• Kristen Wiig, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Chelsea Handler land on Time’s ‘Most Influential’ list

    Four comedians – Louis C.K., Chelsea Handler, Kristen Wiig and Stephen Colbert – made Time’s list of The 100 Most Influential People in World, which was unveiled today. These funny types join the likes of actors and actresses (e.g. Tilda Swinton, Claire Danes), musicians (e.g. Adele, Rihanna), journalists, politicians, tastemakers and more.

    Accompanying Time’s feature is a short tribute on each influential figure, written by some of the biggest names in their respective fields. Judd Apatow, who worked with Wiig in Bridesmaids, has this to say about the Saturday Night Live standout:

    I remember seeing Kristen Wiig on her first episode of Saturday Night Live. I don’t remember the sketch, I just remember her. She was so confident and funny right out of the gate. You would have thought she had been on the show for years. She was instantly one of my all-time favorite cast members.

    Kathy Griffin, in part, says this about Handler:

    Few women in comedy have gotten the attention and respect of the Establishment. Chelsea has, while being raw, hilarious and unafraid to cross the line — and take it from me, that combination doesn’t always go over. And Seacrest, if you’re reading this, remember: it won’t be long before Chelsea can buy and sell you.

    Political satirist and creator of the comic strip Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau says this about Colbert:

    … like millions of others, I revere him as the class clown I never knew — the one without a trace of mean. How he can be so devastating and endearing at the same time I cannot say, but it sure wears well.

    And Joan Rivers says a bunch of nice things about C.K., but Time also made this video, so we’d rather show you that. Enjoy!

    Those on the list were voted in by Time‘s online readers. Do you think these four comedians deserve to be here? Should there have been other comedians considered? Sound off in the comments section!

    Dylan P. Gadino

    Dylan is the founder and editor emeritus of Laughspin.

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