"Unparalled screen comic in this series. A master of everything from broad physical comedy to subtle verbal humor and dialogue. His best movie role was as THE COMIC, a 1969 film based loosely on the life of Buster Keaton."
"I'm recommending the whole series, not necessarily these selections. Culp and Cosby were, I think, the best all-time screen pairing, ahead of Tracy/Hepburn and William Powell/Myrna Loy(the Thin Man series), Ted Danson/Shelley Long(Cheers) and Mary Tyler Moore/Ed Asner(MTM)"
"Carroll O'Connor earns a spot for his role as Archie Bunker throughout the whole series. Rob Reiner also makes this list for his role as the meathead Michael(prior to becoming a major Hollywood director)."
"Why include a talk show host as a comedy actor? Not because of the Tonight Show's written skits, but rather Carson's impeccable timing(and wit)and his facial expressions(both subtle and broad)in his interaction with guests. He exhibited the same skills that comedy actors need in scripted material. I miss Carson more than anyone in showbiz history and no doubt millions feel the same."
"FINALLY beginning to release videos which focus on their routines, not censorship issues. Tommy was/is a hoot(facial expressions, timing, interaction).Let's not forget Dick's skills in his 'Bud Abbott' role."
"I haven't seen this and have no opinion of it. I just needed something to indicate my appreciation of both Martin Mull and Fred Willard for their very amusing teamwork on the two series Fernwood2Nite and America2Nite, unfortunately not available on commercial video.Fortunately for ME, I have my own collection of 50 some episodes."
"Larry David, co-creator of Seinfeld continues to show his talent in this hilarious Emmy-winning series, proving he's adept at acting as well as writing. I don't even mind the profanity. It actually often adds to the humor."
"Michael J. Fox For the whole series of course, not just season one. The series varied from excellent satire to sappy family comedy, but throughout the series the role of teen conservative Republican,Alex Keaton, was well written and acted."
"Canadian series that Turner carried. Paul Gross stars as the Canadian Mountie with a deaf wolf who lipreads. The best 'bits' poke fun at American/Canadian stereotypes and slip 'inside showbiz' jokes into deadpan dialogue. Dramatic as well, and great fun."
"This isn't for one performance, rather his continuing role as the urbane witty detective Nick Charles in the Thin Man series. Powell late capped his career with his oscar nom for his amusing role in 'Life with Father'"
"James Garner is one of my favorite actors, mostly for his low-key light comedy in the series Maverick, and somewhat for the Rockford Files and Nichols and a few films. He pretty much acts in one style, reacting credibly to various situations. One-dimensional perhaps, but a very pleasing dimension."
"Many years before Michael Crawford became famous for his singing in musicals, he showed he was very good at both physical and verbal comedy. This series gets a bit tiresome in its sameness, but Crawford was excellent."
"A few DVDs of Martin's stand-up routines and SNL skits are soon to be released, so natch I haven't seen them. Hope they capture his best. His movies are okay, but his talent shines best in his above forte."
"Reruns increase my admiration for Matthew Perry. As with most fine comedy actors,his sensitivity transfers to dramatic poignant moments as well. Not much beyond this series has done well for Perry, but he should be very proud of a huge body of great work here. And those royalties remind him, I hope."
"This comedy team ruled the movie box office roost for several years in a row in the late 40's, early 50's. Any collection MUST include the 'Who's on First' routine. I haven't seen this collection, so I can't say, but reviewers only give it one star."
"Bill Murray's demeanor and attitude make you laugh even when the material doesn't equal his talent, which is almost always. This vehicle comes closest,maybe.But his best acting role is in the 2010 film GET LOW."
"Jack Benny was the genius of low-key comedy and master of the 'take'. You can see his influence on Johnny Carson. I haven't seen the episodes in this collection specifically but try to catch some reruns on TV."
"George Burns was a master straight man for his wife and partner Gracie Allen, who got all the good lines. I have dim recollections of the TV series, so I can't vouch for its quality. A good MOVIE example would be 'Six of a Kind', which also features W.C.Fields."
"Brando's rare venture into comedy, unjustly ignored because of critics' reverence for his dramatic roles that caused many to consider him America's best actor.This is the superior original to the remake Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."