Comedians bring us joy, usually through their own despair and self-hatred. They are the token funny people always counted on to make us laugh. However not everyone in the entertainment industry is a traditional comedian who has been seasoned through years of acting, standup comedy, or performing on Saturday Night Live. These are three funny people who are not true comedians yet are just as funny as anyone.
One half of the magical duo Penn & Teller, Penn Jillette is more than a magician looking for a lovely volunteer from the audience to pick a card. Jillette is hilarious and it shows in everything he does.
Surprising to some, Jillette’s brand of humor is not always appropriate for audiences of all ages. Once you know his Showtime series was named after an obscenity it becomes clear how far he’s willing to go. Jillette uses his intelligence in his humor and always has a point to whatever he says. His podcast, Penn’s Sunday School allows him to further express his opinions in a less censored format although listening to him anywhere you can tell he has little filter. Even when agenda driven Jillette understands he is an entertainer more than anything else and making someone laugh is one of the greatest forms of entertainment out there.
The host of the Fox News television show RedEye, Greg Gutfeld is more than a talking head on a notoriously conservative network. Gutfeld is as selfless as they come in the business and he always appears aware that he very well could end up the butt of the joke.
Since RedEye airs at 3am on the East Coast they can get away with a lot more than other shows on the network, or anywhere else for that matter. The show balances along a fine line of political correctness which coming from conservative pundits at time can be a bit confusing. We get to see a different side of these Republicans who have been portrayed as selfish and villainous elsewhere. On RedEye, under the guidance of Gutfeld, they are more playful and funny. Gutfeld has also displayed his comedic talents in the written word in his books which are mostly political satire. You may not always agree with him, but remember that he doesn’t always agree with himself.
Nobody is quite sure whether or not Karl Pilkington is the biggest idiot in the world or a comedic genius playing a prank on us all. Ricky Gervais is a friend of his and from everything the public sees–Gervais believes it to be the former.
Pilkington first became popular during his stints on The Ricky Gervais Show podcasts which were then turned into an animated series on HBO. Pilkington was a constant target of Gervais and cohost Stephen Merchant. In their defense, Pilkington often was asking for the verbal beating. His simple theories on life and lack of common sense gave him a cult following later, eventually leading to a role on An Idiot Abroad as the titular character where Pilkington reluctantly traveled the world doing magnificent things and hating every moment of it. If indeed Pilkington is pulling our legs then he needs to teach the rest of the world how to be so funny. If he’s an idiot like we all think then he doesn’t need to change a thing to keep us entertained.