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100 Best Comedy Characters Currently On Television (20-11)

March 26, 2012

We have reached the top 20 in the countdown, so here are characters 20 through 11.

20. Stefon (Saturday Night Live)

Stefon is the most consistently funny character on SNL by a wide margin.  His appearances are guaranteed laughs, and the absurd details about New York’s hottest clubs make even Bill Hader laugh while he delivers them.  An absolutely fabulous character, the brainchild of Hader and SNL writer John Mulaney, they often add final details about the clubs between dress rehearsal and the live show so Hader doesn’t know whats coming, which leads to his breakups on air.  You can’t hep but enjoy yourself whenever Stefon makes an appearance.

19. Butters Stotch (South Park)

Butters is a delightfully naive character on South Park, often unsure of what is going on around him, and he is easily suckered into the schemes of Cartman in various episodes, while often taking the fall for the consequences.  He is just so funny that you can’t help but like Butters.  His alter ego, Professor Chaos, has given the show some very funny moments like his fight with the Coon or the famous “Simpsons Did It” episode.  You feel sorry for Butters because his parents constantly ground him, and his friends abuse him, but his cheery disposition just creates so many funny moments on one of the funniest shows on television.

18. Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)

While there is no denying that Leslie Knope is the main character of Parks & Rec, I think that there are other characters on the show that create more laughs on a more consistent level.  While I love Leslie for her persistent desire to make Pawnee the greatest place in the world, she often loses any sense of reality which doesn’t totally fit the style of the show, in my opinion.  I love her chemistry with the rest of the cast, however, and you can’t help but love her energy, both as a character and as a performer.

17. Tom Haverford (Parks and Recreation)

I think almost everyone knows a Tom Haverford: over-confident, annoying, and full of himself.  However, Tom is one of the funniest characters on one of the funniest shows on television.  Aziz Ansari’s delivery is perfect for the character, and he mixes charm with absurdity quite well.  He gets his fair share of hilarious dialogue and you can’t help but laugh at the things that he says.  Whether it’s his partnership with Jean-Ralphio, or his absurd luxuries from various “Treat Yo’Self” days over the years, Tom Haverford is a fantastic character.

16. Kenny Powers (Eastbound & Down)

The one character from Eastbound & Down to make the list, Kenny Powers is possibly the biggest asshole on television (which is a highly contested title).  A former baseball star in pursuit of lost glory, Kenny went from middle school teacher in season 1 to Mexican baseball star in season 2 to minor league baseball player in South Carolina in season 3.  The evolution of this character has been fantastic, and when you listen to Kenny Powers make a speech, you can’t help but be amazed by his turns of phrase.  He is the white trash version of a Shakespearean tragic hero, at least in his mind, but despite his shortcomings (of which there are many), you are compelled to see what happens next.

15. Jeff Winger (Community)

Jeff Winger is the de facto leader of the study group at Greendale Community College, although he accepts that position rather reluctantly.  He has been a part of two separate “Will they, won’t they” relationships on the show, and despite the fact he seems like he doesn’t want to be there, he has grown to love the people he has come into contact with during his time at Greendale.  His character is almost the definition of “too cool for school,” but there is some heart here in addition to being a very funny and very strong character.

14. Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)

Without Bart Simpson, you wouldn’t have many of the wise-cracking child characters on this list, because he laid the groundwork for them to exist.  Aside from that, Bart is a hilarious standout character in the wide array of characters that litter Springfield.  He is the nemesis of many characters on the show, including his own family, and the chalkboard gags he participates in during the opening credits have become a staple for the show.  He is a troublemaker without any doubt, and he is to thank for many of The Simpsons funniest moments over the years.

13. Troy Barnes (Community)

Troy is certainly one of the best things about Community and there are many reasons why.  His friendship with Abed, his naive sensibility, his pop culture references, his dramatic overreactions, all of these things are just fantastic, and Donald Glover brings so much to the show that you absolutely love the character.  Some of the stronger episodes of the show are the ones that center around Troy, like when he turned 21 or his storyline where he met Levar Burton, but he can be just as strong in the background of episodes.  Troy is such a great character on one of my favorite shows.

12. Sterling Archer (Archer)

The titular star of the animated spy comedy, Archer is equal parts competent spy, ladies’ man, alcoholic, mama’s boy, and asshole.  However, he is just so funny.  Seriously, if you don’t watch this show, get on it, because it is one of the funniest shows on television.  It is a great satire of the spy genre, while also having magnificent word play, and H. Jon Benjamin is a perfect fit for this character.  Archer’s references are fantastic and his ability to go from various extremes is just so amazing.  Lana. Lana. Laaana. LAAAANNAAAAAA!! Danger zone.

11. Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report)

You may be asking “How can a real person rank on a list of great characters?”  While you would be correct that Stephen Colbert is the performer’s name as well, the character he portrays on The Colbert Report is a mockery of things like Fox News so he ranks as a character on my list.  There are so many things about Colbert that make him great: the Colbert Nation, the Word, taking his show to Iraq, and his constant berating of guests and politicians.  Colbert is a great satirist and you are always curious as to what will happen next on his show.  His friendly rivalries with other late night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jon Stewart (who helped spawn the character on The Daily Show) have been a lot of fun and you can’t help but enjoy the show and the character.

Tune in soon for the top 10 comedy characters currently on television.

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

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