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Top 10 Funniest Cameos

06.29.2005by: Jim Law
They may not have been in the film for long but just catching a glimpse of these folks was enough to make a lasting impression. Sometimes distracting, often hidden, and almost always unnecessary, cameos have become trademarks for some (Hitchcock, Shyamalan), self promotion tools for others (Schwarzenegger), and even computer generated (Jabba the Hutt). The ten below simply made us smile.

10. David Letterman in CABIN BOY (1994)

Thousands of die-hard fans flocked to see, at the the time, the most powerful man in television make his first and only acting appearance to date. The only problem was that the entire rest of the movie felt like one long Jay Leno joke.

9. Jack Black in ANCHORMAN (2004)

It took an unique sense of humor to enjoy the majority of this film leading to a love it / hate it relationship with fans but nobody could keep a straight face when Black's disgruntled biker punts Ron Burgandy's beloved puppy over the side of a bridge after getting hit in the face with a burrito. Animal cruelty is hilarious.

8. Neil Patrick Harris in HAROLD & KUMAR go to WHITE CASTLE (2004)

Who knew Doogie was so funny? Since I have yet to watch this film while under the influence of anything illegal, seeing Harris verbally abuse these two idiots is the highlight for me. Well, that and "battleshits". He also delivers the best lines of the film. Such as - "Forget White Castle, let's go get some pussy."

7. Will Ferrell in STARSKY & HUTCH (2004)

I can't even hear the word "dragons" without having a mental image of Big Earl's nipple pressed against the glass of a prison. If this guy's entire career consisted of just cameo's he'd still be the funniest f*cker on the planet.

6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in AIRPLANE! (1980)

I've said it before and Ill say it again - seeing Kareem suddenly appear in full basketball gear (goggles and all) while fighting off the effects of the food poisoning is one of the funniest moments in the history of film. Roger Roger.

5. The Duke Bros. in COMING TO AMERICA (1988)

As brilliant as it is funny. Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche reprise their roles from the great TRADING PLACES and get a chance to start their fortune over as Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) graciously leaves a bag full of money next to their spot on the curb. This set up TRADING PLACES 2: EDDIE'S FUNNY AGAIN which sadly only existed in my mind.

4. Jay and Silent Bob in SCREAM 3 (2000)

As Craven's final chapter slowly but surely slips into the giant pile of 90s horror mediocrity, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes show up for one last poke at pop culture. "Holy shit, Silent Bob, it's that TV news-chick Connie f*cking Chung! Hey Connie, how's Maury?"


I know I need to get off Smith's nut-sack but the use of cameos in this film are amazing. Will Ferrell, Jud Nelson, Carrie Fisher, Seann William Scott, John Stewart, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Wes Craven, Shannon Doherty, Jason Biggs, James Van Der Beek, Joey Lauren Adams, Matt Damon, and Mark Hamill just to name a few. Both Ben Affleck and Jason Lee cameo twice as two different characters. They're all highlighted by the GOOD WILL HUNTING 2 scene and of course, George Carlin teaching them how to hitchhike (pictured above).

2. The Fake Cast in GOLDMEMBER (2002)

This just might be the best part of any Austin Powers film. Tom Cruise as Austin, Gwyneth Paltrow as girl agent, Kevin Spacey as Dr. Evil, and Danny DeVito as Mini-Me, while Steven Spielberg directs. Shameful cheap laughs that turn out to be surprisingly entertaining.

1. Bob Barker in HAPPY GILMORE (1996)

Who hasn't wanted to go toe-to-toe with Bob Barker? He haunted my childhood with quizzes on the price of dishwasher liquid and new cars and told me to cut my dogs nuts off on a daily basis. He seems to hold his own here though as he punches his way to number one in our hearts and kicks the living shit out of Adam Sandler in the process.

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