Long live Bill Hicks. Well, OK, he's actually dead. The guy still finds ways to crack me up though, and he'll probably always be my favorite comedian. I've always liked Tom Rhodes a lot. Dennis Miller really gets me rollin' sometimes too.
Its funny, I was Watching Blazing Saddles last weekend. One of the things I noticed is that you just couldn't do a movie like that anymore. Too many jokes would 'offend' various ethnic groups Including Chinese, blacks and the Irish.
Originally Posted by dvm
We are in a sad world where one is not allowed to celebrate the differences in people due to the fear of offending someone.
I love silly improv skits, like Whose Line is it Anyway type stuff. Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles are great together, and Wayne Brady is amazing at coming up with songs on the spot. Drew Carrey annoys the heck out of me though.
One of the funniest bits I've seen is Dave Chapelle's "Black White Supremacist." Racism can be funny when it's the offended group poking fun. Can make you realize how ridiculous the whole race thing is.....
Originally Posted by dvm
Originally Posted by mac211
Like sarcasm, some ethnic stuff if fresh/new, political (occasionally), and observational. I guess that pretty much covers the spectrum. After about two minutes of his act, the whole audience id literally in need of oxygen...
Like I've said in another post, Brian Regan has to be the funniest comic on the planet and he works clean. His timing, attitude and material is top-notch.
As for others, older guys like Carlin, Pryor, Dangerfield and even Newhart led the way.
Then the next batch including Leary, some Murphy, Dice, Seinfeld, and a New York-New England fave "Dr Dirty" John Valby.
To some of the new guys like Stephen Lynch, Frank Caliendo, Pablo Francisco, Jim Norton.
Been around awhile guys like Stanhope, Schimmel, Jeff Ross, Jim Breuer, Rogan, Colin Quinn, David Cross, Lewis Black...
The list goes on and on...
Finally!!! Someone mentioned 1/2 of the GENIUS Mr. Show duo Bob Odenkirk and David Cross.
Originally Posted by RushVB
So Onion-y and delicious. Long Live Bob and David!!!!
It ain't easy being green
I just checked the schedule for the big club in Denver; Regan is going to be there August 8-9. I think I know where I'm taking my wife on "date night" that week.
Fool... but no pity.
Okay, I've mentioned my love of sarcasm, but if done properly I also like both Parody and Irony (which can kind of be like sarcasm, but not exactly).
Parody can be mismanaged, of course. See 75% of SNL skits for examples. See the old SNL skit with Harry Shearer and Martin Short where they are competitive synchronized swimmers for one that actually works in a non-obvious way. I mean who would think to make fun of competitive olympic sports in the first place, muchless synchronized swimming?
Sometimes with this kind of comedy, it isn't even about big belly laughs, just a chuckle of amusement and recognition. It can be subtle, balancing tribute with mockery (if its broader, its more like farce, I guess). For example, there's a recent music video by a group called "Fountains of Wayne", where they basically pay tribute to The Cars with a song called "Stacy's Mom" (its on MTV.com--search for it if you care). I very much doubt anyone watching it will get any belly laughs, but if you were around and watching Cars videos in the 1980s you'll feel little bits of amusement at stuff in the video. Sometimes little crap like that is as important as "ho ho" stuff.
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I don't know what type of humor I like because I believe its all in the delivery. I know who I like:
Sue Murphy (best comedian I've EVER seen live)
I cannot remember this guy's name and shame on me, but I saw a stand up special on Comedy Central with him, he is also on King of Queens, blonde and does a bit about "sweet tea" while visiting Atlanta..very funny guy.
I do NOT like British humor, I do not GET IT...My mother in law is from England and therefore my husband really enjoys that Benny Hill/guysdressinguplikewomen jokes/borderlineperverted references..maybe I have more to worry about than comedy?
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