10 of the Funniest Men on TV (currently)

Notice how I didn’t call this list the 10 funniest men on TV?  It’s impossible to find just 10 funny guys on TV.  There are really just so many.  To narrow the list some, I am only looking at men who are on TV right now.  This isn’t an all-time list.  Louis C.K. is omitted because his show isn’t on TV right now and I’m guessing it won’t be back.  Otherwise, he would for sure be on this list.  Anyway, here are 10 guys on TV right now that I think are very funny in no particular order:

Alec Baldwin

His Jack Donaghy character on 30 ROCK is just a brilliantly funny character.  Here are some of his best moments:

Liz: Why are you wearing a tux?

Jack: It’s after 6pm.  What am I?  A farmer?

Hilarious.

Joel McHale

Joel McHale makes this list more for his work on THE SOUP than he does for COMMUNITY and not for his work on THE SONS OF ANARCHY.  I don’t find him to be terribly funny any more on COMMUNITY, but he is still funny on THE SOUP.

My Midwest Wife would disagree with me however as she seems to think that for some reason his best moments are moments like these:

It’s funny because I’ve noticed a correlation in what scenes she thinks are funny with Joel. We don’t agree on what makes him good, but we both agree that he is funny.  As for the rest of it, well, I just don’t want to talk about it.

Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll is a comedian that has been around for a while.  I’ve always thought this guy is funny and now that he is on a hilarious TV show, THE LEAGUE, on The FX Network, everyone else can find out about this guy.  Everyone on the show is funny but to me, he is the funniest.

Nick Offerman

First, Nick Offerman is a Midwest guy.  He’s from Joliet, IL which is close to the corporate headquarters of the Midwest TV Guys operation.  We are fans of Midwestern actors and will be doing more here in the future to highlight those from the Midwest.  Anyway, Nick Offerman’s character on PARKS AND RECREATION, Ron Swanson, is a text book example of how someone can use a dead-pan delivery and still be hysterically funny:

When PARKS AND REC first started, they tried to write Ron Swanson as a bad guy typical right-winger.  Offerman however turned this character in to a good guy that everyone loves.  It’s a great example of an actor turning the tables on the writers.

Max Greenfield

Max Greenfield plays Schmidt on the Fox comedy, NEW GIRL.  The fact that he is able to go to work every day with Zooey Deschanel and not slit his wrists or go on a murder death kill spree says a lot about his talents as an actor.  He is the standout of the ensemble cast of this show and he alone is reason enough to tune in week after week:

Jim Parsons

The Dr. Sheldon Cooper character portrayed by Jim Parsons on THE BIG BANG THEORY is an example of how an actor can take charge of a show and change the shows entire direction.  BIG BANG started as a show that was going to focus on Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) as those characters were played by more well-known actors who CBS thought would be the reason people tuned in to watch the show.  Jim Parsons however took his character and turned him in to the break out star of the show and forced the writers and producers to go in another direction.  If you watch the show, I’m sure you know why.  He is very funny:

Jason Gann

Jason Gann is an Australian actor that you probably have never heard of.  He is the creator and writer of a series that started in Australia and has since moved to the US on the FX Network called WILFRED.  This show is simply brilliant.  It’s not a show for kids by any means and if you are the type of person who thinks that 2 BROKE GIRLS is funny, then you definitely won’t like this show because it has real, actual comedy in it.

The Guys from It’s Always Sunny

You can’t just pick one of these guys to say they are the funniest from the show.  Each one of them is funny and each one of them adds in their own way to one of the funniest shows on TV.  The show was created by Rob McElhenney who plays Mac on the show and it’s written by the three guys, McElhenney, Charlie Day (Charlie), and Glenn Howerton (Dennis).  The show airs on the FX Network which again shows why I say continually that the FX Network is the best network on TV.  The show has been called a Seinfeld type of a show with characters that are similar to the ones on Seinfeld, only much, much worse.  If that isn’t enough to make you watch the show, then you just don’t understand funny.

H. Jon Benjamin

Jon Benjamin just might be the funniest guy on TV right now if it’s possible to grant just one person that title.  He three shows on TV right now, BOB’S BURGERSARCHER, and Jon Benjamin Has a Van.  ARCHER is just about the funniest show on TV and his other two shows are fantastic as well.  In a sane world, this guy would be a household name that everyone knows.  Start paying attention to this guy.  He is worth your time.

Damon Wayans Jr.

We at MWTVG are big fans of this guy.  He comes from a comedy family and he is the funniest of all the Wayans family (which years ago would have been a big statement to make, but now, well, let’s just say he is funny).

DWJR (can I get that started?  Will E start referring to him this way now?) stars on the ABC comedy HAPPY ENDINGS.  The show is set in Chicago which makes us here at MWTVG happy, but it’s not actually shot here which makes us sad.  It’s an ensemble comedy along the lines of FRIENDS but smarter, funnier, better written, better acted, and more watchable than FRIENDS.  Of all the people on HAPPY ENDINGS, DWJR is the funniest.  His comedy is effortless and genuine and he is easily one of the funniest men on TV right now.  This is the best clip available right now:

 

So there we have it.  10 guys that are very funny.  Tell me dear readers, who did I leave out?

4 Comments on 10 of the Funniest Men on TV (currently)

  1. Very good list. Louis C.K. is one of my few living heroes. His show Louie has the familiar format Seinfeld did back in the day. Very dark view of the world nonetheless funny. Nice to see Nick Kroll on the list also. His best work is the voice of Stu on the HBO animated series The Life and Times of Tim. More comparisons to Seinfeld can be drawn here also. Though, his work in The League should also be appreciated. H. John Benjamin is another story. Archer is a smartly written and action comedy series with a unique art style (I know the Frisky Dingo show is the same style and creator). The jokes are well written and the story is very interesting, especially in season 2. Bob’s Burgers failed to capture my attention and I have yet to give it a second chance but, I know Benjamin best from his voice acting in the show Home Movies. His gritty voice does not match his look in person but, the character of Coach John McGuirk can be played by no one else.

    • Midwest Mike // October 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm //

      There are so many funny guys on TV it’s hard to make a list of just 10. If his show were on the air, he would have been on this list. I don’t think his show will ever be back. It has a Chappelle Show feeling about it.

  2. Good list! I’d add Ty Burell (Modern Family) and Bill Hader (SNL).

    • Midwest Mike // October 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm //

      I had to leave people off the list. I’ll probably do another one. Ty Burell is funny but if I were going to pick a guy from Modern Family, I would have gone with Eric Stonestreet.

      I also felt bad about leaving Bill Hader and Jason Sudekis off the list.

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