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Re: Stand-up Comedy
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #46 on: November 07, 2012, 08:22:20 AM »
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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #47 on: December 05, 2012, 12:33:09 PM »
I give you:
Dara O'Briain.

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I'm seeing him next month as a part of a Silent Slapstick Comedy Gala that runs every year here.   I don't like the show he presents, Mock the Weeks, but I think he's great.


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #48 on: December 05, 2012, 01:31:19 PM »
I give you:
Dara O'Briain.

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I'm seeing him next month as a part of a Silent Slapstick Comedy Gala that runs every year here.   I don't like the show he presents, Mock the Weeks, but I think he's great.

I haven't seen Mock the Week.  I just got hold of "Dara O'Brian's Science Club" though and it looks fun, and I love him on QI.
Totally jealous that you get to see him though.  So it won't be standup? Just slapstick?

Yeah, he'll be talking about and introducing short films from the silent era.  I expect he'll be typically funny while doing so. 

Also seeing Jimmy Carr next month.  I'm not totally enamoured with his work, but there was a hole in my schedule and no one else at the paper seems to actually want to cover comedy, so it works out for me.  Bill Bailey and Harry Hill are touring next year too, so I'm hoping I'll get one of those.


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #49 on: December 05, 2012, 01:49:26 PM »
I think Jimmy Carr is incredibly funny, personally, but my wife is lukewarm on him. I think I just really like boundary-pushers, and he's also extremely clever.  I don't know if it's just a current thing, but Brit comedy shows all seem to have a lot of audience interaction, and he (and O'Briain) are really good at it.  That's not done at all in American stand-up really.  Plus, these brit shows are LONG--like over 90 minutes or even 2 hours; you're lucky to get an hour from an American one.

I've liked Carr in the past, but he's a little, I'm not quite sure how to put it, robotic?

The three American comedians I've seen recently have done pretty long shows - Stewart Francis did over an hour, despite being a one-liner guy, Doug Stanhope could've probably gone on all night considering the form he was on, and Rich Hall was amazing and did great work with the crowd.


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #50 on: December 05, 2012, 02:23:09 PM »
I think Jimmy Carr is incredibly funny, personally, but my wife is lukewarm on him. I think I just really like boundary-pushers, and he's also extremely clever.  I don't know if it's just a current thing, but Brit comedy shows all seem to have a lot of audience interaction, and he (and O'Briain) are really good at it.  That's not done at all in American stand-up really.  Plus, these brit shows are LONG--like over 90 minutes or even 2 hours; you're lucky to get an hour from an American one.

I've liked Carr in the past, but he's a little, I'm not quite sure how to put it, robotic?

The three American comedians I've seen recently have done pretty long shows - Stewart Francis did over an hour, despite being a one-liner guy, Doug Stanhope could've probably gone on all night considering the form he was on, and Rich Hall was amazing and did great work with the crowd.

Rich Hall has been fairly Brit-ized though. Hasn't he been over there for awhile?

Yeah, I think he lives in Liverpool or something.  He was really good, and it was an absolutely packed, relatively small room that he worked in.

Richard Herring is doing a new show in a few months, and based on his previous works - Christ on a Bike and Hitler Moustache - I think he really might be worth seeing.


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #51 on: December 05, 2012, 02:54:21 PM »
So this past Saturday my mom and I ended up scoring free tickets to see Lisa Lampanelli (yeah I went with my mom). We were in Pittsburgh and when walking past the theater, two dudes asked us if we wanted free tickets since their friends couldn't make it. So we got free tickets 10 rows away from the stage!

I wasn't too familiar with her (I saw her a little bit on Celebrity Apprentice and thought she was annoying) but I actually thought she was hilarious (holy shit, some of the things she said...)


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #52 on: December 06, 2012, 07:07:52 AM »
"I went to see Lisa Lampinelli with my mom"

"Fascinating, but we'll have to discuss it at next week's session, remember to give your co-pay to the girl at the desk on your way out".



I just watched a horrible vid of terrible stand-up at an open mic from a guy who did one improv class and decided he was going to set up a Facebook fan page for himself as a comedian. When you punctuate your routine with "let's see, what else do I have" *flip notes, flip notes*, you perhaps need a little more practice.


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #53 on: December 06, 2012, 07:13:07 AM »
"I went to see Lisa Lampinelli with my mom"

"Fascinating, but we'll have to discuss it at next week's session, remember to give your co-pay to the girl at the desk on your way out".



I just watched a horrible vid of terrible stand-up at an open mic from a guy who did one improv class and decided he was going to set up a Facebook fan page for himself as a comedian. When you punctuate your routine with "let's see, what else do I have" *flip notes, flip notes*, you perhaps need a little more practice.

It happens.  There's a great moment in the documentary The Comedians where Jerry Seinfeld is doing an improptu open-mike night to try out new material and halfway through one of his bits, completely forgets the punchline.  I think Janeane Garofalo used to have a page of notes next to her when she went on stage too. 


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #54 on: December 06, 2012, 07:20:07 AM »
No I know it happens, he truly is terrible, I was using the notes thing as a synecdoche for his direness. :)

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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #55 on: December 06, 2012, 08:31:40 AM »
Good lord, even his stage presence is awkward. Can't make up his mind about mic placement, and he doesn't even put the stand behind him when he picks it up. That's one of the first things most standup classes teach you.

The most baffling thing is that he didn't edit out the plenty of jokes that got no laughter, or mild laughter at best. Even if HE still thinks those jokes are funny, why would he want to show the world that the audience didn't?


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #56 on: December 06, 2012, 08:32:06 AM »
No I know it happens, he truly is terrible, I was using the notes thing as a synecdoche for his direness. :)

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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #57 on: December 06, 2012, 08:54:47 AM »
Yeah, having a bad set isn't unheard of but fer darkness' sake don't start representing yourself as a stand-up on Facebook until you're at least quasi-alright at doing it.


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #58 on: December 06, 2012, 09:14:23 AM »
Honestly, I can't watch bad comedians bomb.  I get embarassed for them.  It's one of the reasons I like seeing the more popular guys - even if you personally don't find them funny, the crowd that paid to see them most certainly will.


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Re: Stand-up Comedy
« Reply #59 on: December 06, 2012, 10:19:48 AM »
Honestly, I can't watch bad comedians bomb.  I get embarassed for them.  It's one of the reasons I like seeing the more popular guys - even if you personally don't find them funny, the crowd that paid to see them most certainly will.

Yes, apparently even Jeff Dunham and the "Blue Collar Comedy" guys have fans.

They might just be... a rednecks.