Top Ten List – Root Rot’s Top Ten Comedies

For the latest edition of our guest writer top ten lists, I feel very lucky to have with us a true rock star in the podcasting community – Root Rot. Some of you may know Root Rot as the original host of the Midnight Podcast for the first 100 episodes (yes I actually typed 100 episodes – amazing). Others may know Root Rot and one of the guys at The Witch’s Hat ( If you have not checked out that site, you need to. It is an awesome site with a blog, podcast and vidcast. This is what podcasting is all about.

So, Root Rot gives us his top ten list of Comedy Movies. I will post my comments at the bottom as always.

10. The Hangover (2009) Directed by: Todd Phillips

9. Caddyshack (1980) Directed by: Harold Ramis

8. Coming to America (1988) Directed by: John Landis

7. The Naked Gun (1988) Directed by:David Zucker

6. Animal House (1978) Directed by: John Landis

5. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) Harold Ramis

4. Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Directed by: Martin Brest

3. Kingpin (1996) Directed by: The Farrelly brother’s

2. Blues Brothers (1980) Directed by: John Landis

1. Rushmore (1998) Directed by: Wes Anderson

Honorable mentions go to:

House Party (1990) Directed by: Reginald Hudlin

Police Academy (1984) Directed by: Hugh Wilson

Superbad (2007) Directed by: Greg Mottola

Most overrated comedy goes to:

Knocked Up (2007) Directed by: Judd Apatow

Top comedy TV series:

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-current)

Arrested Development (2003-2006)

The State (1993-1995)

Kids in the Hall (1988 – 1994)

Once again, thanks to the awesome Root Rot for his list. This list is taking me back a little. Sadly, Comedy movies are my cup of tea, but not because I am a sad little man that does not want to laugh. Rather, it is because the majority of Comedies out there are crap. Sorry, but it is true. Of course, the same could be said for horror movies.

Now, when you look at this list, who could possibly argue with these titles? First off, I say that it takes me back because most of these films are films that I grew up on. National Lampoon’s Vacation is one of the greatest movies ever made. Chevy Chase is one of my favorite comedic actors ever. He is hilarious. Kingpin may well be my favorite Comedy of all time. I do not laugh out loud much, but that is one of the films that I just howl to. Caddyshack is another one.

Now, on to Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy is an amazing comedian. Growing up, I would watch Delirious over and over again. Most people do not realize that I am actually a big stand-up fan as well. I love Eddie Murphy, George Carlin and so many others. Eddie Murphy had one of the greatest runs of any comedian during these years. Everything he touched was gold. Both of those movies are untouchable. Even the slapstick comedies on here, like Police Academy, etc. are absolute classics.

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