Lists by fcullen

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Comedians, male or female, appear on this list because I admire them (perhaps more than I enjoy them) or enjoy them (perhaps more than I admire them. I chose only those comedians I have watched extensively in movies (mostly) or on stage (less), seen on television or heard on old network radio.
From what I have read that has been written by reliable witnesses or from the snippets of ancient films that I've seen, I am sure that my list should include Fred Stone (Montgomery & Stone), Dan Leno, Little Tich, Ernest Hogan, Joe Weber & Lew Fields, Flournoy Miller & Aubrey Lyles, Ned Harrigan & Tony Hart, and Bert Williams & George W, Walker (and Aida Overton Walker) at the least, among many others. But, as said, I've not seen them or seen enough of their work.
With very few exceptions, all my favorite and admired comedians were/are adept at physical acting/clowning, and many were accomplished musicians--as instrumentalists, dancers and singers, which gives them an insurmountable edge over most stand-ups in my opinion.
Yes, I have ranked the first 40 or 50 comedians in some degree of order (but the later additions are alphabetical). Perhaps it depends on a particular memory on a particular day or simply balancing the enthusiasm of my youth against the preferences of an older self.
Lastly, I expect some readers will take issue with my selections, mainly because they omit a favorite of theirs. A favorite of theirs may also be a favorite of mine whom I neglected to recall, and so I'll add them to what will become, I'm sure, a 100 plus list.
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Thank you.
 
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As a kid for whom the Saturday matinee was the top event of my week, we booed Roy Rogers and Gene Autry and any other fake cowboys who sang. There were so many great cowboy stars, many of whom could do at least some of their stunts--real athletes who didn't require doubles to do the basics like ride fast or shoot or punch--or take a punch. None of us allowed a "romantic" cowboy on our lists. And splashy Technicolor westerns devoid of the grit and grime were shunned by true aficionados. The few women who got good enough roles were generally tough old birds, although a few beauties, like Esther Ralston, were realistic enough to earn our admiration.
Favorite western stars included comic sidekicks, villains and stunt people as well as the nominal heroes: the four casting requistes of a western shoot 'em up.
I'm sure I've neglected some of your favorities who should be on this list. Let me know---but I refuse to join any social media: FB, Twits, etc, and IMDB will not allow me to read your comments unless I join Facebook.
So if you'd like to comment directly to me, please-mail me at showbiz@lobo.net, and I'll post you comments within the intros to my lists. I value all earnest comments.
 
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Below are my choices to recast particular roles in already filmed movies, if time could be reclaimed.
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Comedians devise their own personae. Comedy actors interpret roles. In practise, the dividing line between the categories of comedians and comedy actors is permeable. Were Marie Dressler, Mae West, Charolotte Greenwood, James Barton, Lucille Ball, Reginald Gardiner, Bette Midler, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen and Dudley Moore comedians or comedy actors?
Caveat: The first 10 on my list are in my order of admiration. As for the other 90, my ranking could change from day to day.

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