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De­mo­li­tion Man The Ref, but film-mak­ers seem to have run out of ideas for what to do with him.

De­nis Leary

Leary’s clas­sic show, No Cure for Can­cer, ini­tially led to him play­ing vari­a­tions of his prickly self in


Steve Coogan

Amer­i­cans must have scratched their heads at the showreels of this ver­sa­tile, if creepy, English fun­ny­man who has yet to trans­late his phe­nom­e­nal small-screen suc­cess to the sil­ver screen.

Dave Chap­pelle

Chris Rock

Sarah Sil­ver­man

This gifted, con­fronta­tional comic is fa­mous for edgy, foul-mouthed stand up. Her Je­sus Is Magic doc­u­men­tary got a mi­nor re­lease in the US, but oth­er­wise, Sil­ver­man has been rel­e­gated to tiny roles in films such as School of Rock and There’s Some­thing About Mary. He’s best-known as a he­lium-voiced side­kick in the likes of You’ve Got Mail and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, but his stand up and TV show be­tray the guilty plea­sure of his so­phis­ti­cated ob­scen­ity. The Richard Pryor of his gen­er­a­tion, Rock has chal­lenged racial stereo­types and daz­zled au­di­ences with his ir­rev­er­ent stand-up. Like Pryor, he has starred in a string of neutered come­dies that be­lie his prodi­gious tal­ent and intelligence.

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