5 of the Best Musical Comedians in the Biz

Laugh along with Weird Al, Reggie Watts, and more

Music has charms that soothe the savage beast, but comedy does the exact opposite. The combination is nearly lethal.

Some plan their entire set, while others are more improvisational with their interpretation of the room and the joke. There are those that make fun of a song like Lonely Island and there are others that provide instrumentation as a soundtrack.

These are some of the greatest in the business.

Jon Lajoie

He’s the Canadian version of Bo Burnham that you might not have heard of, unless you’re an avid fan of the irrevelant sitcom The League. His reputation was earned through a series of ridiculous online videos with songs like “High as F*ck” and “Everyday Normal Guy.” They’re vulgar, they’re mundane and they’re brilliant.

Garfunkel & Oates

Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome strum sweet folk songs with a female’s point of view on pregnant woman and the difference between hand jobs and blowjobs. Like Jon Lajoie, their viral sensations have earned them television syndication.

Steve Martin

Steve Martin’s origins as a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour inevitably influenced him with exposure to musical comedy. He toured with bands such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Carpenters, and Toto as an opening act and became the blueprint of the modern, versatile stand-up comic. While the majority of his compositions combined the banjo with his incomparable comedic timing, he is probably best known for his Saturday Night Live song: “King Tut”. He walked away at the top of his game to pursue other projects, but he still performs bluegrass and will be visiting Casino Rama with Martin Short later this year.

Reggie Watts

Although the name might not be recognizable, Reggie Watts surrounds you. He wrote the theme song to Louie, toured with Conan, and is the musical director of the Late Late Show with James Corden. Go ahead. Search him. Enter the inevitable YouTube blackhole. And while you’re at it, check out his virtual reality project, Waves, about doing VR in VR and joining a cult.

Weird Al

He’s the man. He’s the legend. He’s been parodying songs since the early eighties, from Michael Jackson to Nirvana – it doesn’t matter how the music industry changes, he will be able to remain the beloved, Grammy Award-winning fixture of the fleeting pop chart.