Humor is a tough thing to excel at, particularly in the movies. To get laughter from an audience can be like pulling teeth. It's a science and we have 21 silly scientists who make us emit laughter time and time again.
Although SNL fans were bummed when he left, we here in Hollywood were all too thrilled that he would be making movies full time. His turns in Horrible Bosses and We're the Millers show he's got a blindingly bright future making comedies. And honestly, wasn't he the best thing about Going the Distance?
As time goes by, we're learning just how versatile the comic talent is of Ken Jeong. He's not just a one-note comedy machine , a la The Hangover movies. Hear him in Turbo or see him in Pain and Gain and we're learning that Jeong is just scratching the surface of silliness.
Mark Wahlberg is another who does it all. But what is so fascinating about his comic chops is that audiences are continually surprised that he is even funny. He brought the humor in Three Kings and then who could forget his turns being hilarious in The Other Guys and Ted. Wahlberg needs to do more comedies. Period.
Ed Helms is a veteran of The Daily Show and, like Steve Carell, The Office. As such, his improv and comic timing were spot-on before he leapt to big screen success with The Hangover. He stole scenes in We're the Millers and we can't wait to see him in the Vacation reboot. Yes, Helms is hilarious!
Craig Robinson is just getting started charming audiences with his humor. He rocked in Hot Tub Time Machine and will be back in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. But, he also was hilarious in This Is the End, Peeples and Pineapple Express. We'd watch Craig be funny in anything. Here's a little gem of his that you need to see: Rapture-Palooza!
Now that he's done with HBO's Eastbound and Down, McBride can focus solely on films. And after his amazing turns in This Is the End and Pineapple Express, we can't wait to see where he goes next. He even did his best to save Your Highness.
There is no debate that Sacha Baron Cohen is an uber-talent. Sure, The Dictator didn't do it for most of you, but look at his turn in Talladega Nights and you see a deep well of talent that is there. From Borat to even his role in Hugo, Cohen is the real deal.
Not afraid to do anything for a laugh is a sign of a fearless comic. And judging by that nude scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason Segel will go the distance to get a laugh. He was stellar in The Muppets reboot and we can't wait to see his Sex Tape with Cameron Diaz.
Ricky Gervais is so funny, he spreads his humor on TV, movies and even podcasts. But, there is something about his movie turns (especially in the recent Muppets Most Wanted) that has us wanting more of Gervais on the big screen!
They say that the humor emitted by Zach Galifianakis is an aquired taste. Well, we treasure it. And whether being the goof in The Hangover movies or the conservative candidate in The Candidate, Galifianakis has a priceless comic timing that is hard to match.