8. Adam McKay & Will Ferrell
You're probably asking yourself who the hell Adam McKay is. He's the guy who co-wrote and directed 2004's Anchorman
and this year's Talladega Nights
and helps make Will Ferrell so damn funny. Together, they're a lethal combination (assuming you're highly allergic to really funny movies). Talladega's trailer contained more genuine laughs than most feature-length comedies. (We're looking at you, You, Me & Dupree
7. Tina Fey
What do you do when you've outgrown SNL
, where you broke into the old boys' club enough to become the first female head writer in the show's history? If you're Fey, you start up a new show based largely on that experience. The show,
, airs on NBC and stars SNL
alums Tracy Morgan and Rachel Dratch as well as 1,375-time SNL
host Alec Baldwin. If Fey's success on SNL
is any indication, 30 Rock
should be around for a while.
6. Seth Green & Matt Senreich
If your knowledge of Green is limited to his cameo work as Dr. Evil's son in the Austin Powers
movies, then you don't know what you're missing. If your knowledge of Senreich goes in any way beyond the duo' current project, Robot Chicken
, then you're probably his mom (in which case, thanks for reading, Mrs. Senreich!). The pair' stop-motion animation show bolsters Adult Swim's lineup with hilarious send-ups of pop culture, consistently-and lovingly-trashing childhood TV memories and never thinking twice about tackling issues like cancer, animal abuse or rampant addiction.
5. Jeremy Piven
Piven's work as Ari Gold on Entourage
has earned him a reprieve from his earlier work on Grace Under Fire
. Hey, a man's gotta eat, and if a few ill-advised career moves led to his current phenomenal job of playing agent-with-an-attitude Gold, then so much the better. Early on, Piven showed off his comedic chops in PCU
and Old School
, and now shows no signs of looking back. Playing someone who would rather kick his own mother in the throat than waste time on an unimportant meeting, it appears the well-traveled actor has finally found his niche.