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Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:27 AM

50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time

Rollingstone = Next 45. Who's your top five?

Top 5

5. Chris Rock
4. Louis C. K.
3. Lenny Bruce
2. George Carlin
1. Richard Pryor

Agree to disagree?

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Reply 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time (Original post)
Stellar Feb 2017 OP
VMA131Marine Feb 2017 #1
GreatCaesarsGhost Feb 2017 #2
workinclasszero Feb 2017 #26
lame54 Feb 2017 #3
TBA Feb 2017 #9
Chiyo-chichi Feb 2017 #15
Orsino Feb 2017 #4
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2017 #8
Stellar Feb 2017 #14
Spider Jerusalem Feb 2017 #18
Stellar Feb 2017 #25
Turbineguy Feb 2017 #5
Greybnk48 Feb 2017 #6
KittyWampus Feb 2017 #12
Greybnk48 Feb 2017 #23
unblock Feb 2017 #13
leftynyc Feb 2017 #17
otohara Feb 2017 #19
el_bryanto Feb 2017 #7
unblock Feb 2017 #10
DoBotherMe Feb 2017 #11
Basic LA Feb 2017 #21
leftynyc Feb 2017 #16
JTFrog Feb 2017 #20
MurrayDelph Feb 2017 #22
doc03 Feb 2017 #24
malchickiwick Feb 2017 #27
elehhhhna Feb 2017 #28
Archae Feb 2017 #29
Gidney N Cloyd Feb 2017 #30

Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:30 AM

1. Andy Kaufman should be in the top 10

If not the top 5.

What about Bob Hope and Don Rickles?

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:30 AM

2. Rodney Dangerfield

should be one of them.

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Response to GreatCaesarsGhost (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:05 PM

26. Top 5 at least but

 

Rodney gets no respect of course.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:31 AM

3. Bill Hicks

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Response to lame54 (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:50 AM

9. I second Bill Hicks.

Died way too young.

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Response to lame54 (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:27 PM

15. I like to joke that Bill Hicks opened for me once.

In the very late 80s/early 90s, I did a few open mic nights at a couple of clubs in New York. Though it was a Monday or Tuesday or some other slow night, established and up-and-coming comics would come in and test out new material before the open mic comics performed. The two I remember were Bill Hicks and Ray Romano. Hicks was doing material that he had just written. It wasn't polished yet, but he was still great. I was glad to have the chance to see him live, even in that context.

Of current, active comics, I'd put Jake Johannsen on this list.

And I'm surprised that Marc Maron isn't on it.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:35 AM

4. I noticed that CNN's first episode of The History of Comedy omitted Cosby...

..from where he possibly belonged.

I could support never speaking his name again, but goddamn he was indeed a great and ground-breaking comic. Just a miserable excuse for a person.

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Response to Orsino (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:48 AM

8. It's sort of like kicking OJ out of the Football Hall of Fame.

There's a certain fine line between professional achievement and personal conduct that always gets debated.

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Response to Orsino (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:13 PM

14. Bill Cosby, I think was too funny in his stand-up.

and I still would watch the Cosby show if it were aired. JMO.

Are there any famous people that had some of the same issues like Bills?
Our President Bill Clinton (had sex with that woman in the White House) he's still going strong. IDK, maybe that's not as bad.

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Response to Stellar (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:33 PM

18. Drugging and raping women? Yeah, that's pretty clearly not as bad as a consensual blowjob

the only famous person I can think of offhand who had "similar issues" of drugging and rape is Roman Polanski.

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:02 PM

25. You are right...

As an old girl....from what I remember seeing and reading about 'Studio 54' back in the day...those activities were pretty prevalent back then, wasn't it? I also remember Bill being a constant guest on the Hugh Hefner after-hours show and he was alway in Pajama's and bathrobe walking around like he was Hefner. I thought it was funny then but now in hindsight, it gives me pause to ponder his activities.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:36 AM

5. Gerard Hoffnung

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:44 AM

6. Steve Martin was a stand-up genius.

Alan King, Don Rickles, and that whole group. Sadly, Bill Cosby was fantastic on stage. One of the funniest ever.

How about the ladies? Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, Ellen Degenerous, Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Gilda Radner, and on and on.

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:01 PM

12. Did Lucille Ball ever do stand-up? That would be an interesting addition to her resume

 

that I didn't know existed.

But all the women you listed were real ground breakers.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:52 PM

23. I can't find evidence of it. She was so funny on Johnny Carson

and other talk shows, I just assumed she had done Vegas somewhere along the line.

Add Bob Hope to the list.

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:04 PM

13. never found don rickles remotely funny.

i don't find anger funny, even if it's clearly meant to be over-the-top. and just calling someone a "hockey puck", that's just a lame insult. no humor in that.

on the other hand, i find kathy griffin absolutely hilarious, and her comedy is very clearly inspired by don rickles'. maybe it's because she does it with a smile.

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:32 PM

17. Oh - Alan King is brilliant

 

I had forgotten him but a little known movie "Just Tell Me What You Want" with Ali McGraw and Myrna Loy - SO FREEKING FUNNY!!!

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:39 PM

19. LMAO Steve Martin - November 12, 1977

 

Macky Auditorium, Boulder, CO

My first stand-up show had me rolling.
Let's Get Small tour.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:44 AM

7. Humor is pretty subjective

And you kind of get in trouble sometimes for expressing the view that someone who said some sexist or racist things could also be funny (because they obvious response is "so you think racism/sexism is funny?" That said, I would put Bill Hicks on the list as someone else noted. I think Johnny Carson's monologues were often times very funny; but in fairness he had 4 nights a week for years to practice. Steve Martins standup was very funny. I guess I have old timey tastes.

Bryant

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:58 AM

10. robin williams

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:59 AM

11. Oscar Levant

I know he wasn't known as a stand-up, but he was a riot!

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Response to DoBotherMe (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:43 PM

21. He was a regular on the old Jack Paar show.

Many funny story-tellers there.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:30 PM

16. More

 

Whoopie Goldberg
Robin Williams
Janeane Garofalo
Billy Crystal

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:41 PM

20. Mitch Hedberg. nt

 

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:44 PM

22. I thought Elayne Boosler should have been higher on the list

but, she is a bud, so I'm prejudiced.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:00 PM

24. I would make Rodney Dangerfield number one nt

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:11 PM

27. As a teenager in the 1980s, I listened to Eddie Murphy's "Delirious" Over and Over and Over...

Loved it then, but, you know, the teenage sense of humor. I wonder if it would hold up today.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:23 PM

28. Roseanne Barr

 



They're right about Pryor for sure.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:30 PM

29. I never liked "blue" comedy unless it was actually funny.

Like when Eddie Murphy would use exclusively nasty blue material, he wasn't funny.

Other times he could be hilarious, like how he described how his Mom would throw a shoe.

Andrew "Dice" Clay was never funny.

Bill Cosby could be hilarious on stage, just too bad he couldn't keep his zipper up.

Sam Kinison I never liked.

George Carlin was a total genius.

Even Carrot Top could get me laughing.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:38 PM

30. I'd move Robin Williams up into Louis C. K.'s spot, just for starters.

I think Louis C. K.'s stuff gets awfully repetitive thematically and doesn't hold up to repeat listening. He also seems to get credit for breaking ground that's been broken for decades.

A few I'm surprised at not seeing somewhere among the 50, given some of those who did make the cut, include:
Hannabal Buress
Daniel Tosh (his standup stuff is miles ahead of his TV series)
Rodney Dangerfield.
David Steinberg
Christopher Titus

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