TIME magazine released its twelfth-annual TIME 100 today, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. And, while many familiar names from the arenas of politics and business were featured, some of comedy’s best and brightest stars also received honorable mentions within the pages of the special issue.
Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, stand-up comedian-turned movie star Kevin Hart, Comedy Central darling Amy Schumer, comedic playwright and outspoken feminist Jill Solloway and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver all received star-studded commentary from their Hollywood contemporaries. Of Michaels, frequent SNL guest host and legendary actor Jack Nicholson said, “Hard to think of anyone more skilled at discovering extraordinary comedic performers, who have gone on to become household names in their own right. It’s no wonder SNL’s takes on current events have made headlines for 40 years.”
Actress Tilda Swinton said of Amy Schumer, “When you wished the funny ones were also kind, when you wondered why none of the clever ones had real guts, when you wanted sexy to look like something properly glamorous and more interesting than an action figure, it was Amy you were dreaming up.”
Iconic comedian Chris Rock, a former SNL cast member, had the honor of writing about his contemporary and friend Kevin Hart. “Right now, Kev is the biggest stand-up comedian in the country. I don’t even think there’s a No. 2, to be honest. After he makes you laugh for an hour, you feel like you’re his friend—you feel his joy and his pain.”
He added, “I recently told Jerry [Seinfeld], ‘Kevin’s at the big-boy table now, and nobody’s telling him to go away.’ But we all agree he should pick up the check.”
To see the rest of the list and what their contemporaries had to say about their contributions, check out TIME Magazine’s full article here.