Spinal Tap Voted Best Comedy Movie Of All Time

This is Spinal Tap has been voted the best comedy movie of all time by a panel of over 200 experts.

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This Is Spinal Tap has been voted the best comedy movie of all time by a panel of over 200 experts.

The spoof rockumentary that goes up to eleven came home ahead of Airplane!, Monty Python's Life Of Brian and Annie Hall. Big names including actor Dan Ackroyd and writer Richard Curtis contributed to the poll.

The iconic film stars writers Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer as guitarist Nigel Tufnel, singer David St Hubbins and bassist Derek Smalls as they attempt to salvage their career with their new album Smell The Glove.

Time Out, who organised the poll, say: "It's sublimely funny and sharp a comedy built for the long haul which matures with each viewing.

"It's so perfectly constructed and performed, the characters so rich and realistic, that it's initially a challenge to determine the dividing line between reality and fiction.

"But the thing that pushes Spinal Tap ahead of the pack is what a radical and immaculately crafted piece of cinema it is. As funny as the hallowed scene in which Nigel boosts of his amps that go up to 11, you wonder if it would have been as brilliant had the exchange gone on just a second longer. It cuts off at the exact point where nothing more needs saying."

Time Out's top ten:

01. This Is Spinal Tap (1984) 02. Airplane! (1980) 03. Mony Python's Life of Brian (1979) 04. Annie Hall (1977) 05. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 06. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) 07. Withnail And I (1987) 08. Groundhog Day (1993) 09. Some Like It Hot (1959) 10. The Jerk (1979)

Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com.

19 comments sorted by best / new / date

    smcstoronto1234 wrote: step brothers is funnier than anchorman or dodgeball
    Good movies, but no where NEAR classics.
    iplayat11 wrote: This list should go to 11.
    A cookie and a internet for you sir.
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail was 5th? It should be first! And how can Blazing Saddles not be included in this list?
    You guys should check out the extra footage and deleted scences on the DVD. Equally as funny as the movie, if not more.
    I don't think any movie is funnier than Life of Brian, but Spinal Tap should be in the top ten for any comedy list, so good for them. Groundhog Day and Some Like It Hot are also fantastic movies.
    Anchorman is right where it should be, still Ferrell's best in my mind. You smelly pirate hookers.
    stupid list. Spinal tap was awesome best comedy ever as if lol Naked Gun is up there, Pet detective, Tommy Boy
    bulls**t. airplane! is easily the funniest movie i've ever watched. i've watched it at least 20 times, and i still laugh like it was the first. looks like i picked a bad week to quit sniffing glue.
    I think I must be the only person in the world who doesn't absolutely love Groundhog Day. It's been a while since I saw it though so perhaps its high time I gave it another viewing. Love Anchorman, although out of the modern group of comedies, I'd put Dodgeball a step ahead of it.
    Really? See No Evil isn't up here? Im really po'd that waynes world isnt up here either x(