There is nothing like watching a comedy and being pleasantly surprised by the random funny kid. This list features those who I believe are the funniest movie kids of the modern era. Common characteristics among this species ( Cinemas kidamus humorous) include being overweight and/or having red hair, although other traits and features are often present. Enjoy!
5. Jerod Mixon – The big, fat guy from ‘Old School (2003).’ His name is Jerod Mixon, and he is hugely entertaining to watch. Oddly enough, his nickname is ‘Big Time’ but I’ll leave discerning the meaning behind that to the folks at Mensa. In the early 2000s he was making serious grip as a supporting actor, but he would have earned far more if they hired by the pound back then. You probably remember his performance in Me, Myself, and Irene (2000) as well as The New Guy (2002). Don’t feel bad if you didn’t see The New Guy, as it was the industry’s attempt to launch DJ Qualls into cult comedian status. The attempt did not work. Sadly, it appears the main contributing factor to Mixon’s success is his insane size, which I do not condone. For every laugh he gets out of you, click here and make a donation to the American Heart Association so you can continue to sleep at night.
4. Patrick Renna – The red-headed kid from ‘The Sandlot (1993)’. Patrick Renna achieved greatness with his portrayal of Hamilton “Ham” Porter in this 1993 comedy. Each time I see a movie with his speckled face I can’t help but reminisce on my own endless summertimes playing baseball and stirring up trouble in the neighborhood. Why was this kid so funny? Was it comedic timing? The proper use of pauses while delivering humorous lines? No, he was just jolly and weird looking.
3. Brett Kelly – Thurman Merman from ‘Bad Santa (2003)’. I don’t have Thurman Merman higher on the list simply because I feel his character is trying too hard and the vibe is more “laughing at him” than “laughing with him.” This poor kid. He transcends simply being a jolly heavy kid and enters the realm of pity. You have to wonder if he suffers from a rare condition or hormonal imbalance. I can’t help but think of the Jerry Springer giant toddler Zach Strenkert or Lu Hao, the 130 pound Chinese 3-year-old each time I watch him in this movie. This kid delivers numerous hilarious lines via situational banter with Billy Bob Thornton’s character ‘Willie’. He made me laugh the hardest of all the movie kids the first time I saw him, but I can’t rank him higher because he is just too bizarre and the shock value of his humor tends to decay over time much like the second and third time you watch Borat (2006).
2. Unknown Fat Kid – The chubby kid from ‘Billy Madison (1995)’. Adam Sandler’s ridiculous character Billy Madison is surrounded by all sorts of moronic, pre-pubescent school kids in this 1995 stupid-humor classic. One character in particular touched the lives of those who came to age during this era – the corpulent, backward-cap-wearing third grader whom Billy encourages to stay in elementary school for “as long as you can” while seizing his cheeks and jiggling them. A grin runs across my face each time he appears in the movie. He is famously known for jumping up and down in excitement at the end of Billy’s triumphantly epic anthem and for the very poignant observation, “Hey, look everybody Billy peed his pants.” Sometimes I wonder how casting directors get away with hiring for these roles: “Ma’am, we would like your son to be in this movie because he is overweight, pasty, and has a lisp.”
1. Cody Gregg – Zach Berman (the kid who DOESN’T play with dolls) from ‘Best in Show (2000).’ This hilarious Christopher Guest mockumentary hits you with a funny kid when you least expect it. When Jerry and Cookie Fleck go to visit some friends in Florida, they sit down to one of the most awkward family dinners in movie history. Joining them at the dinner table is freaky, pre-teen Zach Berman (Cody Gregg), who is obviously well insulated from criticism as his mother points out that his toy parachuter is not a doll to the other dinner guests. Zach’s dad is a professional hostage negotiator and the Fleck’s visit appropriately ends with Zach capturing prized terrier ‘Winkie’ and holding him hostage on the roof of the backyard shed. Each time I see this scene I suffer from mild depression knowing I will not see anything funnier that day. Cody Gregg is potentially the biggest unknown to create such a splash atop a list like this. In fact, there is so little information about him I am proud to have found this link showing him in his high school football garb. Zach wins the honor of being the funniest movie kid since 1990 and please remember: it is a parachuter, NOT A DOLL!