My favourites are Carlin and Pryor
of really good American stand up.
the other day i saw a bum eating grapes and i was like, dude, you've got to WAIT
that's a good invention. before that it was hard times for vending machine owners. what are you getting? that one. AND EVERY ONE ON THE BOTTOM ROW!
"where do you see yourself in five years?"
celebrating the fifth year anniversary of you asking me this question!
despite all the wrong things people say about how he's a hack observational standup and how larry david was the driving force on seinfeld, nobody can deliver a good line like jerry. i can think of a dozen completely unfunny things he says on seinfeld that crack me up just remembering them, his delivery is brilliant. he's also got comedy down to an exact science, which isn't for everybody, but it's wonderful to watch.
also, i like emo phillips but only in short doses.
... or Bill Hicks
but if we're widening the goalposts then yeah this obviously.
cos the youtubes of him are pretty shit.
No other comedian I've seen looks like he *needs* to be on stage as much as him.
Paul F. Tompkins
... can all make me crack up. Whoever said American comedians are boring is out of his fucking mind.
I don't know whether he's the best, but he's certainly my favourite. I'm also partial to Eugene Mirman.
without a doubt
But every clip of him I’ve ever seen suggests he’s basically the kind of archetypal nerdy-looking oddball comedian that sits next to Sean Locke on 8 Out Of 10 Cats. What am I missing?
yay, i win!
provided funding for private eye though, so...
No ... really
have a soft spot for old comedians who just tell jokes, also doesn't get enough credit for some of his wordplay
They laughed when I said I wanted to be a comedian. They're not laughing now...
I can still enjoy sex at 74. I live at 76, so it's no distance.
or perhaps you'd prefer a little monkhouse'
:D I love Bob.
Richard Herring doing stand up is brilliant and I watch every tour he does (just got tickets today actually) but I don't know. Billy Connolly does me make me laugh A LOT but he rehashes a lot of old material these days and yes, George Carlin is very amusing but pretty hit and miss - some of his stuff I don't enjoy at all.
OR Clive James
I hope that time has led you to rue this comment
are you kidding me?
I'm just saying. The axis of evil keyboard alone puts him top three, and even without the songs he genuinely has me in stiches throughout his set.
tommy cooper. bill bailey. maybe leigh (sorry).
the first two are hardly niche choices, are they now? i only said leigh to annoy you
was one of the biggest live letdowns i've seen
mediocre once (also far too much recycled material)
pretty dismal once
He was a bit hit and miss for a while, managed to write one truly brilliant show in Part Troll, then went back to being a bit hit and miss. I'd still love to see him though.
sure that reused a lot of material from Bewilderness
He was down to play a Glastonbury set in 2007, meant to be on after The Who (so would've been the final treat of the weekend) and we walked from the Pyramid stage in torrential rain to this tent on the other side of the farm and got told he had cancelled. Bastard.
Other than that, he's been pretty patchy. But, yes, Part Troll is one of the all time great comedy collections.
Cosmic Jam was patchy and suffered a lot from the hey-man-I-take-a-load-of-drugs thing which was his shtick in those pre-Bewilderness years (while still having some great moments), and then Tinselworm was a big drop in quality.
His shows are so different to anything I've seen before and I can't imagine normal stand-up comparing to it again.
if we are trying to quantify 'best'. think he achieves what he is trying to do much better than any other comedian.
....what's up with them?!
Can i do an arena tour now please?
(god I hate stand-up)
He's not in the upper echelons of comedy greatness, but he is a fine exponent of slapstick humour mixed with some very amusing observations. His act is full of warmth and there's much to enjoy in his incredibly silly take on the confusions of modern life...
The longer he's gone on, the patchier he's gotten. But Evans in his prime really is a joy.
yes, I said Bill Hicks.
but now you've just lost indie points. Amazing, huh?
REMEMBER: INDIE POINTS CAN GO DOWN AS WELL AS UP
is that he wasn't actually funny. he was quite good at being angry, but his comedy was er...a bit lame. there's also a fairly awful streak of homophobia in this act, which many people have chosen to forget.
but he's definitely funny. I think the angry stuff and the pseudo-mysticism gets in the way of that, but his timing and the way he handles his audience is superb. The vast majority of his rants are punctuated all the way through with great jokes, and at his best he can get you stoked up and indignant whilst making you laugh, a lot.
heard him use the word "faggot" a few times and each time it was when he was playing a character, that of a jock.
A lot of people see him as just a ranter now, but there was no doubt he was always trying to make you laugh. He's always got the jokes and the timing above everything else. He was never a preacher or any of that bollocks- just a bloody great comedian. Sane Man still makes me laugh like mad.
i'm an EXPERT
bloody love Barry Cryer, not so much of a performer (although I still find him very funny) but the list of people he's written with & for is just ridiculous
but Rhod Gilbert was by far the funniest live stand-up I've seen.
pls close thread
don't really see how it could be anyone else. cheers.
Subversive comedy Shaman. Potent and timeless. Definately a hero of mine.
Funny, subversive, controversial, wild, confident on stage, non-boring, true.
Others: Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Lenny Bruce, etc. In fact every big comedian has his own great style.