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Top 108 Funniest Women – Part 1 (108-97)

I am so excited for these posts that will celebrate the humor and wit of 108 Actresses and Comedians that have given me and others endless hours of laughs.

Humor is different for everyone.  For me, I find people funny who can play off other people.  Reactions are funny to me.  Anyone can tell a joke, these are women who are mostly smart, witty and react to their surroundings in a comical way.

Now lets begin our countdown…

#108.  Chelsea Handler

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Chelsea Handler is a former stand up comic, who now has a late night talk show on the E! Network. Her humor is very brash. She is also a best-selling author, making fun of her own life of drinking and hook ups.

Best Performance: Any roundtable discussion on “Chelsea Lately”

#107.  Eliza Coupe

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Eliza Coupe is the best part of the now cancelled “Happy Endings”. A great ensemble cast, yet Eliza really had the most natural comedic timing of the group. She previously had a short stint on “Scrubs”, but other than that nothing as big as “Endings”.

Best Performance: Jane Kerkovich-Williams on “Happy Endings”

#106.  Penny Marshall

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Most people know Penny Marshall as an acclaimed director, but in the 70’s, she was a sitcom star. She has an impressive resume when it comes to shows in that era, “The Odd Couple”, “Mary Tyler Moore”, “Happy Days”, and “Laverne and Shirley”. Her dry wit played off Cindy Williams’ manic Shirley perfectly.

Best Performance: Laverne DeFazio on “Laverne and Shirley”

#105.  Christina Applegate

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Christina Applegate started acting when she was a teenager, playing dumb blonde, Kelly Bundy, on Married with Children. A role she did for ten years, which could have led to being typecast in dumb blonde sort of roles. Instead Applegate made some great movies and starred in 2 more television series’.

Best Performance : Kelly Bundy on “Married With Children”

#104.  Lauren Graham

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Lauren Graham was a frequent guest star on many nineties sitcoms until she landed her own show “Gilmore Girls” in 2000. Where Graham really shines is on the talk show circuit. She is so awkwardly clever, you can’t wait to see what she is going to say next.

Best Performance : Herself on “Ellen”

#103.  Elizabeth Banks

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Elizabeth Banks has a diverse range of movies and television shows under her belt. She has been everywhere in the last few years, most notably, “The Hunger Games”, in which her role needs to have a comedic twist to it. She delivers perfectly as she does in every role she has.

Best Performance: Avery Jessup on “30 Rock”

#102.  Marla Gibbs

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As the sassy housekeeper on “The Jeffersons”, Marla Gibbs stole every scene she was in. From 1975 to 1990 Marla had a home on network television, also starring in the series 227, a great feat for a black actress at the time.

Best Performance: Florence Johnston on “The Jeffersons”

#101.  Kaley Cuoco

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We first recognized Kaley Cuoco as the ditzy teenage daughter of John Ritter and Katy Segal on “8 Simple Rules”. Even as a young actress she kept up the pace with Ritter and Segal. She really hit the jackpot with the role of Penny on “The Big Bang Theory”. She plays the straight girl in a universe of nerds and does it with hilarity and compassion.

Best Performance : Penny on “The Big Bang Theory”

#100.  Cheryl Hines

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Cheryl Hines is an underrated comedic actress. She has done a lot of bit parts in movies and television. Her improvisational role in “Curb your Enthusiasm” solidified her as a funny lady. Now starring in “Suburgatory”, a very different character, she has shown her range of comedy.

Best Performance: Cheryl David on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

#99.  Rachel Dratch

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The first of several “Saturday Night Live” alums on this list. SNL is still Rachel’s most famous outlet, even though she has been in countless movies and sitcoms over the years. She usually has a small part, but will probably steal the scene she is in.

Best Performance: Debby Downer on “Saturday Night Live”

#98.  Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey started out as a character actress in movies such as “Almost Famous” and “The Good Girl”. Noticed for her comedic skills, she then had starring roles in “Elf” and “500 Days of Summer”. But it was her 2011 hit sitcom “New Girl” that made her a household name and also made the word “adorkable” mainstream.

Best Performance : Jess on “New Girl”

#97.  Janeane Garofalo

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Janeane became really big in the nineties as this fresh voice among female comics. She had such intelligence about her, at the same time being extremely cynical. She worked often with Ben Stiller, most famously in “Reality Bites”. She has done a little of everything in her career, including dramas (“24”), voice acting (“Ratatouille”) and sitcoms (“Seinfeld”).

Best Performance : Paula on “The Larry Sanders Show”

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Top 108 Movies – Part 1 (108- 97)

This is another 9 part series featuring my favorites films of all time.  Again, these are not films that I think are the greatest movies ever made, they are just movies that I have enjoyed.

So lets begin our countdown……………….

#108.  Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Set around a campy 50’s movie Amazon Women on the Moon and the television programming that is on at 3:00 in the morning.  It has a bunch of sketches that are silly and stupid, but so much fun.  The cast is full of many stars including Michelle Pfieffer, Griffin Dunne, Arsenio Hall, Rosanna Arquette, Steve Guttenberg and Kelly Preston. 

Directed by : Joe Dante

Notable Performance:  David Alan Grier as Don “No Soul” Simmons

 

#107.  Delirious  (1991)

John Candy is Jack Gable, a soap opera writer who gets hit on the head and wakes up in the world of the show he writes for.  He then continues to write to try to change what all the characters are doing.  He is trying to make the star of the show, Rachael, fall in love with him.  He then realizes that all he is writing isn’t turning out the way he wants it to.  A fun, underrated movie with a great supporting cast, Emma Samms, Mariel Hemmingway, Jerry Orbach, Dylan Baker and in one of his last performances, Raymond Burr.

Directed by:  Tom Mankiewicz

Notable Performance : John Candy as Jack Gable

#106.  Eddie & The Cruisers (1983)

A film about a fictional band and a reporter that is investigating the mysterious death of its lead singer Eddie Wilson.  It is 20 years since his death and they are re-releasing the bands first album and doing a documentary on them.  There are a lot of flashbacks to the bands hey day up to when Eddie was killed.  Michael Pare does a great job playing Eddie, and the music, provided by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, is remarkable.  The ending gave me goosebumps the first time I saw it, unfortunately it was followed by a less than average sequel.

 

 

Directed by:  Martin Davidson

Notable Performance:  Tom Berenger as Frank Ridgeway

#105.  Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Based on the 1960 movie and broadway show of the same name. Seymore is a nerdy guy who works at a plant shop and he discovers a venus fly trap.  He tries to keep it alive, but it needs blood to live.  Seymore must then resort to drastic measures to keep his plant growing.  Little Shop has some really great catchy tunes and some amazing cameos, including Bill Murray, Christopher Guest,  John Candy and James Belushi.

 

Directed by:  Frank Oz

Notable Performance:  Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello DDS

#104.  Vertigo  (1958)

Detective Scottie Ferguson has a terrifying fear of heights.  He retires from the police force because of an incident and his friend asks him if he would like to be a private investigator and keep an eye on his wife.   He thinks his wife is possessed by a dead woman.  Scotty follows her all over and she ends up trying to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.  He saves her and he starts to fall in love with her.  From there the story twists and turns like any great Hitchcock film.  The story is really a character study of this man and his fears. 

Directed by:  Alfred Hitchcock

Notable Performance:  Jimmy Stewart as John “Scottie” Ferguson

#103.  Casino Royale (2006)

James Bond’s first mission, he is instructed to prevent Le Chiffre from winning a poker game which would result in bankrolling terrorists.  The origin of James Bond, we get to see a lot of his flaws including falling in love.  Daniel Craig’s first shot at Bond and he did wonderfully well, despite many skeptics.  This movie has everything, action, romance, beautiful scenery and a very sexy 007. 

 

Directed by:  Martin Campbell

Notable Performance:  Daniel Craig as James Bond 007

Awards:  Best Sound – BAFTA Awards 2007

#102.  Speed (1994)

Speed is a very fun, action packed thriller of a film.  A terrorist, played by Dennis Hopper, has rigged a bomb to go off on a city bus if the speed of the bus goes under 50 mph.  On the bus is a police officer, Keanu Reeves in one of his best  and civilian Annie, who is now driving the bus.  Just a really fun popcorn movie, doesn’t seem like they make that many of these kind anymore. 

 

 

Directed by: Jan de Bont

Notable Performance : Sandra Bullock as Annie Porter

 

#101.  Casablanca (1942) (Best Picture 1944)

Set at the beginning of WWII, Casablanca is a movie about love, hope, courage and pain.  Rick Blaine runs a night club and is in the middle of an intriguing plot where he ends up with 2 letters of transit, which are basically free passes to leave Casablanca and return to America.  He ex, Elsa, shows up in his club and they rekindle what they once had.  Rick now has to make decisions based on what is right and his love for Elsa.  The ending is one of, if not the most famous, endings of all cinema.  Heart-wrenching and very real.  

Directed by:  Michael Curtiz (Best Director 1944)

Notable Performance : Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine

 

#100.  Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky Balboa is retired, living the high life and through with boxing.  His buddy Apollo Creed is making a big spectacle over his fight with Russian boxer Ivan Drago.  Drago is built like a machine and he is unstoppable.  Apollo is killed by the Russian, and Rocky needs to get revenge for his friend and for America.  It is a great uplifting movie with a great soundtrack.  It just makes you feel good after watching it.

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Notable Performance : Talia Shire as Adrian Balboa

 

 

 

#99.  Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)

Indiana Jones is on a quest to find the holy grail and he has brought his father along for the ride.  Henry Jones is played to a tee by Sean Connery.  The chemistry that Harrison Ford and Connery have with each other is brilliant.  Really great action sequences and we get more of a feeling about who Indiana really is.  Great cameo by River Phoenix as a young Indiana Jones. 

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Notable Performance:  Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones
 

#98.  High Anxiety (1977)

This is one of many Mel Brooks movies on this list.  Probably the most underrated of all his films.   Brooks stars as Dr. Richard  Thorndyke and a psychiatrist who must confront his own problem of “high anxiety”.  He gets framed for murder and must try to clear his name.  A superb homage to Alfred Hitchcock movies.  It also stars the quintessential supporting cast for Mel Brooks, including Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn and Cloris Leachman.

Directed by:  Mel Brooks

Notable Performance:  Cloris Leachman as Nurse Diesel

#97.  The Karate Kid (1984)

The Karate Kid was a staple for any kid that grew up in the 80’s.  I remember going to see this movie a dozen times at the theater.  It was such a great theater movie because the crowd got into it and cheered at the end.  Ralph Macchio stars as Daniel Larusso who has moved to a new town and is getting bullied by these karate school kids.  He then meets Mr. Miyagi, the handyman of his building, and he teaches Daniel the true spirit of karate. 

Directed by:  John G. Avildsen

Notable Performance:  Pat Morita as Mr. Kesuke Miyagi