Anderson Cooper vs. Brian Williams: Who's Cooler?

Anderson Cooper and Brian Williams: two impishly handsome newsmen dominating the airwaves. One was born to a modest, Irish-Catholic family from New Jersey. The other is the great-great-great-grandson of shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. Both are able broadcast journalists. Both have demonstrated natural gifts for comedy. And both possess talent for injecting themselves into the pop culture landscape. But which one is cooler? TV.com investigates.

Round One: Showdown on Sesame Street

Williams has appeared twice on Sesame Street; Cooper has appeared only once. However, Cooper boasts his own Muppet alter ego: Anderson Cucumber, reporter for the Vegetable News Network.


Winner: Draw

Round Two: Saturday Night Fever

Williams ably hosted an entire episode of SNL in 2007, while Cooper made his debut on the show only last week, taking a vicious beatdown from Pee-wee Herman in a Digital Short.


Winner: Williams

Round Three: Straight Men

Both anchors have achieved success playing stone-faced foils to famous comedians. Williams appears in a recurring Late night with Jimmy Fallon bit in which he and the host “Slow Jam the News,” while Cooper hosts CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast with Kathy Griffin. (You know, the one where she told a heckler that she doesn’t “go to your job and knock the dicks out of your mouth” on live television.)


Winner: Cooper

Round Four: Wild Cards

Then there's the element of surprise, which both Cooper and Williams use to their advantage. On a year-end MSNBC talk show, for example, Williams took off on a comedic tear, ripping into the New York Times for their fawning coverage of the bohemian goings-on in Brooklyn. The rant found some viral life online.

And just this week, producers of the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying revealed that Cooper will be provide the voice of the titular book, steering star Daniel Radcliffe up the corporate ladder. (Walter Cronkite played the same part in a 1995 revival.)


Winner: Draw


Closing thoughts: While Williams is the more gifted performer, Cooper seems less eager to please. Williams is the groovy dad, Cooper the perennially hip bachelor.

Winner: Anderson Cooper

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Anderson wins hands down--Brian needs to lay off the spray tan!!
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Anderson Cooper is my favorite news reporter of all time. Brian Williams is not even on his level.
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Both are cool.

But Brian has that little gleam in his eye when he steps out of the chair. His appearances on 30 Rock set him apart although Anderson has been great too as a host of Regis and Kelli.
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This is a joke, right? ANYONE on Fox (well, almost anyone) would be 'cooler' than either of these two guys!
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Anderson Cooper vs. Brian Williams: Who's Cooler?

who is Anderson Cooper & Brian Williams?

Fox News beats them all!
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they both work for the man so neither
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Brian Williams all the way.
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Clearly Jon Snow is better than both these guys
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Brian Williams was the clear winner in all cases. This appears to be your attempt to justify your preference for Anderson Cooper.
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If you've seen Brian Williams on "30 Rock" - you know he's much funnier and way cooler. And if Cooper is the great, great....grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, now I know why there was aways something about him I didn't like.
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Wow. Who cares?
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Cooper for live, Hes a cool man & more confrontational
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I agree with everyone else so far. Williams FTW! And go check out all the interviews with Stewart too.
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Brian knows how not to be stiff. Helps him on Jimmy Fallon. A.Cooper would be good to replace Regis.
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Brian Williams should have definitely won. He's actually a funny guy (interviews, skits, whatever). I've never seen Anderson Cooper being genuinely funny. Anderson was on SNL, but that's all written by Andy Sandberg (Lonely Island material?) and possibly other SNL writers.
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4 out of 4 for Brian Williams. His interviews with Jon Stewart are also all great.
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Williams should have won for the slow jam news! He's so much cooler than Cooper!
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