This list is all about the most hilarious goofballs in comedy. Slapstick comedians come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own unique style. Some are experts at hilarious tumbles, while others crack us up with their wild flailing. What’s even more fascinating is that a few of these physical comedians have transformed into incredibly successful stand-up performers!
At the very top of the heap, it’s almost impossible not to mention the one and only Jim Carrey. From his early days in stand-up comedy, Carrey’s one-of-a-kind sense of humor has always revolved around physical comedy. Who can forget his unforgettable performances in iconic films like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “The Mask”? Not to mention his sidesplitting character, Fire Marshal Bill, from the sketch show “In Living Color.”
Another absolute genius of slapstick comedy who deserves recognition is Chevy Chase. With his impeccable timing and physicality, Chase has proven himself to be a true master of the art.
And let’s not overlook the incredible Lucille Ball, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest slapstick comedians to ever grace our TV screens. Her comedic brilliance and physical prowess have left an unforgettable mark on the genre.
This list also includes other incredibly talented and funny individuals like Chris Farley, Melissa McCarthy, and the timeless Three Stooges.
So, do you have a favorite slapstick comedian? Show your appreciation for the funniest acts by giving them a thumbs up, and feel free to mention any fantastic physical comics we might have missed out on!
1. Lucille Ball
I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy
2. Michael Richards
Seinfeld, Bee Movie, UHF
3. Rowan Atkinson
The Lion King, Bean, Mr. Bean’s Holiday
4. Buster Keaton
The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr.
5. Laurel and Hardy
6. Chris Farley
Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep
7. John Ritter
Three’s Company, Sling Blade, Hearts Afire
8. Dick Van Dyke
Diagnosis Murder, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins
9. Tim Conway
McHale’s Navy, The Carol Burnett Show, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
10. Steve Martin
The Jerk, ¡Three Amigos!, Bowfinger
11. Carol Burnett
The Carol Burnett Show, Horton Hears a Who!, Annie