Who are the funniest athletes? Well, after watching dozens of YouTube clips and reading tons of quotes, I've finally found an answer to that question. Some of these guys are naturally funny and some of them are unintentionally funny, but they all make us laugh in one way or another and that's why they're on this list.
Here are the top ten funniest athletes of 2011:
This soft-spoken giant has quite the acting chops. He came onto my radar during the ESPYs a couple of years ago, and he has yet to let me down in the comedy department. He's not in-your-face-funny, but he has a dry sense of humor that will surprise you.
The other A-Rod is one of the funniest guys in sports. His post-game press conferences are always worth watching, even if you don't get his humor, because his comebacks are just as fast as his serves, and that's saying something. Since tennis players rarely get the chance to show off their comedic side, Roddick stands way above any other player right now.
The problem with Chad is that his jokes/antics are borderline stupid. He's the classic case of a funny guy trying too hard to make people laugh. He's like the DH of funny athletes; you expect him to hit a home run joke every time, but that's just not the case. It's not entirely his fault, though. I can't help but think that Roger Goodell has stifled Chad's creativity lately.
Delonte West's name is always brought up amongst the league's funniest players, but he rarely speaks, so it's hard for him to get recognized. The reason he's on this list is because I seriously doubt that he thinks before he talks, which makes him really entertaining. When he finally does get an interview, he almost always makes a quality 'joke' or statement. My guess is that he will give us some real comedy gold this year with the help of his Boston clan.
Steve Nash is the most ridiculous man in the world... at least that's what he wants us to believe. Between his YouTube videos and commercials, he is definitely making a strong case for that title. He also is pretty playful when the red light turns on, so his half-time/post-game interviews are quite amusing. It probably helps that he's extremely quick on his feet...
Artest is friggin' hilarious. There's no debating that. The only question is, are we laughing with him or at him? I honestly have no idea sometimes. In the end, it doesn't really matter because he's basically become a human quote machine. Any man that thanks his psychiatrist on national television immediately after winning a championship is worthy of being in the top five.
Lynch is the poster child when it comes to unintentional comedy. The majority of his humor comes from his poor use of the English language and lack of an education, but he laughs at himself more than anyone else, so I don't feel too bad saying that. He was more than likely placed in the "special class", but that's part of his charm. You almost feel bad laughing at what he says, but it's just too hard not to.
Peyton Manning is the king of commercials and SNL skits. He's slightly awkward, but his comedic timing is pretty spot on. You can thank his writing staff for coming up with the jokes, but his delivery makes it all happen. He also has no problem making fun of himself, and that's always enjoyable.
The Bearded Wonder has quickly moved up the charts of hilarious athletes. If he is anywhere near a camera, you better tune in because you never know what will come out of his mouth. He doesn't go out there trying to be funny, he just acts and reacts, which makes him genuinely witty. If the Giants play well next season, then we can expect a lot more greatness from this guy. Fact.
This should come as no surprise. Shaq is a straight up entertainer. He has done everything from conducting a symphony to acting like a statue to squaring off with the Jabbawockeez during the NBA All-Star game. Everywhere he goes, he seems to make people laugh and he's basically priceless when mic'd up. If that's not enough, he's also one of the biggest pranksters in the league, literally.