Movie Poll: Who’s Your Favorite Post-1965 Movie Comedy Team?

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  • mike jaral

    matthau & lemmon. the only movie team that comes close is pryor and wilder. both teams are great. certain movies are funnier than others. but all are very enjoyable.

  • Susan

    Lack Lemmon and Walter Mathau were wonderful together and we have 10 films to celebrate their amazing chemistry. But I would have included Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid in their 3 “Vacation” movies. It seems that this list has forgotten some other well matched teams, and I’m sure that fans will bring those candidates to our attention very quickly. Certainly Steve Martin makes a solid team with any comic he has joined including: Michael Caine (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Lily Tomlin (All of Me), John Candy (Planes, Trains and Automobiles), and Martin Short (Father of the Bride). He can be a funny team mate to almost anyone, and has proved it again and again.

  • Steve in Sacramento

    I’m a big Monty Python fan, so voted for them. Plenty of respect for Matthau and Lemon for sure, but I’ll just add that if Simon Pegg and Nick Frost can continue making movies together, they might very well get my vote. Do see “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”! I don’t often favor jokes that are too “topical,” but my favorite line (from Hot Fuzz, by Nick Frost): “He is NOT Judge Judy and executioner!”

  • John Small

    I have no favorite post-1965 movie comedy team. As far as I’m concerned there haven’t been any decent movie comedy teams since the days of the Marxes, Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, et al. (And bear in mind that I was born in 1963, so it’s not like I haven’t seen more recent comedies. I just haven’t found them to be as funny.) Most of the entries on this list aren’t funny to me – Cheech & Chong in particular have no business being on ANY kind of “best of” list, as far as I’m concerned; I like some of the Lemmon-Matthau and Ackroyd-Belushi films, but I never considered Lemmon & Matthau to be a comedy team in the traditional sense of the word. And Ackroyd-Belushi only really made two films as a bona-fide team, “The Blues Brothers” and “Neighbors”; I don’t consider “1941″ to be a “team picture” as to the best of my memory they never appear together in the film. (I’ll admit though that I haven’t seen the film in years so my memory may be faulty.)

  • Kai Ferano

    Oh, no! My very favorite comedy team, the Wayans Brothers, came in at rock bottom! How can this be? They are slapstick, vaudeville contemporary comedians. And seem very smart, to boot. I’m shattered…

  • John Small

    Maybe because the Wayans aren’t as funny as you think they are.

  • Rita

    Matthau and Lemmon had real chemistry. Belushi and Aykroyd, and Pryor and Wilder come in a very close second. All were funny.

  • Jordash

    Although I voted for Monty Python my all time favourite has to be Carol Burnett and Tim Conway along with the rest of the crew! They kept you in stiches all the time and most of it was ad-lib stuff. Just couldn’t beat them for great comedy.

  • JOHN

    If you are going to include Christopher Guest’s reportoire,you really need to include Mel Brooks’team-Gene Wilder,Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn,et al-who really contributed to Mel’s success.

  • Arlene

    The reason Matthau and Lemmon were funny is that they were real. Everyone could identify with them on some level. Think of all the really funny comedians and each of them based their comedy on real life. While Lemmon and Matthau are not considered comedic actors, when paired together in a comedy you get it.

  • ed

    newman and redford butch and sundance and the sting had lots of laughs in them

  • Joseph Imhoff

    Jack and Walter played off against each other so well. Their humor is like the life we encounter everyday, I make those kind of remarks myself. The rest are artificial, especialy Woody Allen whose ‘jokes’ are obvious and set-ups; I don’t find them comedic and just avoid them!

  • Kenneth Morgan

    I voted for Python, but there were several other very worthy choices. I’d have added the MST3K cast (and the respective spin-offs thereof) to the list.

  • Geneva P.

    My favorite would be anyone teaming with Carol Burnett. She was absolutely too funny with ANYONE she teamed with, especially Harvey Korman and Tim Conway.

  • Martin Stumacher

    What a marvelous twosome, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. They played off each other like a fine tuned orchestra.

  • Dennis

    where’s Chan & Tucker. Geez.

  • JohnCougar’sMelonCamp

    Jack and Walter,God Bless Em’!!!
    Although Walter was funny enough hisself,put him and Jack Lemmon together,it was hilarious!!

    Now I do think that ifhe hadn’t od’ed,Chris Farley and David Spade would’ve been a great comic duo as well.

    And let’s not forget Harold and Kumar!!

  • Frank D.

    I much prefer the PRE-1965 comedy teams.

  • Roger Phillips

    Jack and Walter were gold in movies together. “Grumpy Old Men” and “Grumpier Old Men” still make me bust a gut laughing every time. By the way, the houses from both movies are real and on Hyacinth Street in St.Paul. They were down to earth and in later years had to really be great actors as no one watched them for their looks. I miss them both.

  • patti

    I voted for Chris Guest, but I am a huge Monty Python fan. The Spanish Inquisition still makes me howl with laughter.

  • Mike

    With the exception of Cheech and Chong, the list is interesting, but these are not movie comedy teams. Instead they are buddy movies.

    A comedy team is the consistent grouping or pairing of actors that reprise their characters time and again. It’s as the viewer is visiting old friends. Old friends that have a unique bond, and whereas they play off of each other and without being a star.

    • Charles Lee

      Good point Mike!! I think it would have better phrased as comedic pairing.

  • servietta

    my answer is 1)Abbott and Costello
    2 Maten Morehead and Charlie Chan

    • Charles Lee

      Pay attention the question is for the best POST 1960 comedy team. And if you are going pre 1960 then it is either Laural and Hardy or the Marx Brothers

  • version

    You bet Carol Burnett & CO shuold be on here; how about Rowan & Martin? Martin & Lewis? Not my favorites but worth mentioning.

    If you can include “repertiores” then you can include more SNL: Curtain & Murray, Curtain & Ackroyd; Radner & Murray;

    I would include Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner for many things especially, the 2000 year old man.

    • Charles Lee

      This is a movie poll.

  • AlanH

    Allen and Keaton ! They were their generation’s equivelent of Powell/Loy and Tracy/Hepburn.

  • Max of Dimitrios

    Christopher Guest and friends get my vote. Their humor is so original each film is like a new day. All classic in their own way.

  • 116thDream

    I’m going to nominate Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce in their roles as the Crane Brothers on tv’s ” Frasier “! Those reruns are often my late night salvation while cast adrift on an ocean of crap, executed perfectly by one of the best ensembles ever assembled on television. Grammer and Pierce as Frasier and Niles led the way! I’ve seen most episodes multiple times, but the laughs are as fresh as yesterday!