To judge from the current crop of men’s magazines on the newsstand, comic actors are hot right now—like, Ben Affleck hot!
First out of the gate is Esquire, which features Stephen Colbert on its August cover in a re-creation of the magazine’s iconic April 1968 image of Muhammad Ali as St. Sebastian. Inside, Mr. Colbert—or his writing staff—offers a humorous take on America’s most beleaguered minority: white men.
Then there’s GQ‘s Comedy Issue, which places endomorphic comic phenom Seth Rogen on the cover and teases a package including Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Kal Penn, Flight of the Conchords, Tina Fey, David Sedaris, Ricky Gervais, Seth Meyers, Chris Rock and Don Rickles. (Mr. Rogen is not unknown to the pages of GQ.)
Not to be outdone by its corporate brother, Men’s Vogue has Ben Stiller as its cover boy this month. And, no, he does not do “Blue Steel,” “Ferarri,” or “Le Tigra.” (Besides, they’re all the same face. Doesn’t anybody notice this?)
Funniest of all, though, is Details, which put James McAvoy out front with the hilarious cover line “James McAvoy Made Out With Angelina Jolie and You Didn’t.” (Get it?) Actually, the story on E!’s Joel McHale rounds out the comedy trend quite humorously.