By Rachel Wenitsky
We all know that female driven comedies like Bridesmaids are guaranteed fan favorites that also rake in that box-office cash. Television, too, has always been lady-centric. Most recently we’ve seen such hits as Whitney, The New Girl, Two Broke Girls and the upcoming Girls. But this year, I’ve been fascinated with a new trend that finally seems to be gaining the recognition it deserves: FUNNY DUDES!! I think this is SO exciting. Here’s why:
Men, who have historically been thought of as dramatic actors and supporting players, are now starting to truly find their comedic voice in recent classics such as: Anchorman, The Hangover, The Hangover II, Step Brothers, Superbad, I Love You, Man, 40 Year Old Virgin, Old School, Wedding Crashers, Zoolander, Blades of Glory, Kicking and Screaming, Knocked Up, Get Him to the Greek, Hot Tub Time Machine, Bucky Larson: Born to Be A Star, Don’t Mess With the Zohan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 21 Jump Street and The Other Guys to name a few. And investors are finally starting to take notice. Each year, more and more studios and television networks are taking chances on young budding male comedic actors, bringing us unlikely hits like The Office, Two and Half Men, Bored to Death and Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell.
It’s especially exciting as support players such as Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd take on lead roles, finally gaining the critical and mass appeal that they have earned after so many years of comedic marginalization. Fifteen years ago, we would have only seen someone like Jim Carrey as “somebody’s boyfriend” or “caring and nerdy best friend to a strong, funny female lead.” Now you can see men as comedic leads, carrying entire films with their offbeat sense of humor and underdog confidence. This trend has brought on plenty of controversial, “are men funny” arguments. But I for one say, who cares?! These guys certainly are!
Looks like we’re gearing up for a great year for MEN IN COMEDY!