There’s something about arbitrary lists that we just can’t get enough of. In today’s installment, Premiere Magazine rounds up the 50 Greatest Comedies of All Time, ranking them in the highly controversial chronological order. Things are going well, with the first greatest comedy being the seriously hilarious Safety Last in 1923. But once we hit the 90’s, things get fuzzy, what with there apparently being a comedy dry spell between 1993’s Groundhog Day and 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. How are we expected to trust any list that leaves out the funniest comedy of all-time, Dumb and Dumber? There’s nary a diarrhea joke in the lot of them!
Unfortunately, Premiere doesn’t give us a final decision as to which is the funnier movie, putting both Wedding Crashers and 40-Year-Old Virgin on the list. Cop out, anybody? (For the record, it’s Wedding Crashers…)
Update: Premiere responds to our comments:
Why wasn’t the list ranked?
Because it originally appeared in the magazine alongside our Oral History of Comedy, which itself was in chronological order. Premiere Editor-in-Chief Peter Herbst and the rest of the editorial staff felt it made good sense to present their picks for the 50 funniest movies ever in the same timeline flow. Online, of course, the 50 comedies have room to stand on their own.
What Order Should Our 50 Greatest Comedies be in?
This is where we issue the challenge. Think chronological order is a cop out? Alright, you rank our 50 Greatest Comedies, with number one being the end all be all of funny in film. Email us with the order you think the films should be in, and we’ll post some of those orders right here on Premiere.com. And we know some of you are going to argue that there are films that deserved to be on this list more than the ones we picked, so if you’re game, send us your list of the 50 Greatest Comedies. Don’t be shy about saying why. We’ll post some of those too.