July 25, 2004

Incompetent Judges Are Everywhere

I happened across Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Standups of all Time today. They had Ellen DeGeneres ranked at #16, two spots above Jonathan Winters.

Are you freaking kidding me? She's good, and I like her stuff, but there's no way Winters is anywhere below #10.

OK, now I see what's going on here. One of the panelists is Richard Lewis, who woulnd't know funny it it smacked him in the face with a frying pan (actually, that would be funny). I remember him circa 1993 (has he worked since then?) doing his pacing-back-and-forth schtick, with his hand on his forehead, then turning to the audience and saying, apropos of nothing, "I don't know... Dan Quayle!"

That was a joke? This guy, Comedy Central has judging the top 100 standups ever? Suuuuuuuure.

Posted by Chris at July 25, 2004 04:26 PM

Category: Media Stupidity

I can't argue with you there... Richard Lewis... He tried really hard, but for me he was never really as funny as he tried to be.

Posted by: Jack at July 25, 2004 05:14 PM

I saw it too... I had to agree with 'em that Richard Pryor was #1, but I would have had Bill Cosby no lower than #3. And I'm not sure Roseanne Barr belonged in the top ten-- above Robin Williams!-- either.

Posted by: chess at July 25, 2004 05:42 PM

Yeah, now that I've seen the whole thing, I have less of a problem with Jonathan Winters ranked where he was, but that just means De Generes was ranked way way WAY too high.

And I personally would have switched Robin Williams and Chris Rock, moved Cosby up into Roseanne's spot, and put Rodney and Roseanne somewhere between 20 and 30...

Posted by: Chris of Dangerous Logic at July 25, 2004 07:41 PM