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Shadow of the Sun
2011-10-02, 08:01 AM
Anyone here have any favourite comedians they'd like to talk about?

Thanks to QI, I've gotten into Ross Noble who is possibly, just possibly, the most random stand up comedian I've ever seen, along with Eddie Izzard. His stuff is weird, man, weird!

But good. And he's coming to my town next year. Yessssssssss...

Jimmy Carr's another good one, albeit VERY dark...

Anyway: anyone else have any comedians they'd like to share, possibly posting links to youtube clips and suchlike?

KillianHawkeye
2011-10-02, 09:32 AM
Brian Regan is pretty hilarious in a goofy way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUU9CqrtFiU

Kindablue
2011-10-02, 09:40 AM
Mike Birbiglia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qItVguhA1hA) is great.

Raddish
2011-10-02, 10:52 AM
Ross Noble is one of my favourites, his randomness and quick thinkinh makes him pretty awesome to me. And there was a video on youtuvbe I think of him messing around with a smoke machine on some gameshow/panelshow thingy.

Also he has kinda crazy hair a bit like mine, so yeah.

drakir_nosslin
2011-10-02, 11:04 AM
Louis CK is awesome, but I think I'll skip the links. The language and sometimes the subjects are not ok for this forum. I recommend a youtube visit though, he's hilarious. Bill Hicks is a classic, shame that he's not around anymore.

Goosefeather
2011-10-02, 11:31 AM
Ross Noble is excellent, first stand-up I ever saw live. Eddie Izzard is possibly my favourite however, closely followed by Dylan Moran.

I also like musical comedians, such as Bill Bailey and Tim Minchin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVN_0qvuhhw) who I see as a worthy successor to Tom Lehrer (best known for his Element Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYW50F42ss8))

Kindablue
2011-10-02, 11:44 AM
I overuse the word, but Bill Bailey is a genius (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p18w4VhL8zI).

Moff Chumley
2011-10-02, 11:44 AM
Louis CK is awesome, but I think I'll skip the links. The language and sometimes the subjects are not ok for this forum. I recommend a youtube visit though, he's hilarious. Bill Hicks is a classic, shame that he's not around anymore.

Very much this.

Also, I love Daniel Tosh's standup for some reason. I feel vaguely guilty about it, but there it is. :smalltongue:

factotum
2011-10-02, 11:45 AM
The double-act formed by Lee Mack and David Mitchell as opposing team captains on "Would I Lie to You?" is some of the funniest stuff I've ever seen. It's not quite stand-up, but who cares when it makes your face ache like that?

Tirian
2011-10-02, 12:41 PM
Louis CK is awesome, but I think I'll skip the links. The language and sometimes the subjects are not ok for this forum. I recommend a youtube visit though, he's hilarious. Bill Hicks is a classic, shame that he's not around anymore.

Well now, if you send them to YouTube *without* a link, then how are they going to find the (mostly) work-safe stuff? *checks the forum rules* Okay, here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1CZTLk-Gk) are (http://youtu.be/qSbpyxFC24k) three (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzEhoyXpqzQ) that don't cover explicit violence or sexuality even in passing, although IMHO I find that he's very good at dancing on that line between common sense and common decency. I also agree that his standup is the funniest thing in this generation.

Greenish
2011-10-02, 03:47 PM
I also like musical comedians, such as Bill Bailey and Tim Minchin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVN_0qvuhhw) who I see as a worthy successor to Tom Lehrer (best known for his Element Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYW50F42ss8))I hadn't noticed Bill Bailey before, but Tim Minchin (my favourite is the "Outstanding Woman") and Tom Lehrer ("Wernher von Braun") are brilliant.

Avaris
2011-10-02, 03:55 PM
While I was at uni I was able to see a fair few comedians do live stand up. The main ones I remember as being good were Rob Brydon, Ardal O'Hanlon, Andy Parsons and Ed Byrne, though there were undoubtably others.

The biggest disapointment for me was Jimmy Carr. IMO a good stnd up can tell a story; his shows are just a succession of fairly standard one-liners. At one point he was even reading them from a clipboard!

Comrade
2011-10-02, 03:55 PM
What is this travesty.

A thread about stand-up comedians--and George Carlin was not the first person mentioned?

What is the world coming to.

Kindablue
2011-10-02, 04:16 PM
What is this travesty.

A thread about stand-up comedians--and George Carlin was not the first person mentioned?

What is the world coming to.

Not Lenny Bruce (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua0TT87KNwo) or Richard Pryor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWWgCvvITUM)?

KillianHawkeye
2011-10-02, 08:54 PM
What is this travesty.

A thread about stand-up comedians--and George Carlin was not the first person mentioned?

What is the world coming to.

I thought that would go without saying. I mean, is there really anybody who doesn't already know about him? :smallconfused:

That's like somebody asking for suggestions on ice cream flavors and somebody saying "chocolate."

dehro
2011-10-02, 10:28 PM
George Carlin was absolutely great, if a little sour in his later years. I still rate this as one of his finest bits of material (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ySI8yxZ97I)
others I like are Foster Brooks, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYusPRre07k), Robin Williams (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW2jSLuHlz4), Ross Noble (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxVec_zCC80), Ed Byrne (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZFO5nRWF_o), Eddie Izzard (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ2yRTRlMFU)
and the comedian I like most: Dara O'Briain..whose standup routines are hilarious.. like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzGUmkmwgfo).. or this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFf76LbuGD8)

as for random improvisation on QI.. Johnny Vegas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9jsdr7suuk) was hilarious

Comrade
2011-10-03, 12:27 AM
My favourite bits from Carlin actually come from his later years. His stuff on religion, namely.

But I haven't seen that bit in quite a while. Had a good laugh. "TAKE YOUR LOGIC AND GO TO BED. I can't. WHY NOT?! Because I sleep on the couch!"

Avilan the Grey
2011-10-03, 01:58 AM
I hate new and edgy stuff.

Some of my favorites are Eddie Izzard, but only his old stuff. The newer the show, the more boring he gets. He has lost a lot of what makes him funny, lately.

I love Gabriel Iglesias ("Fluffy").

I also love Jeff Dunham, but only specific puppets. Achmed is not very funny. Walter is chuckle worthy but Peanut... Oh god PEANUT. My wife and I can hardly breathe because we laugh so hard when he starts using that puppet.

Robin Williams is always great.

I am quite fond of Billy Connolly.

dehro
2011-10-03, 02:29 AM
I am quite fond of Billy Connolly.

ah..yes... I like him too, though his reputation puzzles me. I remember watching a few shows in the UK and him being rated as the top comedian like... ever.
he IS good, but not quite that good..so his reputation amongst his peers does baffle me a little
also, what's up with the predominantly anglo/american notion that women comedians (or is it commediennes) aren't funny?

Avilan the Grey
2011-10-03, 03:47 AM
ah..yes... I like him too, though his reputation puzzles me. I remember watching a few shows in the UK and him being rated as the top comedian like... ever.
he IS good, but not quite that good..so his reputation amongst his peers does baffle me a little
also, what's up with the predominantly anglo/american notion that women comedians (or is it commediennes) aren't funny?

He is not a ROFL guy. He is a "You know, that's actually quite clever" guy. He is almost better as a host, though (I am deeply enjoying his Rout 66 travel series right now for example).

As for women... Because a lot of modern female comedians are trading on their gender too hard, and therefore are not funny. Yes I get it, you have issues. Now please shut up?

Occasionally you run across a female standup who tell jokes you can actually relate to (or just is outright funny), and suddenly you start laughing. Unfortunately there are twenty Cathy Griffins, Margaret Chos and Sarah Silvermans on every Wanda Sykes or Betty White.

Feytalist
2011-10-03, 03:57 AM
I don't usually enjoy most American stand-up, but I must say I can listen to Bill Hicks all day long.

Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran are my favourites, and the one show of Bill Bailey I've seen was brilliant.

I'm seeing Jimmy Carr live in November. Just have to make sure I don't sit in the first two rows, heh.

Shadow of the Sun
2011-10-03, 04:15 AM
Jo Brand is a very funny female comic, albeit one I've mostly experienced through QI.

dehro
2011-10-03, 05:28 AM
As for women... Because a lot of modern female comedians are trading on their gender too hard, and therefore are not funny. Yes I get it, you have issues. Now please shut up?

Occasionally you run across a female standup who tell jokes you can actually relate to (or just is outright funny), and suddenly you start laughing. Unfortunately there are twenty Cathy Griffins, Margaret Chos and Sarah Silvermans on every Wanda Sykes or Betty White.
..some tackle those "issues" with quite a different flair.. like Joan Rivers, who often has me in stitches.
but the same could be said for Frankie Boyle, for making most of his material about being scottish and/or ginger..(yet he's hilarious when he isn't trying to outgross his peers, despite often playing the obvious card)

Gina Yashere would be another one who trades on the etnic and sexual card in almost every joke..
and so does... the other guy..uhm.. london based afro-american, big guy..can't remember his name... whose main jokes are about being black and american..
Neither are particularily funny or have a great scope in their comedy..
Yet I've seen Gina Yashere lumped together with other women in some sort of "see? she proves I'm right" kind of argument..and nobody points out the ...not quite so brilliant male comedians who limit themselves to jokes about whatever etnic/religious/regional/social "grouping" they belong to...to make some kind of "men are not funny" kind of statement.

Avilan the Grey
2011-10-03, 06:21 AM
..some tackle those "issues" with quite a different flair.. like Joan Rivers, who often has me in stitches.
but the same could be said for Frankie Boyle, for making most of his material about being scottish and/or ginger..(yet he's hilarious when he isn't trying to outgross his peers, despite often playing the obvious card)

Gina Yashere would be another one who trades on the etnic and sexual card in almost every joke..
and so does... the other guy..uhm.. london based afro-american, big guy..can't remember his name... whose main jokes are about being black and american..
Neither are particularily funny or have a great scope in their comedy..
Yet I've seen Gina Yashere lumped together with other women in some sort of "see? she proves I'm right" kind of argument..and nobody points out the ...not quite so brilliant male comedians who limit themselves to jokes about whatever etnic/religious/regional/social "grouping" they belong to...to make some kind of "men are not funny" kind of statement.

I don't mind the "card trading", at all, as long as the jokes actually are, you know, funny. With that I mean that the JOKE is funny, not that we aer supposed to laugh because an angry middle class white woman tells it. Or an angry black woman. Or an angry lesbian. Or an black man. Etc.

I like Sarah Silverman when I see her on TV NOT performing. It's her stand-up routine that is boring, not the woman herself.

Parra
2011-10-03, 06:42 AM
and so does... the other guy..uhm.. london based afro-american, big guy..can't remember his name... whose main jokes are about being black and american..

Reginald D Hunter? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_D._Hunter)

Moff Chumley
2011-10-03, 09:57 AM
I hate new and edgy stuff.

What about old and edgy?
...assuming Bill Hicks counts as old. I'm pretty sure he counts as edgy, at least his early stuff. Either way, "edgy"'s not a bad word for a lot of his comedy. Especially the smokers/non-smokers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ruO4dwLC94) routine.

Psyren
2011-10-03, 10:39 AM
Highlights from my Pandora station:

Chris Rock
Dave Chappelle
Wanda Sykes
Whitney Cummings
Jim Gaffigan
Shane Mauss
George Carlin
Richard Pryor
Katt Williams

And Sommore, but I don't think she's on Pandora yet :smallfrown:

dehro
2011-10-03, 11:52 AM
Reginald D Hunter? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_D._Hunter)

him, yes!:smallsmile:

Phishfood
2011-10-03, 02:14 PM
I love Rich Hall.

"Which ******* moon are we talking about?"

He even carried it to the latest episode and they buzzed him for it XD

Jimmy Carr is an absolute god of dodgy humour, love him.

Also Rod Gilbert. He is worth a watch, angry welsh man = funny.

dehro
2011-10-03, 04:20 PM
I love Rich Hall.

"Which ******* moon are we talking about?"

He even carried it to the latest episode and they buzzed him for it XD

Jimmy Carr is an absolute god of dodgy humour, love him.

Also Rod Gilbert. He is worth a watch, angry welsh man = funny.

ooh..yes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OISGykO6Z7U)... him! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwK9aEpaG_o)

Elrik
2011-10-04, 12:15 AM
I like Jerry Seinfeld *ducks*

Well, my parents are going over their Seinfeld DVD's, and we're currently on season 7. I admit I like the show alot better than his stand up routines, but he still occasionally says something funny when he's on stage.

Oh, and Louis C.K., Demitri Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin.

I think Carlin's clever, but I'm just not into his work *ducks again*

Amiel
2011-10-04, 12:35 AM
Russell Peters is an amazing comedian, and does creepily accurate accents along with cultural idiosyncracies and steretypes. Here's a clip; enjoy, though it won't be SFW (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYiteaPBlz0)

TheThan
2011-10-04, 02:21 AM
Tim Conway (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY) is probably one of the greatest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw0df0wNnVQ&feature=related) comedians of our time.

H Birchgrove
2011-10-04, 06:22 PM
I like Jerry Seinfeld *ducks*

Well, my parents are going over their Seinfeld DVD's, and we're currently on season 7. I admit I like the show alot better than his stand up routines, but he still occasionally says something funny when he's on stage.

I think the opposite; his stand-ups have generally aged better than his TV-series IMHO.

Elrik
2011-10-05, 12:23 AM
I think the opposite; his stand-ups have generally aged better than his TV-series IMHO.

I like the routines quite a bit too. I guess I just feel like the show just has some better delivery from Micheal (too bad what he turned into), Julia, and Jason.

One of my favorite routines was from the Conversion episode:

You know doctor is supposed to be such a prestigious occupation, but itís really like one of the only jobs where you have to have your diploma right up there on the wall. It makes them seem so insecure, doesnít it? "I really am a doctor you know. You think Iím not, just check it out."