Your Favorite and Most Hated Stand-Up Comedians
Who are your favorite and most hated stand up comedians of all time?
I don't, by any means, have an exhaustive list. But I have three of each that a few that many people seem to love, as well as a few I cannot stand (respectively).
He along with Lenny Bruce (Don't have a video cause no videos or adequately listenable audio exists) brought the medium to where it is today.
Bill Hicks is my heroes because he didn't do a comedy routine moreso than just scream at the audience about their failings of humanity, because nobody else that I'm currently aware of will do so or have the same impact he had.
I think it's obvious why I like this wonderful man.
I will not dignify these next three by posting videos, because they don't deserve any of that.
Denis Leary: As much as I respect the man for Rescue Me and his donations to charity, he is a dirty, filthy thief. He monstrously ripped off Bill Hicks word-for-word. It's one thing to borrow somebody's routine and change the words around a bit and have the same observations, but it's completely different when you blatantly plagiarize somebody else's work.
Dane Cook: This guy makes me rage because of how annoying, unoriginal, and and a show-off he is.
Gilbert Gottfried: What can I say? The man is disgustingly rude and obnoxious. Iago was and always will be the best thing he will ever do.
Jeff Foxworthy made stand-up family-friendly, although it hit a bit home when I saw his house in South Carolina.
Oddly enough, I thought Rita Rutner (Rudner?) had some of the most condensed material for any woman comedian in the early '90's.
What a great man.
Among my top comedians are Mitch Hedburg (R.I.P.), Eddie Murphy, Demitri Martin, Doug Benson, The Sklar Brothers, Bill Cosby, Robin Williams, Gabriel Iglesias, Dave Chapelle, and to a lesser extent, Louis C.K., Doug Stanhope, Bill Hicks, Lewis Black, and some others.
Comedians I don't like include George Carlin (You guys can hate on me all you want, but I never thought George Carlin was funny.), Ron White, Dane Cook, Lisa Lampanelli, Sara Silverman (Her stand-up is ass but she's a funny person.), Kathy Griffin, and Jay Leno.
Love George Carlin, Lewis Black, surprised Richard Pryor hasn't been mentioned yet, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, and well, I could probably go on for some time.
Everyone seems to hate Dane Cook, so how the hell does he keep getting jobs?
Yeah, he's a bad comic, but people going "Bitch bitch whine whine I hate Leno" Just becomes a whole lot less credible where it's mostly ignored for seventeen years, even I'd say mildly popular, and then within three weeks, you can just about walk up to a small Ethiopian child, tell him you're from America, and he'll tell you in broken English that Leno's a twat.
You know what would have kept Conan on the air? ACTUALLY WATCHING CONAN BEFORE IT WAS TRENDY TO BE ON THE "LENO SUCKS, TEAM COCO!" BANDWAGON, YOU FUCKING WANKSTAINS.
You wanna talk bad comics? How about David Letterman? Let me lay out his typical show for you - Product placement, filler, product placement, filler, predictable joke, Predictable "topical" Joke, Filler, predictable joke, filler filler tired shtick tired shtick, be fawningly sycophantic or dismissively rude to a guest, maybe accidentally do a good interview, goodnight.
Or maybe, despite having his own rather popular show, and being a household name in America, Not being able to resist sticking the boot into Leno, not about supporting Conan - though under the guise of it - but about shoving the boot into Leno because he's still fucking bitter about Leno getting the tonight show instead of him, SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO. How about get over it, and go back to plugging whatever skymall shit it is this month, making shitty, predictable, unoriginal jokes, and fade back into the vague....oh, wait, is that the "I hate Leno" bandwagon that just went rumbling past? I better start running so I can jump on that shit, before it stops being trendy and I have to form an actual opinion.
I really like Demetri Martin, although most don't. Needless to say, Lewis Black. Also, fuck Dane Cook. I really don't like Dane Cook.
I got an A.
Lewis Black is another favorite too. I've watched annoying movies and TV shows just to see his comedy. My favorite bit of his is this one, just because of he's talking about water and milk. Moo Cow Fuck Milk ftw.
I enjoy Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Patton Oswalt (No mentions for him yet?), Richard Jeni, and Bill Cosby are some I can name off hand. I find Gabriel Iglesias and John Pinette really funny as wells. They are big guys with who can tell great stories with funny voices. I can admit that Dane Cook is charismatic he can be very fun to watch because he's so manic and animated during his stand-up. But the dude can't deliver a punchline. The joke just goes on and on and on and nothing. He's in really shitty movies too. But we can all laugh at him because his brother tried to embezzle from him.
Going along on that train, Carlos Mencia too. He's just not funny and his show got really painful to watch. And if you want a true plagiarist, there ya go. He even ripped off a joke from Bill Cosby, the bastard.
EDIT: I don't find Sarah Silverman funny either. I can say that I enjoyed "The Sarah Silverman Program" but that was mostly because of the funny actions of Brian Posehn and Zach Galifianakis. She's just a cute girl who says dirty words. That's about it. And every other joke she tells is a shit joke. Bleh.