You ever find yourself watching an interview with someone billed as a dramatic actor or actress, and find yourself laughing more than when a comedian takes the stage? If there is anything that is truly great about Twitter, it has reminded us all that Shakespeare hit the nail on the head by suggesting brevity as the soul of wit. And it is worth mentioning–real humor comes from possessing a fine sense of it, as well as some wit. Obtuse comedy can only sustain for so many minutes. Here’s a little honor for funny people you’d never guess were funny!
8. Ian McKellen
Gandalf The Grey is funny? C’mon. For real? For real. Sir Ian McKellen is a saucy old dude, with quite a libido. Ian has never minced words about his sexuality, and he still considers himself a go-getter in every sense of the colloquialism. Now, on to his funny bone. Ian is one of those guys who will broach any topic of conversation. He is well read, well informed and sharp as a tack. But seeing him in interview format on a traditional talk show is where he really shines. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, and he’s always ready with a classic one-liner. This translated perfectly to the screen when he played Gandalf in The Lord of The Rings series, as well as The Hobbit. He’s possesses sage wisdom, built upon a lifetime of rich experiences, and an engaging humor built upon the humility of not having everything figured out.Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX