COMEDY GODS

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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…

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Who have I forgotten?

 

Phoef Sutton

Phoef Sutton

Published novelist - living in South Pasadena, California with his wife Dawn and his daughters Skylar and Celia.
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  • hupto

    Shemp! As I always say, the only Stooge who had a successful solo career.

    Charley Chase. Pioneered the domestic comedy centering on an ordinary joe.

    Max Davidson. The Jewish stereotype par excellence.

    Steve Allen and Ernie Kovacs. Two gods of early television.

    Henny Youngman–please.

    • Phoef Sutton

      Good choices. The list goes on!

  • Kevin Joseph Klein

    Red Skelton.

  • Jim Tanner

    Okay, all that is good. But here’s the bigger challenge. What is your comedy “Rushmore”? So the four on top of your list. That is a challenge.