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2012-10-12 01:02:34 PM

Crewmannumber6: It occured to me the other day while listening to the comedy station on Pandora that a lot of todays comedians don't really have anything interesting to say. They just rage and anger. Exceptions for me are Louis C K, Mike Birbiglia and Dimitri Martin. Even when they're not particularly funny, they're interesting.

Talk about poignant, listen to Tig Notaro's set the day after she was diagnosed with cancer
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Patrice O'Neal was (sob) incredibly interesting and funny.

As are lots of other comedians. I guess I am trying to say that I completely disagree.
 
2012-10-12 01:03:22 PM

Crudbucket: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 280x280]

Patton Oswalt called this "the most important comedy album of our time," and I agree with him because I don't know any better. Whereas most comedy albums edit together the best bits from several different nights of a theater tour full of fans who came specifically for the album recording, Pardo taped his set straight through at a nightclub in front of an audience of 50-60 people. This album, more than any other, presents what real stand-up comedy for a touring comedian is actually like.


pardo always had me laughing on the way to work when he was on the bob and tom show. we no longer get the bob and tom show here in south florida. i listen to my ipod mostly now. i'll have to check this out. i'll chuckle at a lot of their guests but pardo had me laughing. then again, i like rodney carrington.
 
2012-10-12 01:09:41 PM

Tanukis_Parachute: Crudbucket: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 280x280]

Patton Oswalt called this "the most important comedy album of our time," and I agree with him because I don't know any better. Whereas most comedy albums edit together the best bits from several different nights of a theater tour full of fans who came specifically for the album recording, Pardo taped his set straight through at a nightclub in front of an audience of 50-60 people. This album, more than any other, presents what real stand-up comedy for a touring comedian is actually like.

pardo always had me laughing on the way to work when he was on the bob and tom show. we no longer get the bob and tom show here in south florida. i listen to my ipod mostly now. i'll have to check this out. i'll chuckle at a lot of their guests but pardo had me laughing. then again, i like rodney carrington.


No shame in that.

Rodney Carrington definitely has his moments. And his songs aren't too bad, either.

Unfortunately, he hasn't released a new album in years, and the last one was all music.
 
2012-10-12 01:12:19 PM
I understand the hate for Dane Cook now.

But I do not get all the hate for early Dane Cook (like Harmful if Swallowed)

The guy was phenomenal. I stopped following about 5 or 6 years ago.
 
2012-10-12 01:12:26 PM

Tanukis_Parachute: Crudbucket: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 280x280]

Patton Oswalt called this "the most important comedy album of our time," and I agree with him because I don't know any better. Whereas most comedy albums edit together the best bits from several different nights of a theater tour full of fans who came specifically for the album recording, Pardo taped his set straight through at a nightclub in front of an audience of 50-60 people. This album, more than any other, presents what real stand-up comedy for a touring comedian is actually like.

pardo always had me laughing on the way to work when he was on the bob and tom show. we no longer get the bob and tom show here in south florida. i listen to my ipod mostly now. i'll have to check this out. i'll chuckle at a lot of their guests but pardo had me laughing. then again, i like rodney carrington.


Jimmy was one of the first comedians to start doing a podcast back in 2006, and it's Never Not Funny. They don't do bits or sketches, it's just Jimmy, the producer Matt, and a guest talking for an hour and a half. The first 20 minutes can be downloaded free, the full episodes are $0.77 a piece. You pay for it because it's worth it.
 
2012-10-12 01:13:21 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Tanukis_Parachute: Crudbucket: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 280x280]

Patton Oswalt called this "the most important comedy album of our time," and I agree with him because I don't know any better. Whereas most comedy albums edit together the best bits from several different nights of a theater tour full of fans who came specifically for the album recording, Pardo taped his set straight through at a nightclub in front of an audience of 50-60 people. This album, more than any other, presents what real stand-up comedy for a touring comedian is actually like.

pardo always had me laughing on the way to work when he was on the bob and tom show. we no longer get the bob and tom show here in south florida. i listen to my ipod mostly now. i'll have to check this out. i'll chuckle at a lot of their guests but pardo had me laughing. then again, i like rodney carrington.

No shame in that.

Rodney Carrington definitely has his moments. And his songs aren't too bad, either.

Unfortunately, he hasn't released a new album in years, and the last one was all music.


i won tix to a carrington show in texarkana almost 5 years ago. really good show! severe thunderstorm nearly cut it short.
 
2012-10-12 01:16:34 PM
Also incorrectly missing from this list:


iconvsicon.com 

/Anything by C.B.M.
 
2012-10-12 01:19:07 PM

r1niceboy: Mr_Fabulous:
Besides, your old-school list is severely lacking in George Carlin and Richard Pryor.

or Billy Connolly.


My dad turned me on to those guys later on.
And modern albums?
They don't fit on my turntable,
get off my lawn and let the air out of your shoes.
 
2012-10-12 01:38:44 PM
I won tickets to go see Jim Gaffigan in a few weeks. I enjoy his humor.
 
2012-10-12 01:50:47 PM

WienerButt: I won tickets to go see Jim Gaffigan in a few weeks. I enjoy his humor.


I liked him on Law and Order as guy who killed his wife so he could have his tarded kids star on a reality show because he needed the money.
 
2012-10-12 01:56:44 PM
Dane Cook and no Ron White?

Your blog sucks, submitter
 
2012-10-12 02:13:02 PM
no russell peters? really?
 
2012-10-12 02:14:50 PM
FTA: Dane Cook, Jim Gaffigan

Uh, no thanks. I can't stand Gaffigan's high voice thing he does. Besides, his material just isn't funny. At all. And Cook just tries to hard. He has some funny material (small percentage, mind you), but his delivery ruins it for me.

Glad to see Giraldo, Attel, Hedberg, Oswalt, and C.K. on there. Masters of their craft.

Stanhope and Rogan are good, but seem to be in their own style that doesn't reach as large of a demographic. I enjoy them nonetheless. Though, I can see why they didn't make the list.
 
2012-10-12 02:17:43 PM

Bruxellensis: FTA: Dane Cook, Jim Gaffigan

Uh, no thanks. I can't stand Gaffigan's high voice thing he does. Besides, his material just isn't funny. At all. And Cook just tries to hard. He has some funny material (small percentage, mind you), but his delivery ruins it for me.

Glad to see Giraldo, Attel, Hedberg, Oswalt, and C.K. on there. Masters of their craft.

Stanhope and Rogan are good, but seem to be in their own style that doesn't reach as large of a demographic. I enjoy them nonetheless. Though, I can see why they didn't make the list.


i have found a lot of cook's stuff to be funny, but he gets REALLY annoying really quick. and gaffigan i find quite funny, and i like his "aside voice" stuff for about a minute, and then it becomes annoying. if he was to cut out 99% of his "aside voice" stuff he'd be far more enjoyable
 
2012-10-12 02:21:59 PM

Bruxellensis: ...And Cook just tries too hard. He has...


FTFM
 
2012-10-12 02:28:39 PM
No Ron White?   *sigh*
 
2012-10-12 02:29:36 PM

titwrench: Who buys these? Once you have heard a joke do you really need to hear it again, especially to the point that you feel compelled to own it so you can hear it whenever you want? Music I get buying but the allure of comedy albums always escaped me.


THIS. Comedy has even less replay value than tv episodes and mainstream movies, although there are idiots who will watch those over and over again as well. I'll never understand why one would watch something they have already seen over something they haven't unless they have worse short term memory than a 2 year old.
 
2012-10-12 02:31:58 PM

Crudbucket: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 280x280]
This album, more than any other, presents what real stand-up comedy for a touring comedian is actually like.


This this this this this this this. I love Jimmy Pardo. I enjoy that the joke he starts on track one doesn't really get finished until somewhere in track eight.

/Let's do one off my 15th album...
 
2012-10-12 02:32:11 PM

drewogatory: titwrench: Who buys these? Once you have heard a joke do you really need to hear it again, especially to the point that you feel compelled to own it so you can hear it whenever you want? Music I get buying but the allure of comedy albums always escaped me.

THIS. Comedy has even less replay value than tv episodes and mainstream movies, although there are idiots who will watch those over and over again as well. I'll never understand why one would watch something they have already seen over something they haven't unless they have worse short term memory than a 2 year old.


different strokes and all that

there are some movies and shows i will watch every single time i flip thru the channels and see them on. doesn't matter if i know every word and scene by heart.

comedy specials are about the same way for me
 
2012-10-12 02:33:16 PM

flashfry: But I do not get all the hate for early Dane Cook (like Harmful if Swallowed)


i don't get it either. he's great on stage too. maybe it's because he doesn't just stand in place and tell jokes like pretty much all stand up comedians do. instead he's like that guy at a party that does his best to reenact the funny story he's telling. ricky gervais does this as well, and both are very good at it.

lewis black has a new album out, but the pacing seems off. he usually raises his voice on the punch lines but on this album, he does it in the middle of the joke which makes it seem weird.

csb
dave attell is great on stage. my school had him on for the spring carnival back in early 2000. the warm up act was horrible, he was being booed the entire time (but he kept going which was admirable). attell came on to an upset crowd and turned it around instantly with "man, they should fly him over iraq since he bombs so hard."

/dave attell was on green room with paul provenza, is still great.
 
2012-10-12 02:33:58 PM
my comment ^^^ was #69

i don't care who you are, that's funny right there
 
2012-10-12 02:36:18 PM

not5am: flashfry: But I do not get all the hate for early Dane Cook (like Harmful if Swallowed)

i don't get it either. he's great on stage too. maybe it's because he doesn't just stand in place and tell jokes like pretty much all stand up comedians do. instead he's like that guy at a party that does his best to reenact the funny story he's telling. ricky gervais does this as well, and both are very good at it.

lewis black has a new album out, but the pacing seems off. he usually raises his voice on the punch lines but on this album, he does it in the middle of the joke which makes it seem weird.

csb
dave attell is great on stage. my school had him on for the spring carnival back in early 2000. the warm up act was horrible, he was being booed the entire time (but he kept going which was how he got paid admirable). attell came on to an upset crowd and turned it around instantly with "man, they should fly him over iraq since he bombs so hard."

/dave attell was on green room with paul provenza, is still great.


i miss the "insomniacs" show. i think my favorite was the anchorage episode where he's wondering around in nearly total sunlight at midnight
 
2012-10-12 02:40:49 PM

bungle_jr: i miss the "insomniacs" show. i think my favorite was the anchorage episode where he's wondering around in nearly total sunlight at midnight


+1 for Insomniac
 
2012-10-12 02:46:46 PM

drewogatory: titwrench: Who buys these? Once you have heard a joke do you really need to hear it again, especially to the point that you feel compelled to own it so you can hear it whenever you want? Music I get buying but the allure of comedy albums always escaped me.

THIS. Comedy has even less replay value than tv episodes and mainstream movies, although there are idiots who will watch those over and over again as well. I'll never understand why one would watch something they have already seen over something they haven't unless they have worse short term memory than a 2 year old.


That's what Firesign theater is for.
Just listen to some samples at their website.
Wear headphones.
 
2012-10-12 02:47:52 PM
Subrtact:
Dane Cook

Add:
Patrice O'neal - Elephant in the Room


Patrice was perhaps the quickest in the game. Brutal, truthful, hilarious, and spontaneous. The guy almost never wrote anything down. He was genius off the top of his head.

Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc, all thought he could be bigger than they were. But the fact was, Patrice didn't really want it.
 
2012-10-12 02:48:36 PM

Bruxellensis: bungle_jr: i miss the "insomniacs" show. i think my favorite was the anchorage episode where he's wondering around in nearly total sunlight at midnight

+1 for Insomniac


oh yeah, he also did an episode in little rock...filmed it just before i moved there. he visited SWEET SWEET CONNIE, the groupie made famous by the song "we're an american band"
 
2012-10-12 02:54:17 PM

bungle_jr: i miss the "insomniacs" show. i think my favorite was the anchorage episode where he's wondering around in nearly total sunlight at midnight


well, i find it admirable that he finished the set. it was a show at a college, is was probably for like $50 for a 8 minutes of getting booed by an angry crowd of college kids.

/he probably really needed the money.
 
2012-10-12 02:57:55 PM

vudukungfu: drewogatory: titwrench: Who buys these? Once you have heard a joke do you really need to hear it again, especially to the point that you feel compelled to own it so you can hear it whenever you want? Music I get buying but the allure of comedy albums always escaped me.

THIS. Comedy has even less replay value than tv episodes and mainstream movies, although there are idiots who will watch those over and over again as well. I'll never understand why one would watch something they have already seen over something they haven't unless they have worse short term memory than a 2 year old.

That's what Firesign theater is for.
Just listen to some samples at their website.
Wear headphones.


Considering you have to listen to a Firesign album 20 freaking times sometimes just to figure out what the hell is going on, they are somewhat exempt. I was referring more to stand -up than meta material like that.
 
2012-10-12 03:01:04 PM
fark, terrible hot linking error on that one (sorry folks). Preview button is your friend.

Anything by this man:
sharetv.org


I used to be a big fan of Dane Cook. Dude could tell some jokes. I think things turned for him after his parents died and his brother stole from him. He just hasn't been able to bring the funny back around since then. Vicious Circle seemed like the rantings of an obviously depressed comedian in the worst possible way.
 
2012-10-12 03:13:54 PM
So glad to see that they remembered the illustrious and highly hysterical Mitch Hedberg, but where's the love for Craig Shoemaker? His "Love Master" bit never fails to crack me up!
 
2012-10-12 03:22:04 PM
what about some RALPHIE MAY?

i don't see many farkers talk about him...good or bad...

opinions?
 
2012-10-12 03:31:41 PM

bungle_jr: what about some RALPHIE MAY?

i don't see many farkers talk about him...good or bad...

opinions?


He's fat.

/I think him and Gabriel Iglesias both suck
//they're like your annoying coworkers
 
2012-10-12 03:32:59 PM

bungle_jr: what about some RALPHIE MAY?

i don't see many farkers talk about him...good or bad...

opinions?


He kinda plateaued. There are only so many "im so fat" jokes you can make before people get tired of it. Happens to a lot of comedians. See: Lisa "i sucked a lot of black cranks" Lampanelli, Demetri "aren't i just so weird?" Martin, Carlos "Beaners Beaners Beaners!!!!" Mencia
 
2012-10-12 03:33:45 PM

WienerButt: bungle_jr: what about some RALPHIE MAY?

i don't see many farkers talk about him...good or bad...

opinions?

He's fat.

/I think him and Gabriel Iglesias both suck
//they're like your annoying coworkers


he's most definitely fat

i like him. gabriel definitely gets on my nerves...pretty much all his material is about being a fat latino...ralphie, imho, has some pretty good material
 
2012-10-12 03:36:14 PM

LemSkroob: bungle_jr: what about some RALPHIE MAY?

i don't see many farkers talk about him...good or bad...

opinions?

He kinda plateaued. There are only so many "im so fat" jokes you can make before people get tired of it. Happens to a lot of comedians. See: Lisa "i sucked a lot of black cranks" Lampanelli, Demetri "aren't i just so weird?" Martin, Carlos "Beaners Beaners Beaners!!!!" Mencia


lisa l = exactly that...i think that is ALL she knows how to talk about

i used to like carlos's show...can't remember the name right now...you know, his weekly variety show

demetri's first special was good and he pretty much never varied from that model since then
 
2012-10-12 03:38:29 PM

bungle_jr:

i used to like carlos's show...can't remember the name right now...you know, his weekly variety show



I believe it was called "Stuff George Lopez did last week."
 
2012-10-12 03:40:18 PM

FirstNationalBastard: bungle_jr:

i used to like carlos's show...can't remember the name right now...you know, his weekly variety show



I believe it was called "Stuff George Lopez did last week."


hey now! he stole from more than just george!
 
2012-10-12 03:41:29 PM

FirstNationalBastard: bungle_jr:

i used to like carlos's show...can't remember the name right now...you know, his weekly variety show



I believe it was called "Stuff George Lopez did last week."


bungle_jr: FirstNationalBastard: bungle_jr:

i used to like carlos's show...can't remember the name right now...you know, his weekly variety show



I believe it was called "Stuff George Lopez did last week."

hey now! he stole from more than just george!


after i posted that ^ i remembered he stole from t-t-t-timmah...got his head chopped off for a gay fish joke
 
2012-10-12 03:48:57 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Okay, since I'm not clicking through their shiatty, slow-ass slideshow, I'm going by the image on the first page...

Anything with Dane Cook fails.


This. Dane Cook is a running sore on the body of comedy.
 
2012-10-12 03:59:00 PM

bungle_jr: lisa l = exactly that...i think that is ALL she knows how to talk about


She does that because her act is horrible, bigoted, and uncreative. That's her excuse.

"Well, I suck a lot of black cawk, so I CAN'T be racist! Can I? Hur hur."


/I despise Sarah Silverman for a similar, non-bigotry-related habit
"Look at me, I'm moderately attractive and say f*ck! I also say poop and make dick jokes! LOVE ME!!!"
 
2012-10-12 04:08:12 PM
Decent list but no Bill Burr or Doug Stanhope? Dane cook was funny in the beginning but his schtick got old fast.
 
2012-10-12 04:10:48 PM
Also Anthony Jeselnik is farking hilarious
 
2012-10-12 04:13:58 PM
And Jimmy Carr......how can I forget Jimmy?

www.heatworld.com
 
2012-10-12 04:23:42 PM
Tommy Johnagin
 
2012-10-12 04:46:47 PM
I really like James P Connolly
 
2012-10-12 04:57:23 PM
No love for Dara O Briain?
 
2012-10-12 05:23:18 PM
Patrice O'Neal's last album, "Mr. P.", is hysterical. His audience work is masterful and the entire room is bursting into tears the entire time, rightfully so. Side note (not on the album), Jim Norton's story of how he got the name "Dr. Dildo" is hilarious too.
 
2012-10-12 06:03:57 PM
Standup comedians still release albums?

Hell, standup comedians still do standup comedy?

I thought podcasts and Twitter one-liners had made that whole ecosystem obsolete.
 
2012-10-12 06:08:30 PM
titwrench


Who buys these? Once you have heard a joke do you really need to hear it again, especially to the point that you feel compelled to own it so you can hear it whenever you want? Music I get buying but the allure of comedy albums always escaped me.


you must be tons of fun at parties.

I have a few Carlin records, a Steve Martin LP (the lesser known "Comedy Isn't Pretty"), Robin Williams "Reality what a concept!" (not all that funny, actually) and his "live at the Met 1985" (probably his best cd), a 2LP set of Woody Allen's early stand up (half of it is pretty good, what a very witty guy).

as for hearing them again,
I've listened to Steven Wright's "I Have a Pony" about 4 times, and it's STILL funny.
 
2012-10-12 06:14:07 PM

thecpt




For Mitch Fans...

I keep this on my reminders on my work desktop for bad days


Thank you good sir.
I was surprised I hadn't heard about 1/3 of those! Good stuff.

/ i read them in my head in his voice.
r.i.p. mitch
 
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