Stiller Named 'Sexiest Funnyman'

Monday, November 26th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Ben Stiller isn't sure if being named ``sexiest funnyman'' by People magazine is really an honor. It might be more of a backhanded compliment.

``It's quite an honor to be in that subdivision of the not really sexy man but sexy funny man. It's almost sexy,'' Stiller, 36, joked with reporters recently.

The title of ``the sexiest man alive 2001'' was awarded to Pierce Brosnan. The James Bond star is the 15th person to receive the title, which the magazine has previously bestowed on Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the original Bond, Sean Connery.

People's list also includes Benjamin Bratt (sexiest single guy), Yo-Yo Ma (sexiest classical musician) and Maxwell (sexiest soul singer).

Stiller stars in Wes Anderson's upcoming comedy-drama, ``The Royal Tenenbaums,'' also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman and Bill Murray.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Christine Taylor.