The final Hangover film opened in theaters this week, and although I was not a fan of the sequel and probably will not be seeing the third in theaters, I thoroughly enjoyed the first film and still crack up at the film’s Alan character. So here’s a look at what I feel are the best comedic characters of the past 10 years.
5. Aldous Snow, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
I can watch Forgetting Sarah Marshall any time. It is a sure way to get me to laugh my ass off and one of the main reasons happens to be Russell Brand’s portrayal of egomaniacal Aldous Snow. I’m not the biggest fan of Brand, but I do enjoy the Aldous Snow character in this film, as well as his spinoff film, Get Him to the Greek. Whether he’s singing one of the hilarious and catchy songs from Infant Sorrow or interacting with the terrific supporting cast, Aldous Snow is a fine performance and a memorable character.
4. Shaun and Ed, Shaun of the Dead
Thinking hard about it, I probably could’ve just as easily named this British duo as my choice for Best Movie Duo. For those of us that weren’t savvy enough to have already seen Spaced, the zombie Rom-com was our introduction to the brilliant team of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and writer-director Edgar Wright. Shaun of the Dead is not only a great comedy, it’s a great zombie flick, being equal parts gruesome and hilarious. The Shaun and Ed relationship is one of the best bromances in movies and the work the team has done together with Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz, makes their final film of the ‘Three Flavors Cornetto” trilogy The World’s End one of the most anticipated films of the summer.
3. Alan, The Hangover
For anyone that considers themselves a fan of comedy, the name Zach Galifianakis was probably not foreign, albeit incredibly difficult to write and pronounce. Alan is the (literally) crazy glue that holds the Wolf Pack together, and probably the only reason there happens to be a third film currently filling theaters, for better or worse. It’s one of those roles in which the actor gets all the best lines and it’s just about tailor-made for a breakout performance. Galifianakis doesn’t disappoint and it’s one of the most memorable comedic performances in recent memory.
2. Borat, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Borat may have originated on Da Ali G Show, but he didn’t become a cultural phenomenon until the 2006 release. Borat, as well as his creator, Sacha Baron Cohen, became household names over night after Borat took the box office by storm. I remember see it in a crowded theater in college and laughing my ass off. It’s unfortunate that basically everyone started to do Borat impressions immediately after seeing it, but it was a nice change of pace after all those Rick James impressions.
1. Ron Burgundy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
To me, Anchorman might be the funniest movie of the past decade and though a lot can be said of the brilliant supporting cast, but they all revolve around the tour de force comedic performance by Will Ferrell. Ron Burgundy is the best of Will Ferrell’s Robert Goulet impression, molded into a mustache and and an ego. It’s one of the most quotable characters in movie history and will continue to be Will Ferrell’s crowning achievement for years to come.