The comedy tide turned a bit in 2009. Titans dropped (Will Ferrell in 'Land of the Lost') while underdogs soared (Zach Galifianakis in 'The Hangover'). Alpha males were KO'd (Vince Vaughn in 'Couples Retreat') while beta males were throw punishing right hooks (Paul Rudd in 'I Love You, Man') -- in quality, at least; box office is another story.

Check out our list of top 10 laughers of the year -- which, we should mention, doesn't include the divisive 'Invention of Lying,' 'Bruno,' and 'Observe & Report.' While many people laughed, too many yawned (or walked out; cue the 'Bruno' hate in the comments section). Then there's Pixar's 'Up,' which is hilarious, but the trail of tears a viewer walks to get there keeps it off the comedy table. We're still crying.