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  • Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    What is your favorite single-episode comedy performance? My personal favorite single-episode comedy performance is Rip Torn’s performance in the episode “Arthur After Hours” from The Larry Sanders Show.

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    adamunc
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    #277415

    I loved Megan Mullally in “To Serve and Disinfect”.

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    Morgan Henard
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    #277416

    Great thread! Way more to come, but for now…

    • Laura Dern, Enlightened | “Agent of Change”
    • Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback | “Valerie Does Another Classic Leno”
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep | “Frozen Yoghurt”
    • Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds | “No Man is Pudding”
    • Tina Fey, 30 Rock | “The C Word”
    • Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City | “The Real Me”
    • Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond | “Bad Moon Rising”
    • Laurie Metcalf, Desperate Housewives | “Bang”
    • Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen | “The Puppy Episode” 
    • Toni Collette, United States of Tara | “Pilot”
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    Paul Vargo
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    Lisa Kudrow, Friends, The One With The 100 th Episodes
    Particia Heaton, Everyone Loves Raymond, Bad Moon Rising
    Jason Alexander, Seinfield, The Boyfriend Part 1 & 2
    Jason Alexander, Seinfield, The Fix Up

      

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    Riley
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    Matt Damon, “Double-Edged Sword”, 30 Rock
    Ricky Gervais, “Interview”, The Office
    John Krasinski, “Weight Loss”, The Office
    Rainn Wilson, “Stress Relief”, The Office

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    iveriver
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    #277419

    One that came to mind was The Office’s Melora Hardin in Dinner Party. Her performance in that episode remains one of the funniest things I’ve seen from that show.

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    Tom_Scavo
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    #277420

    Felicity Huffman Desperate Housewives Guilty 
    Laurie Metcalf Desperate Housewives Bang 
    Steve Carell The Office Goodbye, Michael 

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    SaraR
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    #277421

    Good call on Lisa Kudrow in “The One Hundredth.” I just watched that episode the other day and the performance is as funny as ever, 15 years later. Great comedic performances transcend time.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    #277422

    Rue McClanahan – The Golden Girls “Sick and Tired” (“Look at this. It’s like little balls of sunshines in a bag”)

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    nahborghi
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    Lisa Kudrow in The One Where Everyone Finds Out (Friends)
    Amy Poehler in Telethon (Parks)
    David Hyde-Pierce in Three Valentines (Frasier)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus in The Beard (Seinfeld)
    David Cross in Justice is Blind (Arrested Development)
    Debra Messing in Bed, Bath & Beyond (Will and Grace)
    Tina Fey in Dealbreakers Talkshow #0001 (30 Rock)

    and I know it is not a comedy show, but I find “Bad Blood” from The X-Files one of the funniest episodes ever made, so I’m mentioning Gillian Anderson AND David Duchovny here. Pure gold.

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    Halo_Insider
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    This is a really good topic, and one I’m surprised that I’d given little thought to before. These would be some of my kneejerk reactions, though I might be able to think of more at a later point.

    Christopher Lloyd, Taxi“Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey” (An obvious one, but damn if Lloyd wasn’t just perfect as Reverend Jim, and that extends beyond his work in the driving test. The whole episode is just magnificent from beginning to end.)

    Danny DeVito, Taxi“Bobby’s Big Break” (This one isn’t even about DeVito, but the last few minutes where Alex tries to convince Louie to give Bobby his job back made for great showcases for DeVito and Judd Hirsch. The quip that DeVito makes to Jeff Conaway is probably one of the greatest cases of a bait-and-switch gag that I’ve ever seen.)

    Jason Alexander, Seinfeld“The Opposite” (George was such a great character, and it was wonderful to see him show some range as he successfully pulled his life together. The scenes where he introduces himself to the girl at the diner and where he yells at the hecklers in the movie theater really stand out as his crowning moments of awesome.) 

    David Hyde Pierce, Frasier – “Author, Author” (There’s a lot of Frasier that I’ve yet to see, but in bondzzz’s Emmy game that we ran a few months ago, this was the submission on Pierce’s part, and it is truly wonderful to watch. The interplay between Frasier and Niles is brilliant, and the episode does a great job at blending some broad humor (the brothers’ fight in the hotel room) with some nice revelations about the insecurities the two carry regarding each other.)

    Tim Reid, WKRP in Cincinnati “Venus and the Man” (It’s been a while since I’ve seen this in its full form, but I feel like mentioning it just to highlight the tour-de-force work from Reid. The last few minutes, where Venus tries to teach his son about the structure of an atom by using a gang-infested neighborhood as an analogy was executed brilliantly. Just some really stunning work.)

    Ted Knight has a few episodes to choose from for his work in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but I haven’t seen too many Ted-centric episodes yet, so I can’t quite make a claim on his best work. One that had him as a scene-stealer, though, was “Mary Gets A Lawyer”, where he tries to avoid getting subpoenaed for Mary’s trial by disguising himself in a beard and mustache, taking the name “Nigel Reed”, and going on television to start his daily report while in disguise. It’s actually kind of difficult to hear the report, at first, because the studio audience was in such an uproar of laughter. Knight was a gem all throughout that episode.

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    #277425

    Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) in ” Ron and Tammy: Part Two”
    Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) in ” Rosemary’s Baby”
    Ken Marino (Party Down) in ” James Rolf High School Twentieth Anniversary Reunion”
    Danny Pudi (Community) in ” Critical Film Studies”
    Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) in ” The Gang Solves The Gas Crisis”

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    Bea Arthur – The Golden Girls – Goodbye Mr. Gordon – Season 7 – “I’ll ask her tomorrow when I visit her at the hommmmmmme.”
    Estelle Getty – The Golden Girls – Old Friends – Season 3 – Her winning submission
    Betty White – The Golden Girls – High Anxiety – Season 4
    Rue McClanahan – The Golden Girls – End Of The Curse – Season 2

    Sherri Shepherd – 30 Rock – Queen of Jordan – Season 5.  If Sherri were nominated for Guest Actress in a comedy, then she would have given Gwyneth Paltrow a run for her money in 2011.     

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    TV12
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    1. Michael J. Fox, “A, My Name is Alex”
    2. Jane Kazcmarek, “Bowling”
    3. Julie Bowen, “Go Bullfrogs!”
    4. Patricia Heaton, “Bad Moon Rising”
    5. Tina Fey, “Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001”

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    Carlo
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    #277428

    Jennifer Aniston – Friends, “The One With The Fake Party”

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