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100 Best Comedy Characters Currently On Television (50-41)

March 15, 2012

We are halfway through, so let’s get a start on the top half, going from 50-41.

50. Kenneth Parcell (30 Rock)

The delightfully dim-witted NBC page for TGS with Tracy Jordan, Kenneth has been a very interesting character.  Gleefully oblivious to the impure things around him, Kenneth is always ready to lend a hand, while always following his moral compass and keeping a smile on his face.  Kenneth does what he does for pure love of television, and I personally love Jack McBrayer’s cheerful delivery.

49. Marge Simpson

The matriarch of the titular family, Marge is a very interesting character for the versatility that she brings.  She is sort of an homage to the television housewives of yesteryear, but she is a strong woman who sticks up for her family through thick and thin.  She loves her husband and her children, but is also capable of providing funny one-liners, which is a necessity in a show with a cast as large as we find in Springfield.

48. Stewie Griffin (Family Guy)

The breakout star of Family Guy, Stewie is unlike pretty much any character on television.  A baby with a penchant for violence, a hatred of his family, and a uncharacteristically sharp mind for his age, Stewie also has some sexual confusion and his best friend is a talking dog.  The show itself has taken a bit of a dip in recent years, and that plays into a bit of a low ranking for the character, but when he has a solid story line, the show generally benefits from that, as evidenced in many of the “Road To” episodes.

47. Peter Griffin (Family Guy)

If Stewie is the most popular character on Family Guy, then Peter is the glue of the show.  The most prominent character on the show, Peter brings most of the humor Family Guy has come to enjoy to life.  The random cutaways, the extended punchline, the pop culture references, the absurdity, all of it is what this character thrives on.  As I mentioned with Stewie, the show has dipped recently, but when Peter has something he can run with, you can count on a good episode of this show.

46. Britta Perry (Community)

Some of you may think I Britta’d this list by putting this character so low, and if you think that, then I apologize.  Britta is somewhat of a punching bag in the study group on Community due to her outspoken political and religious beliefs, but Gillian Jacobs does a great job of giving depth to this character.  At first, it appeared that she and Jeff would be the “will they, won’t they” couple at Greendale, but due to clever writing, they are nothing more than the occasional booty call for one another.  Another solid character on one of the best shows on television.

45. Sue Sylvester (Glee)

This is the only Glee character that is going to make the list, so if you are a Gleek holding out for Rachel Berry, Kurt Hummel, or Will Schuester, then I’m sorry to disappoint you, but they don’t make the cut.  Glee frustrates me for a couple of reasons, mainly because you get the feeling when you watch it that it could be so much better.  A good episode of Glee makes for great television, but good episodes have become fewer and farther between.  So you may be saying “Well if you say the show isn’t that good, why watch it and why include a character this high on the list?”  Good question, reader!  I’ll tell you why.  Sue is the one character that gets consistently funny lines, and if the Emmys want me to believe that the show is a comedy, then you need funny characters.  While they often turn her into a bit of a cartoon villain, when they want to give Sue a human side, Jane Lynch is able to pull it off.  This show may often feature ridiculous plots, and be overly dramatic, but as long as they keep giving Sue funny lines, I’ll keep watching it.

44. Alex Kerkovich (Happy Endings)

Alex is a very interesting character.  She possesses a nearly insatiable appetite, is both stunningly simple yet occasionally sharp, and is one of the most willing to adapt to the popular or sometimes bizarre way of doing things.  The show Happy Endings took off with her leaving Dave at the alter, but since then she has evolved into one of the funniest characters on television.  The writing seems to love giving her a large portion of the funnier lines of the show, and Elisha Cuthbert  has such enthusiasm and surprisingly great comedic timing that Alex has become a hilarious character.

43. Mac (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia)

Mac is one of the co-owners of Paddy’s Pub, and after several years of being one of the most body-image obsessed characters on the show, he became fat in the most recent season of the show, which gave the character added depth and some of his funniest moments in the series.  A karate enthusiast, he tends to overestimate his physical prowess, and tends to be hypocritical with his views, believing whatever is most convenient at the time.

42. Gloria Pritchett (Modern Family)

Gloria is one of the most laugh out loud funny characters on Modern Family. Her language barrier has been a constant source of humor on the show, but Sofia Vergara’s delivery, in addition to generally clever writing has made this character one of the most consistently funny characters on the show.  Vergara puts such enthusiasm into every scene and she has uncanny comedic abilities that you can’t help but laugh when she goes from calm and collected to out of control in an instant.

41. Ben Chang (Community)

Formerly a Spanish instructor, Ben Chang is one of the most consistently ridiculous characters on Community. He desires to be a part of the study group that he often made miserable during season 1 and is currently working as a security guard for Greendale.  Ken Jeong’s delivery often makes this character funnier than he should be, as he makes the most out of every opportunity that the show allows him.  He has a penchant for making puns based on his last name, even when they don’t make sense.  Hopefully, with the show coming back tonight, he won’t have Chang-ed a bit.

Tune in soon for numbers 40-31.

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


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