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Comedy Yall, Chuckle Chuckle!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Blue Dog, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Blue Dog

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    Going off of a discussion in this week's Drunk Thread:

    We all have our favorite comedians, and those who we would only find funny if they were running down the street naked with their genitals on fire. The subject of what makes good comedy is 100% subjective, and what you may think is the dumbest, most unfunny bit of retardedness, I can guarantee you that there is a person out there who will defend that exact same bit to the very death. Hell, how else can you explain how those assholes who made those "Epic Movie" pieces of shit were able to not only make money, but not be immediately lynched for crimes against humanity?

    I kid, but you get my point- there is always someone out there who loves what you absolutely cannot stand. And with comedy, something that only exists to make people forget about their anger and their problems and is meant solely to lighten the mood, I find it funny that watching certain acts can inspire such a wide range from happiness to vitriol.

    I'm not above this myself- I can't for the life of me figure out how a vast number of people are blown away by the late Bill Hicks. I honestly do not find him funny AT ALL. Not even a little bit. People hail him as an icon and one of the best comedians of all time, and all I see is an unfunny asshole who spews hate and negativity and looks down on those who are so unenlightened as to not be a total dick as he is. It's not even the fact that he is an asshole that really turns me off- Hell, I think George Carlin accomplishes the same act brilliantly. At least George is the lovable asshole. This guy has no redeeming qualities to speak of, yet he's the one I want to go to as a source of cheer? Fuck that dude.

    Some more comedians who I personally can't stand: Lisa Lampanelli (Lets be as gross as possible as see how many black dicks I can fit in my nose! That's funny!) and Wanda Sykes (Ooooo, look how sassy I am! Yall be trippin'!), black comedians who base their entire act on the difference between white people and black people (Did you know that white people can't dance? DAT'S CRAY-ZEE!), and the Blue Collar guys (except for Ron White and Rodney Carrington, who I actually love).

    Yet as much as I hate these people, there are literally thousands and thousands of people out there who are just blown away by the very same bits that I find repulsive. To each his own, I guess, but I still reserve the right to judge you. I'm pretty fair like that.

    Focus: Tell us your favorite comedian, but also what it is that you appreciate about them. Don't just list a youtube of them and let it go at that, because material that you may think speaks for itself, there are those here who may think that very same clip is a reason that said comedian is terrible.

    Alt Focus: On the flip side, talk about the comedians who you can't stand, but also why it is that you can't stand them.

    I know that with both of these, the odds of you changing anyone's minds are about the same as the are for me growing another dick out of my elbow, but the spirit of debate is what makes these threads enjoyable.
     
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    Chris Rock is a personal favorite. I think it's a combination of the material and the delivery. Ultimately it's just kind of observational humor, but he sells it well. I want to thank whoever posted John Mulaney in the drunk thread, by the way; he is indeed hilarious. That guy is all about delivery also; the deadpan works exceedingly well with his material. Too bad he only has 5 bits, but 4 of them are knockouts.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Jim Gaffigan because he's like myself, pale, white, and loves bacon/hot pockets. Plus for the most part he doesn't need to be loud and obnoxious to get his point across.

    Along the same vein is Dave Atell. He takes non PC cringe worthy situations and makes you feel guilty for laughing at every word.

    Anti-Focus: I've never listened to Carlos Mencia without cringing and having to try to force myself to laugh.
     
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    I'd imagine I'm going to be far from unique on this board with this pick, but my current favorite is definitely Louis CK. His overall grumpy, frank, middle-age, middle-mindedness just works for me. And really, there's no humor like self-deprecating humor, and that's basically what Louis CK is all about.
     
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    Im going to have go with this Louis CK as one of my favorites. Another is Bill Cosby. I saw him about 2 years ago and he came out with zero material and had the crowd in stitches in 5 minutes. Hes an absolute pro and always has been.

    Alt Focus: I feel like this could turn the thread into a pissing match, but I really do not find Mitch Hedberg or George Carlin funny at all.
     
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    If you listen to his act, the worst words he says are ass and crap.

    Yet you still die laughing. Because he is a great comedian. He knows how to make you laugh by being different. He doesn't have to say: "Cunt nigger fuck shit" to make you laugh out of shock.

    Lets face it, women can be funny in movies, (maybe) but they just suck at stand up. It just sounds like they are complaining into a fast food drive through speaker about their periods and men.

    Yeah, that is hilarious.

    Mitch Hedberg was just Stephen Wright wrapped up in a hippie stoner body.

    George Carlin was great up until his wife died. After that he became bitter to the point of being uncomfortable. However his older stuff, from the 70s up to his special "Jammin in New York" he nailed everything.

    The problem in the case of many younger people today is that they haven't seen his older stuff, and only his newer stuff, which reeks of bitter old man, or they have seen his older stuff, but don't understand the context of it in the period.
     
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    I know Daniel Tosh is getting mainstream with Tosh.O, but I love his style. Definitely pushes some vulgarity, but for some reason it's hard to find a comedian that doesn't spew filth that would make an italian whore blush.

    I have to be the first to say Jerry Seinfeld. I'm a fan of his presentation and material, and the way he incorporated it into the show with Larry David was awesome.
     
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    I absolutely love the late Mitch Hedberg. The way he delivers each of his jokes -- usually a running set of one-liners about the most random subjects -- cracks me up every time I watch or listen to him. It doesn't matter how many times I've heard his jokes, when I've had a bad day, I can just pull up some Mitch and start laughing...
     
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    Focus: Without question, my favorite comedian is Christopher Titus. I don't know if anybody ever saw his short-lived show on Fox (the aptly named "Titus") but his comedy is hilariously dark. One of my favorite lines of his that I ever heard was from his special "Norman Rockwell is Bleeding": "Once you've taken your drunk father to your mom's parole hearing, what else is there?"

    Everybody has terrible family stories, but Titus manages to not only out-white-trash you, but does it in a funny way.

    Alt focus: Dane Cook. The man sells out stadiums based upon the fact that he steals material. Being funny is hard. I've got the red dots to prove it. It irritates me on a personal level that a guy like that gets more fame, recognition and while a guy like Patton Oswalt is stuck on shit like The King of Queens.
     
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    My favorite comedian will always be Stephen Lynch He's one of those comedians who everyone has heard of, but I really only know a few people who listen to him as much as I do. Plus, the fact that he sings songs rather than just telling jokes means he isn't over-quoted. I don't know many people who are willing to sing in order to quote a comedian.

     
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    Ill come out and say it, I think Tosh.O is the lamest fucking show Ive ever seen. Reading this boards responses to youtube videos is far and away much funnier than the shit he says on the show. Someone mentioned it's really just a shitty knock off of "The Soup" and I tend too agree. I was surprised and disheartened when so many of my friends on facebook were updating saying what a glorious day it was the last season premiere. Ive heard his stand up but it didnt blow me away but he's alright. Same goes with Jim Gaffigen, he's alright, the high pitched voice schtick gets old.

    I dont follow comedy that closely but I got big into Patton Oswalt a few years ago. I had seen his half hour HBO stand up like ten years ago (there was a series of them with Chappelle, Jeff Garlin, Oswalt, and a few others that all started off with them sitting around a table chatting). His bit on the European porno magazine Piss Drinkers has me in tears every time. Ive only watched the special he had for his last album "My Weakness is Strong" and I wasnt as impressed as I had been with his previous two albums.
     
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    George Carlin. He was brash, hilarious, and pretty aware of the world around him. He had a ton of skits that a lot of us remember, but the one that I love the most is his Football vs Baseball comparison. So funny, and so true.
     
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    I'll agree that stand-up is extremely subjective, every generation thought their SNL skits were funniest.

    But there are a few comedians I think we can all agree on are horrible and gimmicky.

    -Jeff Dunham. I watched his Comedy Central special. It wasn't just horribly unfunny. I don't think he was trying to be funny, I couldn't even recognize the punchlines.

    -Carrot Top. I understand he has a cult following in Vegas. But so does Celine Dion.

    -99% of female comedians. Paula Poundstone, Ellen, Lisa Lampanelli, etc. Horrible. I'd give a pass to Chelsea Handler and Tina Fey.
     
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    Focus: Daniel Tosh has been my favorite comedian since high school. I have a lot of respect for any comedian that is willing to throw in super-obscure references for the sake of nailing a joke. Tosh would rather have a small handful of people find him hilarious than have everybody find him pretty funny. If you haven't heard his run on daylight savings time that turns into a joke about the dollar section at Target, you need to get his first CD. I agree that his show is hit or miss, but you can't compare his week to week material with the acts that he spends months writing and crafting. And sorry, but he's still funnier than Joel McHale (although not nearly as good of an actor).

    I'll also include Eddie Izzard. Tosh and Izzard both have a stream-of-consciousness style that I can respect way more than the average observational comic.



    Anti-Focus: 99.9% of all other comedians. Seriously, is there any other art form on earth where a majority of its performers are so intolerable?
     
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    I love stand up, and I've been fortunate enough to see some great live shows. Jerry Seinfeld was absolutely hilarious, he just killed it when I saw him. The great thing about him is that despite being hugely famous and mind-bogglingly rich, anyone can still relate to his act.

    This summer I went to see Conan's tour when it was in Boulder, and he had 2 stand up acts as part of the show. In the middle of the show Conan had Deon Cole come out. He was absolutely hilarious. Cole does have a Comedy Central special that was pretty great, and I believe he works as a writer on Conan's show. He's a black comedian that doesn't just focus on the typical differences between black and white people. Some of his act deals with that stuff, but he presents it in a unique way.

    The worst comedian I have ever witnessed is Reggie Watts, who unfortunately was the opener on the Conan tour. There was nothing funny about his act. It was painful to sit there and watch. He was so bad I felt like getting up and leaving without even seeing Conan. I understand he is an avant garde comedian, but there's just nothing funny about him. Just awful.
     
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    I agree with Bill Hicks being criminally overrated, yelling loudly at things you disagree with does not equal comedy.

    I'm a fan of Jim Gaffigan, Chris Rock and Louis CK. I feel like they fit a similar mold in the sense that they take something fairly minute and explode it into somethin... I don't know, I'm drunk, but they're funny and I'll kick you in the balls if you disagree.

    Totally agree with this, Tosh.0 is a decent show, but nowhere NEAR his stand up, which makes perfect sense if you do the math.
     
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    Tosh 2.0 is a show where a guy makes snide fun of internet videos. How honestly difficult is that? I could name five dozen people on this site alone that could accomplish the same fucking job.

    Focus

    Damonde Tschritter-
    A West B.C. Comedian- his one hour of Comedy Now! here in Canada started slow and then became the single best and funniest stand up act I have ever seen. It has never been topped, I wish you could get it somehow.

    Steven Wright-
    Utterly original, mind bending and makes me laugh all the time. Not for all tastes, but he's one of a kind, and very smart.

    John Mulaney-
    EhhinShenanigans turned me on to this guy, he's crisp and articulate, and makes his storytelling fun.

    Bill Maher-
    I like him, many people hate him and they're welcome to it. I still think he's one of the funniest, and no doubt one of the smartest.

    Alt-Focus

    I said my fill of Dane Cook and Kat Williams already, so just for starters:

    Carlos Mencia-
    Not only do you rip people off, you aren't even funny. Instead, you're like Pual Rodriguez only rascist and mentally retarded.

    Kathy Griffin-
    If this was 1964, I may laugh at her once. She sucks at every single thing she does, her voice could open a garage door and I will figure out the Kennedy assasination before I figure out why anyone on the face of the earth would find this bitch funny.

    Chelsea Handler-
    A talking horse that doesn't make me laugh. Contrived all the way, and a fucking lush to boot.

    Richard Lewis-
    Yeah, life sucks being a Jew and everyone sucks at everything. I heard you 25 years ago.

    Bob Saget-
    "Wow, the clean-cut dad from Full House swears so much! That must mean he's funny!".....dead wrong.
     
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    I find Bill Burr to be absolutely hilarious, check out this 5 min video on youtube to see if he is for you.



    Bill Burr also has a weekly podcast that I find hilarious, but I am a huge fan of all of his stuff, the podcast might not be for everyone. <a class="postlink" href="http://www.themmpodcast.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">www.themmpodcast.com</a>

    I also love Ron White. I hate the rest of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour group but I think Ron White is in a league of his own.



    I also second John Mulaney, I just wish he had more material.
     
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    Robert Schimmel. Saw his HBO special when I was in High School and have made countless friends watch it on DVD over the years. I never listened to Howard Stern but I guess he was a regular guest on his show as well. He's your typical vulgar comedian but ties his personal life stories into his act pretty well. R.I.P funny man.
     
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    Have to agree with Jim Gaffigan & Louis C.K...saw Louis live last year and my stomach was aching by the end of the night plus I had cried most of my eyeliner off from laughing so hard.

    Nick Swardson's 'Seriously, Who Farted?' is one of my favorites. I've watched it numerous times but certain parts get laughs from me every single time. Plus I loved him in Grandma's Boy.

    Least favorite? Kathy Griffin..Don't really think I need to explain that one..she's absolutely annoying- her voice, her face, her need for constant attention..terrible.