5 Best Comedy Duos of Our Time
February 19, 2012 2 Comments
A comedy movie can either be a complete success, or a complete disaster, and there are a lot of factors that contribute to this.
Obviously having a really funny lead actor is very important, but the best comedy movies consist of one simple characteristic.
Having TWO funny/great actors who can play off each other and amplify how funny the other one is.
Chemistry is key when it comes to a successful cinematic comedy consisting of a dynamic duo. When the duo has that special bond, it only takes little sparks to ignite eruptions of laughter.
We have seen some great duos with amazing chemistry in the past like Cheech and Chong, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, and Abbot and Costello.
The 90′s and 2000′s have had their share of comedy duos as well, and I created a list of the funniest in this era of Comedy.5. Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith)
Kevin Smith (Silent Bob) created his own universe called the View Askewninverse, which is obviously a fictional universe that he uses for most of his movies. He started his successful string of movies with Clerks.
Jay and Silent Bob appear in most of Kevin Smith’s films standing in front of a convenience store selling Marijuana, fighting with each other, rapping or just doing some of the dumbest stuff possible, but it is still hilarious. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith compliment each other so well in these movies because they are polar opposites.
Silent Bob is literally Silent throughout all of the movies. He wears a long black coat with a backwards hat and is a heavy smoker. When he does decide to speak, he is usually criticizing Jay which I find so funny.
Jay on the other hand just can’t stop talking. His disrespect to others including Silent Bob defines his character perfectly.
Their combination of humor makes a perfect duo for these movies. They make other appearances in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats, Dogma and Chasing Amy.
4. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World)
This is a perfect example of two comedians complimenting each other.
Inspired by their SNL skits, the Wayne’s World movies are probably the best to come out of Saturday Night Live.
Wayne and Garth promote their own public-access cable show from their basement and eventually they get hired by a local station. When they begin to realize that it is no longer the same and people are taking over their show, they must do something about it.
Garth (Dana Carvey) is hilarious in these movies. His anxiety and nervousness towards everything he encounters is the main trait of his character. Wayne on the other hand is the lead actor, and he is in control of everything that this duo does. He plays a more confident role, while he tries to win over the beautiful Cassandra Wong.
3. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly
These guys work amazing together.
John C. Reilly is the sidekick for the most part, but he plays a great one. As long as he is there being stupid, and Will Ferrell is aimlessly screaming for no reason, they will have people laughing for a long time. They just seem to click so well, especially in Step Brothers.
They did their parts perfectly in this movie. Simply fighting all movie over who is better at what had audiences around the country dying of laughter. Ever since the movie came out, you will find people quoting each and every line of it. They also team up in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
It was hard for me to figure out who to give the 3rd spot to because there are a lot of other honorable mentions (Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, John Favreau and Vince Vaughn etc.), but the next 2 spots were way to easy.
2. Dumb and Dumber (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels)
Before the critics start jumping down my throat, I KNOW that these guys only did one movie together.
This one movie that they did together was enough to give them such a label as one of the best duo’s of the last 20 years. Everyone loves this movie, and it is vintage Jim Carrey.
Harry and Loyd are two “Pathetic losers” who are on a mission to return a suitcase to a woman who Lloyd met at an airport. They figure out that she lives in Aspen, Colorado, and their hysterically funny journey begins.
Although it was a movie about two losers on an aimless journey, it still made a fortune. The movie had a budget of an estimated 16 million dollars, which they made back in the first week that the movie was released. After that, the movie grossed 246 million dollars world-wide. Thank you Jim Carrey?
The chemistry that they had in this one movie made it seem like they have been working together for their entire lives. Some of their one-liners that make absolutely no sense are amazing simply because of their style of humor. Jim Carrey is a God of comedy, and whatever movie he is in, whether it is good or bad, I will go see.
I really wish that they had some other movies together because honestly, I can watch Dumb and Dumber over and over again and never stop laughing.
I also have one more wish for the comedy Gods. BRING CHRIS FARLEY BACK TO LIFE!
1.Chris Farley and David Spade
Sorry Kevin James, but if Chris Farley was still alive you probably wouldn’t have a job.
Every movie Kevin James is in, Chris Farley could have played the role a million times better. Don’t get me wrong, James is pretty funny, but he is no Farley.
The death of Chris Farley also hurt Adam Sandler’s career (he still had an amazing career), and it was so hard not to mention Adam Sandler in this list because he is one of my favorites. He just never had a solid teammate. Sandler did most of his movies by himself.
Well back to reality, Chris Farley is gone, but he will never be forgotten. He started off on SNL where he had major success.
This is when he met David Spade, and their careers sprung from there. They starred in movies such as Tommy Boy and Black Sheep, where David Spade plays the smarter of the two and he gets caught up in Farley’s stupidity. These two movies are very similar, but equally as funny.
These polar opposites complimented each other perfectly. It is hard to explain how funny they are in these movies. I just suggest watching them if you haven’t already.
I can’t even imagine the movies that would exist with Chris Farley, David Spade and even Adam Sandler.
In my opinion, Chris Farley would be dominating the comedy genre if he was still around. RIP Chris Farley.