Artist with best stage banter

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    Chris Isaak is fricking hilarious, often at his bandmates' expense but all in good fun.
     
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    Marty Stuart.

     
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    He's excellent. I saw him and the band last year, and it was an outstanding show - not just great music, but legitimately funny.

    Here's one you all may never believe: In 1987, I was 15 and working as an usher at a theater in the round (circular room, rotating stage) that got some mid level national touring acts. One artist's banter between songs was so good, I swear she could have been a really good comedian: Suzanne Vega, at the peak of "Luka" fame. Yes, really. I swear, the first time she made a really great joke, I think the audience was shocked. After that, it was laughs between songs.
     
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    The video of events leading up to this one has unfortunately been taken down, it was a classic
     
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    Yup.
     
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    Dale Watson is pretty cool as well. Mel Tillis was awesome back in the day.
     
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    I feel privlieged to have seen Tom Waits on what I believe was his last tour around 2008. I'm sure there are a million more examples on youtube, but these were easy for me to find.



    For the next clip, unless you want to hear the whole amazing show, fast forward to:

    Beginning
    2:50
    9:45
    18:09
    25:25 (really the whole song itself is banter)
    30:42
    36:10

    The weird dissonant piano playing between songs is amazing.

     
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    Both times I've seen Ozzy Osbourne, his stage banter consisted of multiple f-bombs with other random words occasionally thrown in between. Then the icing on the cake was he pulled his pants down and showed everybody his arse. That was wonderful. I've been hoping all my life to see a 90-year-old guy's arse.
     
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    On the Where's the Money album:

    You may think it's easy standing up here, playing and singing.
    It's not.
    It's not easy.
    Thank you.


    Incredibly brilliant.
     
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    A couple of weeks ago I heard Vernon Thompson as a guest of Jorma Kaukonen. Go to 1:25:50 for a good intro to his song, The Guitar (covered by Guy Clark).

     
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    Joe Walsh was darn entertaining, the 2 times I saw him.

    I still remember a joke he told: I told the bartender, I wanted to buy a drink for the pretty woman at the end of the bar. He said, "Don't bother, she's a lesbian." "Hey, that doesn't bother me man," I said back, "Get her whatever she wants." So I went over and sat next to her. I asked her, "So, what part of Lesbonia are you from?"

    Jonathan Richmond was a hoot. Here's one of his I remember: What do you call it when all the giraffes going in this direction run into all the giraffes going in the opposite direction?

    A girraffic jam.
     
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    Ryan Bingham is laid back and cool as hell on stage. Just stand there and tell little stories and lead-ins between songs like it's just a dozen people in the room at a private party.

    I saw him do something I've never seen anyone do in Macon last year at a smaller theater venue. Maybe 30 minutes into the show, he stopped between songs and said, "I see there's several people with younger kids here, and I know things can get pretty loud out there. So, if you have a child with you, come on back to the side of the stage here, and we'll find some chairs for you." Maybe a dozen families walked back there and watched the rest of the show from backstage. It was something that just really impressed me.
     
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    Greg Koch. Although Dave Matthews has some pretty incredible ones. Ever hear the one about the cave cricket?
     
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    Steve Earle is a great storyteller.
     
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