18 Comedians Who Took On Serious Roles — Who Nailed It & Who Bombed?

By Kaitlin Reilly
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Many actors believe that making people laugh is a lot harder than making people cry, but when it comes to actors who have more than a few chuckles under their belt, it can be hard to picture them as capable of giving us a gut-wrenching emotional performance. These actors and actresses may know exactly what makes the world laugh, but they weren't satisfied with delivering punchlines: they wanted to make us feel all of the feels, too. While some certainly succeeded, others made us realize just why we preferred them as the comedic relief — and hey, there's nothing wrong with that. Click through to read about the comedians who took on serious roles — and whether they should have.

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