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  1. WHy? at |

    “Barack Obama and Joe Biden”

    You forgot to include “Bush and Cheney” and the entire Fox News (News?) mafia–organization…

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  2. daniel at |

    Perhaps one of the poorest series of choices. Lets see, I don’t see how you can have Lavern and Shirley or Perfect Strangers? Would either of these get a chuckle now? Both are immensely stupid choices. I am not sure how you can put Prior and WIlder as #1 when they only made 3 decent film together… Overall, VERY VERY poor list. Constructed almost as if you wanted to start debates and comment wars.

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    1. Stick at |

      I couldn’t agree more, daniel. The list started out decently, but then it began going downhill when Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ranked higher than Abbott and Costello. Numbers 1 and 3 shouldn’t even be on the list. Also, the author couldn’t even find a good Laverne & Shirley pic? Because that’s not Laverne. It looks like Katey Sagal. Worst list on Top Tenz EVER!

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    2. TopTenz Master at |

      Daniel, We don’t post any list for shock value or to start debates. We, of course, hope for a good-natured debate we try to create a list that is well though out and supported by the author’s research and knowledge. I will admit that I personally didn’t agree with the choices here, but I can say that about many of the lists on Toptenz.net. Rarely do I ask for a change, but when I do I leave it up to the author to accept the change or I give them the option of pulling the list from publication. Such as the case with this list. I asked that Cheech and Chong be added, but the author decided to pull the list rather than change it. After some thought I decided to post it based on this author’s years of service to Toptenz.net. I realize every list is controversial to some degree, but I also realize that is half of what make this site so much fun to manage and, I hope, fun to read.

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    3. Rusty at |

      Amen

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  3. Dennis at |

    Are you kidding? Laverne and Shirley?–HAHA–Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello would be tied for first place. After that,who cares?

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    1. Stick at |

      Laverne & Shirley were funnier than Larry and Balki. Abbott and Costello should have been #1. Definitely.

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      1. Dennis at |

        I’ll agree with that

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  4. Dennis at |

    This list is so bad I’m surprised you left out Mork and Mindy.

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    1. ND at |

      Mork was an alien, not an american.

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      1. Dennis at |

        Well,that’s true–Ok,how about Beavis and Butthead? At least they’re funnier than Laverne and Shirley.

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  5. jayln at |

    How could you forget poieter and Cosby? or Hope and Crosby? Terrible list indeed

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  6. Kilgor at |

    You can’t have a list like this without Jack Lemmon and Walther Matthau.

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    1. Scooter at |

      Bingo! These two were the best, with a career together spanning decades. The “Grumpy” movies you can watch over and over and they’re always hilarious!

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      1. Scott at |

        I kept waiting to see how high Lemmon and Matthau were going to be represented. Zero, apparently.

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        1. Terry at |

          I absolutely agree Lemmon and Matthau were great together.

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  7. tchudson at |

    Can’t believe Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot are on the list and so many other classic comedy teams are not. Hope and Crosby not here? Matthau & Lemmon not here? And it should have been Lucy and Ricky on the list, not Lucy and Ethel.

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  8. ND at |

    Too subjective a list. Might as well list of the “10 best flavors of Baskin Robins”

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  9. Charles at |

    Tim Conway worked better with Don Knotts. Myrna Loy and William Powell should’ve been in there, as should Doris Day and Rock Hudson…

    Laverne and Shirley? Gimme a break!

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  10. Madd Maxx at |

    What about Jackie Gleason and Art Carney?

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  11. David Fullam at |

    Uh, Cheech and Chong? Where are they?

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    1. Dennis at |

      They’re in LA doing commercials for 100-calorie snack cookies. (Really)

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  12. Ken at |

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever seen on this site and makes me want to delete it from my favorites! Must have put as much time into this as I do taking a whiz! The moronic GOP agenda on the end explains your idiocy.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Ken, I have deleted the content you are referring to at the bottom of the article. It got by me and should not have been included. It had nothing to do with the article content.

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  13. ed at |

    cheech and chong?

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  14. WHy? at |

    TopTenzMaster

    Thank you for deleting the political commentary in the previous ending of the list. While I may not agree with every list ranking, I do appreciate the effort involved. I can get political rhetoric anywhere on the web, but there are few “lists” sites to enjoy such as yours.

    Best wishes…

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Thanks for the compliment and we hope you find future top 10 lists more enjoyable.

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  15. Jim Ribs at |

    I thought having Laurel & Hardy and Abbott & Costello as 10 and 9 was odd enough, then I scroll down and see Perfect f’ing Strangers on the list at 3 and nearly vomited.

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  16. Logan at |

    I always enjoy reading the lists, even if I don’t agree. Just wanted to point out that the photo posted of “Laverne and Shirley” isn’t Penny Marshall with Cindy Williams… it’s Katey Sagal from “Married with Children”.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Egads! Thanks for noting this mistake. Added a fun illustration of the female comedic duo.

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  17. John Fisher at |

    Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.

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  18. Zowie! at |

    Oh Please, you forgot Stiller and Meara! Jerry Stiller and Ann Meara are icons of comedy and one of the best husband and wife comedy duos America ever produced. They’ve been a feature act on TV too many times to count. They even had their own TV show. They are also the parents of Ben Stiller. (No, I’m not their publicist. I’m just a fan of great comedy.)

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  19. canadaeh at |

    Somebody made a mistake! The list was in REVERSE order!

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  20. Bryson L at |

    Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster are #1 all the way

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  21. brian at |

    Gotta include Hope and Crosby..even tho bob hope was born in england..they were definitely a hollywood team.

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  22. skywatcher at |

    Didn’t Bob Hope get American citizenship? I think he’d qualify.

    But I have to agree that some of the choices seem odd. I can’t really consider any of these as duos unless they had an act they performed together for live audiences. And that would cut a number of people from the list. sadly, that would include Lucy and Ethel, and that just doesn’t seem right. But I would have left off Matthau and Lemmon as well. They made maybe three movies together over about 15 years. And I would have left off Klugman and Randall. They were great in The Oded Couple, but that didn’t really include devoting their lives to promoting themselves as a duo. Few worked better together than Cleese and Booth in Fawlty Towers, but they were never a duo in the sense we’re using it here. (Although they were a duo in another sense, but that’s another story…)

    Now, Mike Nichols and Elaine May would have worked for this list. Anyone remember them before they became more famous for other work?

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  23. Groucho at |

    Gallagher & Shean?

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  24. Frank at |

    I have to agree with the others here, in that this list isn’t truly supported by the selections provided. No other film/TV fan would compare a comedy team of the 30s or 40s with sitcom characters of the 70s and 80s – these are two different styles.

    A traditional “Comedy Team” was based on performers who perfected a particular style with years of practice – Abbott & Costello or Martin & Lewis could entertain audiences for hours without a script. On the other hand, the other examples on this list fell under a wide variety of types: The Smothers Brothers are nothing like Harvey Korman & Tim Conway, who were sketch comedians unlike “Laverne & Shirley” which was scripted.

    I suppose this is why the author chose “Comedy Duos” instead of “Comedy Teams” to try to broaden the field but it really doesn’t do either side justice, and unnecessarily leaves out many other performers who could be combined into new categories on their own. Might as well make a list called “Great Crime Stoppers” and include Columbo, Wonder Woman, and Dirty Harry – they each do it in their own way, but they each could head a list on their own.

    I think this would have worked better – and nobody would have had an objection – if it was called “Comedy Duos” and focused on fictional characters (as opposed to actors who performed in a team). This would have opened to door to Herman and Grandpa from “The Munsters,” Gilligan and the Skipper from “Gilligan’s Island,” Martin Mull & Fred Willard from “Fernwood Tonight,” Larry Storch and Forrest Tucker from “F-Troop,” or any of the successful duos from “Saturday Night Live.”

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  25. P:ete at |

    What aboutBurns and Allen. Art Carney and Jackie Gleeson etc.

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  26. zadok at |

    will ferrell and john c, reilly
    chris farley and david spade
    ben stiller and owen wilson

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  27. David Crowe at |

    You could have made this a Top 20. How about Hope and Crosby, Matthau and Lemmon, Penn and Teller, Cheech and Chong, Amos and Andy, Rowen and Martin. Lenny and Squiggy, and Fry and Laurie.

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