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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Favorite stand-up comedian?

Tons and tons of greats. The older I get, the less foul language I care to subject myself to. But I rediscovered Brian Regan the other day, and I just finished watching a full length comedian special on You Tube.

I'm not saying Brian is among the all time greats - cause there's just too many that were amazing. But I haven't laughed so much, when I'm in a room by myself, in a very long time. So of his stuff is brilliant.

Also love Mitch Hedberg... before everyone even knew who he was.

Here's what I watched from Brian.


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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just checked Brian's touring schedule, to see if I could catch him locally. The one date that he's coming to Nashville next year... is the one date that I know for sure I'm already committed.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Foul language doesn't bother me, so... George Carlin.

We are limiting this to stand-up comedians, right?
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Foul language doesn't bother me, so... George Carlin.

We are limiting this to stand-up comedians, right?
Yes... stand ups. Not just funny actors.

I'll edit the title.

Carlin was brilliant. And there's plenty of material available from him when he was a little more tame with the tongue.

Cosby was brilliant early in his career too.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Drops the occasional F-bomb: Martin Lawrence

Clean: Bill Cosby (in his prime)
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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I love Patton Oswalt, saw him at the Wilbur in Boston last year and almost cracked a rib laughing. The wife and I are going to see Amy Schumer in a few weeks and she is exquisitely inappropriate.

My #1 life-time show biz moment was having my name used as a character on the Sarah Silverman show. I worked with one of the writers on a musical project and he snuck my name in.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Here are a few of the best:

Louis CK
Bill Burr
Bill Hicks
Stewart Lee
George Carlin
Daniel Tosh
Frankie Boyle
Sarah Silverman
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My two favorites were/are Dennis Wolfberg, who died in 1994 at 48 from cancer, and Bill Cosby.

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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Sam Kinison, also. And Richard Pryor. Also, Ralphie May, Eddie Murphy in the 80's, and Ron White.

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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Steven Wright for me.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Btw, can any Brits clue me in on the deal with Michael McIntyre? Apparently enormously popular in the UK, yet from what I've seen one of the most derivative, banal, unfunny performers around. I'm mystified!
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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:46 PM   #15 (permalink)
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All the ones mentioned here are certainly funny guys. But none of them were artists who used their comedy to comment on society and the human condition as keenly as this guy did:



Pryor was a true artist. He dug into his heart and his soul to explore and express his life...and ours. I have yet to see a comedian since Pryor do what he did. One of the 20th centuries greatest artists.
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No one's said Billy Connolly yet, good grief!

I recently discovered Jim Jefferies, an Aussie yet vert unkown here. Check his vid on youtube Religion Horrible Blasphemy Panda. He doesn't hold back
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Old November 28th, 2012, 12:14 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I'm with you, I love Brian Regan. Mitch Headberg and and Jim Gaffigan are good too, but Brian Regan is it for me—just can't stop laughing.

I'm not someone that is uncomfortable with 'colorful' language, but I have a lot of respect for a comedian who can be funny with out using it and I think it takes more to get laughs without being crass. YMMV.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 12:41 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Etta May. I never laughed so much in my life seeing her at our local comedy club.
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