Gallery: Comedians who play it straight

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Funny peculiar: when comedians play it straight

All too often, comedians are cast merely to play versions of themselves, stamping their own brand of humour on proceedings to keep their regular fanbase happy. So it's always refreshing to see a comedy star ditch the punchlines, step out of their comfort zone and take a crack at “proper" acting.

As Jack Black scuttles on to Sky Movies as real-life antihero Bernie, we present a gallery of funny men and ladies who have played it straight to career-enhancing effect.