King of the Trifecta of Comedy?

December 1, 2006 at 2:49am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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Carell, Colbert, and Cohen… Could Steve Carell be the king of comedy’s 2006 Triad - all whom coincidentally share the last name of C? After watching tonight’s episode of The Office, I think so. I am a huge Steve Carell fan. The above is a screenshot of Season 1, Episode 2 of The Office, one of my favorite epis so far for this brilliant series, an oldie but a goodie.

Earlier today, in a conversation with Mr. Wilson, we were hashing out the “greats” of comedy whose names begin with C, and I added some more after the fact. The list is a long and illustrious one:

candy, john
carey, drew
carell, steve
carlin, george
carrey, jim
carson, johnny
carvey, dana
chaplin, charlie
chappelle, dave
chase, chevy
cho, margaret
cleese, john
cohen, sacha baron
colbert, stephen
corddry, rob
cosby, bill
crystal, billy
curtin, jane

Why do all the greats have last names beginning with C? Regardless, Steve Carell, may you live long and prosper!

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Mr. Wilson December 1, 2006 at 3:06am

Drew Carey is as funny as a glob of phlegm, and half as attractive. That goes double for Margaret Cho.

Neal December 1, 2006 at 3:17am

Steve Coogan is probably my favorite funnyman of all time. If you have never checked out any of his stuff, particularly as Alan Partridge, I highly recommend “Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge” and season 1 of “I’m Alan Partridge,” which was just released on DVD in the US.

Mr. T December 1, 2006 at 3:24am

Yes! That was the dude in 24 hour party people! Totally forgot about that guy.

Chris December 1, 2006 at 4:22am

Dont get me wrong - I loves me the Steve Carell - but the genius behind his character is courtest Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. They created the BBC version of the show that was funny for years before NBC bought it. That character is comedy gold.  I am thrilled that they kept them on as executive producers, and that they wrote tonight’s episode. It was great!

Mr. Wilson December 1, 2006 at 1:37pm

Hey T, here’s another comedy genius you need to add to your c-list. wink

By the way, T, I should mention that I did watch The Office tonight, at your insistence. It wasn’t bad. If nothing else, it’s refreshing to allow comedy to speak for itself rather than to have a laugh track force the punchlines on you.

Mr. T December 1, 2006 at 2:39pm

I couldn’t agree more. After having grown up with laugh tracks, in hindsight they are really pretty manipulative. Without laugh tracks it makes the experience more personal. And it perfectly fits The Office style of humor, which relies more on “cringe in embarrassment” humor than laugh-out loud humor.

foxspit December 1, 2006 at 7:24pm

That’s what she said.

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