Who have been your favorite comedians?
I used to watch Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, George Carlin, and Gallagher when I was younger. I liked Bill Cosby because he was one of the few comics whose routines were family-friendly, not relying on foul language to get a laugh. His routines were largely about family life, so I could relate to them. I didn't watch Richard Pryor's standup too much because I was too young for the content of his routines then so I mostly saw him in movies. It wasn't until later that I got to see his routines. Steve Martin was interesting because he was such a bizarre ADD-style comic but later in life, he got into more serious roles and never again seemed like the wild and crazy guy he used to be, playing the banjo with the arrow-through-his-head prop on. I liked Robin Williams the most when he was ad-libbing, going through a box of props on stage or interacting with audience members to make up jokes on the spot. I liked George Carlin and Gallagher because they came across as smart guys who really made you think, besides laugh. I appreciate wit way over slapstick humor or shock jocks.
Later on I became fans of Rodney Dangerfield, Bob Nelson, Louise DuArt, and Louie Anderson. Rodney is so great with the one-liners. Sometimes just the way he says something is funnier than what he actually said. I saw Bob Nelson on a Rodney Dangerfield special and have seen a few routines since then. It's a shame he didn't become a more well-known comic and have more standup routines. Louise DuArt was kind of like a female Rich Little who could also act. She not only could sound like celebrities, she could dress up and act like them. I liked Louie Anderson's routines about family misadventures. Once again, it was something I could relate to. I didn't like the later routines I saw of his, though. It got where instead of his routines about his father being funny, they were pretty dark.
The most recent comedian I became a fan of was Mitch Hedberg. He's another comic that just the way he delivers his lines sometimes has me in stitches. He has a very unique view of life and I enjoyed watching his routines. I had bought a CD of his comedy and my nephew and I used to watch it pretty regularly. Sadly, Mitch died too young so we won't get to see any future routines from him.
I'm not as familiar with current comedians. It would be nice to find out about some good ones from people at this forum so I can look them up.