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For many people, Louis C.K. is the golden god of comedy: at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, the comic actor picked up a writing award for FX’s Louie, and presenter Ricky Gervais joked that he considers him the “the world’s second best comedian” (following Gervais, of course).
Then there are C.K.’s legions of fans who hang on to his every joke. Chevy Chase, however, is not among them.
“Yes, I’ve seen Louis C.K.,” he says in an interview with Huffpo U.K. “I wouldn’t in any way make a degrading remark about Louis C.K., but the question is do I think anyone is funny? And the answer is not too many people. He might fit right in there.”
Chase, who portrays Pierce Hawthorne on NBC’s Community, lavishes praise on Albert Brooks, saying he’d love to co-star in a film with him. “I don’t know how or what type of movie or how that would go, but I always enjoy him because I think he’s got a wide perspective on human behavior that a lot of other comedians don’t have, and quite frankly, there aren’t too many comedians who make me laugh,” he observes.
As for Community, on which he famously sparred with ousted showrunner Dan Harmon, Chase says, “The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television. That’s my feeling about it. I think the reason I have stuck around is because I love these kids, the cast — they are very good.” The former Saturday Night Live player and star of such classic films as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation adds, “It’s not like I am working with the great innovators of all time.”
In his Huffpo interview, Chase, 68, also confesses having regrets over movie roles he’s missed out on.
“I turned down Forrest Gump, I turned down American Gigolo, there are many films — like Ghostbusters — that I turned down … the first one I did was Foul Play with Goldie Hawn, but I turned down Animal House — I turned that down,” he says. “So all those I regret only because they made huge amounts of money and I would be very wealthy, but I don’t regret working with Goldie, I don’t regret the projects that I did do.”
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