The ten best comedic musicians
Seriously funny musicians are compelled to seriously not make serious music, finding the absurd around every corner of a melodious jack-in-the-box. Pop goes the weasel, 'cuz the weasel goes pop! When most musicians give in to an urge to create dramatic music, these comedic musicians can't help but take the Mickey out of the nitty-gritty by pulling a rabbit out of their hat with a rubber chicken. Keep reading for the ten best comedic musicians.
10. Jimmy Fallon
Fallon should quit his day job as a late-show host and get hired back as a musical impersonator for the sake of humanity. Fallon has a potpourri of parodies in his repertoire, impeccably covering musicians like Dave Mathews, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, etc. If he had the time, he could probably do an impression of every musician in existence. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Not only are his lyrics belly-busting, but his musicianship is as good as a heart of gold.
9. The Lonely Island
The Lonely Island is the first group of comedic musicians to achieve popularity virally, infecting the public's funny bone and causing viewers to laugh at their boring stationary laptops instead of their boring stationary televisions. Also, this trio lured many musicians to its lonely island to collaborate and mentally masturbate vocals on each other. If you enjoy fucking each other's moms or graciously giving your girlfriend a dick in a box, then this is the right rabbit-hole slip-and-slide to go down.
8. Flight of the Conchords
These dull sheepherders from New Zealand jab with frail confidence at their lives which are just about empty and nonexistent. This painful musical mirroring of most of the meek lives led by present-day humans pours salt on wounds while opening mouths wide with laughter. Flight of the Conchord's dry, clever phrasing can cause most to tear up due to prolonged laughter.
7. Stephen Lynch
Hilariously offensive to say the least, Stephen Lynch's lyrics kick you in the groin until you're red in the face before blindly pushing you into a cesspool. No subjects are off limits with Lynch. For instance, after reading the Bible (as he always does), Lynch wrote a song about Jesus Christ's habitually sinful brother, Craig Christ. If he doesn't go to hell for that one, he'll go to hell for every other song he's stabbed in the side and crucified.
6. Reggie Watts
On stage, Reggie Watts creates songs that seem improvised at one point, but then tweaked and practiced to hilarious perfection. He makes songs with a looping machine, vocals, vocal beatbox sounds and witty, absurd lyrics to the beat of R&B, hip-hop and soul -- inspired by the soles of his metaphorical clown shoes. Watts is also known for belting lyrics that sound deeply emotional and soulful but are actually gibberish.
5. Tenacious D
Tenacious D is always hungry for the rock, quick to light up, and ready to rock the tasty jams at the drop of a hat. If you look very carefully at Rize of the Fenix, you can see a hidden cock and balls within a majestic phoenix, but this was, of course, as unintentional as putting a penis as the spire on the underwater castle in The Little Mermaid. As such a comedic force, Jack "JB" Black and Kyle "KB" Gass often go unnoticed as a goddamn decent vocalist and guitarist.
If you knew nothing about him until now and then started listening to his DD-sized sex parodies, you'd probably guess that Blowfly was the equivalent of a barfly, but at a bordello. Since the early '70s, his hypersexual lyrics have sucked on listeners' earlobes and then gotten stuck to their frontal lobes, usually coming out when they were about to get it on. On stage, Blowfly dresses as a bargain-basement-priced supervillain who looks like he changes into his alter ego in the bathroom of a costume store.
3. Ray Stevens
Creating songs in a comedic country-western fashion, Ray Stevens could be considered the rodeo clown of funny songs that last much longer than eight seconds. Happy-go-lucky goofy shenanigans are usually goin' on in his songs with country folk in overalls, straw hats and a little bit of sass in their sarsaparilla. Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy could very much be his offspring or his redneck stepchildren.
2. Tom Lehrer
Around the same time of your parents' birth, Tom Lehrer was the first to deliver funny songs in front of crowds that every now and then didn't know if they should laugh or be appalled with silly subject matter like "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park." Lehrer's demeanor is unwavering; he never hesitates while delivering nonsensical merriment with a tra-la-la piano skipping along.
1. "Weird Al" Yankovic
No one is better at replacing original lyrics with ridiculous subject matter while suited in a humorous bulletproof-vest accordion -- an instrument that is comically impenetrable. With Weird Al, pop culture has taken a well-deserved hit since the '80s, helping us all to cope with a silly, sickening pop culture. Our lives wouldn't be the same without him. His songs tie the knot around your ears with a perfect marriage of these laughing matters.
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