I can't stand these f'n shows where they rate performers in order of importance, esp the ones on VH1 (that's a separate rant), but this show was the biggest crock of shit I've ever seen.
Andrew Dice Clay at 95? Are you FUCKING KIDDING ME? Diceman at #95? The only comedian who ever sold out arenas, and has some of the best selling comedy albums ever?
The guy who actually did groundbreaking work (because we all know critics LOVE to blow artists who are ground-breaking) by turning nursery rhymes into naughty ditties? The guy who has imitators working small standup clubs?
Ain't nobody imitating Ellen DeGeneres, #16, that's for sure.
To even consider putting Gilbert f'n Gottfried, JOAN RIVERS, Freddie Prinze, Adam Sandler,Paul Reiser, Degeneres and a good 15 comedians on the list I've never heard of ahead of Diceman is insane. 'Not to mention Shandling, the unfunniest comedian ever.
What, DeGeneres gets extra props because she's lesbo?
ANyway, my personal beef aside, there are tons of flaws with the list. Roseanne at 9? Seinfeld at 12?
Look, just becuase a performer went on to have succesful TV shows does not mean they were great stand-ups. Seinfeld's my favorite sitcom ever, but his stand-up acts were only OK. "What's the deal w/ those cocktail peanuts they give you on the plane?" is NOT great comedy.
Woody Allen at #4? Um, no. Letterman at 15? Um, no.
How do you rank Roseanne, Steve Martin and Chris Rock ahead of Eddie Murphy?
And Jeff Foxworthy deserves better than 60. The best selling comedy recording ever doesn't count for anything? WTF have Shandling or Gottried or prinze ever done of note?
Are Dice and Foxworthy getting screwed because they had fantastic commercial success in comedy but not much in TV or film?
THe best part is, and this applies to VH1's commentators even more, is hearing the "never were-never will be" loser comedians comment on all these other comedians. You f'n losers! Why don't you go work on your pathetic, unsuccesful acts instead of criticizing others?
Here's the link: http://www.comedycentral.com/tv_shows/100greatest/list.jhtml