The List: 10 best ensemble comedies

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From the June 13, 2013 edition

10. “Caddyshack”

Chevy Chase being Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield being Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray stealing the show as a gopher-obsessed groundskeeper, this 1980 comedy remains a classic because of how all its parts came together.

9. “Waiting for Guffman”

Christopher Guest kicked off a series of inspired, improvised comedies with a story of a small-town theater production with big aspirations.

8. “Wet Hot American Summer”

The gang behind the ’90s MTV sketch comedy show “The State” reunited for a throwback summer camp comedy. They added some early performances from some names that are now synonymous with funny — Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, to name two.

7. “Blazing Saddles”

Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor created a great script, but the actors involved — from Cleavon Little (replacing Pryor as the “new sheriff in town”) and Gene Wilder in the lead roles to supporting characters Hedley Lamar (Harvey Korman) and Lili Von Shtupp (Madeline Kahn) — took it to another level.

6. “Best in Show”

The Christopher Guest crew’s biggest triumph was this dog show comedy — featuring Fred Willard’s aloof announcer. “And to think that in some countries, these dogs are eaten.”

5. “Bridesmaids”

Kristen Wiig headed a formidable female cast in this uproarious comedy that is probably the smartest movie ever to feature a woman taking a s--- in the street in a wedding dress.

4. “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”

This may have been the breakout role for Steve Cal as the titular virgin, but Rudd, Seth Rogen and Jane Lynch’s hilarious performances helped their careers too.

3. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”

The Monty Python troupe all played numerous characters in this classic comedy, and all of them are still funny even after you’ve watched it 100 times.

2. “Airplane”

Leslie Nlsen, Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty and Lloyd Bridges all turn in iconic performances, but if a movie makes the guy who hosted “Unsolved Mysteries” (Robert Stack) funny as hell it deserves to be high on this list.

1. “Anchorman”

Will Ferrell’s funniest role is almost outshined by supporting roles from Christina Applegate, Carell and Rudd (with cameos by James Westfall and Dr. Kenneth Noisewater).If the sequel is half as funny as the original it will be a success.