Saturday, February 4, 2012

Which Big Bang Character is the Funniest? (Minor Characters)

So after listing the funniest main characters from the Big Bang, I thought I would make a list for the minor characters as well! It's not really fair to include them with the main characters, since they don't have as much screen time.

Be sure to check out the original Which Big Bang Character is the Funniest? (Main Characters).

11. Priya Koothrappali

Priya is Raj's sister, and later becomes Leonard's girlfriend for quite some time. She's funny, and gets some pretty nice burns on other cast members from time to time, but she seldom has the spotlight. The main humor from her character comes from Raj and Leonard's differing opinions on whether or not Leonard should be dating Priya.

10. Zack Johnson

Zack Johnson is one of Penny's boyfriends. Zack himself has a few funny lines, but most of the humor around him stems from other characters reaction to how stupid he is, and not from anything particularly hilarious on Zack's part.

9. Dr. Eric Gablehauser

The head of the physics department, Dr. Eric Gablehauser is a source of grief for Sheldon, and Sheldon  is a source of grief for Dr. Gablehauser. He has a few funny lines, but he's a pretty normal guy, aside from being the head of the physics department of course.

8. Dr. V.M. Koothrappali & Mrs Koothrappali

Rajesh's and Priya's parents often interact with other characters by means of Rajesh's computer. Quite protective of Raj's sister, they add to the humor to the dynamic between Raj, Priya and Leonard. The fact taht Dr. V.M. Koothrappali is a gynecologist only adds humour to the show.

Raj's parents have concerns over their sons friendship with Howard and think he may be gay. Due to this, and other factors, they continually try to hook Rajesh up with other Indian women.

Mrs. Koothrappali: Rajesh, do you remember Lalita Gupta?
Rajesh: The little fat girl that used to kick me in the samosas and call me untouchable?
Mrs. Koothrappali: Yes. Well, now she's a dental student at USC so we gave her your contact information.
Rajesh: (agitated) Why did you do that?!
Dr. Koothrappali: You're 26 years old Rajesh. We want grandchildren.
Rajesh: But Papa, I'm not suppos-
Mrs. Koothrappali: Lalita's parents approve the match.
Dr. Koothrappali: If you decide on a spring wedding we can avoid monsoon season.
Rajesh: (dismay) Spring wedding?
Mrs. Koothrappali: It's up to you dear. We don't want to meddle.
Rajesh: If you don't want to meddle then why are you meddling? 

7. Dr. Stephanie Barnett

She first appeared as Howard's date, he promised her that she could drive the mars rover. Dr. Barnett quickly started to develop and interest in Dr. Hofstadter. Leonard and Stephanie were dating for three episodes (counting the one they hooked up in).

She's a pretty funny character, with a few funny parts, such as when she made Sheldon go mute for an entire episode by convincing him he had an inflamed larynx.

6. Mary Cooper

Sheldon's Texan, fundamentally Christian mother is fuel for many hilarious episodes. Sheldon and his mother have a fantastically dynamic relationship. The fact that she does not believe that evolution is true is enough to make Sheldon move out of the house. Despite their differences, Mary is always there for Sheldon when he needs her.

5. Mrs. Wolowitz

Mrs. Wolowitz is Howard's mother. We never actually see her, just hear her yelling at the various cast members (usually Howard) from somewhere in in the house.

4. Stuart Bloom

Why yes, I would love to touch them.

Stuart owns a comic book store, one that Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj frequent. He had a funny story line as a romantic interest of Penny's for a brief time. He is depicted as a miserable failure with women, rivaled in this aspect only by Rajesh.

Barry Kripke

Barry is Sheldons co-worker that he does not get along with very well. Kripke's has a strong lisp, which is good fodder for some cheap laughs without even adding jokes to his dialogue. He does have some pretty good lines, and is one of the funnier minor characters.

2. Dr. Leslie Winkle

Hooking up with Leonard (and apparently, many others), and her and Sheldon's "feud" are what Dr. Leslie Winkle is best known for. Sheldon considers her his Dr. Doom to his Mr. Fantastic, and the banter between the two of them makes for some good laughs.

Leslie: Wait, you're going up against Sheldon Cooper?
Leonard: Yeah.
Leslie: That arrogant, misogynistic East Texas doorknob that told me I should abandon my work with high-energy particles for laundry and childbearing?

The above quote is one of the few times Sheldon got the upper hand, most of the time Leslie thoroughly burns Sheldon. Of course, her an Leonard have an on-off again relationship that at times can be equally funny.

Leslie: Just so we're clear, you understand that me hanging back to practice with you is a pretext for letting you know that I'm sexually available.
Leonard: Really?
Leslie: Yeah. I'm good to go.
Leonard: I thought you weren't interested in me.
Leslie: That was before I saw you handling that beautiful piece of wood between your legs

1. Dr. Beverly Hofstadter

Leonard's mom is absolutely hilarious at times, often at Leonards expense. Sheldon gets along better with Beverly better than Leonard does, and she tells Sheldon more about what's going on in Leonard's family than she does Leonard. 

Dr. Beverly Hofstadter is a very ridged cold woman, but that doesn't keep her from being funny. She's definitely the funniest minor character in The Big Bang.


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