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Comedians who can act

Richard Pryor comes to mind. Pauline Kael raved about one of his end-of-the-1970s concert films. And I thought he was so damn terrific in 1978's [italic]Blue Collar[/italic], I would've loved for him to have garnered a best-actor Oscar nomination. Any other comedians who can really act?

by Anonymousreply 5311/11/2013

The guy who played Mork on Mork & Mindy is even better at serious acting than his comedy routines.

by Anonymousreply 104/07/2010

Jackie Gleason. He wipes the floor with Paul Newman in the Hustler, and if you've never seen Soldier in the Rain you're missing a treat.

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by Anonymousreply 304/07/2010

Jamie Foxx

by Anonymousreply 404/07/2010

Jim Carrey and Robin Williams have been good in a couple of things.

by Anonymousreply 504/07/2010

Tony Hancock.

by Anonymousreply 604/07/2010

Pauline Kael was a moron and a hack.

by Anonymousreply 704/07/2010

Certainly not Margaret Cho nor Judy Gold.

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by Anonymousreply 904/07/2010

Jerry Lewis was good in King of Comedy.

by Anonymousreply 1004/07/2010

Carol Burnett. I still remember her performance in FRIENDLY FIRE, and I only saw it once--when it first aired in the late 70s.

I like Anne Meara better as an actor than as a comedian.

The late, great Peter Cook.

Eddie Izzard. He gave lovely performances in THE RICHES.

Jim Gaffigan is underrated as an actor.

Billy Crystal

Dave Foley

Bill Cosby (loved his late-60s-mid 70s work)

by Anonymousreply 1104/07/2010

Lily Tomlin!

by Anonymousreply 1204/07/2010

I'm probably opening up a can of worms here, but Eddie Murphy can act. Too bad he's an asshole who can't pick good scripts.

by Anonymousreply 1304/07/2010

Martin Short

by Anonymousreply 1404/07/2010

Whoopi Goldberg

by Anonymousreply 1504/07/2010

Whitney Houston

by Anonymousreply 1604/07/2010

Steve Martin, Woody Allen, and Albert Brooks have all delivered effective performances but I wouldn't call them particularly good actors.

I think David Cross has potential as an actor.

by Anonymousreply 1704/07/2010

I've never seen her act, but Joan Rivers has been acclaimed over the years when she's taken on acting roles. Early on her dream was to be an actress so it makes sense.

by Anonymousreply 1804/07/2010

Joan Rivers was pitch perfect in The Joan Rivers Story

by Anonymousreply 1904/07/2010

I know Eric Bana started out in standup comedy. I've never seen his work but I think he's a good actor.

by Anonymousreply 2004/07/2010

Steve Martin

by Anonymousreply 2104/07/2010

John Candy was always a likable and believable everyman. A lot of people lamented the fact that he died before he could get into some better movies and perhaps some more dramatic roles. He had far more heart and tenderness than the vast majority of actors.

by Anonymousreply 2204/07/2010

Jim Carrey is definitely a talented actor. He once made a good point by asking why it was that if you can make someone cry you're eligible for an oscar, but if you make someone laugh(with your acting, not just standup material), it's seen as a much lesser thing. He's one of the few modern stars that is not just some lucky hack being thrown at us, although I think he could choose much better movies.

by Anonymousreply 2304/07/2010

Harry Anderson

by Anonymousreply 2404/07/2010

Ray Romano. His work in "Men of a Certain Age" is really outstanding. I never expected that from him.

by Anonymousreply 2504/07/2010

Dennis Leary

Milton Berle

Bette Midler (remember how she started....)

Flip Wilson

Gilda Radner

Don Rickles

Tina Fey

Steve Colbert

by Anonymousreply 2604/08/2010


And the one and only...

Miss Madeline Khan

by Anonymousreply 2704/08/2010

Catherine Ohara.

by Anonymousreply 2804/08/2010

The list of directors who can act is a lot shorter. Sidney Pollock was pretty good. Woody Allen. Who else?

by Anonymousreply 2904/08/2010

Spike Jonze is my favorite acting director R29. He was awesome in Three Kings and that Fatboy Slim video.

by Anonymousreply 3004/08/2010

Sandra Bernhard

by Anonymousreply 3104/08/2010

Peter Sellers

Soupy Sales

Jerry Stiller

Stan Laurel

Charlie Chaplin

by Anonymousreply 3204/08/2010

All Soup Talk Hosts

by Anonymousreply 3304/08/2010

Gerri from The Facts Of Life

by Anonymousreply 3404/08/2010

Talk Soup, The Soup, whatever...

by Anonymousreply 3504/08/2010

Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin are not really stand-up comedians. Their shows were all acting/had funny stuff/but, were character driven.

by Anonymousreply 3604/08/2010

R23 I saw a tv movie years ago where Jim Carey played the alcoholic son in a very repressed family. He was amazing in it.

by Anonymousreply 3704/08/2010

Spike Jonze in Three Kings? R30, it wasn't much of stretch for him, though, was it? And the Fatboy Slim video? How was he acting in it?

by Anonymousreply 3804/08/2010

[quote]I saw a tv movie years ago where Jim Carey played the alcoholic son in a very repressed family. He was amazing in it.

"Doing Time On Maple Drive".

by Anonymousreply 3904/08/2010

jim carrey was good in the truman show, adam sandler was amazing in punch drunk love, will ferrell was amazing in stranger than fiction

by Anonymousreply 4011/11/2013

will ferrell in everything must go

by Anonymousreply 4111/11/2013

I agree, r14. I just watched the Damages arc with Martin Short. He deserved the Emmy.

by Anonymousreply 4211/11/2013

Zombie thread!

by Anonymousreply 4311/11/2013

Louis C K

by Anonymousreply 4411/11/2013

I saw Friendly Fire with Carol Burnett when I was a kid. I still see it as one of the best performances ever.

by Anonymousreply 4511/11/2013

Kevin Pollak - the Usual Suspects, Casino

by Anonymousreply 4611/11/2013

Jean Dujardin, he started as a comedian and won an Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 4711/11/2013

Bob Odenkirk.

by Anonymousreply 4811/11/2013

Jim Carrey was wonderful in the gay-themed indie "I Love You Phillip Morris", which I'm going to recommend to the entire Datalounge.

He plays a man who's crazy and extremely intelligent, and whose personal identity goes through some surprising changes. The story is true and people like the leading character fascinate me, and it's a good movie that was dumped by the studio because of the gay content.

by Anonymousreply 4911/11/2013

Jim Carrey was great in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ..... and I don't even like him that much.

by Anonymousreply 5011/11/2013

Kevin Pollak, funny stand-up comic, pretty good actor.

I bet Lenny Bruce would have started acting and would have won an Oscar sometime in the 70s or 80s had he lived.

by Anonymousreply 5111/11/2013

It kills me to acknowledge that Andrew Dice Clay gives a perfectly acceptable performance in BLUE JASMINE. Of course, there are a number of good or even great performances in a just okay film. Maybe he was inspired by being around good actors for a change.

by Anonymousreply 5211/11/2013

[quote]Pauline Kael was a moron and a hack.

Apparently the ghost of Andrew Sarris posts here.

by Anonymousreply 5311/11/2013
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