The TIME 100, a list from TIME Magazine that features the 100 most influential people in the world was announced today and it actually featured a few comedians and writers.
Selected by other artists, TIME called Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Mindy Kaling, and Lena Dunham some of the most influential artists working today.
“He’s a brilliant comedian. A talented musician. A spot-on impersonator. Jimmy has redefined and recharged late-night television with a genuine excitement and energy that gets under your skin,” TIME said of Jimmy Fallon. Can’t argue with that as Fallon is poised to takeover The Tonight Show in 2014.
“He can interview a major star and be impressed and still cut the star down to human size with the deftness of a brain surgeon. He is the stand-up guy that young male viewers want as their pal late at night. He projects it because he is it,” TIME raved of Jimmy Kimmel.
“Lena’s power lies largely in her self-awareness and wit. Like all great comics, she has a joke ready to deflect any jeer,” TIME wrote of Girls creator, writer, and star Lena Dunham.
“Mindy Kaling embodies the trifecta of being brilliant, wonderful and hilarious. Because that is statistically impossible, it can mean only one thing: she was created by an evil scientist to lull us into a giddy stupor in order to control our minds,” TIME exclaimed of The Office and The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling.
The list usually favors political figures, technology gurus, and nearly always some form of Jay-Z and Beyonce. Undoubtedly, the most jarring figure on the 2013 list was ehh…Christina Augilera, who hasn’t really been relevant since the early 2000s.
The 2012 list for the TIME 100 featured comedians Kristen Wig, Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Melissa McCarthy, Marc Maron, Chelsea Handler, and Aziz Ansari.
Do you think any other comics should have graced the TIME 100 list? Sound off in the comments!