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Topic: Who is the funniest magic comedian?
Message: Posted by: magringo (Jul 21, 2012 07:31AM)
To start -- I do like Aldo Colombini (I never get tired of his jokes ...even though they're repeated lecture after lecture)

and I think Mel Mellers is GREAT! I never laughed so hard. He's got two dvds that had such great one liners..
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Jul 21, 2012 01:25PM)
Ummm besides myself, modest ego plug JK :) I think Mac King is what I consider the best "comedy magician" and as for "magic comedian" I would have to say Amazing Johnathon.
Message: Posted by: parmenion (Jul 22, 2012 06:21AM)
Lecture is not show!
in humor you can't say who's the best as is mater of taste!
I agree about amazing johnathan, unfortunately his show is for some time pretty bad.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Delusion (Jul 22, 2012 06:39PM)
I'll put my vote in for Kohl and company.
Bob.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hoffman (Jul 22, 2012 11:07PM)
Mac king or michale finney
Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (Jul 23, 2012 03:16PM)
Thomosini and wife, The Great Kaplan, Voronin, Tommy Cooper, Ballentine, Zany Blaney, Finney.
Amazing Johnathan is rude, boring and not funny at all.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jul 24, 2012 01:40PM)
Absolutely no contest: David Williamson
Message: Posted by: BrianMillerMagic (Jul 25, 2012 06:45PM)
[quote]
On 2012-07-23 16:16, spartacus wrote:
Amazing Johnathan is rude, boring and not funny at all.
[/quote]

Seems silly to make a statement like this.

"He has won "Best Comedian" award from Las Vegas Review Journal, Comedian of the Year from Nevada Magazine, Top Ten Acts in Vegas (LVRJ) and is the longest running, most successful solo comic magician in U.S history." -Wikipedia

You may not like him, but that doesn't make him "rude, boring, and not funny at all."

In any regard, Michael Kent is my favorite comedy magician.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Jul 25, 2012 07:55PM)
I second david williamson
Message: Posted by: CarlEJones (Jul 26, 2012 12:22AM)
Mac King.
Message: Posted by: w_s_anderson (Jul 29, 2012 04:27PM)
I was just on the disney cruise ship "Fantasy" and had the fortunate pleasure of seeing David Williamson perform. He was absolutely hilarous! I am also a big fan of Michael Finney and Michael Kent.
Message: Posted by: Countage (Aug 1, 2012 09:00PM)
Amazing Jonathan
Message: Posted by: MarceloElGrande (Aug 4, 2012 11:56PM)
Jeff Hobson, David Williamson and Mel Mellers
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Aug 13, 2012 10:26PM)
Dana Daniels and Mac King. Stan Allen is great too!
Message: Posted by: ULockJustice (Sep 10, 2012 01:27PM)
Odd the same names tend to come up from the last 20 years or so. Anybody here seen Ferrell Dillon, Derek Hughes, David Lovering, Erik Tait, Rob Zabrecky, Fitzgerald, Eric Buss? All of these guys are as funny if not funnier than the names above.

Also... How dare you all for not mentioning the venerable Billy McComb. Shame on all of you.
Message: Posted by: Herr Brian Tabor (Sep 10, 2012 02:34PM)
If I had to pick one, David Williamson for sure. Mac King and Michael Finney are great to me too though, and sometimes it just depends on what mood I'm in, since to me they are funny in different ways.
Message: Posted by: korttihai_82 (Sep 10, 2012 05:14PM)
Magic magazine of April 2008 had "TOP TEN FUNNIEST ACTS IN MAGIC TODAY". They were preselected by a panel of around 30 people who suggested top magic comedy acts they knew. They received a list of almost 100 names. Then around 30 people of that list was contacted and asked to choose their top ten. So comedy magicians themselves made the list. All acts had to be still working as the time of writing that article. Their list was

10. Kohl&Company
9. John Carney aka Mr.Mysto
8. Michael Finney
7. Penn and Teller
6. Jeff Hobson
5. Carl Ballantine
4. Johnny Thompson
3. Amazing Johnathan
2. David Williamson
and...
1. Mac King

I don't agree with every name on the list but most of my top comedy magicians are there. Gotta remember that if Mullica was still active he would certainly place in the list. Bill Malone not being in top 10 was a minor suprise. Also on top 30 that could have made into top 10 in my mind are Levent, Ed Alonzo, Dana Daniels, Wayne Dobson, Steve Bargatze, Fielding west, Tom Burgoon...

Also comedy has a lot to do with personal taste. I know many people who don't like Hobson because of his character and I personally don't find Mellers even remotely funny but many people like him a lot.

So just by looking at those names it becomes clear that naming just one isn't possible. Especially since some of them can be really appreciated only live. I personally cant even call one favourite over the top. The whole magic issue of april 2008 is devoded to comedy magic and I highly recommend it :)

Juha-Matti
Message: Posted by: KC Cameron (Sep 13, 2012 05:26PM)
I like Whit "Pop" Haydn, Mac King and David Williamson
Message: Posted by: Rui (Sep 14, 2012 11:52AM)
I vote for David Williamson. Hands down.

Cheers,

Rui
Message: Posted by: Sealegs (Sep 14, 2012 07:33PM)
"Who is the funniest magic comedian?"

I haven't seen them all so I couldn't possibly know. :)
Message: Posted by: rbattle (Sep 15, 2012 03:04PM)
Bill Malone
Message: Posted by: Gary Kosnitzky (Sep 26, 2012 09:22AM)
1. Mac King
2. Mac King
3. Mac King
4. Mac King
5. Mac King
and so on.......
Message: Posted by: aalexander (Sep 27, 2012 02:54PM)
I know he won't count as a comedy magician, but nobody makes me laugh more than Derren Brown in his stage shows.
Message: Posted by: IDOTRIX (Sep 27, 2012 03:34PM)
Chris angel, now that's a funny act!
Message: Posted by: Mumblemore (Oct 2, 2012 09:01PM)
Whit Hayden and Michael Finney are going to be at Kuntztown this year. I can hardly wait.

My two favorite comedy magicians are John Archer and Mel Mellers. However, gotta also add David Williamson and Chris Capehart.
Message: Posted by: Russell Davidson (Oct 3, 2012 03:29AM)
[quote]
On 2012-10-02 22:01, Mumblemore wrote:
Whit Hayden and Michael Finney are going to be at Kuntztown this year. I can hardly wait.

My two favorite comedy magicians are John Archer and Mel Mellers. However, gotta also add David Williamson and Chris Capehart.
[/quote]

At last! The brilliant John Archer gets a mention. Hallelujah!
Message: Posted by: cchesmark (Oct 5, 2012 09:24AM)
Not only is David Williamson funny, his magic is excellent too! Great combination!
Message: Posted by: deputy (Oct 7, 2012 06:02PM)
Williamson or malone get my vote
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Oct 7, 2012 06:03PM)
I should get out more often.
Message: Posted by: Sealegs (Oct 22, 2012 06:24AM)
Check out the other thread here about funny magicians that you don't hear about so often.
Message: Posted by: AllAboutMagic (Jan 1, 2013 02:55PM)
I saw Ferrell Dillon at the Magic Castle and laughed so hard I nearly pee'd.
Message: Posted by: Sealegs (Jan 1, 2013 03:06PM)
Having recently read a review of my act at the International Magic Convention on MagicWeek I've decided that it must be me. :)
Message: Posted by: Gord (Jan 29, 2013 09:06PM)
I put my vote in for Mac King and David Merry.
Message: Posted by: Mike Brezler (Sep 12, 2013 11:10PM)
Levent
Message: Posted by: Trois (Sep 13, 2013 09:54PM)
Dave Merry for me. Quite the pro.
Message: Posted by: Robin4Kids (Sep 14, 2013 07:49AM)
Maybe it's just me, but it always seems that magicians are the funniest in venues that serve alcohol!!
Message: Posted by: Nick Birch (Sep 18, 2013 05:21PM)
Jerry Sadowitz - offensive yes, but very clever with his comedy and a genius with a deck of cards. Incredibly funny live - for the right audience. Just a pity more TV networks won't take a risk on him.

Nick
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Sep 20, 2013 10:05PM)
I'm surprised that no one mentioned Judy Carter. She is a hilarious magic comedienne.

I've also always distinguished between a comedian who does magic that doesn't work (e.g. Ballantine) and a magician who does comedy while at the same time fooling you badly (e.g. Tomsoni and Company; David Williamson; Fielding West). Both kinds can be immensely entertaining.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: theconjuror (Sep 21, 2013 05:25PM)
What about the Amazing Johnathan?
Message: Posted by: magic.99 (Oct 1, 2013 10:55AM)
I have had the pleasure of seeing Michael Finney, Mac King and David Merry live more than once. For me, they are all really funny performers. Although I knew Michael's act from his DVD's, and I knew the lines were coming, I was still rolling with laughter simply because his delivery is so good. He really understands the secret of telling the same old joke as if he is telling it for the first time. Mac and David also know this secret!
Watching Jeff Hobson perform his act is a real laugh as well. Again, I have seen him on DVD's many times, but nothing was lost when I watched him do the same act live - he still had me laughing. Why? for the same reason as the other three above do, it's a delivery thing...
It is impossible to say who is actually the funniest magician around. I have seen lots of 'local' guys really slay an audience.
Message: Posted by: Mike Brezler (Oct 5, 2013 08:57PM)
Mac King is also very funny.
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Oct 5, 2013 09:57PM)
[quote]
On 2013-01-01 15:55, AllAboutMagic wrote:
I saw Ferrell Dillon at the Magic Castle and laughed so hard I nearly pee'd.
[/quote]

Nearly? Amateur
Message: Posted by: liampower (Oct 30, 2013 11:39PM)
Rune Klan
Message: Posted by: garydunn (Nov 25, 2013 06:36PM)
Tommy Cooper http://youtu.be/TBkJefff0Ok
Message: Posted by: scottds80 (Dec 8, 2013 03:37PM)
John Archer is hilarious
Message: Posted by: nonvpro (Dec 28, 2013 04:49PM)
Steve Spill
Message: Posted by: Micha-el (Dec 30, 2013 05:07PM)
I have enjoyed watching many of the magicians named in the various posts to this topic. However, the first comedy magician I saw was Roy Benson, and if he were still alive today I think he could hold his own with those named already. Sometime during the 60's, towards the end of his career, I saw Roy perform in the Catskills. His psychiatrist routine was a very funny, and way ahead of its time, stand-up (actually lie-down) comedy set. His billiard ball and salt pour were strong pieces of magic and had built in comedy.
Message: Posted by: Micha-el (Dec 30, 2013 05:22PM)
I meant to add Jay Marshall to my post. There is no doubt that he was a wonderful comedic magician and ventriloquist.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 31, 2013 07:25PM)
I can't say there is one identifiable best, but there are certainly those who at the top tier and for that I'd pretty well go along with korttihai_82's list
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Jan 5, 2014 12:00AM)
[quote]
On 2013-11-25 19:36, garydunn wrote:
Tommy Cooper http://youtu.be/TBkJefff0Ok
[/quote]

Without a doubt, the great Tommy Cooper:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pgmLkdxuYk
Message: Posted by: mblanckaert (Feb 2, 2014 12:07AM)
There are a lot of magicians with funny acts.
However there are not a lot of truly funny magicians.
David Williamson is a funny magician.
His is very quick witted and uses his improv skills to find comedy in almost any situation.
He is the Jonathan Winters of magic.
Message: Posted by: dzen871 (Mar 4, 2014 03:45AM)
Tom Mulica... Laughed so hard watching his close up magic.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Mar 6, 2014 11:44PM)
[quote]
On Feb 2, 2014, mblanckaert wrote:
There are a lot of magicians with funny acts.
However there are not a lot of truly funny magicians.
David Williamson is a funny magician.
His is very quick witted and uses his improv skills to find comedy in almost any situation.
He is the Jonathan Winters of magic.
[/quote]

Absolutely. This is exactly right.
Message: Posted by: harris (Mar 7, 2014 11:51AM)
Tom Burgoon
Message: Posted by: jazzy snazzy (Mar 16, 2014 07:35PM)
[quote]
On Mar 7, 2014, Frank Starsini wrote:
[quote]
On Feb 2, 2014, mblanckaert wrote:
There are a lot of magicians with funny acts.
However there are not a lot of truly funny magicians.
David Williamson is a funny magician.
His is very quick witted and uses his improv skills to find comedy in almost any situation.
He is the Jonathan Winters of magic.
[/quote]

Absolutely. This is exactly right.
[/quote]
David rocked the house for three hours in Boston Friday.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Mar 17, 2014 12:24AM)
When I look in the mirror, I crack myself up,

Or maybe that's the mirror :)
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Mar 21, 2014 07:56PM)
He's dead now, but my father worked on the bill with him in vaudeville and at the same time that Houdini was working.... He made more money per week than Houdini and IMHO was the funniest magician of all time.... [b]FRANK VAN HOVEN[/B] :dancing:
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Mar 21, 2014 08:35PM)
I though you were talking about me, for a second.
Message: Posted by: lopike (May 18, 2014 04:16AM)
John archer never fails to make me laugh
Message: Posted by: Atte (Jun 25, 2014 02:27PM)
Another impossible question to answer...

Without exactly knowing why I say: Mac King

~Atte
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Aug 8, 2014 12:10PM)
Jeff Hobson
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 16, 2014 08:25PM)
Joeseph has his moments.
Message: Posted by: jeffhobson (Aug 29, 2014 04:48AM)
Alan Munro
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 29, 2014 08:15PM)
[quote]On Mar 21, 2014, Pete Biro wrote:
He's dead now, but my father worked on the bill with him in vaudeville and at the same time that Houdini was working.... He made more money per week than Houdini and IMHO was the funniest magician of all time.... [b]FRANK VAN HOVEN[/B] :dancing: [/quote]


I never saw him,but,from the old timers who saw amd/or knew, Frank Van Hoven, (The man who made ICE famous) He was FUNNY.

And, from "this" old timer: I can't make up my mind who was/is funniest. Many of those already "nominated" are funny! --each in his own way! The opinions of all of us, are subjective!

Comedy,according to the late Jack Benny, is a fragile thing. When you get inside to examine it, it's gone!
Message: Posted by: sweiss (Sep 3, 2014 06:46AM)
I didn't see anyone mention Tom Mullica. His humor sneaks up on you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCm4r0F0tts
Message: Posted by: civins (Dec 26, 2014 12:12PM)
Bill Malone male me laugh every time.

I once saw Jerry Sadowitz live in Glasgow. Not everyone's cup of tea, but he was good.
Message: Posted by: Magicray69 (May 23, 2015 06:41AM)
David Williamson

George Schindler

Harry Anderson

Tom Ogden

Don Allan

Ali Bongo

John Ferrentino

Nat King
Message: Posted by: Magicray69 (May 23, 2015 07:17AM)
Sorry....John Farentino and Mac King. Senior Moment.
Message: Posted by: The Wacky Wizard (Jul 28, 2016 10:40PM)
Mac King
Message: Posted by: supertoad12 (Sep 28, 2016 10:02AM)
Love Bill Malone and Aldo Columbini. Different humor but same result for me...LOL, LOL and more LOL!
Message: Posted by: bwinn (Mar 3, 2017 09:36AM)
Mac King!
Message: Posted by: ssucahyo (Apr 4, 2017 07:08AM)
My favorite is Voronin. He make us laugh in very different way.
Message: Posted by: TH1 (Apr 16, 2017 12:36PM)
[quote]On Apr 4, 2017, ssucahyo wrote:
My favorite is Voronin. He make us laugh in very different way. [/quote]

Sent you a PM.
Message: Posted by: ScottMN (Apr 29, 2017 02:55AM)
Pop Haydn, Mac King, David Williamson - masters of comedy and magic!
Message: Posted by: Walt D (Apr 29, 2017 06:34AM)
I wouldn't necessarily say he's "the funniest", but he makes me laugh harder than some of the others mentioned: Piff the Magic Dragon

That said, I haven't seen his full live show & his various TV appearances (like those of a lot of comedians) tend to be the same stuff over and over, so I'm not sure if he's truly funny or if he's a one trick pony with less than 20 minutes of good material. I could see him either being worthy of these lists or really dull, depending on what he does with the rest of his time on stage.
Message: Posted by: VolunteerMagic (May 12, 2017 08:16PM)
Tommy Cooper. Hands down.
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (May 18, 2017 08:11AM)
[quote]On May 12, 2017, VolunteerMagic wrote:
Tommy Cooper. Hands down. [/quote]

Ha, is the hands down part a pun?

[img]http://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/1/590x/12f36tommy1-470014.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: VolunteerMagic (May 24, 2017 12:12AM)
I did not. But that's a helluva happy accident!
Message: Posted by: Nickoli Sharpe (May 24, 2017 09:54AM)
Ali Bongo
Message: Posted by: MrWizard (Jun 22, 2017 02:57PM)
Michael Finney from right here in Phoenix Az
Message: Posted by: lochmann4522 (Dec 1, 2018 05:00AM)
Mel Mellers
Message: Posted by: imgic (Dec 6, 2018 01:14PM)
The Amazing Jonathan
David Williamson
Mac King
Pop Hadyn
Aldo Colombini
Message: Posted by: Bairefoot (Dec 18, 2018 01:10AM)
I keep coming back.
Message: Posted by: terrillific (Dec 18, 2018 11:10PM)
Chad Long and David Acer
Message: Posted by: aabc (Apr 3, 2019 11:43AM)
Mac King or Aldo Colombini for me