The modern sitcom classic just barely edged out a TV comedy classic, as Jerry Seinfeld’s show about nothing got 22% of America’s vote, eclipsing the 20% who selected “The Honeymooners.”
It was a mixed bag when it came to late-night laughs. The survey says that your average American is split on their picks for funniest late-night host: David Letterman (13%), Jimmy Fallon (12%), Conan O’Brien (12%), Jimmy Kimmel (8%) and Craig Ferguson (4%) — but the winner was Jay Leno with 24%.
Elsewhere in the poll, respondents determined that Q is the funniest letter of the alphabet and that 60 percent of Americans (both men and women) believe that men are funnier than women.
The survey also mined this unsurprising statistic: D.M.V. employees were selected as the least likely to crack a smile, topping the lack of humor expressed by airport workers, toll collectors and nightclub bouncers.
“60 Minutes’s” December survey was conducted as a tie-in to the new Comedy issue of Vanity Fair. View the results at 60minutes.com.