Funniest TV Character?

Who is the King of Comedy?

It has been nearly two decade since Uncle Joey from Full House stepped down as America’s funniest TV character. There has been chaos ever since and a clear winner is still indeterminable. That’s where you folks come in. According to you, which TV character is the funniest character on television? Let’s take a look at a few of the candidates.

Michael Scott, The Office


No one is as awkward as the world’s greatest boss. Michael Scott always has something politically incorrect to say. I think Michael was funnier in the first few seasons of The Office. Michael has had to be more and more extreme in order to still shock and awe the audience and now he is so awkward it is almost painful to watch. He still belongs on the funniest TV characters ballot.
“I’m friends with everybody in this office. We’re all best friends. I love everybody here. But sometimes your best friends start coming into work late and start having dentist appointments that aren’t dentist appointments, and that is when it’s nice to let them know that you could beat them up.”
Michael Scott Clip

Liz Lemon, 30 Rock


As TGS’s top writer, Liz is full of classic one liners and crazy quirks. I sometimes wonder how much of what Liz says is scripted and how much is Tina Fey free styling. If not the funniest tv character I would at least give Liz Lemon the most quotable award.
“How many times does a woman meet Mr. Right? I’ve had three chances; Floyd, then Carol, and I was once in an elevator with Tom Brokaw, and I blew all three…opportunities.”
Liz Lemon Clip

Senor Chang, Community


An Asian wannabe teaching Spanish at the community college. What about that isn’t funny? Chang has really upped the ante in season two with his effort to join the study group.
“I mean, surely, it must be in my nature to instruct you in something that’s ancient and secret, like, oh, building a wall that you can see from outer space! Well, I’ll tell you why I teach Spanish. It is none of your business, okay?”
Senor Chang Clip

Phil Dunphy, Modern Family


It was tough to chose just one character from Modern Family but in the end Phil Dunphy took the cake. Phil magnifies the role of your classic, stupid TV dad. He is filled with one liners. The reason Phil is so funny is because everyone knows someone like him.
“You can insult a lot of things about me – my hair, my voice, my balance-board exercises – but don’t insult my selling. That crosses a line. What line? Oh, you don’t see it? That’s because I just sold it!”
Phil Dunphy Clip

Cast your votes

There you have it folks. These are just a few of the many candidates for America’s funniest tv character. If you feel I passed someone up. Write them in. Otherwise, cast in your vote with a legitimate reason for why you think your vote should replace Screech as the funniest character on TV.

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15 Responses to Funniest TV Character?

Pete J
Commented:  8 March 2011 at 9:08 pm()

Of the Community characters I think Troy is the funniest. Better than chang although chang is funny too.

Kristen
Commented:  9 March 2011 at 7:58 am()

Michael Scott. Classic quotes for the last several years. Love him!

Bushman
Commented:  9 March 2011 at 9:13 am()

I think Micheal Scott is the best! I have watched the office for years and he is just genuinely the best funny actor. Whenever you think of someone funny on TV his name always comes up. That could be another reason why he is on the top of this list cause he always comes up first when thinking about funny TV actors.

Scotty T
Commented:  9 March 2011 at 9:27 am()

While Michael Scott would have been my top choice for the past 7 years or so, I have found him to be getting rather old. Now I have to choose Chang. Funny in a new quirky way. Very quirky. A close second would be Phil, but he just fills (no pun intended) the usual “dumb dad” character that was already worn out when the Tanner family was ruling the airwaves.

Dan
Commented:  9 March 2011 at 9:37 am()

My vote obviously goes to the winner, which is of course Phil Dunphy from Modern Family. He is the quintessential guy: seemingly oblivious from the world around him, completely clueless when it comes to his wifes desires, and always trying to please his father-in-law, all the while having everything completely under control and in his domain. Funny

Dwj22
Commented:  9 March 2011 at 10:44 am()

It’s got to be kramer. But since he isn’t on the list I’ll go with phil from modern family.

Jon
Commented:  9 March 2011 at 10:58 am()

Liz Lemon–the rest just try to get laughs out of being stupid. Tina Fey’s is a genius.

Diana Lewis
Commented:  9 March 2011 at 11:09 am()

Liz Lemmon for sure. Predictably unpredictable.

Madi
Commented:  9 March 2011 at 11:55 am()

Michael, Duh!

Emily
Commented:  9 March 2011 at 3:26 pm()

i think michael is the best choice in this case. community is very funny, but i have always found senor chang’s character to be more annoying/creepy than funny.

I love, love, love Phil Dunphy. I would totes marry him if something ever happened to Claire.

Elissa
Commented:  9 March 2011 at 6:48 pm()

I can’t decide between Michael Scott and Liz Lemon! I guess I’m holding on to the first few seasons of the Office though. Lemon is still just as funny now as when she was dating Dennis.
Lemon!

Liz Lemon by a mile. And nothing against Phil Dunphy, but if you had Jay in his place, he’d get my vote.

Can’t fucking stand Ken Jeong…

Britt
Commented:  10 March 2011 at 3:55 pm()

I love that you traced the first tv comedy figure back to Uncle Joey on Full House.

Peter J
Commented:  10 March 2011 at 4:01 pm()

@Aiden R. I think you are right about Liz being the funniest. Ken Jeong is a genius…literally.

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