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100 Best Comedy Characters Currently On Television (60-51)

March 13, 2012

It has been a bit of a hiatus; I apologize for that, but hopefully you are excited to see the new additions to the list.  Here we go!
60. Kyle Broflovski (South Park)

Of the main children on South Park, Kyle is in a strange position.  He seems to be the most progressive of the group, and is probably the smartest, but he is the butt of most of Cartman’s jokes due to his Jewish heritage and his red hair.  Kyle is quick to anger and does have one of the filthiest mouths of the group, but his plot lines are often overshadowed by his animated co-stars.  Matt Stone does a fine job voicing the character that is closest to his actual personality, but the writing doesn’t always give Kyle a chance to perform in the way that lets Cartman, Stan, Randy, or Butters shine.

59. Pierce Hawthorne (Community)

The most politically incorrect member of the study group, Pierce Hawthorne is one of the many gems that Greendale Community College possesses.  A product of his upbringing in another time, Pierce constantly uses phrases and stories that are not understood by his younger classmates, while failing to understand the ins and outs of this modern time.  Sometimes downright mean, Pierce usually doesn’t understand why he upsets those closest to him, but he generally makes an effort to rectify his wrongdoing (at least when he realizes he has done something wrong).  Not to mention, he is streets ahead.

58. Jane Williams (Happy Endings)

Some have made the argument that Happy Endings is the new Friends, and if that’s the case, Jane would be Monica.  However, the comparison isn’t as simple as that.  Of course, she is tight wound, high strung, and a bit socially awkward, but Eliza Coupe brings such enthusiasm to the role that you can’t help but love her.  The writing for the character certainly helps, and I will be very interested to see how this character continues to develop as the show runs more and more episodes.

57. Gene Belcher (Bob’s Burgers)

Voiced by stand-up comedian Eugene Mirman, Gene has become one of the most absurd characters on television.  The master of the non sequitur, Gene has a way of making nonsensical lines hilarious.  The short run of the show has given some gems so far, and hopefully the show will continue to provide great laughs from this character.  Mirman (of Flight of the Conchords fame) and his comedic delivering help make this character as great as he is.

56. Andy Bernard (The Office)

While Ed Helms is possibly more well known for his work in The Hangover, it was The Office that put him on the spot for a large group of people (and his work on The Daily Show before that).  Now the boss of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, Andy is a Cornell grad (ever heard of it?) who loves a cappella and snappy clothing.  While the show has struggled a bit since the departure of Steve Carell and the Jim-Pam “will they, won’t they” relationship cooling off, they have looked to Andy to fill both the role of anchor and half of a new romantic plot line.  Hopefully the writing will allow him to balance those roles and bring the show back to the levels that it is capable of.

55. Jenna Maroney (30 Rock)

Jenna is the resident diva at TGS with Tracy Jordan, constantly lashing out for attention and is one of the many sources of anguish for Liz Lemon.  Jealous, petty, and insecure, Jenna is terrified of aging or becoming “normal.”  A great comparison for many of the crazy actresses in show business, Jenna is always great for a laugh even if she isn’t the strongest character on the show.

54. Lana Kane (Archer)

One of the strongest women on a show full of strong women, Lana is a spy for ISIS.  She possesses a quick wit, and a quicker draw.  Deadly, sexy, and smart, she is quite an interesting combination.  Aisha Tyler has a great comedic style that fits well with the character and with the show, which makes Lana a great character on one of the funniest shows on television.

53. Ben Wyatt (Parks and Recreation)

Pawnee’s most lovable nerd, Ben Wyatt is one of the smartest characters on Parks and Rec in addition to being half of one of the show’s best couples.  Played by the understated Adam Scott, the character is capable of being ridiculous but generally is one of the most grounded characters on the show, almost to a fault.  Always quick with a comeback (generally one said under his breath), he is a great character that helps provide reality to a show that can sometimes become quite absurd.

52. Jay Pritchett (Modern Family)

Jay is the patriarch of the whole clan on Modern Family, but his branch of the family tree is one of the more diverse, since his second wife and step-son are Colombian.  This has given way to some big laughs based on their cultural differences.  This show has such a wide cast of characters that each one brings something different to the table, but none has the understated sense of comedy like Jay.  Great for a brilliant aside or comment under his breath, Jay is possibly the most “normal” character on the show, but he may just seem normal by comparison since he is surrounded by crazy characters.

51. Dennis Reynolds (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia)

On a show full of self-absorbed and egotistical people, Dennis Reynolds stands head and shoulders above the rest of the gang in those regards.  Always Sunny has always toyed around with the idea that Dennis is a sociopath, obsessed with sex and always preying on those with poor self-esteem, so it has to work hard to make you like this character.  Of course, the writing is so good, Dennis gets enough funny lines to make up for his terrible personality.  He is also a bit of a showman, playing the role of the Day Man in the hit community theater musical “The Nightman Cometh.”

Tune in soon for numbers 50-41.

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

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