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100 Best Comedy Characters Currently On Television (100-91)

March 1, 2012

After a two-day tease, here is the first part of the 100 Best Comedy Characters Currently on Television countdown.

100. Jerry Gergich (Parks and Recreation)

Pawnee’s most lovable punching bag.  Jerry often gets blamed for most of the things that go wrong in Parks and Recreation, but he does his work with a smile anyway.  As Ron Swanson so eloquently put it, “Jerry is both the schlemiel and the schlamazel of our office.”

99.  Rickety Cricket (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

In a series full of disgusting and despicable people, Rickety Cricket stands out for a handful of reasons.  The gang of Always Sunny have made Cricket what he is: a former priest who is now homeless and vile.  However, he keeps coming back to ratchet up the crazy in Paddy’s Pub, sometimes both to the benefit and detriment of the gang.

98.  Creed Bratton (The Office)

The most peculiar man in Scranton (which is saying quite a bit), Creed doesn’t get much to do on The Office, but when he does, he is always good for a laugh.  Sleazy, secretive, and surprising, Creed makes more out of his character than many of his Dunder Mifflin co-workers, and for that, he earns a spot on the countdown while many other “high-profile” characters do not.

97. Manny Delgado (Modern Family)

I realize that Manny may be the favorite Modern Family character of many of you reading this, so you may give up on this countdown right now.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Manny, but given that the writers give him some variation of the same plot lines, I think that there are just stronger characters on this show and on television.  He is a great character and is more mature than many of his adult counterparts on the show.  Hopefully the show gives him some more great material to do.

96. Star Burns (Community)

Greendale’s resident drug dealer/general weird guy.  Not much is known about Star Burns, but he is a standout character in a cast of great characters.  An easy subject of ridicule, his look has gotten more ridiculous as the show has gone on, adding a top hat and a lizard to his signature sideburns and vest.

95. Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons)

Alas, the smartest character on The Simpsons is rarely among the show’s funniest, which is a shame because the show itself is almost deceivingly smart.  In addition to her brains, she is a talented saxophonist and she always has a cause she is ready to defend.  Of course, with a cast of hundreds of characters, it’s difficult to stand out, but she is a fan favorite and unquestionably deserves a spot on the list.

94. Terrance & Phillip (South Park)

On a show full of toilet humor, Terrance & Phillip stand out as (possibly) the biggest purveyors of toilet humor in South Park.  The show itself is so aware of pop-culture, and these characters are the most self-aware reference on the show.  A constant criticism of people that don’t watch South Park is that it is immature and full of stupid jokes.  How do Matt Stone and Trey Parker answer?  By making two characters whose sole purpose is farting and laughing about them.  Brilliant.

93. Leonard Briggs (Community)

Our second Community appearance on the list, Leonard is one of the oldest students at Greendale, and is constantly seen making fun of the study group, and then immediately being told to shut up.  Seemingly too cool for school, Leonard constantly gives the vibe that he is above the events he is surrounded in, and due to his age, he is daring anyone to tell him to stop doing what he’s doing.  He also has a YouTube page where he reviews frozen pizza, which seems justified, because I’m talking about it.  Touche, Leonard.

92. Maggie Simpson (The Simpsons)

I may have lost any readers I had by including two of the five titular Simpsons so early in the list.  Trust me, there will be plenty of representation of the show throughout this list, and in my opinion, the daughters are among the weaker characters in the vast ensemble that is Springfield.  Maggie is definitely the funnier of the two daughters, which is a feat, considering she doesn’t talk (except for the occasional episode where a guest star gets some lines as Maggie).  Certainly the most adorable character on The Simpsons, she is also a fighter who is smarter beyond her years.

91. Magnitude (Community)

Say it with me: POP POP! A character who should have been a one-joke, one-appearance character has somehow found his way to multiple appearances on Community, and has worked his way into the hearts of Community fans across the country.  The fact that the rest of the characters love his catch phrase so much is reason enough for him to earn a spot on this list.

Tune in tomorrow for numbers 90-81.

Hope you liked this post, and I hope you like what else I have to say.


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  1. Interestingly, I’m not a huge fan of Manny, so you haven’t lost me yet. I definitely see what you mean about getting the same variation of plot lines (and even actual lines!) It gets a bit stale.

  2. I would rate Jerry and Creed higher. Manny wouldn’t even be on my list, I find him annoying.

    • That’s fair. I agree that Jerry and Creed are very funny, and they have good funny line to spoken line ratios, but they just don’t get enough to do to rank super high. Jerry was placed at 100 somewhat intentionally since he gets treated poorly on the show, so he’s probably higher, but I thought it would be funny to put him at 100.

      • Damn I missed the irony of him being 100 that is perfect.

      • Haha thanks. No worries, I can see how that could lead to a “No way, Jerry is funnier than that” reaction, but I did think that ranking was appropriate for him for that reason.

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