Best stand-ups I've seen live are Bill Bailey (going again in June), Ross Noble, and Dara O'Briain.
In terms of one routine from anything, I'm going with the "what time is it" routine from The Goon Show, series 7, episode 18, "The Mysterious Punch-Up-The-Conker".
Scene, Eccles and Bluebottle are in the ground floor attic of a local clock repairers. The scene opens with dozens of clocks chiming and going off at the same moment. Then a comedy horn, then silence before the first line:
Bluebottle: "What time is it, Eccles?"
Eccles: "Uh, just a minute, I've got the time written down here on a piece of paper. (pause for applause) A nice man wrote the time down for me this morning".
BB: "Wait a minute Eccles, my good man...it's writted (sic) on this bit of paper, what is eight o'clock, is writted"
E: "I know that my good fellow. That's right, when I asked the fella to write it down, it was eight o'clock"
BB: "Well then what happens if someone asks you the time and it isn't eight o'clock?"
E: "Well then I don't show it to them!"
BB: "Well, how do you know when it's eight o'clock?"
E: "Because I've got it written down on a piece of paper!
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