Louis C.K., Colbert, Wiig, and Handler Amongst the Time 100
Time Magazine has released it’s Time 100. An annual list of whom they consider the most influential people in the world. Most of this list is stacked with political figures, activists, athletes, hosts, and other luminaries of pop culture. Time then asks a fellow celeb friend or admirer to discuss those selected.
For the 2012 list, Time selected 4 comedic minds – Louis C.K., Kristen Wiig, Stephen Colbert, and Chelsea Handler. Here’s what their admirers had to say about them.
Louis C.K. “He’s Steven Spielberg without the beard and with humor… No one can learn how to be funny. What you can learn is how to trust yourself, to have enough self-confidence to say, “I think this is funny — they will too.” Louis gets that. There’s no downside to him. He’s the next Big One.” – Joan Rivers
Kristen Wiig – “I remember seeing Kristen Wiig on her first episode of Saturday Night Live. I don’t remember the sketch, I just remember her. She was so confident and funny right out of the gate. You would have thought she had been on the show for years. She was instantly one of my all-time favorite cast members.” – Judd Apatow
Stephen Colbert – “On The Colbert Report, every day is Opposite Day. Because of how his humor works, the audience finds meaning through sustained inference, which is a lot more fun than it sounds. Colbert’s riffs are so ingeniously convoluted and deeply weird that the post-reason wingers have no response to him. They just have to absorb the punishment, night after night.” Gary Trudeau
Chelsea Handler – “Few women in comedy have gotten the attention and respect of the Establishment. Chelsea has, while being raw, hilarious and unafraid to cross the line — and take it from me, that combination doesn’t always go over. And Seacrest, if you’re reading this, remember: it won’t be long before Chelsea can buy and sell you.” – Kathy Griffin
You can read the full list here.