January is the bleakest month of the year, which is why we at Time Out have chosen to publish our updated, brand-spanking 100 best comedy movies list, bringing a little light and laughter back into the world. This exhaustive, definitive list, voted for by comedians, filmmakers and comedy experts, was first published back in 2011. But after five years we felt like it needed a refresh, so we tapped up a few of the hottest new comedians, tallied up the numbers and came up with a fresh new list (and, we reckon, a way better one).
Of all the comedians we approached, one of the smartest, funniest and most monumentally successful has to be stand-up turned TV star Jack Whitehall. Starting out as a touring comedian, Jack became popular on panel shows like ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ and ‘Mock the Week’ before landing roles in top-notch sitcoms ‘Fresh Meat’ and ‘Bad Education’. The latter series got a big-screen spinoff last year, with the promise of more movie roles to come. He even voiced a troll in ‘Frozen’! But which funny movies make this comedy expert ROFL? Here’s Jack’s top ten list.
In no particular order:
The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998)
The Naked Gun (David Zucker, 1988)
Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)
This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Frank Oz, 1988)
The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1968)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004)
Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest, 1996)
The Mask (Chuck Russell, 1994)
Mike Bassett England Manager (Steve Barron. 2001)