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Stand-up Comedy
« on: April 06, 2012, 06:49:21 PM »
I've recently been wearing out Louis C.K.'s Hilarious and it got me thinking about the whole stand-up comedy scene.

I thought it might be a cool idea to have a thread where we could talk about stand-up. I've been a huge fan ever since I was a little kid, listening to stuff like Richard Pryor's Wanted: Live in Concert, Steve Martin's Wild and Crazy Guy and Comedy Is Not Pretty!

I used to be really up on the scene. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I've kinda grown out-of-touch with the current scene. Aside from my favorite comics, I don't really keep up with new stuff, especially from upcoming comedians. I tend to primarily listen to older, go-to stuff I've heard over-and-over. Granted, my favorites never get old, but I'd like to start listening to some new comics I've either never heard of, or never listened to.

So, feel free to chat up comedy, post your favorite bits, make recommendations for good comics people might not have heard of, or get nostalgic about the old stuff.

Also, feel free to post a favorites list.
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2012, 06:52:38 PM »
Here's my top-ten (this list probably fluctuates a bit depending on mood.)

1. Doug Stanhope
2. Patton Oswalt
3. Dennis Miller (The stand-up, not the conservative blow-hard, what the fuck happened to you, Miller?)
4. Brian Regan
5. Bill Hicks
6. Louis C.K.
7. David Cross
8. Jim Gaffigan
9. Richard Lewis
10. Dave Chappelle

I know there's a quite a few legendary names missing, but hey, it's comedy and what makes me laugh, makes me laugh, and what doesn't, doesn't.

This is probably my favorite bit from C.K.'s Hilarious. I thin it really epitomizes his style. There are quite a few bits on this album that bring on the LOLs.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/6qnn_zy1WTI?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/6qnn_zy1WTI?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US</a>
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2012, 07:57:24 PM »
I was a fan of the comedy album when I was a teenager. I spent some of my hard-earned money on albums like Steve Martin's Wild & Crazy Guy (who didn't, huh?) and Sex & Violins by Martin Mull. I think that was a time when comedy albums still ruled -- like, before the internet. ;)

I don't know that I have a list of favorites. I love Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Louis CK is hilarious. Patton Oswalt are awesome. Simon Pegg & Nick Frost are my favorite bromance, although Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant are pretty fucking funny, too.
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2012, 08:26:05 PM »
The new Louis C.K. $5 download was pretty great. Aziz Anasari just did a $5 download too and it was pretty good.   

Some of my favorites are George Carlin, Patton Oswalt, Christopher Titus, Lewis Black, Norm Macdonald, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman (he shops at my store all the time), Bill Hicks (saw him live in 92 with only 7 other people in the club).
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2012, 08:29:50 PM »
Can't forget Greg Giraldo. The comedy world mourns that man's loss.


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2012, 09:33:07 PM »
Okay so here we go, English (I’ll do Scots and Irish in a bit):

Eddie Izzard
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Jack Dee
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Lee Evans
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Alan Davies
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Bill Bailey
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Jo Brand
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Lenny Henry
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2012, 04:57:20 AM »
Ross Noble  ;D
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2012, 10:47:25 AM »
The legend, George Carlin.  Recently got his set of DVDs, all my stuff.  I try to listen to or watch something every week.

Also love Lewis Black.  He's coming to Roanoke April 12, near me, but I can't go.  Sad, sad day.

And Chis Rock, love his stand up

Oh and Colbert and Stewart.

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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2012, 10:52:17 AM »
Edit: Just watched the Bailey one, that was fantastic. What's that from?
It's from Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra, he's a great person to listen to about music. :)

Click on the title to watch the whole thing.

I don't know about Mitchell, though probably most of the performers on shows that turn up on the radar of people this side of the Atlantic have a background in stand up. Mrba can probably confirm that.
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2012, 02:08:21 PM »
I was a fan of the comedy album when I was a teenager. I spent some of my hard-earned money on albums like Steve Martin's Wild & Crazy Guy (who didn't, huh?) and Sex & Violins by Martin Mull. I think that was a time when comedy albums still ruled -- like, before the internet. ;)

Mom used to drop us off at her friends' houses when she would go out on the weekends. One of those friends had a huge collection of comedy albums and he would play them for us. Mom swore like a sailor, so stuff like Pryor wasn't really a big deal, but here was still something really exciting about hearing f-bombs being dropped all over the place in front of a big audience. I'm thankful I was exposed to good stand-up at such a young age. That shit was formative.

The new Louis C.K. $5 download was pretty great. Aziz Anasari just did a $5 download too and it was pretty good.   

Some of my favorites are George Carlin, Patton Oswalt, Christopher Titus, Lewis Black, Norm Macdonald, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman (he shops at my store all the time), Bill Hicks (saw him live in 92 with only 7 other people in the club).

I need to listen to Ansari's new stuff. I wasn't super impressed with his last album. He kinda reminds me of Kathy Griffin with the inside showbiz stuff. I guess I just don't find his material all that funny.

I'm not really a fan of Mirman's stand-up, but I like his animated voice work, and I've seen a couple really funny "Man on the Street" things he's done in the past.

Macdonald and Barry would definitely make my top-twenty list. I wish I could've seen Hicks live. He was a rare breed.


Can't forget Greg Giraldo. The comedy world mourns that man's loss.

I like Giraldo. The man could rant.


Eddie Izzard
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That's a great bit. I love how he take things to such ridiculous extremes.

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Yes!!! See, this is one of the main reasons I started this thread; to get recommendations for stuff I've never heard. This guy is right up my alley. He's like a super-charged Brian Regan who works blue! I will definitely be looking into more of his stuff.

He looked a bit familiar so I checked IMDB, and I definitely remember seen him in a few small roles.

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Alan Davies
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Pretty funny stuff. Another guy I'd never heard of. My favorite part was of course when he starts shouting "ALAN! ALAN! ALAN!"

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Bill Bailey
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I totally lost it at "A massive car bomb exploded in Baghdad today."  :D

What a cool idea for a show! I'll definitely be watching the whole thing.

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Not bad. Good enough to seek out more.

Thanks for posting the clips!


Ross Noble  ;D

Never heard of him.

Ricky Gervais does some good shows--not quite stand-up, but close.  Sort of like Kevin Smith does, but funny.

I do recommend avoiding Ron White at all costs.

I really enjoyed his Politics special. I guess he is technically more of a storyteller. His vocal mannerisms, tone lend themselves very well to that style. I love the prerecorded bit with the guy in the wheelchair.  :D

And yeah,  that whole "Blue Collar Comedy" scene is fucking awful.

The legend, George Carlin.  Recently got his set of DVDs, all my stuff.  I try to listen to or watch something every week.

Also love Lewis Black.  He's coming to Roanoke April 12, near me, but I can't go.  Sad, sad day.

And Chis Rock, love his stand up

All three of those would probably make my top-twenty. When Lewis Black gets on a roll, he's phenomenal.
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2012, 02:19:16 PM »
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Yes!!! See, this is one of the main reasons I started this thread; to get recommendations for stuff I've never heard. This guy is right up my alley. He's like a super-charged Brian Regan who works blue! I will definitely be looking into more of his stuff.

He looked a bit familiar so I checked IMDB, and I definitely remember seen him in a few small roles.
Yeah the most prominent is probably There's Something About Mary.

He has an earlier routine about how planes get in the air that I always have playing in my head when I need to fly somewhere and the things take off. :)

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Pretty funny stuff. Another guy I'd never heard of. My favorite part was of course when he starts shouting "ALAN! ALAN! ALAN!"
Interesting, see I posted that because people don't think of him as a stand up much these days. I think you need to check out a show called Jonathan Creek, I think it'll be right up your alley too (it's him as an actor but it's a mystery show that's generally awesome). :)

And, of course Q.I.

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I totally lost it at "A massive car bomb exploded in Baghdad today."  :D

What a cool idea for a show! I'll definitely be watching the whole thing.
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Not bad. Good enough to seek out more.
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2012, 02:47:26 PM »
I'm seeing Doug Stanhope tomorrow night, funnily enough. 

People over here have gone crazy recently over Michael McIntyre, who has blown up in the past couple of years.  I think he's incredibly middle of the road, but he's sold out everywhere.


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2012, 04:46:05 PM »
I'm seeing Doug Stanhope tomorrow night, funnily enough. 

People over here have gone crazy recently over Michael McIntyre, who has blown up in the past couple of years.  I think he's incredibly middle of the road, but he's sold out everywhere.

Stanhope plays the shit outta the UK. Seems like he's over there almost as much as he's stateside nowadays.

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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2012, 07:06:31 PM »
Can't forget Brian Regan:

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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2012, 06:50:44 AM »
That's awesome that Eugene Mirman shops at your store! His stuff is pretty great.

My list of 5 favorites would probably be:

The Sklar Brothers
Brian Regan
Mike Birbiglia
David O'Doherty
Graig Murphy

There's tons of others I like, but those would be my top 5.