Dynamic Duos: Alex’s Top 5 Comedy Film Teams

Written by Alex Bowman January 27, 2013

one of the funniest duos around

Certain actors love nothing more than making us laugh. Being able to make an audience roll in hysterics until they feel like their lungs are going to burst is a very rare talent to have in the entertainment industry. Some would argue that one individual alone can pull off good jokes in a comedic film; what I have noticed is that true comedy seems to come from pairs. Let us have a good laugh while we reminisce about some of the cinematic duos who can make us wet ourselves with glee.

5. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber, 1994)

I rank this film pretty low on the list because of the bad puns and repetitive shock humor but credit must be given where it is due and the Carrey/Daniels duo deserve credit for making us guffaw at their shenanigans. While one of them sets up a joke, the other one is busy thinking “How can I come across as dumber than him?” and this is where the humor of the film really shines. Their combined ability to also annoy the ever-loving shit out of anybody unfortunate enough to cross paths with them is just one more reason why these two clowns are such gut busters.

4. Steve Martin and John Candy (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 1987)

Martin and Candy have this amazing ability to take the old-as-dirt “straight man/funny man” motif and completely reinvent it in their own ways. You will find yourself chuckling at the endless pain and agony that Candy puts Martin through without any hint of malice or ill-content. Martin’s suffering oddly blends with Candy’s naivety which provides some pretty hysterical moments; the entire sequence in the rental car will be enough to leave you in tears.

3. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, 2004)

It takes a very rare breed of talent to make a zombie apocalypse seem hysterical. The combined forces of Pegg and Frost create history by making one of the first intentionally funny zombie films. Not only do these great comedians share an incredible chemistry not seen since the likes of Abbot and Costello but they are also able to use their comedic talents to present believable personalities that one would actually see in a zombie apocalypse. Never has the macabre ever seemed so hysterically thrilling.

2. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World, 1992)

WAYNE’S WORLD! WAYNE’S WORLD! PARTY TIME! EXCELLENT! These two characters are by far the funniest individuals you will ever see put to film. Myers and Carvey have this iconic ability to play off of each others strengths and weakness with their symbiotic mannerisms and gentle jabs; however the shining quality of their combined humor is their ability to make us as the audience laugh with them instead of at them. They competently play with the diegesis of the film and invite us along to laugh with them and make us a part of the jokes which makes for a very entertaining experience.

1. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers, 1980)

This movie showcases a brilliant comedic duo that is by far the most deserving of the number one spot on this list. The humor that is created by Belushi and Aykroyd in this film is very unique because of how they choose to deliver it; over 99.999999999% of the jokes crafted by Belushi and Aykroyd are told in this dead pan seriousness which makes us laugh because of how they react to the over-the-top situations they wind up in throughout the film (i.e. the mall car chase). Sometimes, a little bit of subtlety is all one needs in order to make us laugh and the Blues Brothers definitely know how to bring the laughs.

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