There are a few comedies on television right now that I consider truly funny. Arrested Development is one, toiling away over on Fox. Amazingly, it hasn't been canceled yet. There have been rumors that it is going to be canceled, but those rumors, for the moment, seem not to be true. Another show I find very funny--probably the best comedy on right now--is Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David is insane and absurd and incredibly funny. I don't have HBO, so I've been catching this show on DVD. I just recently watched season three and it was the funniest season yet. I can't wait for the fourth season to hit DVD.
If you were to classify The Daily Show as a comedy, then that would most assuredly fall into the category of favorite current comedies of mine. It's impressive how consistently funny the show is. It has one hell of a great cast, wonderful writers and endless material to work with from the media and politics.
Finally, Scrubs is a truly great comedy. This may be my favorite comedy on the air today, though I wouldn't label it as the best written or even the funniest. It's a great show, though, that is consistently amusing--in a silly, laugh out loud way--and that has well-written characters that you come to care about. There's even a hint of drama to the show, though it is never overdone. Zach Braff shines in the lead role of J.D. and John C. McGinley, as Dr. Cox, is spot on in every scene he does. His constant abuse and berating of J.D. is endlessly amusing, yet they also manage to consistently confirm and explore the more emotional and caring relationship between the two.
Scrubs isn't a typical sitcom by any means, but for one episode--airing this Tuesday on NBC at 9:00 PM--it's going to take on all the mannerisms of a standard sitcom, except that it's actually going to be funny, as well. From a Zap2it article:
It's 6 p.m. on a Friday in January. On a smallish, stuffy soundstage in suburban L.A., the cast and crew of "Scrubs" film part of Tuesday's (Feb. 15) episode.
The show's creator, Bill Lawrence, is making jokes about how he's jealous of star Zach Braff's talent and hopes he "does horrible" during the evening's shoot. Somewhere backstage, guest star Clay Aiken is being made to look like a sad-sack hospital employee.
None of this would be all that out of the ordinary for the show, were it not for the 300 or so people sitting to one side of the stage, taking it all in. "Scrubs," which in every one of its previous 84 episodes has strived to look and feel nothing like a traditional sitcom, will this night become the sitcommiest sitcom around.