Twice a year, we make it our goal to assemble our team and break down a top 25 list on a given subject. After we parsed down our list of the best animated movies ever made, we decided to switch to another film topic: comedies.
A couple of notes before we get started. The list of best comedies is widely open to interpretation. We’re talking more than just personal preference — it’s also about what makes a movie a comedy. Some of the movies on our list fall into other categories as well, like animated or romance. Others may not be known first and foremost as a comedy, but have more than enough funny moments to qualify. Each panelist’s take may have shaped their list a little differently.
We’ve put together a panel of ATB stars and guests to narrow down the list. Today is just an introduction. In a couple days, we’ll start to count down to the best comedy of all-time. And you’ll have a chance to give us your input every step of the way. Agree with our choices? Wish a choice was ranked higher/lower? You’ll be able to sound off in both comments and polls.
Here’s how the whole thing will go down…
HOW IT WORKS
Three of the main folks from At the Buzzer (Chris, Shaun and David) have assembled, along with friends of the show Michaela, Michelle, Jason, Mike, Peter, Maisie and Cary. Each person was tasked with putting together a list of his or her top 25 comedy movies ever. Those lists were combined, tossed into a giant spreadsheet with a points system, and the final tally was put together.
I’d put this in table form, but it’s a vertical mess and WordPress doesn’t like spreadsheets for some reason. So the hell with it. The top-ranked item on an individual’s list received 100 points; the No. 25 item received 1 point. It’s weighted toward the top and looks like this: (1 rank/100 points, 2/75, 3/60, 4/50, 5/45, 6/40, 7/37, 8/34, 9/31, 10/28, 11/25, 12/23, 13/21, 14/19, 15/17, 16/15, 17/13, 18/11, 19/9, 20/7, 21/5, 22/4, 23/3, 24/2, 25/1). The folks who make up ATB got an increase in how many points their votes were worth.
Our list only focuses on the top 25, because that’s what we were shooting for. Ultimately, I ended up compiling the list of the 100 highest choices, and we’ll run all the way through them so you can see how it turned out as well. It’s usually pretty interesting.
THE BOTTOM LINE
This list will have some twists and turns, so if your favorite movie isn’t on the list, please don’t shoot me.