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Bill Murray makes Rolling Stone's '50 Funniest People' list
Rolling Stone has published its list of "The 50 Funniest People Now," and six of them have strong ties to the Hudson Valley.
Making the list, which was posted online Thursday, were Larchmont native Joan Rivers (No. 49), Saugerties-raised Jimmy Fallon (No. 47), North Salem resident David Letterman (No. 35), former Peekskill resident Michael Ian Black (No. 34), Palisades resident Bill Murray (No. 32) and former Briarcliff Manor disc jockey Howard Stern (No. 18).
The magazine celebrated Rivers for "cracking wise, working blue, and crashing comedy's stag party decades before you were born," declared Fallon "comedy's Nice-Guy-in-Chief" (in keeping with Newsday Westchester's similarly titled assessment), and considered Letterman "up in that jazz legend/famous author realm of great American artists at this point." The publication also lauded Black for his Twitter prowess ("like the proverbial lobster to melted butter"), Murray for his encounters with strangers and his unorthodox Letterman promotion for "Hyde Park on Hudson," and Stern for his "revealing and hilarious interviews."
"Louie" star Louis C.K. topped Rolling Stone's list, followed by "The Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert and "30 Rock" star Tina Fey, in that order. Jon Stewart, "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig rounded out Rolling Stone's top 10.
It's a solid top 50, for sure, but we at Newsday Westchester are hoping for even more Hudson Valley comedians in the future. How about "Saturday Night Live" star and Eastchester native Bobby Moynihan, "America's Got Talent" runner-up and Stony Point resident Tom Cotter, "Key and Peele" star and former Sarah Lawrence College student Jordan Peele, and "Kroll Show" star and Rye native Nick Kroll, for starters?
Who's your favorite Hudson Valley comedian on the list? Vote in Newsday Westchester's poll. Which Hudson Valley comedian was the biggest snub? Let us know in the comments section below.
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