I love lists, which is why I'm going to comment on the otherwise forgettable "20 Best Comedy Movies Of All Time" at Splitsider.
Might as well put the titles in this post:
16. Wayne's World
15. Pee-wee's Big Adventure
13. Bringing Up Baby
12. The Great Dictator
9. Raising Arizona
8. This Is Spinal Tap
6. Annie Hall
5. Duck Soup
4. Monty Python And The Holy Grail
3. Some Like It Hot
2. Dr. Strangelove
1. Blazing Saddles
Some decent choices, but even bigger problems. Rather than go over it film by film, let me give you my theory of comedy versus theirs.
There have been plenty of good comedies throughout the last century of cinema, but certain eras are better than others. The best decades for comedy are the 1920s--when the great silent stars were at their peak--and the 1930s (and early 40s), when you had many of the best romantic comedies, often in the screwball genre, not to mention clowns like like the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields and so on.
Three out of four of their top twenty comedies came out since the 1970s. More than half since the 1980s. There's not a single title from the 1920s, and only two from the 1930s. For that matter, there's one each from the 40s (The Great Dictator--why pick a Chaplin sound film when you've got his silents to choose from?), 50s and 60s.
Even among the more recent stuff, it's hard to understand why some made it while others--Tootsie, There's Something About Mary, even Wedding Crashers or The Hangover--didn't.
Really, it's a list best forgotten, so this will be the last time I ever talk about it.