Hot Streaks is a look at the times when comedians at the height of their power. Comedy comes in waves, and with it comedians ride the success of public adoration and creativeness. During these times, comedians are putting out some of their most successful projects. So with that being said, let’s take a look at some of the hot streaks some of the best comedians have out there.
Up this Week, Jack Black.
Hot Streak: 2001-2008
Key Projects: High Fidelity, Saving Silverman, Shallow Hal, Ice Age, Orange County, School of Rock, Shark Tale, King Kong, Nacho Libre, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, Kung Fu Panda, and Tropic Thunder.
Power Ranking: 7
Another goofy actor this week on Hot Streaks. Not quite as wacky as Jim Carrey, but still had a relatively effective 7-year hot streak. He had early appearances in bit roles, that included The Cable Guy and in the 90s, was on the cast of Mr. Show where Tenacious D was first introduced where the band became part of a short-lived show on HBO. But his own hot streak didn’t take off until Saving Silverman. After a great supporting role in High Fidelity, Shallow Hal was the movie that made everyone know the name Jack Black and by the time School of Rock was released, younger viewers already knew Jack because of his voice work in Ice Age. His animated work continued with Shark Tale and Kung Fu Panda, the latter being some of his most popular work. But to the older comedy generation, Black’s own creation of Tenacious D is hands down some of his most loved and famous work. Using the band as the subject of commercials, movies, TV shows, studio albums, and big tours. While doing things with The D, Black peaked his hot streak starring in the hilarious ensemble film, Tropic Thunder in 2008.
Even with some of Jack Black’s best work, he also had a lot of questionable decisions. His similar characters in almost every movie began to get stagnent and movies like Gulliver’s Travels and Year One weren’t as terrific as they could’ve been, effectively ending his hot streak. Seven is not a bad score considering most of our other features have been in the 8-8.5 range. Black is consistently still working and took a bit of a turn with 2011’s Bernie but has yet to have a breakaway non-animated hit like Thunder.