Comedians have always pushed boundaries and questioned social taboos, so it's no surprise that so many of them have become part of cannabis culture -- whether intentional or not. So to celebrate their contributions, we've put together a five-part series on the best marijuana moments from the all-time best standup comics, based on the list of the top 50 Top Stand-Up Comics published earlier this month by Rolling Stone.
Here's part two, featuring comedians ranked from #40-31. (Check out part one here.)
40. Garry Shandling
The late comedian once split a joint with RZA and Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan, according to RZA himself. While promoting the movie 'Mr. Right' (2015), the Wu-Tang leader recalled smoking a joint with Garry Shandling while they were filming an episode of 'The Larry Sanders Show' (1992-98).
Here's a clip from the episode, which featured the real Jon Stewart filling in for the fictional Sanders.
39. Moms Mabley
We don't know if the late Jackie "Moms" Mabley cracked any cannabis jokes during her long career because little of her material has been preserved on film. Mabley became a huge hit with African American audiences while performing the vaudeville circuit in the 1920s before becoming the first female comic to play Harlem's famous Apollo Theater. But she didn't catch on with the mainstream until 1962.
However, her work left a lasting impression on pro-cannabis comedians like Whoopi Goldberg.
38. Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr has no shortage of cannabis moments. The outspoken cannabis advocate and ganjapreneur once spoofed marijuana-themed sitcom episodes on her eponymous show. But her most raucous contribution to cannabis culture has to be her presidential campaign in 2012 as the leader of the Peace and Freedom Party. Her campaign championed cannabis legalization by using the slogan "Yes We Cannabis."
37. Sam Kinison
Nobody shredded vocal chords quite like the late Sam Kinison -- standup comedy's closest thing to death metal. So when Rodney Dangerfield needed a comic to rant about hippies smoking weed in his 1986 comedy 'Back to School', Kinison was the natural choice.
36. Daniel Kitson
If you didn't check out the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year, you missed Daniel Kitson's best cannabis routine to date. The English comic appeared in the one-man show 'Mouse: The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought' as William Booth, a lonely writer who spruces up his bleak apartment with pot plants that add a little life to his otherwise empty existence.
35. Tig Notaro
The Mississippi native doesn't drop cannabis jokes in her sets. So the closest thing to a weed moment for her is probably that awkward time that Jimmy Fallon hung out with her one night until 6 A.M. but forgot all about it when she stopped by The Tonight Show later on. Maybe Jimmy was still reeling from the time he stopped by Willie Nelson's tour bus.
34. Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt's funniest cannabis moment comes at the expense of Wesley Snipes. Oswalt appeared with Snipes in Blade: Trinity (2004). Actually, he appeared mostly with Blade's body double because Snipes seldom left his trailer, where he smoked a lot of pot during the shoot.
"He wouldn’t come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day," Oswalt later told The A.V. Club. "Which is fine with me, because I had all these DVDs that I wanted to catch up on." And while he wasn't watching shows, he was laughing at Snipes' other antics on set. Check out some of the anecdotes that convinced Oswalt that Snipes is "crazy as a soup sandwich."
33. Janeane Garofalo
It's tempting to pick Janeane Garofalo's cameo as a pot poetess in 'Half Baked' (1998). But Dave Chappelle really stole that scene, so we'll go with Garofalo's role in 'Reality Bites' (1994) as Vickie Miner, the Gap manager who liked to smoke a joint and rock out to The Knack at the local gas station. Without Garofalo, Gen Xers might never have noticed that Evian is 'naive' spelled backwards.
32. Patrice O'Neal
Comedy lost one of its most revered standups way too young when Patrice O'Neal died of a blood clot in 2011 at the age of 41. Had he lived, it would have been fantastic to see him, Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy, Ice T and Snoop Dogg turn the Playa Hater's Ball sketch into the next great stoner comedy.
31. Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman is a longtime cannabis consumer and advocate. But when it comes to marijuana comedy, her stepmom steals the show. In 2015, she told Conan O'Brien about the time she shared an edible with her stepmom at a Bar Mitzvah.
"She smoked pot back in the day and she thought she could handle it," Silverman told O'Brien. But weed today is much stronger than it was back when, so Silverman's stepmom quickly found herself in way over her head. "I can feel my clothes!" she exclaimed at one point.
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