Gallery: Witty Portraits of Our Favorite Comedians


A David Cross-as-Tobias Fünke figurine. A pyramid constructed in honor of Roseanne. A spooky, Cyclops Brian Posehn. A shrine to Pee-wee Herman that would fit right in at a ’50s diner. No, these aren’t images from our pop culture-obsessed dreams — they’re real-life works of art featured in Gallery 1988: Melrose ‘s new show. Is This Thing On?, which runs through January 29th, compiles the comedy-inspired work of 100 artists. You can check out most of the artwork here, but we’ve picked out our ten favorite portraits, of ten comedians we love, after the jump.

David Cross

Daniel Buerli, Effectively Hiding My Thunder, Super Sculpey, 6” x 5” x 4”


Erica Gibson, Roseanne, pen and collage on paper, 10” x 12”

John Belushi

Jason D’Aquino, John Belushi, graphite on vintage matchbook, 1 1/2” x 2”

Richard Pryor

Dave MacDowell, Pryor on Fire!, acrylic on canvas, 18” x 18”

Brian Posehn

Travis Louie, Posehn, acrylic on board, 8” x 10”

Conan O’Brien

Ken Garduno, Conando, acrylic-ink and wash on BFK print paper, 17” x 23”

Margaret Cho

Julie Bowen, Margaret Cho, oil on panel, 22 1/2” x 28 1/2”

Sarah Silverman

Tara McPherson, Sarah’s Mustache Finger, oil on paper, 8” x 10”

Bill Murray

NC Winters, Wisdom of the Lama, acrylic on paper, mounted to wood, and resined, 14” x 17”

Paul Reubens

Allison Reimold, Mr. Paul Reubens, a Loner and a Rebel, oil on board and mixed media, 24” x 18”

[via Animal NY]