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Joey Chestnut: The winner of the 2014 Bill Murray Award

Written By | Jul 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2014 — In a serious world, we could all use a good laugh from time to time. For his lifetime of entertaining people, actor Bill Murray now has an award named after him.

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Here are the winners of the Bill Murray Awards, dedicated to the top-ten most fun people of 2014.

10. Bret Michaels — The lead singer of Poison went on to become a reality television star through “Rock of Love” and his victory on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” One minute he is nearly dying and the next moment he is back partying on stage. From the early days of the “Poison Play-Pen” to spending his July 4th rocking and rolling on stage, Michaels still offers his fans “Nothing but a good time.”

9. Howard Stern — The self-proclaimed “King of All Media” is going stronger than ever with Robin Quivers and the rest of the Wack Pack on Sirius Radio. The “Private Parts” star is now influencing a new generation as a judge on “America’s Got Talent.”

8. Trey Parker and Matt Stone — “South Park” skewers everybody. Hypocrites everywhere are attacked mercilessly by guys who are a two-man wrecking crew determined to stomp out political correctness.

7. Richard Sherman — The loquacious Seattle Seahawks cornerback took flack for his NFC Title Game “Crabtree” rant, but the “Legion of Boom” cornerback is the best in the game. He does back up the talk.

The National Football League has been dubbed the “No Fun League” in recent years, and Sherman has given the media many good sound bites over the years. Now he offers them as a defending Super Bowl champion.

6. The Miami Heat Big Three — Despite not winning it all this year, four straight trips to the NBA Finals led to some hilarious post-game press conference behavior from LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and especially Chris Bosh. James and Wade began showing up to press conferences with eyeglasses sans lenses. Bosh then began “photo-bombing” his teammates after victories.

One game saw the guys doing cartwheels on camera.

5. Trey Gowdy — Politicians get paid to be boring, but this United States Congressman from South Carolina has a razor-sharp wit. A prosecutor by trade, Gowdy’s videos are must-see TV.

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Among his memorable lines are, “We don’t pass suggestions in this body, we pass laws.”

4. Greg Gutfeld/Bernard McGuirk — Gutfeld’s Fox News show “Redeye” often features him asking critical questions. Does al Qaeda find soccer boring? Are cats without yarn to play with a threat to national security? As Don Imus’s sidekick, McGuirk lends an extra acid tongue to complement his acerbic boss.

Both Gutfeld and McGuirk loathe political correctness, and their joint appearances on Fox News have serious men like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity shaking their heads.

3. Jimmy Fallon — With Jay Leno out and David Letterman retiring, Jimmy Fallon has handled the changing of the guard with aplomb. Unlike Leno and Letterman, Fallon focuses less on politics and more on simple ridiculousness. Unlike Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, Fallon follows the Conan O’Brien example of harmless comedy over destructive meanness.

His edited video of NBC News anchor Brian Williams singing Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” is comedic platinum.

2. Avicii — Nothing says fun like Spring Break, and Spring Break means dance music. 24-year-old Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, known by his stage name Avicii, is to electronica what Mozart was to classical music. His patriotic anthem “Hey Brother” and his biggest dance hit “Wake Me Up When It’s All Over” (sung by Aloe Blacc) vaulted Avicii into global megastar status.

From Stockholm to South Beach, Avicii’s music practically forces people to feel good.

1. Joey Chestnut — This past Independence Day saw the competitive eater known as “Jaws” win his eighth straight Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Coney Island in Brooklyn is normally where Chestnut earns his Yellow Belt, but the 2014 event saw a new wrinkle.

Before going out and downing 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes, Chestnut got on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. She had just competed in the women’s division of the same contest, and she said yes. Eating hot dogs is quintessentially American, and Chestnut is the best of the best.

In addition to his world record 69 hot dogs eaten set last year, Chestnut is now the 2014 Bill Murray Awards winner for being the most fun guy of 2014.

It’s a bragging rights only kind of thing, but accept our congratulations on your hot dog win and getting the girl to say yes. Years of happiness to you both!

Eric Golub

Brooklyn born, Long Island raised and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Read more from Eric at his TYGRRRR EXPRESS blog. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”