Top 8 Non-rock Comedy Musicians

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Top 8 Non-rock Comedy Musicians
There's no comedy like musical comedy.

Today, we'll look at the best comedy musicians who are not associated with the world of rock. For the best rock comedy acts, check out the list of Top 10 Best Comedy Rock Acts made by the UG community.

Tim Minchin

An Australian musician and comedian Tim Minchin enjoys success in both hemispheres thanks to his unique and talented brand of musical comedy.  The shows consist largely of Minchin's comedic songs and poetry, with subjects including social satire, inflatable dolls, sex fetishes, and his own failed rock star ambitions. In between songs, he performs short stand-up routines. Several of his songs deal with religion, a subject with which Minchin—an atheist and a fan of Richard Dawkins—says he is "a bit obsessed."

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Bo Burnham

One of the youngest stand-up comedians ever to make it big, Bo Burnham made it big with the help of his piano, YouTube and politically incorrect songs about issues of race, gender, the disabled and sexuality.

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Tom Lehrer

Lonely Island of the 60's Lehrer’s work exploded song forms. He satirized everything from former Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun to the nuclear bombings, killing it with witty lines as:

"Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department says Wernher von Braun!"

The comedian was particularly adept at breaking down lyrics to play with an audience’s expectations, briefly delaying a syllable in order to land a punch line. Released in 1965, Lehrer’s most popular work That Was the Year That Was remains a classic comedy album to this day.

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Riki 'Garfunkel' Lindhome and Kate 'Oates' Micucci

Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome are each comedians and actresses in their own right, but together they’re a formidable singing team. They provide a female’s point of view on all manner of things from pregnant women to figuring out the difference between hand jobs and blowjobs. The two became so popular they landed their own TV show on IFC, which followed their struggles to break into stand-up by way of their music.

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Stephen Lynch

Calling himself a "musician trapped in the body of a comedian," Stephen Lynch uses comedic songs to satirize the tedium of everyday life. All of these recordings provide evidence of Lynch's commitment to not only the melody but the humor of his bits. He takes his music career very seriously and was even nominated for a Tony for his performance in the Broadway adaptation of "The Wedding Singer. "

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Jon Lajoie

Canadian comedian and musician Jon Lajoie created his own celebrity with a series of hugely popular internet videos and his remembering characters such as Everyday Normal Guy and MC Vagina. Most of his tunes are meant to sound as edgy as possible, tackle mundane topics like normalcy, stay-at-home dads and, of course, recreational drug use.

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Lonely Island

This comedy trio rose to fame with their SNL Digital Shorts and three comedy albums. Celebrity collaborations and their unique send-up of pop, hip-hop, and electronics brought them a large fan base and made some of their songs as 'Jizzed in My Pants' and 'Dick in a box' somewhat of a classic of the Internet era.

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Monty Python


Cleese, Chapman, Jones, Palin, Idle and Gilliam: melodies from those minds and lips helped bring British comedy to the forefront of the world consciousness between the late ‘60s and the early ‘80s. Need more proof of their greatness? Well, according to the 2014 survey, 'Always Look On the Bright Side of Life' is the most popular funeral song in the UK, surpassing Frank Sinatra's 'My Way'. Now that's what we call influential music!


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And what is your favorite non-rock comedy artist? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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    Shouldn't Flight of The Conchords be on this list? They are "New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo" after all.
    "yes sometimes my lyrics are sexist  but you lovely bitches and hoes should know I'm trying to correct this"  
    "You know when I'm down to my socks it's time for business, that's why they're called business socks, OOOOHH!!"
    "She's so hot! she's so fuckin hot, she's like a curry... she's so hot she's makin' me sexist... bitch!" 
    cmon bill bailey is essential
    Agreed. The most likely reason he's not on the list is that they don't consider him 'non-rock and roll', which I can understand. Although I'd say Tim Minchin is just as rock and roll, he just uses a piano instead of a guitar.
    And he played Judas in rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar (and crazy rocker Atticus Fetch in Californication), he is "old school" rock.
    Weird Al anyone?
    My only possible thought for him being omitted from this list is them thinking he's associated with the rock world, but I don't see exactly how. He's done everything.
    I think he was just too obvious of a chicie. I do wanna throw a shout out to Brian Haner Sr. as an interesting comic musican, although he doesn't belong in this particular list.
    Well, couldn't help but post my first comment after seeing Jon Lajoie as a UG news article header. Cheers! P.S. Please post more Jon Lajoie tabs, thanks.
    Wesley Willis. (R.I.P.)
    And before anyone else jumps on it, say what you want about the song title; he's the master of keyboard synth comedy pop music.
    Rock over London, Rock On Chicago!
    Cut the mullet!
    Take your ass to the barber shop Tell the barber that you're sick of looking like an asshole  I remember crying laughing the first time I heard those lines. R.I.P. Wesley!
    Batman got on my nerves. He was runnin' me amuck. He ridiculed me callin' me a bum. I whooped Batman's ass!
    Wesley was fucking brilliant!  I first heard him when a local college radio station was doing a special on him, playing his music and describing his life...I couldn't stop laughing  
    Not usually a fan of musical comedy but Bill Bailey should be on this list.
    the timeless line "I've got ham but I'm not a hamster" on itself should've made him eligible
    Richard Cheese Lil Dicky Flight of the Conchords Spinal Tap Tenacious D Ray Stevens Trevor Moore (The Whitest Kids You Know)
    Tim Minchin has mostly rock ballads, isnt he? Then I should mention Bill Bailey as well, he is incredible. And I miss my guilty pleasure in here - Dirt Nasty, comedy rap about LOOOOT of drugs and hoes, otherwise actor Simon Rex. If you dont take it too seriously, he has some really enjoyable beats as well.
    Yabba Who
    Tim Minchin is actually a broadway composer. He was nominated for a Tony award 2 years ago for "Mathilda" and will most likely be nominated again this year for "Groundhog Day". He's brilliant at show tunes.
    Jon LaJoie is sooooo funny! if you haven't ever heard of him, please YouTube his "Everyday normal guy" part 1 & 2... He also made it as an actor on FX's "The League" show, character= Taco. In one of the first episodes he sings a "Birthday Song" which is equally as funny, I'm sure it's online.. ch-check it out! Glad to see him up here... 
    Missing some Richard Cheese, Axis of Awesome, and Flight of the Conchords. But fun stuff on the list anyways.
    Some really funny people here on the list, but just when I thought the exclusion of Weird Al was blasphemous...I then saw that Tim Minchin made it onto the list: Tim Minchin is like a dull pain in your testicles that, at first, you want to laugh at, but realise could be serious and should probably go see a doctor about. Yes, I said it, Tim Minchin is as funny as the prospect of getting testicular cancer.
    Jon Lajoie wrote some nice guitar ballads, though! His "2girls1cup song" is heartbreaking :'(
    Was confused as to what this list would include. I was thinking Steve Martin because he's a comedian, but also a grammy-winning banjo player.