The Family (Or most of them)

The Family (Or most of them)
The Family

September 19, 2006


Well, one of the neat little things to emerge from all that crapola was a little exchange between Lee of Australia and Canada's own MJ, who got to talking about Michael Palin and John Cleese.
So it occurred to me, don't they say laughter is the best medicine? Isn't humor the only way to REALLY look at things? Don't the Pope and Dubya and other fruitcakes need some sunshine pumped up their ass?
Why don't we form a World League of Humor, comprised of 10 of the planet's funniest people, who would be called in to resolve global issues such as war, unnecessary invasions and ideological clashes?
These 10 comedians could be appointed by the UN or by a mass show of hands on a certain day around the world, and they would be summoned whenever some big tiff broke out on a religious or political issue.
They could hear all sides of the story, tell some jokes, poke holes in the illogic of all sides and then propose a binding solution that be televised and webcast internationally.
Problems solved. People laughing.
If you're interested, please note some of the world-famous comedians and commediennes below and feel free to cast your votes or to provide your own 10 favourite funny people.


  1. Dont make me choose an english comedian... too many

    John cleese (or any of the remaining python boys), bill bailey, Chris Addison (the ape that got lucky), Daniel Kitson. It is nearly impossible.

    From Australia probably will anderson, or greg fleet.

    USA: Ray romano. a dfeinate contender.

    it is such an awesome idea, world comedy. A break from the depressing news which fills our airwaves.

    AS they say you cant take life too seriously or you will never get out alive.

  2. What a pity that Spike Milligan isn' still around - he would have made a great inclusion. Michael Palin for sure - he gets my vote every time.Though it would be great if John Cleese would break into a silly walk - that would diffuse any bad situation.

  3. Aidan:

    Yeah, I keep trying to remember that...Stayin' Alive, Stayin' Alive, Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

    Stayin' Alive!


    Are you awake 24 hours? It's 9:08 p.m. here...what time is it in Oz?

    Yeah, my first vote would be for the entire Monty Python crew, then fill up the other slots with whoever...

  4. Don't forget Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Rob Grant, Doug Naylor. Not to mention Terry Pratchett, although he's an "author" rather than a "comedian" as such.

  5. This is, hands down, the BEST IDEA OF THE CENTURY!

    Who is that goofball in the water?

  6. Stace:

    Ben Elton: Is he related to Elton John?

    Sorry, but aside from the Monty crew and Homer Simpson, I'm a doofus as far as funny men go.

    But I will calculate your votes! Thank you for exercising your democratic right.


    Yeah, so where are your votes, Ms. Infomaniac??!!

    The goofball in the water is actually one of the funniest people on the planet...but damned if I can remember his name.

  7. Oh yes, Stephen Fry - very funny man, so very british and all.

    It's around 1.15 pm Wednesday here at the moment.

  8. I LOVE Seinfeld!

    Aussie? I love ROVE.


  9. keshi - I CAN'T STAND Peter and Corinne and so can't watch the show :( .

  10. Corinne always struck me as rather a bimbo.

    However I haven't really watched television in about 5 years (apart from the World Cup), I don't even have an arial. So you never know, I might be outdated and wrong.

  11. Ben elton is a comic writer (stark, pop corn, high society) also responsible for seasons 2 and four of black adder.
    Annother Aussie is DAnny Katz who can make me laugh to the point of tears.

  12. So I was just about to turn off the computer but I thought, "Oh let's go check out our pal WW first." And I see that you want me to vote! I thought it was a gentle invitation to vote but now the pressure's on.

    So here's a list. Some of them will have to be revived from the dead, of course, in order to participate.

    I agree with those who listed Monty Python, Bill Bailey, Spike Milligan, and Seinfeld. So since those are already listed, here's more...

    Peter Cook & Dudley Moore as 'Derek & Clive'

    George Carlin

    Larry David

    Eddie Izzard

    Wanda Sykes

    Red Foxx

    Rodney Dangerfield

    Steven Wright

    The 2 Ronnies

    The Marx Brothers

    The Three Stooges

    We'd better send reps from Canada. How about Martin Short and Mike Myers?

    I've more but I think I've gone over my limit.

    If anyone says Carrot Top, I'll make them slip on a banana peel and give them the fake vomit I bought the other day.

  13. you're spot on, stace ;).

  14. Keep 'em comin', ladies and germs, that's a nice lookin' list we're compiling...

  15. Everybody on mj's list plus
    Stephen Colbert Robin Williams
    Dave Chapelle Chris Rock
    David Letterman Peter Sellers
    Mel Brooks John Stewart
    George W Bush Bill Maher
    Kevin Nealen Dana Carvey
    Rick Mercer Ellen DeGeneres
    Al Franken Harry Shearer
    Billy Crystal Christopher Guest
    Dennis Miller David Spade
    Will Ferell Chris Kattan
    Tina Fey Catherine O'Hara
    Fred Willard Don Rickles
    Paul Lynde Steve Martin
    Phyllis Diller Joan Rivers
    Andrea Martin John Candy
    Phil Hartman Bill Murray
    Julia Louis Dreyfus
    Michael Richards Rick Moranis
    Dave Thomas ...etc

    ...but John Cleese, Peter Sellers, Robin Williams, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Don Rickles, Paul Lynde, Steven Wright, George Carlin and Martin Short would be on my top ten list.

  16. Homoplatypus:

    That's quite an impressive list. Couldn't you have at least put each name on a separate line and double-spaced?

    And I note that you have included George W. Bush as one of the funny people candidates.

    I agree he's incredibly funny and draws laughs around the world, but I think we have to disqualify him.

    He'd be the one most subject to the very rulings the World League of Humor would have to make.

    Slight conflict of interest.

  17. I like the way you think!

    So where are Cheech and Chong and Billy Connolly? (OK -- I'm dating myself...) Definitely Peter Sellers. I don't think I've ever laughed harder than the first time I saw the final scene of Dr Strangelove. Then there's the Python gang (of course) and I never saw anyone have more fun making movies than Mike Myers.

  18. Andrea:

    Why thanks, although I'm not sure I'd call it thinking...

    Great choices all. And I doubt that you're any more dated than me.

  19. It's too late now. Will comment later!

    And you have been tagged!

    I am running a MILE in case you chase me!

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  21. Yes. I agree. To all of it. Nobody hs mentioned Ronnie Barker, though.

    Oh! Yes they have - I'm with MJ

  22. And this not-so-austere group must have a base of common law upon which to base their rulings - I recommend the unabridged "Blazing Saddles"

    Now scuse me while ah whip this out . . . .

  23. Uh, Fronty...

    Whip WHAT out?

    And, umm, Blazing Saddles is a movie, not a person, unless it talks to you at night.

    Or farts and then giggles, at least.

  24. Gautami:

    Well thanks for visiting and NOT commenting. We'll alert the media to be ready for your return.


    Yes, at least one of the Two Ronnies will be represented, I would wager.

  25. You know WW, I ran the mile in high school. Want me to go fetch Gautami? I promise not to whip anything out in that particular instance.

    By the way. your English results make yoou especially well-suited for the newspaper business . . . . if you're a publisher >B^D>

  26. Don't not whip it out on my account, Fronty. But you might want to warn Gautami first.

    Once you catch her. She's quite a ways away from Virginia.

    Thanks for the comment about my English skills, I'll pass that on to my publisher, who can't spell his name correctly.

    Nice to see you back in the land of the living, my friend.

  27. hehe Lee Im not sure abt Corinne but how could u not like Peter - LOL he cracks me up!


  28. Why am I being discussed here without my permission?

    *a very affronted gautami*

    PS: I rather run very fast!

  29. WW, what a splendid idea! I love it.

    We'll all be laughing to hard to be taking offense at anyone or anytthing.


    And I love your voice. I could hear you accent. You must leave me more messages. :grin:

  30. Gautami:

    Yes, I admit we were talking about you behind your cyber back, but I was just defending you.


    Yes, dearie, but where are your 10 picks? And I don't think you've got that phone thingie any more on your site...

    If I DO call again, I'll inhale some helium just before the beep...and Canadians don't have accents, everyone else does.

  31. Sounds like Gautami likes being chased

  32. What a fantastic photograph of the CN Tower!

  33. Fronty:

    Gautami chased -- what gives you that impression?


    It's a bit late to make that observation about one of my trick photos, doncha think?

    I still can't believe no one besides you -- who just last night heard me lament this fact -- asked who the hell that woman was.

  34. Ross Noble - don't think that he was in any of those long lists. He definitely deserves a place here :).

  35. WW: what woman? I was looking at the Space Needle.

  36. Lee:

    Sorry, but that vote came after the polls closed. And he wouldn't have made it with one vote...


    That's not the space needle!!!

    It's the CN Tower in Toronto, last I heard the tallest free-standing structure in the world!!

  37. Yes, frontier Editor, I demand to know what gives you the impression that I like to be chased?

    *smoke coming out my ears*


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