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Who are the ten greatest comedic minds of all time?


Good question. In no particular order, with no to little prior research, I’ll go with:

  • Howard Stern
  • Phil Hendrie
  • Mark Twain
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Mel Brooks
  • David Letterman
  • Peter Sellers
  • Bob Newhart
  • Lenny Bruce
  • Andy Kaufman

I hate you.


OK, that may have been a fake email.

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