When comedians are young, they’re hungry and motivated. With enough perseverance and talent, the funniest rise to the top and eventually achieve some well-deserved success in Hollywood. Unfortunately, all the time on the hard road eventually leads to easy street –- a fact that often leads comedians to pretty much put their careers into cruise control later in life. Whether motivated by big money or other factors, below are seven super funny comedians who just aren’t funny anymore.
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7 Eddie Murphy
Back in the late 1980s, Eddie Murphy was THE MAN. At the time, it seemed like you couldn’t walk into a movie theater without hearing his trademark goofy laugh. Sadly, such comedy classics as Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hours have given way to such safer, more family-friendly fare as Norbit and The Haunted Mansion. Although, I suppose Murphy still earns some points for his role as Donkey in the Shrek series.
6 Dan Aykroyd
You could argue that the last funny movie Dan Aykroyd made was Ghostbusters 2 (way back in 1989). Since then, he’s starred in a couple decent movies –- My Girl, Coneheads -– but it’s been pretty much downhill for this former SNL heavy hitter. Not only did he have a recurring role on the abysmal TV show According to Jim (Note: Jim Belushi was never funny, thus his absence from this list), but he also lent his voice to the horribly awful Yogi Bear.
5 Jim Carrey
In a lot of ways, Jim Carrey has matured and grown as an actor more than the other people on this list. He’s evolved from a simple slapstick comedian into a legitimately serious actor. However, this doesn’t erase the fact that his comedies are now far less humorous then they used to be. Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber have given way to Yes Man and Fun with Dick and Jane. At least we have his occasional appearance on Saturday Night Live to remind us of his legendary sketch comedy roots.
4 Robin Williams
Robin Williams took a similar path as Jim Carrey. In his heyday, he racked up such great comedy classics as Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin. Then, he made a little picture called Jumanji and it became clear that his criteria for comedy films began to diminish. Thankfully, dramatic acting roles in Good Will Hunting and One Hour Photo have helped many look past such “funny” movies as RV and Old Dogs.
3 Mike Myers
Three words: The Love Guru. Yes, it was a demoralizing day for Mike Myers fans when this film was released a few years ago. Sadly, it did little to restore Myers to his previous successes of Austin Powers and Wayne’s World. Now, Mike Myers seems content on coasting along with his voice-over work for Shrek… which has also jumped the shark.
2 Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler still ekes out the occasional good movie (Funny People). However, his hit-to-miss ratio has fallen dramatically thanks to such recent stinkers as Grown Ups and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Although, I guess it depends on whom you ask whether or not such comedy classics as Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore are actually hilarious. Regardless, it’s pretty safe to say that Sandler has gotten soft in his old age.
1 Martin Lawrence
For five seasons, Martin Lawrence made America laugh with his sitcom, Martin. He also had early hits with Bad Boys and Life. Unfortunately, Lawrence is now responsible for some of the worst comedies to hit the big screen in the past decade. That’s right, we’re talking Big Momma’s House, Black Knight, Wild Hogs, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins… the list goes on and on. And yet, for some reason America keeps paying to see this garbage -– Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son is in theaters soon.
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