It almost seems unfair that some of the funniest people in Hollywood right now are also in committed relationships with each other. Hilarious, good-looking, totally in love — what more could anyone want? From Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor to Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, there are a ton of fantastic comedy couples out there right now. Here are my five favorites:
No. 5: Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher
Look at them! He's so tall and she's so utterly adorable! In my opinion, this couple absolutely has it all: They're both good-looking, smart, and hilarious, with his Borat-style improv and her Wedding Crashers cuteness. And soon there will be a golden child borne from their funny/beautiful loins. Okay, so maybe I'm a little too excited about Baby Baron-Cohen-Fisher, but come on: The little one will probably spring from the womb looking gorgeous and making inappropriate jokes about religion and politics and third-world countries.
No. 4: Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres
These two are endearing to me for a variety of reasons. For one, they seem to genuinely adore and respect each other. Secondly, they are individually hilarious, yet they rarely — if ever — tend toward gross-out, scatalogical or otherwise cheap humor, which is always honorable in my book. Third, they're an openly gay couple in a society and industry where that's still something to gawk at, and they conduct themselves with grace and elegance. Plus, Portia de Rossi is drop-dead gorgeous and they make a very handsome couple.
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No. 3: Steve Carell and Nancy Walls
Can you even imagine what it must be like for two former "Daily Show" correspondents to watch the late-night news together? Or, really, to do absolutely anything together? It makes me happy to think of Steve and Nancy going through life hand-in-hand, making fun of random things and cracking each other up at every turn. The thing I love most about them is how down-to-earth they seem, even though Steve's a major star now. I once saw a tabloid photo of them walking out of an ice cream parlor, and they each had huge cones and she was wearing one of those Little Miss T-shirts, and it struck me that a) they looked refreshingly normal, and b) they seemed to be having so much fun.
No. 2: Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
These two are fantastic individually, but what makes them stand out is how amazing they are together. Need proof? Some of my favorite "Arrested Development" episodes involved Amy playing Will's accidental wife, and they stole scene after scene as a brother-sister pair in Blades of Glory. Apparently all of Hollywood is starting to realize how great these two are as a set: They'll soon appear together in On Broadway and Spring Breakdown, and they're each set to voice a character in the Dr. Seuss adaptation Horton Hears a Who. I can't think of a better package deal in comedy.
No. 1: Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
Leslie Mann is my favorite part of Knocked Up, a movie I loved so much it's hard to pick just one favorite part. And, of course, that movie — not to mention "Freaks and Geeks," The 40-Year-Old Virgin and many of my other favorite things — wouldn't exist without Judd's keen, clever vision of modern life. With the way he thinks and the way she delivers lines, they are a comedic powerhouse. I also find it totally sweet that their real children were in Knocked Up, lending a wholesome little element to a not-so-innocent movie. Kind of makes you wonder if there are lots of unseen Pearl-style home movies with little Iris and Maude Apatow floating around somewhere, doesn't it?