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Ok, time to wash the taste of that argument out of my figurative mouth with a more positive topic: stand up comics. In my YouTube browsing travels, I've come across vids of some pretty damn funny comedians: Bill Burr, Elliot Chang, Patrice O'Neal, Steve Hofstetter, Alistair Barrie, etc. Some vids in particular have stuck out for me:

The late Patrice O'Neal in his TV special "Elephant In The Room"

Bill Burr shits all over the city of Philadelphia.

Alistair Barrie deals with a drunken heckler.

There's nothing like a good laugh at times to stave off the knowledge that the world and humanity can suck hard. Anyone else have some favorite comics whose performances we should be checking out?

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Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:38 pm
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I kind of veer toward comedians who comment on the state of the world and humanity.

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I'm big on comics like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Paul Mooney, D.L. Hughley, Wanda Sykes, Jamie Foxx, Margaret Cho etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8TqhBIEbWA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3OXajS_IFg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIBx1eMhzHQ

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Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:20 pm
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Dave Chappelle's a big favorite. Did you see him on Inside The Actor's Studio?

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Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:27 pm
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Ken wrote:
Dave Chappelle's a big favorite. Did you see him on Inside The Actor's Studio?

No, i'll be sure to check it out though.

Also a big fan of Carlos Mencia

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Love the two masters: George Carlin and Richard Pryor. Bill Hicks was a genius or close to it at least. I used to enjoy Dennis Miller before he turned into a right-wing pamphleteer. Bill Cosby has always managed to make me laugh. Chris Rock is hilarious. I'm not a huge fan of Jerry Seinfeld although he is great at what he does. Mitch Hedberg was pretty good. As far as more recent comedians go I like the aformentioned Wanda Sykes and Paul Mooney. But the best recent comedy album is still David Cross' Shut Up You Fucking Baby.

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I hate being really really definaitive, but
The best stand up commedian is Billy Connolly.
I would also nominate Robin Williams. HE has a great skit where he talks about the invention of golf.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcnFbCCgTo4
I am also a huge fan of Tommy Tiernan.


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Also a big fan of Dennis Leary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68vv1sIyaMs


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Here are some that I saw on the Netflix and liked a lot.

Aziz Ansari - Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, Dangerously Delicious and Buried Alive. That's the order of their release and the order in which I watched them. The first and third are the best (at 90-ish minutes, Buried Alive is more Ansari and thus better Ansari) but they're all pretty hilarious. What's strange is that I usually find starfuckers like Aziz Ansari kind of irritating but he makes it all okay with a really energetic delivery and surprisingly upbeat attitude. He's a great performer even when his material (too many stories about interacting with big names) isn't strong. A friend of mine really, really hates him and gave just an amazing convincing speech on why Aziz should be destroyed. Every point he made ended up being sort of true and yet the guy just makes me laugh.

John Mulaney - New In Town. Nebishy guy who's getting a sitcom on one of the major networks. Apolitical and irreverent with a sweet touch of self-deprecation thrown in. The material lacks that symphonic thing Aziz Ansari does so well but he lands every damned joke.

I'll also tell you that, if you're patient, Comedy Bang Bang (the podcast, not the television show I've never seen) is always reliable for at least one sustained laugh/cry on public transportation. It's been on for about five years so I'm sure you probably know.

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Some great stuff I've listened to lately:

Jim Gaffigan - Beyond The Pale
Dana Gould - Let Me Put My Thoughts In You
Patton Oswalt - Sunshine and Lollipops
Mike Birbiglia - My Secret Public Journal Live
and Tig Notaro - Live

All of the above albums are personally endorsed as awesome by me, though Tig's album is a little lighter on the funny-ha-ha and gets pretty heavy. She's hilarious in general, but this is an off-the-cuff set she did after her life basically took one dump on her after another.

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this one guy who said that one thing wrote:
Tig Notaro - Live


She's been on The Moth & TAL a few times. Very deadpan, told a remarkable story about pop singer Taylor Dayne. I'll search out this album you've mentioned.

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Ah yes, the Taylor Dayne story. That's how you structure a comedic anecdote. There aren't even really any jokes in it, because the content and the symmetry of it are already funny to begin with. Her story about her wisdom teeth is a good one, too.

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Stewart Lee
Louis CK
Jim Jeffries


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Went to see Jim Jefferies in Wolverhampton 18 months ago. Pretty darn good. Hard-hitting stuff!

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He's fantastic. I saw him a few years ago and was sat no more than four feet in front of him. Our table got picked on a little bit, but it was great.

I know he comes across as a drunk, foul-mouthed, ranting comic, but I think he's actually very clever.


I also need to add Doug Stanhope to my very short list.


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Ken wrote:
Some great stuff I've listened to lately:

Jim Gaffigan - Beyond The Pale
Dana Gould - Let Me Put My Thoughts In You
Patton Oswalt - Sunshine and Lollipops
Mike Birbiglia - My Secret Public Journal Live
and Tig Notaro - Live

All of the above albums are personally endorsed as awesome by me, though Tig's album is a little lighter on the funny-ha-ha and gets pretty heavy. She's hilarious in general, but this is an off-the-cuff set she did after her life basically took one dump on her after another.


Turns out the Oswalt you recommended is called 'Werewolves and Lollipops', something Google had to help me with when my library's website was confused by my request. I listened to the album and had to fight the urge to play his "Clean Filth" routine for co-workers. This particular bit, maybe 2 minutes, is a blend of terrifying and hilarious. I haven't laughed like that since I was maybe ten.

The Tig Notaro is a great example of what differentiates 'comic' and 'comedic' and, though it's incredibly short, is far superior to the more standard fare that gets passed around at clubs. Her other album is more traditional stand-up but highlights her cred as an artist.

I like Birbiglia enough but see him the same way I see David Sedaris: rehearsed. Perfected, even. His stuff is cool on NPR but feels like a house of lies when I hear it for an hour.

Before this thread gets buried, I'll throw out some enthusiasm for two comedy records I found at the local library. They both rounded out my recent run. They're both by Bill Cosby.

To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With - Family-friendly listening (maybe a few moments for the besuited adults in the theater) that concludes with the epic and spectacularly-told tale that titles the collection. The entirety of this wonderful story can be heard right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqSd3HhXX-o

The Cosby naysayers will even admit that the above is, at the very least, exciting. You may not find it funny but it's undeniably charming. And funny. Funny, too.

Revenge - a better all-around album with more flow that opens with a great track around revenge-by-snowball and has, toward the end, the introduction of his 'Fat Albert' character in another epic that spins biography, cultural commentary and Cosby's great eye for small details and flirting together to make "Buck, Buck", nine minutes that won't be wasted. That one is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42yGK7pvgVc

I wouldn't have guessed the Cosby would have ended up as some of the cream of the crop but there it is.

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Mark III wrote:
Turns out the Oswalt you recommended is called 'Werewolves and Lollipops', something Google had to help me with when my library's website was confused by my request.

Oops.

I think I know what you mean re. Birbiglia. His comedy isn't necessarily about joke craft, so much as it's humorous anecdotes--more like a spoken word show or a one-man play. I don't mind much, but he is an odd man out in that way.

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George Carlin was, in my opinion, the greatest stand-up ever. He skewered everybody, and pointed out hypocrisy and society's oddities wherever he saw it.

George on "Saving the Planet": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W33HRc1A6c

George on fat people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLRQvK2-iqQ

George on airport security: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQdC-e82gmk

George on boring people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyWsFfd9pqE

George on guys named Todd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo8CrY_ZfFk

George on rights and privileges: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaa9iw85tW8

It's all brilliant stuff. I miss him.

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