I’ve been thinking of my Comedy Gods. The people that make me laugh. Really laugh.
Most of them are dead, of course. I don’t give the throne to people who are just coming on the scene. These have to be people who have made me laugh for years and years. In no particular order…
Stan Laurel. Oliver Hardy. Don Adams. Phil Silvers. W.C. Fields. Kenneth Williams. Bud Abbott. Lou Costello. Jack Benny. Curly Howard. Peter Cook. Dudley Moore. Groucho Marx. Harpo Marx. Chico Marx. Woody Allen. Robert Benchley. Bob Newhart. Bill Cosby. Richard Pryor. Flip Wilson. George Carlin. John Cleese. Graham Chapman. Terry Gilliam. Eric Idle. Terry Jones. Michael Palin. Bob Hope. Buster Keaton. Charlie Chaplin. Mel Brooks. Carl Reiner. Jackie Gleason. Art Carney. Carole Lombard. Barbara Stanwyck. Peter Sellers. Eleanor Bron. Mike Nichols. Elaine May. Sid Caesar. Don Knotts. Carol Burnett. Jonathan Winters. James Finlayson. Rowan Atkinson. Bob Elliott. Ray Goulding. David Mitchell. Robert Webb. Peter Serafinowicz. Rick Mayall. Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Billy Gilbert, Dick Van Dyke, the SCTV troupe, Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Tom Poston.
Who have I forgotten?