The first thing that came to my mind reading this story was Robert Wuhl in Good Morning Vietnam describing Bruno Kirby's hapless DJ, "I know funny and he's not it." That pretty much sums it up doesn't it? While there may not be one formula for comedy everybody knows when something just isn't funny.

One of the most famous quotes about comedy is "dying is easy, comedy is hard" and The Guardian has compiled a list of comic performances that John Patterson describes as "Murderers of Mirth.' There aren't many surprises on his list; Sean Penn, Uma Thurman, Russel Crowe, and Daniel Day Lewis. It got me thinking, what were the performances that made me cringe? Here is what I came up with. Number one would have to go to Helen Hunt in The Curse of The Jade Scorpion --I 've never seen Woody Allen comedy fall so flat. Number two would be Ralph Fiennes in Maid In Manhattan -- comedy doesn't work when you look like you're heading to the gallows, Ralph; and last but not least, Sylvester Stallone in Oscar --t here's not much I can say that the critics and the box office didn't already. So those were my top 3, how about you? What performances do you think deserve to counted among the worst?

[via Guardian-Film]