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what's so funny about that?

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Before it completely takes over the "what are you watching" thread, use this here thread to discuss fave comedians, least fave comedians, preferred comic forms and subjects, etc.

Myself, I rather like Bill Hicks.
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I keep hearing how great Louis CK is, how all the other comedians think he's in a class by himself. I kind of don't see it?
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JasonL wrote:I keep hearing how great Louis CK is, how all the other comedians think he's in a class by himself. I kind of don't see it?
He can be pretty funny. I watched the first two episodes of his show and they rather shitty and predictable/cliche though.

I enjoy a bit of Neil Hamburger from time to time.

I thought that Anthony Jeselnik's album was pretty good. His twitter feed is worth following.
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Least fave comedian: Woody Allen, who has just one schtick: Jewish-momma's boy angst. It was funny when I first saw it 40 years ago, now it is just repetative and boring.

Barbara Striesand is also pretty repetitive, but she sometimes manages to put a fresh spin on her routine, as in Meet the Fockers.
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Chris Rock is the best there is, and speaks more Truth then the collective Ivy League Philosophy departments.
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We've been through a bad period in standup. The wars, Bushhate, crappy economy, etc. have kind of ruined a generation of comics. Everyone who tries to be topical winds up in that terrible place of Takes Self Too Seriously. I'd use someone like Louis Black as Example A.

Unrelated, Grantland had a collection of staff favorite YouTube content, and someone pulled out this kind of amazing Pryor interview. It isn't funny really, it's Pryor in a bad place. NSFW.

http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood ... /id/30258/ youtube-hall-of-fame-high-times-with-richard-pryor-final-pyramid-with-dick-clark-and-an-art-lesson
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Don't forget the big comedy battle between Joe Rogan and Carlos Mencia.

No matter who wins, we lose.
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Doesn't Mencia have an unfair advantage in that he rips off other comedians' work?
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I'm not gonna lie, I loved Mind of Mencia.

I have heard so little Lewis Black that I should probably not be allowed to have an opinion, but Christ almighty I hate Lewis Black. He makes me want to punch something and yet simultaneously far too exhausted to do so.
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Ellie wrote:I'm not gonna lie, I loved Mind of Mencia.
I have heard so little Lewis Black that I should probably not be allowed to have an opinion, but Christ almighty I hate Lewis Black. He makes me want to punch something and yet simultaneously far too exhausted to do so.
You are right. You should not be allowed to have an opinion!

Seriously, Black is a one trick pony, sort of like Carlin in his later days. I like Black but holy fuck can the man waffle.
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I have a friend who loves Black. Never really saw it myself - the guy just rants, he doesn't really have laugh lines, IMO.

As for me, Jo Koy or Daniel Tosh.
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Tosh's show has been horrific.

Mencia's Mind of Mencia wasn't bad, except for the whole stealing part. OTOH, he at least has delivery. But his schtick gets kind of tired, despite my like of his libertarian leanings.

Black can be funny, if you like ranty style humor, which I do.

Basically, though, I've found that little comedy stays funny after the novelty wears off. It needs liebensraum.
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I use to like Lewis Black quite a bit, back when he had a Daily Show segment. And I thought his Black on Broadway special was hilarious. But nothing since then.
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I loved Christopher Titus 'Love is Evol' show, and was a bit disappointed in his recent (last week) Neverlution show. He went a lot more political-ish, but it wasn't completely one-sided. But the Love is Evol show, I was literally rofl for about the last 15 minutes.

I'm also one of those folks who actually finds Drew Carey's Standup to be hilarious. Mostly it's from his 'quiet libertarian' days, before he was more politically active, but has a lot of funny themes and lines. And yeah, I laugh when he laughs at his own jokes.
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I'm one of those folks who never found Drew Cary very funny (haven't seen him do stand-up, but the improv shows are eye-gouging), but came to love him for his politics. Pretty much the opposite of every other entertainer I like.
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Oh, I also remembered Tim Minchin, an Australian who writes amazing funny songs and does other standup setups. He's very atheist and pretty left wing, but some of his songs also have just a beautiful introspection and meaning. And other ones sound like they do, but are just big jokes. He's been on Conan O'Brien a couple times, but doesn't have much exposure in the US.

Here's a funny song: Inflatable You


And this may be the most touching one: Not Perfect
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Man I hate me some Tim Minchin.
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Warren wrote:I'm one of those folks who never found Drew Cary very funny (haven't seen him do stand-up, but the improv shows are eye-gouging), but came to love him for his politics. Pretty much the opposite of every other entertainer I like.
His standup was quite a bit more focused on him, and kinda gets obliquely at libertarian stuff. The improv shows aged rapidly, when you realize that the same folks do the same themes over and over, and really it wasn't much Drew Carey.

There isn't any of his standup on YouTube, surprisingly, but maybe not, since he's got the more family friendly image to uphold now. I got some clips and an audio book of 'Dirty Jokes and Beer' read by him off Napster back when it was fighting The Man. ;)
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Sandy wrote:Basically, though, I've found that little comedy stays funny after the novelty wears off. It needs liebensraum.
Wait, so Hitler's schtick was all just one big standup gag that nobody caught?
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Kwix wrote:
Sandy wrote:Basically, though, I've found that little comedy stays funny after the novelty wears off. It needs liebensraum.
Wait, so Hitler's schtick was all just one big standup gag that nobody caught?
Yeah, and people say Lenny Bruce was a misunderstood genius...
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JasonL wrote:I keep hearing how great Louis CK is, how all the other comedians think he's in a class by himself. I kind of don't see it?
I like some of his bits. The bit about his kids being assholes is good, as is his bit about how your ankle gets shitty.

It's not earthshattering, though.

I still enjoy Mr. Izzard, personally. His contrast of mincing Englishness, banality, and grandiose evil resonates with me. Also, sometimes he gets into a sort of one-man Laurel and Hardy mode that works.
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Paul Kaye can be pretty funny.
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I have a friend who love love loves Eddie Izzard. I like seeing him in movies, but his stand-up is a sure-fire cure for insomnia.
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Hugh Akston wrote:I have a friend who love love loves Eddie Izzard. I like seeing him in movies, but his stand-up is a sure-fire cure for insomnia.
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I'll note that Shannon and I are huge Eddie Izzard fans. Well, I'm huge. She's petite. But we both laugh a lot at his comedy.
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