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the ikara cult 04.02.2008 07:52 PM

Favourite Comedians
 
Who makes you laugh?

Seeing as some people are great at writing comedy but shit at stand-up (Ricky Gervais) and some are great as TV hosts but shit at stand-up (Bill Maher, Jonathan Ross), try and explain why.

Standups

Bill Hicks - The archetype of beauty and ugliness fused
Sean Lock - "The middle-class bloke on the building site" as he calls himself
Chris Rock - I dont know what its like being a black american, but hes way better than Obama.
Jerry Sadowitz - A Scottish Charles Manson with better card tricks than David Blaine and venom coming from both nostrils.

Writing

Ricky Gervais - The office is so good that when they made an American version it was still funny.
Stewart Lee - Who wrote Jerry Springer the opera, but mostly for Lee and Herring on British TV in the 1990s on which he was the principle.
Armando Iannuci/Chris Morris - Brass Eye, The Day Today. Everyone says how Chris Morris is a genius (rightly) but overlooks the subversively charming nature of Armando Iannuci. Check his "Time Trumpet" on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U12aygMK1lc
Bill Maher - a great host who can be mad at Iraq and the Republicans yet make everybody laugh.

marleypumpkin 04.02.2008 07:54 PM

Bill Hicks
George Carlin
Richard Pryor
Sam Kinison
Steve Martin
Bill Cosby
Jerry Seinfeld
Dave Attell
David Cross
Brian Poshen
Patton Oswalt
Zach Galifianakis
Lewis Black
etc.........................

In no particular order.

pbradley 04.02.2008 07:57 PM

I have Bob And Doug McKenzie's album, eh.

Sonic Youth 37 04.02.2008 08:00 PM

Mitch Hedberg.

There needn't be any others.

Cantankerous 04.02.2008 08:00 PM

lewis black
george carlin
richard pryor

marleypumpkin 04.02.2008 08:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pbradley
I have Bob And Doug McKenzie's album, eh.


Awesome hoser. You have the vinyl version, right?

the ikara cult 04.02.2008 08:21 PM

Mitch Hedberg and Doug Mckenzie:

what makes you laugh about these comedians; ive not heard of them myself but i'll be sure to go on a youtube quest at some point.

Sonic Youth 37 04.02.2008 08:22 PM

Mitch's surreal rambling. He's dead now. So it won't be hard to track down all his stuff.

the ikara cult 04.02.2008 08:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cantankerous
lewis black
george carlin
richard pryor


Ive seen George Carlin on some TV shows, and i like him personally but dont find him particularly funny, and Richard Pryor is obviously an extraorinary figure but his actual standup doesnt do much for me - but that bit in the film where he's blind and goes "Im not black!!" was fantastic.

ZEROpumpkins 04.03.2008 04:07 AM

Demetri Martin
David O'Doherty
Arj Barker

sarramkrop 04.03.2008 04:14 AM

Patrick Marber (excellent writer too)
Armando Iannucci
Chris Morris
Stewart Lee
Julia Davis
Richard Herring
Steve Coogan
Amelia Bullmore
Russell Brand
others

Don't like:
Simon Pegg, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Ricky Gervais, Peter Kay, others.

Toilet & Bowels 04.03.2008 04:15 AM

stewart lee
richard herring
chris morris
steve coogan
richard pryor
adam bloom
tommy cooper
bernard manning
matt stone & trey parker
the people who wrote friends
joss whedon
steven wright
simon munnery
sarah silverman
jocelyn jee esien (although her new tv show is crap)
those mighty boosh cats
reeves & mortimer (rubbish now though)
rik mayal

LifeDistortion 04.03.2008 04:28 AM

Andy Kaufman

Onani Nic 04.03.2008 04:36 AM

Neil Hamburger

Cantankerous 04.03.2008 04:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toilet & Bowels
stewart lee
richard herring
chris morris
steve coogan
richard pryor
adam bloom
tommy cooper
bernard manning
matt stone & trey parker
the people who wrote friends
joss whedon
steven wright
simon munnery
sarah silverman
jocelyn jee esien (although her new tv show is crap)
those mighty boosh cats
reeves & mortimer (rubbish now though)
rik mayal


ahaaaaaaaa the mighty boosh.

terminal pharmacy 04.03.2008 04:49 AM

thereis only one- Bill Hicks

then a few in the background

lenny bruce
steve hughes

jon boy 04.03.2008 04:53 AM

chris morris
armando ianucci
charlie brooker
bill hicks
dave chappell
steve coogan
the usual people that everyone knows

Cantankerous 04.03.2008 04:55 AM

dennis miller is a funny motherfucker.

Toilet & Bowels 04.03.2008 05:15 AM

i think bill hicks is over rated

jon boy 04.03.2008 06:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toilet & Bowels
i think bill hicks is over rated


good for you.


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