Although they do have their fans, Broken Lizard can't seem to get a break from the critics. The troupe behind Super Troopers, Club Dread and now Beerfest continually garner low scores at Rotten Tomatoes, because they're just not that funny. Especially compared to a number of other great comedy groups, such as the following (in no particular order):

  • The Marx Brothers - Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and sometimes Zeppo were the undisputed champions of ensemble comedy. Each one of the real-life brothers filled a specific category of comedian: the witty one; the sly con artist; the silent clown and the straight-man. Often Margaret Dumont was also on-hand as the comic foil, and could technically be considered part of the troupe. They lasted for technically 13 features (plus two shorts, one of which is lost forever, and a 1957 film called The Story of Mankind, which they had a cameo appearance), many of which aren't very good but all of which are enjoyable for their anarchic humor.
  • Monty Python - Beginning on a BBC sketch-comedy show, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin went on to make a number of hilarious films together. Aside from the actual Monty Python movies -- my favorite of which is not Holy Grail, but Life of Brian-- they continued working together, not always completely, in later works directed by Gilliam and Jones, as well as other pictures like A Fish Called Wanda and Yellowbeard.
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