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(Uproxx)   According to Louis C.K., George Carlin stopped him from abandoning comedy during a low point in his career. If this is true, then George Carlin is an even bigger comedy God than we all thought he was   (uproxx.com) divider line 122
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2011-09-06 09:37:02 PM

Rodeodoc: Louie CK is about as funny as warts on your dick.


That sure was witty, I trust you know good comedy.
 
2011-09-06 09:41:24 PM

ZeroCorpse: Carlin was AWESOME.

Louis C.K. is an uncreative, unfunny hack. He's the fratboy comic-du-jour. He's the Dane Cook of the early 2010s.


It appears you're talking out of your ass again. Part of his act is bashing self-entitled 20 year olds.
 
2011-09-06 09:44:18 PM

ZeroCorpse: I lump him in with guys like Tim Allen and Jay Leno.


Even if you don't like him, there are not a lot of comparisons between Leno and Louis C. K.
 
2011-09-06 09:50:48 PM

RexTalionis: Stephen Wright?


Steven Wright.

And yes, especially if you like Hedberg's type of humor, you'll like Wright.
 
2011-09-06 09:52:48 PM

TravisBickle62: Carlin was brand, like Coca Cola or Pepsi ... he did a good job of managing his brand.


You say that as if it's a slight. Everyone with good business sense does this. Comedy, just like professional wrestling, or any form of entertainment. You are your brand. You stay true to that brand. You market yourself the best way possible.

/seen George Carlin live thrice at the Ryman. All-time favorite comedian.

At least I still have Louis CK
 
2011-09-06 09:53:02 PM

MrEricSir: RexTalionis: Stephen Wright?

Steven Wright.

And yes, especially if you like Hedberg's type of humor, you'll like Wright.


There is Hedburg vs Wright quote quiz somewhere. It was fairly challenging.
 
2011-09-06 09:53:42 PM

Replica: Surprised by all the Louie hate. I would have figured him to be Fark's favorite, since the userbase has a lot in common with him.


I listen to a lot of stand up and I think he's funny but my problem with him is two fold. First, he doesn't quite have the humor to story mix right yet. He'll go down a rabbit hole with a story and you'll end up feeling more "damn" than "lol". Second, if he's trying to mimic Carlin he lacks the social commentary hard edge that Carlin had in spades. He needs to form a political ideology and understand that he's there to give voice to our collective anger at all the bullshiat we see every day and don't/can't comment on, but make it humorous at the same time. That's what made Carlin great.
 
2011-09-06 09:58:24 PM

ZeroCorpse: Janeane Garofalo (in the 80s, Not now.)


She's more of a 90's girl. She's like the anti-Dennis Miller. She stopped being funny when she got all political but on the other side of the aisle.
 
2011-09-06 10:01:32 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: ecmoRandomNumbers: I just don't find him funny anymore. His discriptions of his sexual experiences (which seems to be most of his act) are a great appetite suppressant.

Was never, ever even remotely funny. The schlubby out-of-shape middle-aged man schtick I could see coming a week ahead of time.
"I'm old! I'm fat! Look at my belly! Being married sucks! Ugh!"
/Whenever I hear "Louis CK", I reach for my revolver
//To stick it in my mouth


Not everyone can be Dane Cook.
 
2011-09-06 10:04:18 PM

Fail in Human Form: Replica: Surprised by all the Louie hate. I would have figured him to be Fark's favorite, since the userbase has a lot in common with him.

I listen to a lot of stand up and I think he's funny but my problem with him is two fold. First, he doesn't quite have the humor to story mix right yet. He'll go down a rabbit hole with a story and you'll end up feeling more "damn" than "lol". Second, if he's trying to mimic Carlin he lacks the social commentary hard edge that Carlin had in spades. He needs to form a political ideology and understand that he's there to give voice to our collective anger at all the bullshiat we see every day and don't/can't comment on, but make it humorous at the same time. That's what made Carlin great.


He's not trying to be Carlin. He's not political at all.

And his stories are great.

I laugh more at Louis' act than I ever did at Carlin's, and I'm a big fan of both.
 
2011-09-06 10:08:04 PM

Rodeodoc: Louie CK is about as funny as warts on your dick.


Hey, what's it like being wrong all the time?
 
2011-09-06 10:11:24 PM
People still take ZeroCorpse seriously?
 
2011-09-06 10:19:11 PM
Louie is 2nd on my list of favorite living comedians, only behind Stanhope.
 
2011-09-06 10:29:08 PM
His show depresses the crap outta me but when he was talking about 20 year olds thinking they were too interesting to get bad jobs, that was tearing up funny as all heck.

"Because you're 20 years old & you have no idea how the World works. You think you deserve better - you think you're too...interesting...of a person to have a crappy job. Yes, your job sucks, that's why we gave it to YOU, because you're 20 and have no skills."
 
2011-09-06 10:38:06 PM
You don't like the guy I like? You must like the guy I hate.
 
2011-09-06 10:42:07 PM

ZeroCorpse: myschief: For you palin-americans that hate Louis C.K, stick to your Jeff Dunham or Larry the Cable Guy or whatever it is you like.

I hate them, too.

Actually, I haven't seen many good comedians lately. When Carlin died, a lot of the funny went out of the world.

But if you want a list:

Janeane Garofalo (in the 80s, Not now.)
Richard Pryor (always)
Eddie Murphy (again, in the 80s. Not now.)
Steve Martin (in the 70s. Not now.)
Gilbert Gottfried (in small doses)
Robin Williams (in the 80s. Not now.)
Flip Wilson (old school, but good)
Redd Foxx (old school, but awesome)
Mitch Hedberg
Andy Kaufman (in small doses)
Rodney Dangerfield
Eddie Izzard
Dave Chappelle (before he went nuts)
Chris Rock
Sam Kinison
Billy Connelly
Craig Ferguson
Jon Stewart
Bob Newhart
Penn & Teller (they count. Sort of.)

But no. Not Louis CK. I hate his act. I don't like him. I lump him in with guys like Tim Allen and Jay Leno.


Soooo... you're old, and insist on listening to the same old bits and routines over and over and over, because nothing could be funny ever again. Right?
 
2011-09-06 10:51:00 PM

moonage daydream:
Soooo... you're old, and insist on listening to the same old bits and routines over and over and over, because nothing could be funny ever again. Right?


Most of the people on that list have had active careers at the same time as Louis C.K.

It's okay that people don't like what you like. Just let it go. It doesn't make either of you a lesser man.
 
2011-09-06 10:51:38 PM

bravian: robsul82: /as far as Carlin goes = greatest of all time

Wish he'd never did his last HBO special and I would have a much better memory of the guy.

/it just came across as extremely bitter and well ... old


The special before that one is the one where I got depressed. It seemed like the fire inside him had all but burned out; his last special was better.

//and yes Louis CK is funny

Strangely, never seen his act.
 
2011-09-06 10:54:14 PM

Mr. Potatoass: Louie is 2nd on my list of favorite living comedians, only behind Stanhope.


Saw Doug a couple of months ago in Toronto

Most amazing show i've ever seen...it was in an old basement movie theater in chinatown.

They were selling beers at 3 bottles for $10.

The cinema floor was concrete and inclined.

Damn near everyone drank too much and the whole show there were sounds of glass bottles rolling down to the front of the stage.

Crowd was rowdy as hell and Doug rode it like a wave.

Never seen anything like it.

/csb
 
2011-09-06 10:58:49 PM
Way to shiat on a great man's legacy, Louis.



/just kidding, mostly
 
2011-09-06 11:11:54 PM

limboslam: warts on your dick.


Speaking of warts on a dick...
 
2011-09-06 11:14:17 PM

ZeroCorpse: But no. Not Louis CK. I hate his act. I don't like him. I lump him in with guys like Tim Allen and Jay Leno.


Now that's just MEAN. Even for you.

What happened to you that created this overflowing reservoir of hate and bile for people you've never even met?
 
2011-09-06 11:14:17 PM
I don't love him or hate him. My friends give me shiat about not liking him like you guys are dumping on some people here (but, granted, some people are being a bit... hyperbolic in their dislike.)

What I've said about him is that he keeps me chuckling the entire time, but never makes me just bust out. Patton Oswalt is the opposite for me, I'll have long dry spells with him and then go "okaaaay, we need some funny" but then some things of his will just blow me away.

Brian Regan is consistently good, and a favorite among comics. I quite like Maria Bamford, I actually got to see her in Washington, NC of all places, and she signed pictures of her character from Word Girl for my kids. As new comics go, man, Kyle Kinane makes me laugh a lot. If you don't know his stuff, please check it out. And of course Eddie Izzard, Glorious is, well... y'know... Oh, and, y'know what, Dave Attel's Comedy Central special was fantastic. Nothing he's done since has been as good for me, though. Poor Greg Giraldo, always funny, never a big success. Oh, man, and people talk crap about Katt Williams, but sometimes he slays me. For really old stuff, I actually quite like Bill Cosby. Mitch Hedberg got pretty popular, so it embarrasses me to mention him, but I spent a lot of time as a high school freshman getting his delivery down.

I do hear that Louis C.K. is very, very quick on his feet though, that he doesn't go out with a list of jokes, he just has a set of themes in mind that he just runs with, so that's pretty cool. He just doesn't do it for me, though.
 
2011-09-06 11:15:07 PM

RexTalionis: ZeroCorpse: Janeane Garofalo (in the 80s, Not now.)
Richard Pryor (always)
Eddie Murphy (again, in the 80s. Not now.)
Steve Martin (in the 70s. Not now.)
Gilbert Gottfried (in small doses)
Robin Williams (in the 80s. Not now.)
Flip Wilson (old school, but good)
Redd Foxx (old school, but awesome)
Mitch Hedberg
Andy Kaufman (in small doses)
Rodney Dangerfield
Eddie Izzard
Dave Chappelle (before he went nuts)
Chris Rock
Sam Kinison
Billy Connelly
Craig Ferguson
Jon Stewart
Bob Newhart
Penn & Teller (they count. Sort of.)

Stephen Wright?


That just kinda goes without saying.
 
2011-09-06 11:16:53 PM

Mr. Potatoass: Louie is 2nd on my list of favorite living comedians, only behind Stanhope.


Stanhope was on Louie a few weeks ago.
 
2011-09-06 11:17:34 PM

fusillade762: ZeroCorpse: But no. Not Louis CK. I hate his act. I don't like him. I lump him in with guys like Tim Allen and Jay Leno.

Now that's just MEAN. Even for you.

What happened to you that created this overflowing reservoir of hate and bile for people you've never even met?


THE NEWSFLASHES WENT TO HIS INBOX! HIS INBOX!
 
2011-09-06 11:17:47 PM

Capt. Sparkles: RexTalionis: ZeroCorpse: Janeane Garofalo (in the 80s, Not now.)
Richard Pryor (always)
Eddie Murphy (again, in the 80s. Not now.)
Steve Martin (in the 70s. Not now.)
Gilbert Gottfried (in small doses)
Robin Williams (in the 80s. Not now.)
Flip Wilson (old school, but good)
Redd Foxx (old school, but awesome)
Mitch Hedberg
Andy Kaufman (in small doses)
Rodney Dangerfield
Eddie Izzard
Dave Chappelle (before he went nuts)
Chris Rock
Sam Kinison
Billy Connelly
Craig Ferguson
Jon Stewart
Bob Newhart
Penn & Teller (they count. Sort of.)

Stephen Wright?

That just kinda goes without saying.


stephen wright makes me laugh myself to tears.
that man is brilliant.
 
2011-09-06 11:18:29 PM

Monster Island: Mr. Potatoass: Louie is 2nd on my list of favorite living comedians, only behind Stanhope.

Stanhope was on Louie a few weeks ago.


That was a f*cking great episode.
 
2011-09-06 11:26:25 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: ecmoRandomNumbers: I just don't find him funny anymore. His discriptions of his sexual experiences (which seems to be most of his act) are a great appetite suppressant.

Was never, ever even remotely funny. The schlubby out-of-shape middle-aged man schtick I could see coming a week ahead of time.
"I'm old! I'm fat! Look at my belly! Being married sucks! Ugh!"
/Whenever I hear "Louis CK", I reach for my revolver
//To stick it in my mouth


Ugh, flawless trolling. I can't even resist. You're reducing his act to something trite when it's in fact incredibly unique. The subjects may be similar, but nothing else is.

TravisBickle62: The greatest comedian of all time is a guy who does stand up once in a great while in a country-western bar on the outskirts of Dallas, he never reveals his name, but you don't know dick about comedy if you haven't seen one of his shows. Maybe 500 people in the whole world have seen him.


Larry the Cable Guy?
 
2011-09-06 11:44:39 PM

rprygro: Ugh, flawless trolling. I can't even resist. You're reducing his act to something trite when it's in fact incredibly unique. The subjects may be similar, but nothing else is.


Because it's impossible to sincerely have that opinion.... You're next on the revolver, I hope? It's a Luger. Cost a fortune to have it restored. Go with style.
 
2011-09-06 11:49:53 PM
Louis CK gets a lifetime free pass because he created Pootie Tang. That is all.
 
2011-09-06 11:54:03 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: rprygro: Ugh, flawless trolling. I can't even resist. You're reducing his act to something trite when it's in fact incredibly unique. The subjects may be similar, but nothing else is.

Because it's impossible to sincerely have that opinion.... You're next on the revolver, I hope? It's a Luger. Cost a fortune to have it restored. Go with style.


Of course it's possible if you're trying to be inflammatory. Which you obviously are. Keep it up, tiger! You're doing real good.
 
2011-09-07 12:06:04 AM

pmmal: Louis CK gets a lifetime free pass because he created Pootie Tang. That is all.


Wah dah tay!
 
2011-09-07 12:46:08 AM

fatalvenom: I will never understand Fark's incessant infatuation with Bill Hicks.


This.
 
2011-09-07 01:05:40 AM

Britney Spear's Speculum: fatalvenom: I will never understand Fark's incessant infatuation with Bill Hicks.

This.


There was one bit he did though, about chasing down Billy Ray Cyrus, grabbing "that fruity pony tail of his and putting a shotgun in his mouth like a big black cock of death..."

I mean, to each his own and everything but c'mon, how the hell is that not funny? Dated maybe, but shiat the guy died like twenty years ago.

Here, it's buried somewhere here: Link (new window)
 
2011-09-07 01:20:17 AM

Replica: Surprised by all the Louie hate. I would have figured him to be Fark's favorite, since the userbase has a lot in common with him.


You have to remember this is Fark. Louie C.K. is famous now, so many farkers who thought he was cool back when he was hacking it out on the road playing half-empty clubs in Burrito Queef, New Mexico now think he's an unfunny hack who sold out and they never liked him.

His stuff hasn't always been my cup of tea, but he's had some funny moments, and some of the stuff he did writing for Chris Rock was flat-out great. Plus, it's always nice when comedians throw some love to Carlin and Pryor, who were easily the two most influential comedians to ever live.
 
2011-09-07 01:42:48 AM
Don't mind me, just ramping up the love:hate ratio for Mr. CK in here. Silly trolls.

HappyHarryHardOn: let me add that "Louie" is by far the best sitcom ive seen in years, possibly ever


I said not too long ago that it's the best TV comedy since The Office (UK). The way this season is going...yeah, I was wrong: Louie's better.

fusillade762: Fun fact: I just found out his girl friend on his show is... *wait for it*... Bobby Hill!


Yeah I noticed that a little while ago while geeking out on IMDB. She also has some sort of consulting credit on most every (if not just every) episode this season. She's twelve kinds of amazing.
 
2011-09-07 01:53:16 AM

dutchoven69: There was one bit he did though, about chasing down Billy Ray Cyrus, grabbing "that fruity pony tail of his and putting a shotgun in his mouth like a big black cock of death..."

I mean, to each his own and everything but c'mon, how the hell is that not funny? Dated maybe, but shiat the guy died like twenty years ago.

Here, it's buried somewhere here: Link (new window)


I mean, sure that's funny but I don't see how that translate to fark since he died 5 years before fark even began. I guess the same thing could be said for sam kinnison and fark. I guess Hicks has more fark worthy references?
 
2011-09-07 02:06:17 AM
My favorite louie ck bit:

http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_ur i=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=zv8d_ry-u-Q
 
2011-09-07 02:48:32 AM

stoli n coke: Replica: Surprised by all the Louie hate. I would have figured him to be Fark's favorite, since the userbase has a lot in common with him.

You have to remember this is Fark. Louie C.K. is famous now, so many farkers who thought he was cool back when he was hacking it out on the road playing half-empty clubs in Burrito Queef, New Mexico now think he's an unfunny hack who sold out and they never liked him.

His stuff hasn't always been my cup of tea, but he's had some funny moments, and some of the stuff he did writing for Chris Rock was flat-out great. Plus, it's always nice when comedians throw some love to Carlin and Pryor, who were easily the two most influential comedians to ever live.


I understand that people may not like him or think he's especially great, and I have no real vested interest in making other people like him, but most of the complaints leveled against him here are way off base. These people are either trolling or have never actually watched any of his material.
 
2011-09-07 03:36:04 AM
static.guim.co.uk

"Who the fark is George Carlin..?!"
 
2011-09-07 03:51:11 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: ecmoRandomNumbers: I just don't find him funny anymore. His discriptions of his sexual experiences (which seems to be most of his act) are a great appetite suppressant.

Was never, ever even remotely funny. The schlubby out-of-shape middle-aged man schtick I could see coming a week ahead of time.
"I'm old! I'm fat! Look at my belly! Being married sucks! Ugh!"
/Whenever I hear "Louis CK", I reach for my revolver
//To stick it in my mouth


Ha! I dig Louis CK but "Ugh!" pretty much sums up his act.
 
2011-09-07 04:10:22 AM

E Wrecked: "Who the fark is George Carlin..?!"

I was always curious to hear what Bill's opinion of Carlin was, and vice versa. From what I've picked up, it seemed vaguely positive, but I haven't heard anything really concrete.
 
2011-09-07 08:31:59 AM
Louis CK is not funny.

/fo reals
 
2011-09-07 08:49:29 AM

rprygro: TravisBickle62: The greatest comedian of all time is a guy who does stand up once in a great while in a country-western bar on the outskirts of Dallas, he never reveals his name, but you don't know dick about comedy if you haven't seen one of his shows. Maybe 500 people in the whole world have seen him.

Larry the Cable Guy?


Tim Wilson
 
2011-09-07 09:05:02 AM

ZeroCorpse: But no. Not Louis CK. I hate his act. I don't like him. I lump him in with guys like Tim Allen and Jay Leno.


Oh ok. You're trolling. You almost had me so you get a 7/10

Comedy is, of course, subjective but Louis CK is EASILY one of the best stand-ups out there.

My favorite stand-ups right now:

Louis CK
Chappelle
Bill Burr
Patrice O'neal
Kevin Hart
 
2011-09-07 09:15:42 AM

downstairs: RocketRod: downstairs: RocketRod: Carlin was a lot more corporate than most of his fans think.

/there

In what way?

[img822.imageshack.us image 309x140]
By selling millions of these, for starters.

Ummmmm... OK. So selling tickets to your shows is selling out?


Well, technically, if you sell all of them...
 
2011-09-07 09:37:39 AM
I read the thread and watched all the linked vids before watching TFV, and I'm now wondering if anyone else laughed as uproariously as I did when Louis referred that Dick Cheney-lookin' guy as "not a lizard".


/got a little misty near the end; as others said, you can really see how much George meant to him...
//Only 1 more Louie this season... :(
 
2011-09-07 09:46:50 AM

Iceberg659: ZeroCorpse: But no. Not Louis CK. I hate his act. I don't like him. I lump him in with guys like Tim Allen and Jay Leno.

Oh ok. You're trolling. You almost had me so you get a 7/10

Comedy is, of course, subjective but Louis CK is EASILY one of the best stand-ups out there.

My favorite stand-ups right now:

Louis CK
Chappelle
Bill Burr
Patrice O'neal
Kevin Hart


Bill Burr is hilarious in my opinion. As is Louis CK.
 
2011-09-07 10:19:30 AM

TravisBickle62: The greatest comedian of all time is a guy who does stand up once in a great while in a country-western bar on the outskirts of Dallas, he never reveals his name, but you don't know dick about comedy if you haven't seen one of his shows. Maybe 500 people in the whole world have seen him.


Also, he doesn't drink beer often, but when he does he prefers Dos Equis.

/stay trolly my friend
 
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