Looking at Comedy in the 21st Century

At the start of the 21st Century, The box office for comedies was dominated by a handful of stars. Look at this list of weekend winners from 1999 through approximately 2003 and you’ll see roughly the same list of headliners leading comedy films: Jim Carrey (Liar, Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bruce Almighty), Mike Myers (Austin Powers II and III, Cat in the Hat, Shrek), Will Ferrell (Night at the Roxbury, Elf, Old School), Adam Sandler (Big Daddy, Me Myself and Irene, Mr Deeds, Anger Management), Julia Roberts (Runaway Bride, Mona Lisa Smile), Will Smith (Wild Wild West, Men in…