The Ten Best Musically Inclined Comics
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In the world of stand up comedy, the ability to make people laugh sometimes means pulling out all the stops on stage--or just pulling out your guitar. There's no denying that jokes can sound a whole lot funnier with some musical accompaniment, we're not sure why--it's a law of the universe we'd rather not question. But for a select group of comics who can hit the right note as easily as they can tell an elaborate fart joke, the ability to entertain the masses goes up exponentially. With that in mind, we wanted to highlight some of the greats that entertain us in more ways than one. And for the record, please believe it was hard to put these uber-talented entertainers in order because everyone on this list fucking shreds.
10. Zach Galifianakis
Long before Zach Galifianakis became a favorite from the Hangover movies, he was a favorite on the stand-up stage. This superb comedian and actor also tickles the ivories, providing hysterical one-liners while getting the audience involved by way of plenty of interaction. When it comes to talking about everything from oral sex, drinking, calling 411, and pancake mix, piano-playing, joke-telling, multi-talented Galifianakis is always at the top of his game.
9. The Lonely Island
Made up of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, The Lonely Island earned a special place in our hearts thanks to a little show called Saturday Night Live. And even though SNL hasn't been all that great in a while, seeing The Lonely Island indeed made it worth sitting through all of those sketches. Hitting us hard with songs like "I'm on a Boat," "Lazy Sunday," "Dick in a Box," "Jizz in my Pants," and "I Just Had Sex," The Lonely Island are the kings of viral, XXX earworms we can't help replaying again and again. They even got Michael Bolton into the act with "Jack Sparrow." Pretty impressive.