben Stiller Show, Pineapple Express)

4. Danny McBride and Jody Hill (Eastbound & Down, The Foot Fist Way)

5. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (Extras, The Office)

6. Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement)

7. Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Rec, Saturday Night Live)

8. Conan O'Brien (The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live)

9. Louis CK (Louie, Lucky Louie, SNL)

10. Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

rough list considering there's too many to choose from. probably forgetting a lot...

BQ- favorite stand up comedian?

BQ2- top 5 comedy movies?

BQ3- top 5 comedy TV shows?

BQ4- favorite comedy scene? I've got a few for you to enjoy:

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7 Answers

  • 8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    I took so long to answer this, I might as well take my time with the actual answer, lol. 

    1. The Office writing staff (pre-2011)

    I tried making a list with just one Office writer, but I really can't. Their whole team was amazing a few years ago, from Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky to Mindy Kaling, The Office has to be the greatest comedy show of all-time. 

    2. Louis C.K.

    Since you said TV Shows, movies, whatever, I'm assuming his stand up specials. Realest comedian alive. Louie is amazing, too. It grew on me, I used to hate it, but season two and so far three are amazing. 

    3. Larry David

    Curb is one of my favorite shows ever. I can honestly watch it over and over again. Seinfeld is great too. I can't wai for his upcoming project with Jon Hamm. 

    4. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

    I'll admit, when I was reading their actual screenplay for Pineapple Express, it wasn't nearly as funny as the actual film, but somehow their words come to life in a big way. They wrote a good portion of my favorite comedies. 

    5. Judd Apatow

    A legend. What needs to be said?

    6. Jonathan Ames

    Bored To Death is one of the greatest TV shows of all-time. HBO is full of dumbasses lately. Appearently they're in the early stages of a movie, so great news. 

    7. Carter Bays & Craig Thomas

    The show jumped the shark when Marshall and Lily got married, but before that, it was amazing. The first season was flawless. 

    8. Diablo Cody

    Young Adult sucked, but I absolutely love Juno, and The United States of Tara is a great, underrated show.

    9. Jeff Schaffer

    Although the show is mostly improvised. 

    10. Seth Macfarlene

    Family Guy is brilliant. You're a Simpsons fan, so let's agree to disagree, haha. I've never watched The Simpsons, but I loved the movie. 

    BQ: Louis C.K. 


    1. The Darjeeling Limited

    2. Superbad

    3. Pineapple Express

    4. The Big Lebowski

    5. I Love You, Man

    Limited it to one Wes film. 


    1. The Office

    2. Curb Your Enthusiasm

    3. The League

    4. Bored To Death

    5. Parks and Recreation

    BQ4: One of the greatest comedy scenes of all-time.

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  • 8 years ago

    1. Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development)

    2. Judd Apatow (The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up)

    3. Seth Rogen (Superbad, Pineapple Express)

    4. Tina Fey (SNL, 30 Rock)

    5. Mike Judge (Office Space, Kimg of the Hill)

    The rest of the ones you said are great as wel.

    BQ: I like Louis C.K. and Demetri Martin a lot.


    1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    3. This is Spinal Tap

    4. The Big Lebowski

    5. Dazed and Confused

    Honorable Mentions:

    Superbad, Office Space, Clerks, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Some Like It Hot

    BQ3 (I'll do current shows only to keep it simple):

    1. Louie

    2. It's Always in Philadelphia

    3. Archer

    4. Community

    5. 30 Rock

    BQ4: I love the scene in This is Spinal Tap where they are on stage and they are waiting for the Stonehenge to drop down and it ends up being tiny and they completely embarrass themselves on stage.

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  • I refuse to rank them lol. So, in no order whatsoever...

    ~ Simon Pegg- he's written some of my favourite comedies all-time (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Paul)

    ~ Judd Apatow- he just has a knack of mixing the right amount of raunchy humour with sincere story-telling. Even the things he produces, doesn't stray away from his style. He's also produced a HBO show by this really talented writer Lena Dunham who's quickly becoming one of my favourite funny ladies.

    ~ John Cleese- Almost every British comedy I watched when I was like 14 was by him. (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Fawlty Towers)

    ~ Diablo Cody- a somewhat female version of Judd, but that quick-wit does it for me.

    ~ Jason Segel- how can anyone not like this guy? I mean...

    ~ Amy Poehler- she can do no wrong imo. Parks & Rec is amazing.

    ~ Seth MacFarlane- Constantly pushing the envelope, writing some controversial stuff on Family Guy I still can't help but love it. So glad Ted's doing well.

    ~ Ricky Gervais creator of one of the best sitcoms of all-time, and really loved Cemetry Junction as well.

    I really love Curb, It's Sunny and Arrested Development as well but I can't say they're my favourite comedy writers because I haven't really seen much else by them. :/

    BQ- Right now, Louis CK


    1- Hot Fuzz

    2- Shaun of the Dead

    3- Monty Python's Life of Brian

    4- Pineapple Express

    5- Meet the Parents


    1- Arrested Development

    2- Parks & Recreation

    3- It's Always Sunny...

    4- Community

    5- Girls

    BQ4: Lmao the Tobias line, I wonder how many takes they had to do without laughing lol. It's taking a lot of effort to just not post multiple Ron Swanson videos lol. :P But here:

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    (don't know how many times I've seen this but never gets old...)

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Ricky Gervais has been one my favorite comedy writers for some time now as he is able to get comedy out of difficult and often embarrassing situations.I am also a fan of Chris Morris ,responsible for TV classic Brass Eye and, in my opinion, the funniest film about terrorists ever written in Three Lions. I enjoy the comic conversations conjured by the fantastic Bird and Fortune double act

    BQ: Dave Chappelle

    BQ2: Life of Brian, King of comedy, Friday, the producers, Three Lions

    BQ3: The office, drop the dead donkey, Yes, prime minster, mock the week, Charlie Brooker newswipe

    BQ4 : A scene in three lions where the brother of the main character who holds strong Islamic views ends up in a water fight with the main character and his wife, really funny.

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  • Logan
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Mel Brooks

    Conan O'Brien

    Michael J. Weithorn King of Queens

    Dale Launer My Cousin Vinny


    bq2 My Cousin Vinny

    Pineapple Express

    The Thin Man

    Dumb and Dumber

    Tropic Thunder

    BQ3 King of Queens

    Everyone Loves Raymond

    The Office

    I have more but I know they are not your style so I will leave them out


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    yours are better but I did enjoy this one

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Al Franken

    Gene Wilder

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    1. Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, many many more)

    2. Harold Ramis (Animal House, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Analyze This (and Analyze That))

    3. David Zucker (Airplane, Naked Gun, Baseketball)

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