TV Fanatic Staff Round Table: Funniest TV Character

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From television executives to exasperated grandfathers to silly school teachers, the TV Fanatic staff answers a very simply question in the following Round Table discussion: WHO IS THE FUNNIEST CHARACTER ON TELEVISION?

Read on for our responses and then sound off with your own...

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Eric Hochberger: Like the man himself, this answer is simple: Ron Swanson.

Matt Richenthal: The answer is clearly Swanson, but I'll give it to Jack Donaghy just to be different. Referring to Liz Lemon's shoes as "bi-curious" on season one of 30 Rock was enough to earn him a permanent spot in the pantheon of hilarious TV character.

Carissa Pavlica: Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker on Modern Family. And he's even funny on Twitter as a real life person. Bonus!

Chandel Charles: James Roday and Dule Hill as Shawn and Gus on Psych. You don't understand how funny they are as individuals until you see them together!

Steve Marsi: Tom Haverford and his schwag on Parks and Recreation.

Jim Garner: Alex Green on Whitney. If you didn't see his drunk marriage proposal last week, you missed out. It was one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time.

Nick McHatton: Ellie Torres on Cougar Town. She hopes a shark will eat your face. To her, people are just bags of skin that slow down her day. Seriously, visit our Cougar Town quotes section for more reasons why.

Miranda Wicker: Jess Day. New Girl. Zooey Deschanel is beautiful and hilarious. Love her!

Lindsey Kempton: My mind also went to New Girl, but to Schmidt (Max Greenfield). Without him, New Girl wouldn't be half as funny!

Lisa Palmer: I second Schmidt, the best character on New Girl.

Leigh Raines: I third Schmidt!

Dan Forcella: Alex Kerkovich from Happy Endings.

Arlene Gonzalez: Max on Happy Endings. Here we GO!

Christine Hinton: I love Jay (Ed O'Neill) on Modern Family. He's the often overlooked straight man who consistently makes me laugh with his dead pan humor and spot on observations. Love him.

Your turn, readers. Who do you think is the funniest person on TV?

 

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Phill Dunphey!!

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just gonna through this out there because i think people forget her when the shows not on; but i have to say PAM from true blood- shes has all the best lines; 'g*** in a sundress' or 'sookie and her precious fairy va***a and her unbelievably stupid name' come on!!!

Amygirl

Sheldon or Barney. Definitely amazing characters.

Leigh-r

@ Chris - where were you?? I should've submitted Barney for you, I knew you'd vote for the Barnacle.
@Denise- after I picked Schmidt I was like oh crap I also love me some Brad Williams on Happy Endings. He and Jane are my favorite comedy couple by far.

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This poll needs Sheldon Cooper, Pierce Hawthrone and Charlie Harper added to it. LotN

Mustang

i CANNOT believe Barney Stintson wasn't named. He's got my vote.
And i'll just give a shout out for Walter Sherman on The Finder. Almost every episode, he makes me laugh out loud.

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We built this schmitty, we built this schmitty on tootsie roll!

Christinatran

Sheldon from TBBT!

Joyeful

I'm also shocked there's no Barney Stinson! Wow... Also, I would have given a nod to Troy Barnes from Community...the whole cast is great, but there aren't many funnier things than a Troy Barnes freak out... From the current nods, I'd have to go with Schmidt.

C-f-ohara

TY "livelovelaugh" I was shocked to see Barney Stinson didn't get a nod? I'm still waiting for it...

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