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2012-06-24 12:09:49 PM

SilentStrider: as for the actual Mount Rushmore.

Carlin, Groucho,Pryor, and maybe Lucille Ball.


Carlin, Groucho and Pryor for sure... and it would be nice to get a lady in there. Lucille Ball would be good. Carol Burnett? Gilda Radner? Jennifer Saunders too, maybe... although does Rushmore have to include only Americans?
 
2012-06-24 12:16:38 PM

One Bad Apple: Beaver1224: Only one mention of Uncle Miltie?



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Uncle Miltie's monument wouldn't be his face



Just take out enough to win.
 
2012-06-24 12:20:34 PM
runcible spork
Lenny Bruce, really? Please consider that carefully. He was a moment, and perhaps broke some new ground, pushed some envelopey bits, but -- honestly -- how funny was he?

So, to you, comedy is all about being funny? Seems like a silly question, but what about satire?
Comedy today is primarily a freak show of stand-ups dealing with their psychological problems, but historically comedy has been put to better use by satirists/social activists.
 
2012-06-24 12:22:02 PM
Any list that leaves out Hicks & Carlin should get no consideration...
 
2012-06-24 12:25:09 PM

Dear Jerk: runcible spork
Lenny Bruce, really? Please consider that carefully. He was a moment, and perhaps broke some new ground, pushed some envelopey bits, but -- honestly -- how funny was he?

So, to you, comedy is all about being funny? Seems like a silly question, but what about satire?
Comedy today is primarily a freak show of stand-ups dealing with their psychological problems, but historically comedy has been put to better use by satirists/social activists.


Now, that's funny right there.
 
2012-06-24 12:32:58 PM
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That was a priceless Steinway...

/Not anymore
 
2012-06-24 12:34:39 PM

Dear Jerk: runcible spork
Lenny Bruce, really? Please consider that carefully. He was a moment, and perhaps broke some new ground, pushed some envelopey bits, but -- honestly -- how funny was he?

So, to you, comedy is all about being funny? Seems like a silly question, but what about satire?
Comedy today is primarily a freak show of stand-ups dealing with their psychological problems, but historically comedy has been put to better use by satirists/social activists.


Not exclusively. I enjoy the absurd/surreal/existential, as well as satire, and esoteric cleverness over "conventional" funny. Also, there are levels of "funniness" and different (objective and personal) definitions of "funny." I certainly see zero humor in the Three Stooges, but that's beyond tangential.

I honestly don't feel Lenny Bruce is that interesting or entertaining, even in light of his historical significance, which I do comprehend. Just as I think the Beats were self-indulgent hacks, and tend to appreciate their artistic descendants more than said progenitors. Providing the crack in the dam doesn't guarantee elevation to exalted heights. Yes, giants, shoulders, I know... but it isn't so cut-and-dried.
 
2012-06-24 12:36:10 PM
Stop with the names and just sculpture a large penis with a Santa's hat on the head.

Done.

: )

/all comedians would appreciate it
 
2012-06-24 12:36:38 PM
Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Chaplin
 
2012-06-24 12:37:58 PM
Remember, if there's only enough space allotted for four people and Miltie is included, you''ll have to leave out one of the other three to accommodate for the Log O' Legend.
 
2012-06-24 12:53:43 PM

cmunic8r99: Jerry Clower


Haven't thought about that guy in years. Thought he was really funny back in the day.

Redd Foxx and LaWanda Page were funny too. Someone gave me a box of 8-tracks that included some of their stand-up, Not Rushmore quality, but good stuff.

Thanks for the memories!! :/
 
2012-06-24 01:01:35 PM
Tooka long time to see Dangerfield mentioned. He's got a lot of jokes baby!
 
2012-06-24 01:05:01 PM
Since Patton Oswalt, George Carlin, and Louis C.K. have already been addressed, I'll just add: Mitch Hedberg and David Cross.
 
2012-06-24 01:12:12 PM
Kinison, Dangerfield, Pryor and Carlin for the standups.

Carol Burnette, Tim Conway, Peter Sellers and Bill Murray for TV/Film.
 
2012-06-24 01:12:34 PM
Miltie, Richard Pryor, Mell Brooks and ...man that fourth pick is really tough. So many i can't even make a list.
 
2012-06-24 01:23:03 PM
Groucho Marks, Jackie Gleason, Richard Pryor
 
2012-06-24 01:28:53 PM
Lucille Ball, George Carlin, Groucho Marx, Johnny Carson
 
2012-06-24 01:30:14 PM
OLD SCHOOL:
Henny Youngman
Rodney Dangerfield
Shelley Berman
Lenny Bruce

MODERNS:
Richard Jeni
Richard Pryor
George Carlin
Steve Martin
 
2012-06-24 01:36:36 PM
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Honorable mention..
 
2012-06-24 01:38:04 PM
Peter Sellers, George Carlin, Robin Williams, John Cleese
 
2012-06-24 01:43:41 PM

zeppo: A three sided mountain, each side a diorama with multiple figures:

Movies: Chaplin, L&H, Marxes, Fields, Stooges, Mel, Woody

TV/Radio: Benny, Lucy, Groucho (YBYL - with the duck), Hope, Gleason & Carney, Python, Belushi, Carson
Hackett, Newhart, Cosby ,Kinison


I propose a four-sided mountain, with a side for the writers.

Suggested: Twain, Thurber, Rogers and Brooks

Other possible candidates: Mencken, Sedaris, Parker and Bierce
 
2012-06-24 01:52:27 PM
Steven Wright (or Mitch Hedberg), Robin Williams, Carlin, Eddie Murphy* (or Russell Peters)*



/*gotta have the non-white comedians represented somehow.
 
2012-06-24 01:56:09 PM
They have to be dead right?

Hicks, Pryor, Kinison, Carlin
 
2012-06-24 02:03:15 PM
Groucho, carlin, Lucille ball, Pryor.
 
2012-06-24 02:04:36 PM
Carlin, Hicks, Hedberg, Kinison
 
2012-06-24 02:06:04 PM
Nixon, Carter, Clinton, Dubya

/ Is comedy measured by the joke teller or the quantity of jokes created by their presence.
// I think the named shows which way I think.
/// A vote for me a a vote for comedic slashies
 
2012-06-24 02:08:39 PM
As long as George Carlin is up there, and Dane Cook isn't, you can put who the hell ever in the other three spaces.
 
2012-06-24 02:12:53 PM

cretinbob: 1/10 you suck at trolling


WTF? You think I'm a troll because I pointed out that no one had mentioned Bill Hicks yet? His face should be all 4 of the heads.

0/1000
 
2012-06-24 02:23:55 PM
Carlin. Hands down.
 
2012-06-24 02:36:41 PM
Peter Sellers, Bill Hicks, P.J. O'Rourke, and Seanbaby.
 
2012-06-24 02:39:00 PM
Mark Twain, Robert Benchley, S.J. Perelman, Dorothy Parker
 
2012-06-24 02:48:35 PM

blk47rs: Mark Twain, Robert Benchley, S.J. Perelman, Dorothy Parker



Yay! Another vote for Perelman! Most pleased.
 
2012-06-24 02:59:07 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Kinison, Dangerfield, Pryor and Carlin for the standups.

Carol Burnette, Tim Conway, Peter Sellers and Bill Murray for TV/Film.


The mere fact that nobody mentioned Peter Sellers up until this point is a great indication that this is not the place to go for informed opinions on the greatest comedians of all time.
 
2012-06-24 03:30:41 PM
Subby here, only my second greenlight ever. Thanks, FARK!

Thanks for all the responses! It's fascinating to read the thread so far.
 
2012-06-24 03:46:11 PM

Balchinian: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Kinison, Dangerfield, Pryor and Carlin for the standups.

Carol Burnette, Tim Conway, Peter Sellers and Bill Murray for TV/Film.

The mere fact that nobody mentioned Peter Sellers up until this point is a great indication that this is not the place to go for informed opinions on the greatest comedians of all time.


A little high handed, no? Sellars is great, sure, but I'd hardly call these other nominees "bums." Except Jeff Dunham. I do not see what's funny about him. I saw him live in Daytona Beach, and he's a virtuoso ventriloquist, but his material leaves me cold. It's just not funny to me.
 
2012-06-24 03:49:10 PM
Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor.
 
2012-06-24 03:49:58 PM

slotz: Balchinian: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Kinison, Dangerfield, Pryor and Carlin for the standups.

Carol Burnette, Tim Conway, Peter Sellers and Bill Murray for TV/Film.

The mere fact that nobody mentioned Peter Sellers up until this point is a great indication that this is not the place to go for informed opinions on the greatest comedians of all time.

A little high handed, no? Sellars SELLERS is great, sure, but I'd hardly call these other nominees "bums." Except Jeff Dunham. I do not see what's funny about him. I saw him live in Daytona Beach, and he's a virtuoso ventriloquist, but his material leaves me cold. It's just not funny to me.


Sorry, got the director and the actor mixed up.
 
2012-06-24 04:29:21 PM
Lucille Ball, Oscar Wilde, Buster Keaton and Eddie Murphy.

/Just 'Merkins?
//Okay, Mark Twain instead of Wilde.
 
2012-06-24 04:45:01 PM
Carol Burnett, Groucho Marx, Milton Berle and George Carlin.
 
2012-06-24 04:48:13 PM

GreatGlavinsGhost: Lucille Ball, Oscar Wilde, Buster Keaton and Eddie Murphy.

/Just 'Merkins?
//Okay, Mark Twain instead of Wilde.



Please, please spell that some other way, perhaps 'murrcans or something similar? Not picking on you, have seen this more than once before but am speaking up now because I'm already involved in the thread.

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2012-06-24 04:51:59 PM
Johnny Carson, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, and Mel Brooks.
 
2012-06-24 04:54:02 PM
There are many good names submitted already. Gene Wilder belongs in the mix. So does Woody Allen. As far as Bill Hicks, I think he stands out. Hicks' act was almost entirely edge, and at a time when edginess was not as accepted as it is nowadays.
 
2012-06-24 04:57:40 PM
Terry Pratchett, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Mark Twain
 
2012-06-24 05:02:22 PM
George Carlin

/miss that guy :(
 
2012-06-24 05:08:19 PM

runcible spork: GreatGlavinsGhost: Lucille Ball, Oscar Wilde, Buster Keaton and Eddie Murphy.

/Just 'Merkins?
//Okay, Mark Twain instead of Wilde.

Please, please spell that some other way, perhaps 'murrcans or something similar? Not picking on you, have seen this more than once before but am speaking up now because I'm already involved in the thread.

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LOL, I spelled it that way on purpose. But, I can replace the 'k' with a 'c'.
 
2012-06-24 05:14:16 PM
GreatGlavinsGhost:
Please, please spell that some other way, perhaps 'murrcans or something similar? Not picking on you, have seen this more than once before but am speaking up now because I'm already involved in the thread.

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LOL, I spelled it that way on purpose. But, I can replace the 'k' with a 'c'.


Much obliged, merci, but that spelling might in turn resemble some other word, or something. It's on the tip of my tongue.
 
2012-06-24 05:19:28 PM

runcible spork: GreatGlavinsGhost:
Please, please spell that some other way, perhaps 'murrcans or something similar? Not picking on you, have seen this more than once before but am speaking up now because I'm already involved in the thread.

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LOL, I spelled it that way on purpose. But, I can replace the 'k' with a 'c'.

Much obliged, merci, but that spelling might in turn resemble some other word, or something. It's on the tip of my tongue.


Okay, how about Moran-'mercan?
 
2012-06-24 05:43:52 PM

GreatGlavinsGhost: Okay, how about Moran-'mercan?



Morman? That's for the politics tab, I think.
 
2012-06-24 05:45:15 PM
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Transferred from Vaudeville to dominate radio and television for over 30 years.
One of the originators of the Sit-com, the Jack Benny Program ran on Radio from 1932 - 1955 and on television from 1949-1965.

He had enough clout that when offered a better deal, he could jump networks between CBS and NBC without losing audience, and he retired while still on top of the ratings.
 
2012-06-24 05:46:06 PM
Milton Berle, George Carlin, Bill Cosby and Groucho Marx
 
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