Who's funnier—Steve Martin or Jimmy Kimmel? | The Tylt
Who's funnier—Steve Martin or Jimmy Kimmel?
After a year like 2016, we could all use a laugh. That's why we've taken 16 of the most beloved comedians of all-time and having them square off against each other all month long! Who's the funniest? You decide and we'll announce the king (or queen) of comedy at the end of the month!
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It's tough to really sum up Steve Martin's prolific career as comedian, actor, playwright, novelist, director and musician. He is simply a living treasure.
But before "The Jerk," "Father of the Bride," countless SNL appearances, hosting the Oscars three separate times, his New York Times best-selling novel "An Object of Beauty," or his five Grammy awards... Steve Martin was just another groundbreaking, genre-defying comedian whose dedication to absurdist humor sold out venues across America. It's impossible to underscore just how incredible Martin was in his prime, and how bizarre and special those performances were. Martin quit stand-up altogether in 1981, but briefly came out of retirement 35 years later when he lost a bet to Jerry Seinfeld.
I've got to keep breathing. It'll be my worst business mistake if I don't.
In his later years, Martin has become a prolific actor, but also a best-selling writer and a Grammy-award winning musician. His Twitter account basically justifies the entire medium. He still hasn't lost his charm or love of absurd humor.
Jimmy Kimmel represents a more whimsical side of late night comedy that didn't exist before him. No matter what he does, it's all in good fun, and all are welcome on his show. Kimmel was the first comedian to truly bridge the digital divide. His work has earned over one billion views on Youtube, and he's done it simply by making good TV.
Kimmel’s recent fake videos — the wolf that didn’t really prowl the halls of the Sochi Olympics, the girl who didn’t really set herself aflame while twerking — are the most recent examples of his digital savvy. But he’s been displaying it for at least five years, when his show embraced YouTube; his official channel is just about to hit a billion views. .... It’s sort of astonishing that we now take Kimmel’s success on the Web for granted: The idea of a broadcast TV star letting people watch his best stuff somewhere other than TV would have unthinkable just a few years ago. Now, it’s standard practice.
Before his big move to ABC, Kimmel was power player at Comedy Central—pulling co-hosting and producing duties on "The Man Show" from 1999 through 2003. His production company also went on to produce "Crank Yankers" and "The Andy Milonakis Show."
Kimmel has hosted the Emmys two separate times and will host the Oscars later this year. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" has been nominated for a dozen primetime and creative arts Emmy awards during Kimmel's 13-year run as host.
Kimmel absolutely kills it on YouTube, and has reached viral stardom in a way few comedians have been able to match. Here is just one of his most popular bits.
Kimmel's annual Halloween challenge has also reached legendary status. Every year, the late-night host tasks parents with lying to their kids about eating all of their leftover Halloween candy—and the results are both hilarious and touching. The bit is a good barometer to discover whether or not your kid is going to grow up to become a sociopath.