Some of mine are: Jim Norton, Sam Kinison, Jim Florentine, George Carlin, Ron White, Jeff Dunham, Ralphie May, Bill Hicks, and a few others.
Who are some of your favorite comedians?
Always and forever Mitch Hedberg.
I was only ever bummed out by two deaths in the standup world. one being Mitch Hedberg and the other being Gregg Giraldo.
Aside from that I fucking love Lewis Black and Eddie Izzard. Eddie's Stripped dvd had me in tears. I also dig Ricky Gervais but he hasn't don't a one man show in a while now.
This one of my favorite bit from Lewis Black. Anyone on these boards that's from Wisconsin will tell you that he's right on the money.
I notice favourite comic tends to be related to where people are from more than, for example, favourite band. Americans reel off a list of names that just means almost nothing to me, & I'm sure Americans feel the same with some of the names that we Brits like.
That fascinating piece of social commentary aside, I think my absolute favourite stand-up would be the aforementioned Stewart Lee, his stuff is just witty, intelligent, & a bit different. Well, was different, apparently his stuff is being mined by younger comedians now, his delivery style & so on, which is a shame. Other than Stew, his ex-comedy partner Richard Herring is worth a mention, the Hitler Moustache show is worth picking up on DVD. I'm quite keen on Rich Hall (his Otis Lee Crenshaw country singer is terrific fun), & another American comic I have to give props to would be Bisbee, Arizona's own Doug Stanhope. He just doesn't give a fuck & has no shame. It leads to fantastic rants on religion, politics (you don't have to agree with his libertarian views to find him funny, I certainly don't), abortion & honestly, my words can't do him justice so here's a clip that will be absolutely NSFW
There may not be a more important stand-up in the world today than Stanhope.
Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Doug Stanhope, and Louis C.K.
There are a lot of good comedians, but these will likely stick with me for a long time. They stand out and in large ways, seem to define a lot of the material newer performers have that I've seen recently.
Just watched Jim Jefferies HBO and Showtime specials. That 20+ minute story Jim tells on his Showtime Special about taking his handicapped friend to a brothel is one of the funniest bits I have ever heard.
Also love Patton Oswalt, Mike Birbiglia, Dave Attell, and Maria Bamford.
I thought this thread was named Favorite Canadians. I think that would be a better topic.
I think it might be a shorter topic too.
You'd be surprised.
It sure didn't take long for the Favourite Canadians topic to get longer than this one.
@mosespippy: Indeed, and some of the people mentioned in that list I've even heard of (I forgot Canadia gave us The Shat). Sadly, that thread lost all credibility once a pic of Nickelback showed up...But yeah, I tease Canadia because I love. How can you not like the country that gave us Kids in the Hall and SCTV?
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